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For further information about SMU Music Educators Workshops contact Julie Scott at or 214-768-3717; or call the SMU Music Office at 214-768-1951.

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The SMU Music Educators Workshops are annual professional development and learning opportunities offered for music educators and students of music through the Music Division of SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts. The Music Division of Meadows is an accredited institutional member of both the National Association of Schools of Music and the Texas Association of Music Schools.

Adult students who earn graduate credit for participation in the Music Educators Workshops may apply the credit to a Master of Music in Music Education degree, once accepted into the masters program.

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This three-day workshop is intended for the experienced choral conductor (or graduate-level student) who is looking to enhance those conducting skills that are already in place. The limited enrollment ensures that all participants will receive ample podium time and personalized instruction in an intimate, seminar-type atmosphere. The workshop will include:

  • Individual coaching in conducting techniques
  • Choral warm-ups and rehearsal techniques of Robert Shaw
  • Score study and analysis tips

Dates: July 7 – 9, 2014
Times: 9-11 a.m.; 12-3 p.m.
Noncredit Cost: $350
Graduate Credit Cost: $850 ($350 workshop fee plus $500 for 1 hour of graduate credit)
Enrollment Limit: 12

There is no on-campus housing available for this workshop. For a listing of local Dallas hotels near the SMU campus and out-of-state discounts click here.

Advanced Choral Conducting Faculty:

Robert H. Bode is on the faculty at the Conservatory of Music and Dance at the University of Missouri at Kansas City, where he is Professor of Choral Music and Director of Choral Activities. Prior to coming to UMKC, Dr. Bode was Chair in the Humanities and Fine Arts and Director of Choral/Vocal Studies at Whitman College, Walla Walla, WA, where he conducted the 100-voice Chorale and the 30-voice Whitman Chamber Singers. Dr. Bode is also the Artistic Director of Choral Arts, a semi-professional chamber chorus in Seattle, WA. Choral Arts won the 2010 Margaret Hillis Award for Choral Excellence from Chorus America. This group’s CD, “Mornings Like This,” won the American Prize for choral recorded music (community division) in 2010. In addition to his distinguished teaching career, Dr. Bode has enjoyed a successful international conducting career as guest conductor of the Kammerorchester Leipzig, Germany; Filharmonia Sudecka, Walbryzch, Poland; Vratca Philharmonic, Vratca, Bulgaria; and the Yunnan Provincial Chorus, Kunming, China; among many others. Dr. Bode is noted for his dedication to the commissioning and performance of music by American composers.

Pamela Elrod Huffman has a conducting career that spans all levels—from elementary and secondary schools, to university, symphonic, and church choirs—including positions in Texas, New York, Illinois, and Georgia. Since 2007, Dr. Huffman has served as the Director of Choral Activities at SMU, where she oversees the MM Choral Conducting program and directs the university’s choral ensembles. Prior to this appointment, she was Assistant Director of Choral Studies at Texas Tech University. Dr. Huffman holds BM and MM degrees from the University of Texas at Austin and a DMA in Choral Conducting from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. An accomplished vocalist, she has appeared as a guest artist with numerous university, professional, community, and church choirs throughout the country. From 1988 until 1999, she sang with the late Robert Shaw, performing and recording with the Robert Shaw Festival Singers, the Robert Shaw Choral Institutes, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus, and the Atlanta Symphony Chamber Chorus. Since 2003, she has been a member of the Grammy-nominated professional choral ensemble, Conspirare, under the direction of Craig Hella Johnson. Dr. Huffman regularly serves as a choral clinician and adjudicator in Texas, as well as throughout the United States. Her articles on Shaw’s warm-up and rehearsal techniques can be found on the Singer Network website and Southwestern Musician.

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