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Advanced Choral Conducting

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

June 12 – 14
Wednesday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.;Thursday and Friday 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Noncredit Cost: $350
Graduate Credit: Additional $500.00 for 1 hour of graduate credit (Paid separately to SMU)
Housing: No on-campus housing is available for this workshop. For a listing of local Dallas hotels near the SMU campus and out-of-state discounts, visit here

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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’s conducting career spans all levels and includes 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 award-winning professional choral ensemble, Conspirare, under the direction of Craig Hella Johnson. Dr. Huffman is a sought-after choral workshop clinician, particularly in the area of the choral techniques of Robert Shaw. Her articles on Shaw’s warm-up and rehearsal techniques can be found on the website dedicated to the late maestro - robertshaw website.


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