This two-day workshop will focus on choral diction in the following languages: French, German, Italian, Spanish and Latin. Attendees will participate in exercises and observe how to improve their students’ diction in both choral and private lesson settings. At the end of the workshop attendees will be allowed to choose one or two additional world languages for which a basic introduction will be provided.
Date: July 26-27, 2017 – 9:00 am to 4:30 pm each day
Location: Wisconsin Center for Music Education
Robert Gehrenbeck is Director of Choral Activities at the University of Wisconsin–Whitewater, where he conducts the UWW Chamber Singers and opera and musical theatre productions. Since 2008 Gehrenbeck has served as Artistic Director of the Madison-based Wisconsin Chamber Choir, whose performances of a both a cappella repertoire and choral-orchestral masterworks have garnered critical accolades. Gehrenbeck’s choirs have performed literature in many languages, including German, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Czech, Russian, Estonian, Hungarian, Hebrew, Swahili, Xhosa, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, and Dakota. As a singer, Gehrenbeck has appeared with the Robert Shaw Festival Singers and New York State Baroque. He holds degrees from Macalester College, Boston University, and Indiana University, with additional studies at the Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy Conservatory in Leipzig, Germany.
Mezzo-soprano Rachel Wood has appeared in opera, concert, and recital performances across Canada, the United States, Italy and the Netherlands. Rachel completed her Doctor of Music degree at Indiana University, and holds Master of Music and Bachelor of Music degrees from the University of Western Ontario. She is a graduate of the Opera Studio Nederland in Amsterdam, and furthered her studies at the Canadian Operatic Arts Academy, Accademia Europea dell’Opera, and the Centre for Opera Studies in Italy. In 2015, Rachel joined the voice faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, where she teaches studio voice, lyric diction, song literature, and vocal pedagogy.
- Pre-registration (register by 7/21/17)
- Member* $130
- Non-Member $145
- Undergraduate $25
Graduate Credit Information
Participants who attend this workshop have the opportunity to earn one graduate credit for an additional fee of $220 per credit. This is a separate registration and fee from the workshop registration. Please download a copy of the Viterbo registration form and mail it with a check (payable to Viterbo University) to:
Wisconsin Center for Music Education
1005 Quinn Drive
Waunakee, WI 53597
- View Course Syllabus (pdf)
- Viterbo Registration Form (pdf)
- Visit the Graduate Credit Information page for more details and to sign-up for credit.
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