Summer Conducting Lab Choir

Need a place to sing when your choir is off for the summer?
We have the perfect gig for you.

The Summer Conducting Lab gives conductors-in-training an opportunity to work with a choir in a rehearsal setting, gaining valuable podium time and real-time feedback. During the 2-hour sessions, 3-5 conductors work with the all-volunteer choir, made up of singers from all over the Silicon Valley. Dr. Jeffrey Benson and Kristina Nakagawa provide feedback to the conductors both during the session and afterward in private communication.

What else is great about the Summer Conducting Lab?

No audition.
No practicing.
No cost.
No pressure.
No commitment.

Just show up, sing, and have fun.

Resounding Achord provides music for all participants. About 20 pieces are selected each year that represent different styles, musical eras, and difficulties. About 25-30% of the music changes each year so that there is sufficient variety for returning singers and conductors.  It is a perfect opportunity to practice your sight-reading skills.

Session Dates for 2019

July sessions will be held at SJSU, the Music Building, Room 182.

  • Monday, July 8th, 7:30-9:30 pm
  • Wednesday, July 10th, 7:30-9:30 pm
  • Monday, July 15th, 7:30-9:30 pm
  • Wednesday, July 17th, 7:30-9:30 pm

August sessions will be held at St. Francis Episcopal Church, 1205 Pine Ave, San Jose, CA.

  • Wednesday, August 7th, 7:30-9:30 pm
  • Wednesday, August 14th, 7:30-9:30 pm
What do the lab choir singers like best?

“I loved getting to learn more about the insides of conducting!”

“Making great music.”

“I loved being a part of a group of extremely skilled musicians; both the singers and directors!”

“The feedback given by Dr. Benson and Kristina Nakagawa and their effect on the conductor/choir were eye- (and ear-) opening for me as a singer.”

For more information, or to register as a singer or student conductor:
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Summer Conducting Lab Choir