Sarteano Chamber Choral Conducting Workshop

Session 2: July 27-August 5, 2022

About

We gear this conducting workshop toward music educators in public and private schools, music directors and choral ensemble members in churches and religious institutions, community chorus conductors and singers, and pre-professional and professional conductors and singers who are interested in rehearsing and performing choral music in an intimate setting. Participants (conductors and singers) chosen for this workshop are expected to arrive with the repertoire fully prepared so that we may work at a very high level artistically.

Schedule

Session

Wednesday, August 27 – Mini-Intensives – Simon Carrington and Jamie-Rose Guarrine

Thursday, July 28-Sunday, July 31 – Workshop part 1

Monday, August 1 – FREE day

Tuesday, August 2-Friday, August 5 – Workshop part 2 and concert

Daily (Tentative)

9:00-10:00 am – Ensemble vocal techniques with Jamie-Rose Guarrine

10:00-10:10 am – break

10:10 am-1:00 pm – Intermediate Conducting Track

1:00-2:30 pm – break

2:30-5:20 pm – Advanced Conducting Track

5:30-6:15 – on two days (TBD) during the session, we will hold Q&A sessions

Those in the advanced conducting track may schedule vocal chamber music coachings or private lessons before lunch; those in the intermediate track may schedule coachings or private lessons in the afternoon.

We are planning to hold a couple of “pop-up” concerts on one or two evenings with small ensembles and both choral ensembles combined in locations around Sarteano, including the castle. Stay tuned for more information.

Transportation and Accommodations

Participants handle their own accommodations and transportation to and from the workshop. Sarteano is a small town with just a few hotels within walking distance of the workshop, so we recommend that you make your hotel reservations as soon as possible if you wish to stay there and walk to the workshop. July is high season, and as there are almost nightly festivals around this time, it is a popular and exciting place to visit.

If you are planning to have a car during your stay, you will have many more wonderful options of both hotels and lovely agriturismo to choose from on the outskirts of Sarteano or in nearby Chiusi or Chianciano Terme. There is ample parking near the main piazza in Sarteano, but be prepared to get plenty of uphill exercise. The town and our workshop space is situated (as are many Tuscan villages) on a hill.