2018 Conducting Workshop


JULY 29 – JULY 31, 2018

Register for the 2018 San Diego Summer Choral Conducting Workshop

Over three days, participants will receive intensive choral conducting study, focusing on gesture, rehearsal techniques, warmups, vocal pedagogy, programming ideas, and choral literature for K-12, church, and community choirs. A choir made up of members of the San Diego Master Chorale and auditioned local choral musicians will be available every evening acting as the main vehicle for Conducting Fellows, both in rehearsal and at the culminating recital.

This workshop is targeted for K-12 Music Teachers, Church Musicians, Community Choir Conductors, College and High School Students, and Choral music enthusiasts, who want to improve their skills as a conductor and become more comfortable in front of a choir. Interested persons can participate in three different ways: as a Conducting Fellow* (someone who receives multiple private conducting lessons and rehearsal time in front of the San Diego Master Chorale), a Conducting Associate (someone who receives one private conducting lesson and can conduct a small laboratory choir), or as an Auditor or Observer (someone who may not feel comfortable conducting a choir but wants to expand their conducting knowledge and abilities).

“As I scanned countless summer programs around the country for a conducting workshop willing to mentor a young conductor still in his undergrad, the San Diego Conducting Workshop was the only one that I found that gave podium time to someone like me. Living on the east coast, there were camps for high school students to attend to work on their musicianship skills and there were conferences for doctoral candidates to fill their resumes, but the undergraduate experience bracket was seriously lacking. I am pleased to say that the amazing memories, wonderful experiences, and lasting friendships that I got to have while I attended the SDCW will shape the way I approach music for the rest of my life.”
-Christopher Hickey, 2016 Conducting Fellow


  • Dr. Patrick Walders, Director of Choral Studies, San Diego State University
  • Dr. Arlie Langager, Director of Choral Studies, MiraCosta College
  • Maria Didur, Collaborative Pianist


  • San Diego, California (St. Andrew’s by the Sea Episcopal Church, 1050 Thomas Ave, San Diego, CA 92109)

    For information regarding obtaining a hotel room for the workshop, contact Katie Walders at executivedirector@sdproartevoices.org


  • K-12 Music Teachers (especially Instrumentalists who conduct choirs)
  • Church Musicians, Community Choir Conductors
  • College and High School Students
  • Choral music enthusiasts!

Participate in three different ways:

  • Conducting Fellow* – daily private & group lessons, conduct evening choir in recital
  • Conducting Associate – one private lesson, daily group lessons, conduct daytime lab choir
  • Auditor/Observer/Participant – participate in all sessions, lab choir, evening choir (optional)


Conducting Fellow* – $350

Selection by application/email inquiry (see below)
Conduct assigned repertoire TBA
Conduct 1-2 pieces of choice
Daily private lessons with faculty
Daily group lessons with faculty
Podium time with evening auditioned choir
Sing in evening auditioned choir (optional)
Conduct auditioned choir in Wednesday recital
Participate in all sessions

Conducting Associate – $250:

Selection by application/email inquiry
Conduct assigned repertoire TBA
Conduct 1-2 pieces of choice
1 private lesson with faculty
Daily group lessons with faculty
Podium time with daytime lab choir
Sing in evening auditioned choir
Participate in all sessions

Auditor/Participant – $150

Open to anyone with or without choral experience. (Music reading skills required.)
Participate in all sessions
Daily group lessons with faculty
Sing in daytime lab choir
Sing in evening auditioned choir (optional)
Observe private lessons (with permission)

*Conducting Fellow applicants should send their CV, a list of works conducted, and 1-2 videos (youtube links are okay) to executivedirector@sdproartevoices.org