Atlanta Summer Conducting Institute

June 28-July 1, 2017

Florence Kopleff Recital Hall

Georgia State University School of Music
Atlanta, GA


The Atlanta Summer Conducting Institute is a series of seminars and masterclasses geared toward music educators, graduate student conductors, church musicians, community choir conductors, and any conductor looking to grow as an artist.  The Atlanta Summer Conducting Institute is proud to host guest Dr. Daniel Bara of The University of Georgia, and Professor Richard Clement of Georgia State University in an institute for conductors of all experiences and levels.

Extended Works

F.J. Haydn Paukenmesse: “Mass in Time of War”
Qui Tollis
Agnus Dei

conductors: Dover Full

singers: cpd/imslp

F. Mendelssohn Drei Geistliche Lieder, Op. 96 imslp-Novello



G.F. Handel Comfort Ye
Thus saith the Lord (Messiah)
There were shepherds…Glory to God (Messiah)
conductors use full score:
Dover, or imslp
F. Mendelssohn Ye people rend your hearts (#3 - Elijah)
As God the Lord (#10 – Elijah)
conductors use full score:
Dover, or imslp



Mahler, ed. Hoffman Ich bin der Welt abhandengekommen ECS
J. Michael Haydn Exultabunt Sancti Gloria Alliance
G.F. Handel As pants the Hart Alliance
Robert Parsons Ave Maria (cpdl)
William Byrd Bow Thine Ear, O Lord (cpdl)
Shawn Kirchner Cornerstone Santa Barbara
Stanford Scriven Christ the Apple Tree earthsongs
Rene Clausen If You Love Me Alliance
Ivo Antogini O Filii et filiae Alliance
David Conte  O Sun (From September Sun) ECS
Stephen Chatman Our Garden of Life Galaxy
Connor Koppin Vidi aquam Galaxy
T. Dorsey, arr. H. Helvey  Precious Lord, Take My Hand Alliance
Michael Trotta  Totus Tuus Galaxy



Wednesday, June 28

9:00 am   Introductions, Orientation, and Welcome
9:30 am The Basics of Conducting Gesture
Gestural Do’s & Don’ts, Why’s & Why-Not's
Plus: Fermatas, subdivision, the left hand, and problems in conducting exercises

12:00 pm

1:30 pm Conducting Session #1
5:00 pm Dinner
7:00 pm Score Study/Marking: Philosophy, Approach, Technique
Our responsibility to the choir begins with diligent and thoughtful score study.
8:15 pm Conclusion


Thursday, June 29

9:00 am Rehearsal Techniques for Choirs
(and how our score-study informs our rehearsal approaches and strategies)
10:30 am Vocal Technique: Cultivating the solo singer in the ensemble
12:00 pm Lunch
1:30 pm Conducting Session #2
5:00 pm Dinner
7:00 pm Working with the Orchestra
Strategies for the choral conductor.
8:15 pm  Conclusion


Friday, June 30

9:00 am Warm-up Sequence:
Sound strategies, vowel choice, and diction techniques to teach every day
Plus: skill-building in the warm-up
11:00 am Conducting Session #3
12:00 pm Lunch
1:30 pm Conducting Session #4
5:00 pm Conclusion


Saturday, July 1

9:00 am Shop / Reading Session
Browsing of musical materials displayed by Beethoven & Company
Plus: a Reading Session provided by Beethoven & Company
10:30 am Conducting Session #5
12:00 pm Lunch
1:30 pm Conducting Session #6
5:00 pm Conclusion



Conducting Fellows will be assigned podium time and repertoire selections. Participants may also choose to apply as an Institute Auditor.  Auditors will receive no podium time, but will be seated as a part of the rehearsal choir and have access to attend all seminars. There is no limit to the number of Institute Auditors participating.

Application Fee: non-refundable $25.00 with completed application

Conducting Fellow: non-refundable $495.00 due at the time of acceptance to the Institute

Institute Auditor: non-refundable $350.00 due when registering to attend

The Institute will be held in Florence Kopleff Recital Hall, located at 20 Gilmer Street, Atlanta, GA.  Registrants may check in on Wednesday, June 28 beginning at 8:00 am.  Lunch is on your own during the Institute.  Parking is available in multiple nearby parking decks or on the street.  Please visit our Directions page for information on how to get to the Recital Hall, suggested parking decks, and a list of nearby restaurants and additional hotels.


Hotel Information

Residence Inn Atlanta Downtown  for 135.00 USD  per night
Start date: 6/27/17
End date: 7/1/17
Last day to book: 6/8/17

Book your group rate for GSU-ASCI

Daniel Bara is the John D. Boyd UGA Foundation Professor of Choral Music and the Director of Choral Activities and Professor of Music at the Hugh Hodgson School of Music at the University of Georgia where oversees seven university choral ensembles as well as the graduate choral conducting program.  His university choirs have performed by juried invitation for state, regional, and national conventions of ACDA, MENC, and IMC. In spring of 2014, The UGA Hodgson Singers won the Grand Prix at the International Choral Competition Ave Verum in Baden, Austria and performed at the ACDA Southern Division Convention in Jacksonville, FL.  His former MM and DMA conducting students now hold collegiate conducting appointments at Susquehanna University, New England Conservatory, Miami University of Ohio, University of Idaho, William Jewell College, as well as heads of church and school choral music programs throughout the country.

Prior to his appointment at UGA, Dr. Bara was the Director of Choral Activities at East Carolina University, where he received the UNC Board of Governors Distinguished Professor for Teaching Award and the Robert L. Jones Award for Outstanding Teaching, and released two internationally distributed choral recordings, Greater Love (2007) and Eternal Light (2010) with Gothic Records.   In 2001was a winner of theWalter Hagen Conducting Prize given at the Eastman School of Music, and the ACDA National Student Conducting Competition (Graduate Division) awarded at the National Convention in San Antonio, TX.

Dr. Bara is a past-president of NC-ACDA, has held the Artistic Directorship of the New York State Summer School of the Arts – School of Choral Studies (2007-2009), and has served as conductor of the World Youth Honor Choir at Interlochen Arts Camp (2004-2006). He is in regular demand as a guest conductor and clinician, having conducted all-state and honor choirs in 17 states and Carnegie Hall, and has served as a clinician for conferences sponsored by ACDA, AGO, and other school and church musical organizations.

Dr. Bara holds the DMA degree in conducting from the Eastman School of Music, organ and conducting degrees from the University of Michigan, and is a graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy.  He is the Repertoire and Standards Chair for Youth and Student Activities for the Southern Division Chapter of ACDA and has served on conference planning committees for the 2012 and 2016 Southern Division conferences.  At UGA, Dr. Bara conducts the UGA Hodgson Singers, the University Chorus, and oversees the graduate conducting student recital choir, The Repertory Singers.

Richard Clement, tenor, is a Grammy-winning tenor acclaimed for his tonal beauty and superb musicality in repertoire from the Baroque to the contemporary. Highlights from recent seasons include performances with the Israel Philharmonic under Kurt Masur, the Czech Philharmonic, Saint Louis Symphony, Montreal Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony and Philadelphia Orchestra. Mr. Clement has collaborated with such conductors as Bobby McFerrin, Christopher Hogwood, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Seiji Ozawa, Charles Dutoit, Neeme Järvi, Robert Shaw, Michael Tilson Thomas and Hugh Wolff. His considerable operatic credits include engagements with Vancouver Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, Opera Theater of Saint Louis, Boston Baroque, Atlanta Opera and Boston Lyric Opera, as well as the New York Philharmonic and Colorado Symphony. An Atlanta native and former member of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus, Mr. Clement studied voice at Georgia State University and the Cincinnati Conservatory.

joymeade-620x620Dr. Joy Elizabeth Meade is the Assistant Director of Choirs at Georgia State University’s School of Music, where she conducts Choral Union and teaches conducting, choral music education and choral literature courses. Prior to her appointment at GSU, Dr. Meade taught middle and high school choir and orchestra for the Unionville-Chadds Ford School District in Kennett Square, PA, was the assistant conductor of the Brandywine Valley Chorale, and has been a guest clinician with church, school and community choirs on the East coast.

During her doctoral studies at the University of Georgia, Dr. Meade served as the assistant conductor of the Hodgson Singers and University Chorus, conducting performances of Haydn’s Creation and Stravinsky’s Mass and helping prepare Bizet’s Carmen, Handel’s Messiah and requiems by Brahms and Howells. Her research culminated in a dissertation on pilgrimage and postminimalism in Joby Talbot’s 2005 choral work, Path of Miracles.

In addition to conducting, Dr. Meade has pursued professional singing opportunities as a member of Westminster Choir College’s Symphonic Choir, Westminster Choir and Kantorei; the Spoleto Festival opera chorus; and CANTATICA.

Dr. Meade holds a doctorate in conducting from University of Georgia, a master’s in choral conducting from Westminster Choir College, and bachelor’s in voice performance and French from University of Richmond.

Registration for the 2017 Atlanta Summer Conducting Institute is closed.