June 14-16, 2012
ACF is pleased to announce ChoralConnections, a national convening of choral composers in conjunction with Chorus America’s annual convention.
ChoralConnections will be held at the Radisson Plaza Hotel in downtown Minneapolis (also the host hotel for Chorus America’s convention) on June 14-16, 2012. The purpose of this convening is to provide professional advancement for choral composers and create meaningful opportunities for interaction with many of the country’s most prominent choral conductors.
Running concurrently with the Chorus America conference, ChoralConnections will feature sessions led by nationally-recognized professionals on such topics as music engraving and copying, copyright and contracts, self-publishing, engaging conductors, recording and distribution, and commissioning innovations.
Certainly a conference highlight will be a public reading session of juried choral works by a professional chorus conducted by acclaimed conductor Dale Warland. This ‘master class’ will create a fertile laboratory for artists—composers, conductors and singers—to interact and respond to exciting new choral music. Composers who register for ChoralConnections will be able to submit a piece to be considered for this session.
Thursday, June 14, 2012
3:00 pm Registration opens. Radisson Plaza Hotel
4:45 pm A special screening of Shining Night: A Portrait of Composer Morten Lauridsen. Radisson Plaza Hotel Ballroom
6:00 pm Dinner and Dialog with Libby Larsen. Central Lutheran Church
Friday, June 15, 2012
7:30 am Registration continues. Radisson Plaza Hotel
8:15 am Composer/Conductor Speed-dating, Session #1
9:00 am Morning Sing and joint Plenary Session with Chorus America
10:45 am Music Engraving and Copying: Bill Holab, owner, Bill Holab Music
12:45 pm Composer/Conductor Speed-dating, Session #2
1:45 pm Copyrights & Contracts: Everything You Need to Know: Bill Holab, owner, Bill Holab Music
5:00 pm Self-publishing Your Music: Will it Work for Me?: Jocelyn Hagen, composer and President of Graphite Publishing; Bill Holab, owner, Bill Holab Music; Stephen Paulus, composer; Eric Pearson, General Manager and Editor of Paulus Publications.
Evening Dine Arounds at area restaurants with host composers
Saturday, June 16, 2012
8:15 am Composer/Conductor Speed-dating, Session #3
9:00 am Engaging Conductors: the Dos and Dont's: Sharon A. Hansen, Founder and Music Director of Milwaukee Choral Artists; Craig Hella-Johnson, Artistic Director of Conspirare; Libby Larsen, composer; Eugene Rogers, Associate Director of Choirs at the University of Michigan. Moderator: Patrick Castillo, Senior Director of Artistic Planning for The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra
10:30 am Commissioning Innovation: The Bluegrass Mass: Carol Barnett, composer; Matt Thompson, member of Monroe Crossing; Philip Brunelle, Artistic Director of VocalEssence; Michael McCarthy, commissioner and Chorus America Board of Directors
11:45 am Recording and Distribution in the Digital Age: Collin Rae, Senior Manager of Digital Marketing at Naxos USA; John Nuechterlein, President and CEO of the American Composers Forum; and Frank J. Oteri, Composer Advocate at New Music USA and Senior Editor, NewMusicBox
2:15 pm Choral (ad)Ventures: New Music Reading Session: Dale Warland, conductor. Hoversten Chapel, Augsburg College
*Panelists and presenters subject to change.
For a downloadable schedule, please click here.
Choral (ad)Ventures submission guidelines.
Convention hotel registration ($162 + tax per night) information.
Additional Minneapolis hotel information.
ChoralConnections is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.
This activity is made possible in part by a grant provided by the Minnesota State Arts Board through an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature form the State’s general fund and its arts and cultural heritage fund with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008, and a grant from the Wells Fargo Foundation Minnesota.
Upon request and with adequate notice, any of the American Composers Forum’s printed information may be made available in alternative formats (including digital, Braille and large print). Please contact the American Composers Forum at firstname.lastname@example.org or (651) 251-2807 for further information.