Immerse yourself in a week of musical mentorship in the choral art.
The Atlanta Summer Conducting Institute is a week-long series of seminars and masterclasses geared toward music educators, graduate student conductors, church musicians, community choir conductors, and any conductors looking to grow as artists. Led by co-artistic directors Dr. Daniel Bara of The University of Georgia and Dr. Deanna Joseph of Georgia State University, the Institute provides daily podium time with professional singers as well as lectures in conducting gesture, score study, choral tone, and rehearsal techniques for both choral and choral-orchestral literature.
“Every summer, I take the conducting staff of the Chicago Community Chorus to a summer conducting institute at various Universities. In the summer of 2018, we attended the Atlanta Summer Conducting Institute which was masterfully lead by Deanna Joseph and Daniel Bara. It was the BEST conducting institute that we have attended!”
Artistic Director/Founder, Chicago Community Chorus and Cantor, Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago
Repertoire for the 2020 Atlanta Summer Conducting Institute will be released in the spring and will be listed with the appropriate edition and publisher. Conductors will be assigned selections to ensure a wide range of music styles and all literature is covered. Auditors and Conducting Fellows will be responsible for purchasing or providing their own copies of the repertoire. A sample of the 2019 repertoire is listed below.
Complete Publishers Packets will be made available through Beethoven and Company by visiting the Beethoven & Company Website. Participants may choose to order music individually or through their publisher of choice, however; please note the indicated preferred publications for the repertoire.
Music listed through the Choral Public Domain Library (cpdl.org) is free and should be downloaded and printed prior to attending the workshop. CPDL selections will not be included in the completed Publishers Packet from Beethoven and Company.
LUDWIG BEETHOVEN: Meerestille Und Glückliche Fahrt (ed. Carrington Alliance Music)
LUDWIG BEETHOVEN: Opferlied (cpdl #38619)
JOHANNES BRAHMS: O Schöne Nacht from Op. 92 (cpdl #07878)
COLIN BRITT: There is no Rose (GIA)
WOLFGANG A MOZART: Sparrow Mass, K. 220 (complete) (Barenreiter)
GERALD FINZI: God is Gone Up (Boosey & Hawkes)
ELAINE HAGENBERG: The Music of Stillness (Oxford)
GEORGE F HANDEL: How Excellent Thy Name from Saul (ed. LaBarr) Colla Voce
FRANZ J HAYDN: Lord Nelson Mass (complete) (Barenreiter)
HERBERT HOWELLS: My eyes for beauty pine (Oxford)
GABRIEL JACKSON: To Morning (Oxford)
FELIX MENDELSSOHN: Denn er hat seinen Engeln befohlen über dir (cpdl #18885)
OWAIN PARK: When Love Speaks (Novello)
CHARLES H PARRY: Never Weatherbeaten Sail, Songs of Farewell No. 3 (cpdl #20718)
ROBERT L PEARSALL: There is a Paradise (cpdl #25193)
JOHN RUTTER: Be Thou My Vision (Oxford)
HEINRICH SCHUTZ: Die mit Tränen säen werden (cpdl #46729)
PHILIP STOPFORD: Ave Maris Stella (Philip WJ Stopford)
WILL TODD: The Call of Wisdom (Oxford)
RALPH VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: Rest (E.C. Schirmer)
ERIC WHITACRE: Goodnight Moon (Hal Leonard)
JAMES WHITBOURN: Alleluia jubilate (SATB version) (Chester music)
Application Fee: non-refundable $25.00 with completed application
Conducting Fellow: non-refundable $595.00 due at the time of acceptance to the Institute
- Conducting Fellows will be assigned podium time and repertoire selections. There are a limited number of spots available.
Institute Auditor: non-refundable $395.00 due at the time of acceptance to the Institute
- Institute Auditors will receive no podium time but will be seated as a part of the rehearsal choir and have access to attend all seminars. There is no limit to the number of Institute Auditors participating.
Daniel Bara is the John D. Boyd UGA Foundation Professor of Choral Music and the Director of Choral Activities and Professor of Music at the Hugh Hodgson School of Music at the University of Georgia where oversees seven university choral ensembles as well as the graduate choral conducting program. His university choirs have performed by juried invitation for state, regional, and national conventions of ACDA, MENC, and IMC. In spring of 2014, The UGA Hodgson Singers won the Grand Prix at the International Choral Competition Ave Verum in Baden, Austria and performed at the ACDA Southern Division Convention in Jacksonville, FL. His former MM and DMA conducting students now hold collegiate conducting appointments at Susquehanna University, New England Conservatory, Miami University of Ohio, University of Idaho, William Jewell College, as well as heads of church and school choral music programs throughout the country.
Prior to his appointment at UGA, Dr. Bara was the Director of Choral Activities at East Carolina University, where he received the UNC Board of Governors Distinguished Professor for Teaching Award and the Robert L. Jones Award for Outstanding Teaching, and released two internationally distributed choral recordings, Greater Love (2007) and Eternal Light (2010) with Gothic Records. In 2001was a winner of the Walter Hagen Conducting Prize given at the Eastman School of Music, and the ACDA National Student Conducting Competition (Graduate Division) awarded at the National Convention in San Antonio, TX.
Dr. Bara is a past-president of NC-ACDA, has held the Artistic Directorship of the New York State Summer School of the Arts – School of Choral Studies (2007-2009), and has served as conductor of the World Youth Honor Choir at Interlochen Arts Camp (2004-2006). He is in regular demand as a guest conductor and clinician, having conducted all-state and honor choirs in 17 states and Carnegie Hall, and has served as a clinician for conferences sponsored by ACDA, AGO, and other school and church musical organizations.
Dr. Bara holds the DMA degree in conducting from the Eastman School of Music, organ and conducting degrees from the University of Michigan, and is a graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy. He is the Repertoire and Standards Chair for Youth and Student Activities for the Southern Division Chapter of ACDA and has served on conference planning committees for the 2012 and 2016 Southern Division conferences. At UGA, Dr. Bara conducts the UGA Hodgson Singers, the University Chorus, and oversees the graduate conducting student recital choir, The Repertory Singers.
Dr. Deanna Joseph is Associate Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities at the Georgia State University School of Music where she conducts the University Singers and leads the master’s program in choral conducting. In 2015, she was the recipient of the College of Arts and Sciences’ Outstanding Teacher Award at Georgia State, where she was selected out of a pool of over 800 faculty. A recent review of her work states, “[t]he choir sings with great musicality, excellent intonation, clear diction, and a healthy and beautiful pallet of tone colors…” (The Choral Scholar).
In May of 2017, the University Singers under Dr. Joseph’s leadership won first place in the renowned Marktoberdorf International Chamber Choir Competition while on a concert tour of Austria and Bavaria. In May of 2013, the University Singers competed in La Florilège Vocal de Tours where the choir placed second overall in the mixed choir category and Dr. Joseph was honored with the Prix du chef de choer (conducting prize). The Georgia State University Singers have been invited to perform at two Southern Division conventions of the American Choral Directors Association and at two conventions of the Georgia Music Educator’s Association during Dr. Joseph’s tenure at GSU, and the Georgia State University Choirs have been hired to sing two productions of David Bintley’s Carmina Burana with the Atlanta Ballet: in 2013 (North American premiere performances) and 2017. The choir’s professional recording, Evening Hymn (Gothic Records), is distributed internationally by Naxos and is available for purchase or streaming on all the major music distribution outlets including Amazon, Spotify, iTunes, etc. The American Record Guide review states “There are no runts in the repertory litter…[and] [t]he Georgia State choir of 40 is very good at all of it: radiant as dusk approaches, but hushed and sensitive to the coming darkness as shadows deepen and fall.” The disk has been featured several times on National Public Radio’s program, With Heart and Voice.
Dr. Joseph is an active guest conductor and headline clinician and has conducted all-state and honor choirs in more than twelve states. She is a frequent conductor of choral-orchestral repertoire, and has led performances of Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Beethoven Mass in C, Mozart’s Requiem, Haydn’s Creation and Lord Nelson Mass, Schubert’s Mass in A-flatand Bruckner’s Mass in D Minor. She has prepared choirs to sing with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the Atlanta Opera, and Andrea Bocelli. One of her small ensembles was featured on a 2016 episode of “The Walking Dead”.
Dr. Joseph’s research in the area of 19th century choral-orchestral performance-practice has led to invited presentations on the topic at several division conferences of the American Choral Director’s Association and at the national convention for the National Collegiate Choral Organization. In October of 2012 she was selected as one of 25 presenters from ten countries to speak at the Lund Choral Festival in Sweden.
Prior to her appointment at Georgia State University, Dr. Joseph served on the faculties at Smith College, the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and Hobart and William Smith Colleges.
Dr. Joseph holds conducting degrees from the Eastman School of Music, where she was awarded the Walter Hagen Conducting Prize. She is the founder and artistic director of the Atlanta Summer Conducting Institute (ASCI), a weeklong, summer conducting master class that draws conductors from across the country.