Date(s) - 28/03/2019
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
We are delighted to announce that Stephen Glass, world renowned choir director, composer, and arranger, will be joining us for Shirei Chagigah – Reform Judaism’s biennial music conference, taking place this year from July 11th-14th, 2019.
In advance of the conference, Stephen will be offering some online workshops, in which we are excited to invite you to take part! Stephen will lead us on a journey over the next few months, aimed solely for those who lead choirs (whether you are new to the role, or a well-seasoned professional, whether your synagogue choir is small or large). You will have the chance to share your experience and to learn from Stephen’s wisdom and humorous approach to Jewish music.
The team of choir leaders will take part in two online workshops (no technology expertise required – just a computer, tablet, iPad or even a telephone will suffice). These will open up the opportunity for your choirs to partake in further workshop opportunities with Stephen at the conference itself, as well as further sessions solely for choir leaders.
Workshop 1 with Stephen Glass: Thursday 28th March at 7.30pm.
We will look at some terrific music and explore issues related to efficiently teaching the repertoire, conducting techniques, vocal issues among choir members, and interpretation of the music and the text. You will then take this music back to your choir.
Workshop 2 with Stephen Glass: Monday 20th May at 7.30pm.
We will share challenges arising from the music, as well as address questions you may have on topics affecting us all: For example, the recruitment and retention of choristers, rehearsal and conducting technique, repertoire, choral values and tricks of the trade.
The final set of workshops will take place during Shirei Chagigah (11-14th July) when there is the opportunity for you to bring your choir to the conference, where you and they will take part in a 4-day choir intensive, singing alongside choristers from Reform congregations around the country.
Places for choir leaders are limited, and will be offered on a first come, first served basis.
Home hospitality can be arranged, and discounts may be organised for multiple members of the same community.