Amadeus Choral Conducting Workshop

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March 23 – 25, 2018

Guidelines for Participation

The Amadeus Choir’s Conductor and Artistic Director Lydia Adams is pleased to announce the inaugural Amadeus Choral Conducting Workshop, from March 23 – 25, 2018 at Eglinton St. George’s United Church in Toronto.  The workshop will conclude with a concert conducted by Amadeus conductors and workshop participants on March 25 at 4:00 pm.

The workshop is open to choral conducting students and established conductors of community choirs, university programs and church choirs. Six participants will be selected through an application process to work with the Amadeus Choir’s three conductors: Lydia Adams, Shawn Grenke and Joan Andrews. The participants will work with the Amadeus Choir and Eglinton St. George’s Choir. We also welcome auditors to attend the full workshop.

Repertoire: Repertoire will be chosen to fit the ability and experience of the conductor. Repertoire will reflect standard and contemporary international and Canadian works for mixed choir, and may be drawn from works by Hubert Parry, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Imant Raminsh, Felix Mendelssohn, Healy Willan, Eleanor Daley, Derek Holman, Leon Dubinsky and Lydia Adams.

Seminar focus: Repertoire and concert programming; score preparation; score marking techniques; rehearsal planning; efficient and artistic choral gesture; development of excellent choral sound.

Seminar includes: One-on-one coaching in score and concert preparation; rehearsals with the choirs; performance in concert.

Applications are closed. Applicants will be notified of acceptance by January 15, 2018


Workshop Clinician Biographies

Lydia Adams

Lydia Adams, one of Canada’s most distinguished conductors, has been conductor and artistic director of the Amadeus Choir of Greater Toronto since 1984 and of the Elmer Iseler Singers since 1998. Under her direction, both choirs have become leading choral forces in Canada, commissioning, premiering, performing and recording Canadian choral works. Lydia is also an arranger of choral music and has composed choral works which are performed worldwide.

Lydia Adams has conducted for and recorded a number of award-winning compact discs with her Toronto choirs and has toured extensively throughout Canada and the United States. Hailed by the Canadian Music Centre as “the new leading exponent of the Canadian choral composer,” Lydia was named one of the CMC’s 50 ambassadors in 2009, honored for her outstanding contributions to Canadian music. Lydia’s most recent award was the 2013 Ontario Premier’s Award for Excellence in the Arts.

Shawn Grenke

Conductor, Pianist and Organist Shawn Grenke is Director of Music at Eglinton St. George’s United Church in Toronto, Associate Conductor and Accompanist for the Amadeus Choir of Toronto, Accompanist to the Elmer Iseler Singers of Toronto, and Artistic Director to the Woodstock Fanshawe Singers of Woodstock Ontario. Shawn is also the Interim Director of the 80 voice Achill Choral Society based out of Orangeville, Ontario.

Shawn has made international appearances as conductor, pianist and organist in Poland, at the ‘Let the Future Sing’ Choral Festival in  Sweden, the ‘Le Mondial Choral Loto-Québec World Choral Competition’ in Laval, Québec, ‘Xinghai Choral Competition’ China, Seoul Korea, Roy Thomson Hall, CBC Radio, and other various festivals, concert series and recitals throughout Canada the United States and Europe.

Joan Andrews

Joan Andrews received her degree in Music Education from the University of Western Ontario. She is both a long-time singing member and Assistant Conductor of the Amadeus Choir and feels very privileged to have worked closely with and learned so much from Artistic Director Lydia Adams.

Joan was Artistic Director and Conductor of Village Voices, Markham for over 16 years and, upon request, continues to work with them and other choral organizations from time to time. She was Head of Music at Dr. Norman Bethune C.I. in Scarborough, where she taught instrumental and vocal music for 19 years during the latter part of her teaching career. She is the flute section lead in Toronto’s Encore Symphonic Concert Band.

Joan’s strong belief in the value of music making as a lifelong avocation led her to play a very active role in CAMMAC (Canadian Amateur Musicians/Musiciens Amateurs du Canada). For over 25 years, she worked as a volunteer on local and national CAMMAC committees. Along with administrative work, including coordinating workshops for the regional branch, she has enjoyed directing choirs and chamber ensembles at CAMMAC’s Ontario Summer Music Centres and occasionally conducts CAMMAC choral/instrumental readings in Toronto.