SJSU Summer Choral Workshops

Collage of images from Summer Choral Workshop 2018

Workshop Leaders

Corie BrownCorie Brown
Choral Activities, Music Education

Dr. Jeffrey BensonDr. Jeffrey Benson
Director of Choral Activities; Camp Choir Director
MUS 263

Dr. Charlene ArchibequeDr. Charlene Archibeque

MUSC 168J — Techniques of Choral Conducting

Monday-Friday, July 13-17, 2020

  • Credit: 1 unit, section 1
  • Time: 9 AM-12 PM
  • Location: Music Building, Room 150
  • Course Code: 30707
  • Cost per unit: $250 

The Conducting Workshop is designed for teachers and choral conductors who have had previous experience conducting choirs and who wish to fine tune their rehearsal skills with hand, baton, face and other nonverbal communication. Bring a baton!

Topics to be Included

  • Tips for school and church choir conductors
  • Conducting for artistry
  • Conducting for tone quality
  • Hand and baton technique
  • Beat styles and patterns
  • Score preparation
  • Period styles
  • Multimeter conducting

MUSC 168N — Teaching Music in Choral Rehearsals

Monday-Friday, July 13-17, 2020

  • Credit: 1 unit, section 1
  • Time: 1-4 PM
  • Location: Music Building, Room 150
  • Course Code: 30706
  • Cost per unit: $250

This course is designed to enhance the choral director's skills and understanding of general rehearsal techniques, voice building and literature selection. Sessions on topics for both school and church musicians will be offered. The course will also include reading sessions on choral repertoire for all ages and choirs. 

Topics to be Included

  • Teaching musicality through movement
  • Creative, musical warmups
  • Building choral tone
  • New and exciting repertoire
  • Score study
  • Choral Artistry
  • Building Independence with your singers
  • Creativity and Improvisation in the choral rehearsal
  • Programming with Passion

More Information

Required form for registration can be found below. You are not required to be an SJSU student. Simply leave the SJSU Student ID number blank.

Download Registration Form [pdf]

For any questions please contact Dr. Jeffrey Benson via email: