Here are some of my most recent projects and concerts.
Rehearsing even the rowdiest volunteer choir and loving every minute of it.
June 24, 2020
Conducting choirs is hard, but noone says it isn't fun. I look at how learning an arsenal of gesture can change both your life and your choir's life. Using stories of some of my successes and failures as a conductor, I introduce the world of expression, nuance and character. I look at how to overcome some of the pitfalls that have marked my own conducting career.
I also introduce my own system of marking meters, and introduce the reader to "the conductor's line," a valuable tool to learning a piece of music
Faure Requiem - Brenham Chorale, April, 2019, Brenham, TX
Seven Last Words of Christ, Dubois - April 2019 - St. Peter's Episcopal Church, Brenham, TX
I look at the sequence of teaching conducting and promote teaching expressive gesture first, using the theories of Rudolph Laban. Also included are surveys of conducting teachers and recommendations on teaching conducting using the Norton Anthology of Western Music. Most of this text is from my doctoral research, including the findings from the survey of conducting pedagogues..
The Instrumentalist, September, 2006, Volume 61, No. 2, pp. 52, 54, 56.
Inspired by my own experience teaching conducting, I wrote this article about different types of fermatas and how to conduct them. In this article, I noted eight different fermata situations and successfully navigating them.
Area 9 Handbell Association of America Convention