Norfolk Chamber Music Festival – Yale Summer School of Music

Chamber Choir + Choral Conducting Workshop

August 9–16, 2020

Application Deadline: March 19, 2020, at 4 p.m. EST

World-renowned choral conductor Simon Carrington leads a workshop for advanced singers and choral conductors accompanied by an outstanding chamber ensemble. Repertoire ranges from music from the Renaissance to brand-new works of the 21st century. The week culminates in a concert held in the acoustically superb Music Shed, where conductors have the opportunity to direct instrumental and choral ensembles. 

Each conducting applicant must be accepted as a singer first. All accepted conductors sing in the Workshop’s chamber choir. Singers invited to the Workshop will receive an Ellen Battell Stoeckel Fellowship covering the full cost of tuition, housing, and meals. Conductors receive a Fellowship covering the cost of housing and meals.

All workshop sessions, as well as the final concert, are audio and video recorded. The final concert is livestreamed on the Norfolk website.

Past Repertoire
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choral repertoire.
2020 festival artists
Photo of Simon Carrington.

Simon Carrington

Director and Conductor, Chamber Choir & Choral Conducting Workshop, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival
Photo of Ilya Poletaev.

Ilya Poletaev

Piano, Harpsichord, Organ, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival
Photo of Jacques Lee Wood.

Jacques Lee Wood

Festival Artist, Cello, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival
My two summers at Norfolk were wonderful breaths of fresh air and truly stand-out experiences.
Emily Sung, Assistant Chorus Master at Opera Philadelphia + conducting faculty at Temple University

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How to Apply

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Application deadline: Thursday, March 19, 2020, at 4 p.m. EST

The Norfolk Chamber Music Festival – Yale School of Music will accept applications from advanced singers and choral conductors for the Chamber Choir and Choral Conducting Workshop. Participants are selected on the basis of ability and supporting materials.

Each conducting applicants must be accepted as a singer first. All accepted conductors sing in the workshop’s chamber choir.

Session + Application Cost

Application fee: $80 (non-refundable)

Registration fee: $300 (refundable, singers only)

  • Fee is due upon acceptance of the fellowship.

  • Fee must be paid by credit card. Visa, MasterCard, and American Express are accepted.

  • Cash and checks are not accepted.

  • Registration fee is refundable after completion of the program subject to deductions in the event of damage or loss to any property or non-compliance with any Festival policies.

Tuition: $800 (non-refundable, conductor/singers only)

  • Tuition fee is due upon acceptance of the fellowship.

  • Fee must be paid by credit card. Visa, MasterCard, and American Express are accepted.

  • Cash and checks are not accepted.

  • Singers not participating as conductors will receive an Ellen Battell Stoeckel Fellowship covering the full cost of tuition.

Housing and meals
All singers and conductors will receive an Ellen Battell Stoeckel Fellowship covering the full cost of housing and meals.

Requirement Checklist

All materials must be received by the deadline listed above. A complete application must include:

1. Online application form
The application includes sections where you will upload all of your application materials. Applications can be started and then saved to be continued at a later time.

2. Audition video
Videos must be uploaded with the application. Videos uploaded to YouTube will be accepted. Recordings of poor quality will not be evaluated. Audition repertoire requirements are listed below.

3. Two letters of recommendation
On the application, you will provide your recommenders’ email addresses. Each will receive an automatic email with instructions on how to submit their recommendation. Letters must be written after 1/1/19.

  1. One recommendation must include contact information (email or telephone).
  2. One letter must be from a recognized mentor (conductor or teacher) and must include a description of the candidate’s sight-reading ability.

4. Vocal repertoire list
A list of works (with composers) that you have performed, received coachings on, and/or rehearsed.

5. Singer résumé or CV
Résumé or CV should reflect your experience and studies as a singer. It is helpful to include such information as schools attended, private teachers, performance experience, music festival experiences, and teaching experience.

6. Non-refundable $80 application fee
Once the online application is submitted, you will be prompted to submit the application fee.

 

In addition to all items above, those applying as conductors must also submit:

7. Conducting video
Video featuring a rehearsal and a concert performance must be uploaded as part of the application. Please see audition repertoire requirements listed below.

8. Conducting repertoire list
A list of works (with composers) you have conducted in performance, received coachings on, and/or rehearsed.

9. Conducting résumé or CV
Résumé or CV should reflect your experience and studies as a conductor. It is helpful to include such information as schools attended, private teachers, music festival experiences, ensembles/organizations you have conducted, and teaching experience.

Audition Repertoire

Singers and singer/conductors will audition for the workshop via video only. Live auditions will not be held.

Videos must be uploaded as part of the application. Video uploaded to Youtube will be accepted. Poor quality recordings will not be evaluated. Arias and scales must be on separate tracks.  

If you have any questions about repertoire or the technical requirements, please call the Norfolk office at 860 542-3000.

1. Unaccompanied ascending and descending harmonic-minor scales
Demonstrate your vocal range and flexibility by singing ascending and descending harmonic-minor scales, unaccompanied, at a gentle mezzo-piano, one octave at a time. Begin toward the bottom of your range and sing the scales individually, moving the scale up by a half-step each time, concentrating on accurate intonation and secure control. If necessary, you may give yourself a single note on the piano at each half-step, but demonstrating your range without doing that is preferred.

Soprano and bass: minimum two octaves

Alto: at least an octave and a 6th from low G (or lower)

Tenor: at least an octave and a 6th from the C below middle C

2. Vocal works
Two pieces which you feel demonstrate the special qualities of your voice. One of the pieces should be from the Renaissance or Baroque period and should be sung with minimum vibrato (such as you deem appropriate).

 

In addition to all the materials above, those applying as conductors must also submit:

3. Conducting sample of a rehearsal
Between three and five minutes in length; five minutes maximum.

4. Conducting sample of a performance
Between three and five minutes in length; five minutes maximum.

Acceptance

Candidates will be notified by email, on or before April 30, 2020, about the status of their application and audition results. All fees must be paid by credit card: Visa, MasterCard, and American Express are accepted. Cash and checks are not accepted.

Singers
The refundable registration fee of $300 must be paid within 10 days of acceptance to secure one’s position. The fee will be refunded after completion of the program subject to deductions in the event of damage or loss to any property or non-compliance with any Festival policies. 

Singer/conductors
The non-refundable tuition fee of $800 must be paid within 10 days of acceptance to secure one’s position.

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