Choral Masterworks Online Workshop – Brahms: Ein deutsches Requiem

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Choral Masterworks Online Workshop – Brahms: Ein deutsches Requiem

This workshop is now closed; we are no longer accepting registrations.

July 25-28, 2020 / Saturday–Tuesday, 10:30 a.m.–noon and 1:30-3:00 p.m.
(Course times may need to be changed to accommodate students in different time zones; the instructor will contact students before the start of Summer Session to determine a meeting time that will work for everyone.)

Jerry Blackstone, Professor Emeritus of Conducting, University of Michigan
William Weinert, Eastman School of Music 

This four-day seminar and workshop will present an analysis and exploration of one of the central works of our choral repertoire.

Topics will include:
– Genesis of the work–Brahms’s first and most extended work for large forces.
– Score study strategies and procedures for choral-orchestral works, through the lens of Ein deutsches Requiem.
– In-depth study of Brahms’s unique use of the orchestra.
– Analysis of Brahms’s approach to motivic structure.
– Rehearsal planning for extended choral-orchestral works.
– How to prepare for orchestral rehearsals.
– Editing and preparing the choral score for Ein deutsches Requiem.
– Guidelines for preparing a chorus for another conductor.
– Basic issues of performance practice in the Romantic era.
– Performance traditions for Ein deutsches Requiem over the past 150 years.

Conductor participants will receive individual sessions with faculty to explore issues of gestural technique, specific ensemble challenges, and career development. Auditor participants may attend group sessions only.

Enrollment limited to 14 conductors (no auditor limit). Conductor applicants should contact Dr. Weinert directly before applying:

Conductors: $350 / noncredit     CRN 37032
Auditors: $100     CRN 37049

This institute pairs well with The Complete Conductor Online Workshop – Focus on the Renaissance (July 30-August 2). Students are welcome to register for both courses together!  

“Incredibly rewarding 4 days of conducting masterclass and score analysis.” – 2019 participant

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