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


  • Dates: July 11-13
  • Times: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM daily
  • Noncredit Cost: $300
  • Graduate Credit: Additional $500.00 for 1 hour of graduate credit (Paid separately to SMU)
  • Housing: 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, go to

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Advanced Choral Conducting Faculty:

Robert H. Bode is a noted teacher, award-winning conductor and prize-winning poet. He is currently Visiting Professor of Choral Music at The Ohio State University.  Prior to coming to OSU, Bode served on the music faculties of the Conservatory of Music and Dance at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and Whitman College in Walla Walla, WA. Bode is also Artistic Director Emeritus of Choral Arts Northwest, a chamber chorus based in Seattle, WA. In 2010, Bode and Choral Arts Northwest were awarded the Margaret Hillis Award for Choral Excellence by Chorus America. Bode’s choirs have performed for regional and national conferences of the American Choral Directors Association, Washington ACDA, Missouri ACDA, Missouri Music Educators Association, and Chorus America. Bode is known throughout the United States for his dedication to the commissioning and performance of new choral music.  He has commissioned over fifty works for chorus from American composers, including William Averitt, John David Earnest, Eric Barnum, Jake Heggie, Gwyneth Walker, Richard Hundley, John Muelheisen, Frank Ferko, Jake Runestad, Dominick DiOrio, Dale Trumbore, Shawn Kirchner, Kevin Siegfried, Jessica French, and others. He has written texts for over 100 choral works.  His first volume of lyric poetry, “Crickets and Commas,” is published by GIA Publications.

Pamela Elrod Huffman’s conducting career spans all levels, from elementary and secondary schools to university, symphonic, and church choirs. Since 2007, Dr. Huffman has served as the Director of Choral Activities at SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts, where she oversees the M.M. Choral Conducting program and directs the university’s choral ensembles.

An accomplished vocalist, Huffman sang with the late Robert Shaw from 1988 until 1999, 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.  In 2003, she joined the Grammy Award-winning professional choral ensemble, Conspirare, under the direction of Craig Hella Johnson.  She retired from that ensemble in 2018.

Huffman regularly serves as a choral clinician and adjudicator throughout the United States. She is also a sought-after workshop clinician, particularly in the area of the choral techniques of Robert Shaw. Her articles on Shaw’s warm-ups and rehearsal techniques can be found on the website dedicated to the late maestro –

Huffman holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music from the University of Texas at Austin and a D.M.A. in Choral Conducting from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. She is a Past President of TCDA, and also a member of TMEA, ACDA, NCCO, and Pi Kappa Lambda

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