Summer Choral Conducting Symposium, July 22-25, 2015. This intensive week of conducting study, combined with repertory sessions and score study and analysis techniques, is designed primarily for practicing public school and church musicians.  Hilary Apfelstadt, from the University of Toronto, will join the WCU choral faculty for the event. Morning and evening sessions will focus on music of various historical style periods (with an emphasis on works suitable for use with younger choirs) and afternoons on conducting a major work. On Saturday morning, a chamber orchestra will be available for a final coaching on this work. Participants may register as conducting fellows (with podium time) for $500 (limited to 12 participants), or as workshop observers for $300 (unlimited enrollment). Additionally, participants can get Pennsylvania Commonwealth Act 48 credits, and may register for college credits (3) at an additional cost. Registration will open early in 2015.

Click here for the 2015 brochure about the Symposium. For more information, contact Dr. DeVenney at                    

                                        A big thanks to JW Pepper for supplying all of the music for the morning reading sessions!

Our Guest Artist for July, 2015: Dr. Hilary Apfelstadt is Professor and Director of Choral Activities at the University of Toronto where she conducts the MacMillan Singers, the Women’s Chamber Choir, and teaching courses in conducting and choral literature. She is also conductor of Exultate Chamber Singers of Toronto, a position she assumed in June 2013. Raised in Nova Scotia, she earned degrees from the University of Toronto, the University of Illinois, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She holds an Associate diploma in piano performance (ARCT) from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. Formerly Director of Choral Activities and Associate Director of the School of Music at the Ohio State University (1993 – 2010), she has conducted her university choirs at divisional and national conferences of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), and at regional conferences of MENC (now NAfME). She conducted the University of Toronto MacMillan Singers at Podium 2012, the national conference of the Association of Canadian Choral Communities (ACCC). She has led choral festivals in Europe, and at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Centre in New York. In 2009, she conducted the Mormon Tabernacle Choir in a live broadcast of “Music and the Spoken Word.” She has directed all-state choruses in more than 30 states, conducted several ACDA Division Honor Choirs, and led the 2011 Ontario Youth Choir. She conducted the National Youth Choir of Canada in 2014 in a Maritime provinces tour, culminating in a performance at Podium in Halifax, N.S.
       She is a prolific author, having published multiple articles in professional journals, as well as several chapters in two books: Wisdom, Wit and Will: Women Choral Conductors on their Art (GIA, 2009) and Conducting Women’s Choirs: Strategies for Success (GIA, 2012). She writes a regular choral column for The Canadian Music Educator, the quarterly journal of CMEA. Her research interests include choral pedagogy; repertoire, particularly of Canadian composers; and leadership styles among conductors. She is currently preparing a book on Canadian composer, Ruth Watson Henderson. She is a frequent conference presenter and often does conducting master classes at various levels, including several university residencies. Dr. Apfelstadt was a member of the Robert Shaw Festival Singers and recorded two Grammy award winning CD’s with them in France. She is a past national president of ACDA, and a current member of the Choral Journal Editorial Board.

                                                                                PHOTOS FROM 2015 SYMPOSIUM