Choral Conducting Symposium

Dates: Wednesday, May 29 2024 – Friday, May 31 2024

The UMKC Choral Conducting Symposium, hosted by UMKC Conservatory Choral Faculty members Dr. Charles Robinson and Dr. Jennifer Sengin will meet from Wednesday, May 29-Friday, May 31 on the campus of the University of Missouri–Kansas City. Joining the UMKC Conservatory faculty will be our featured guest clinician, Dr. David Rayl, Professor of Choral Music and former Director of Choral Programs and Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Research (retired) at Michigan State University.  

The Symposium will provide conducting master classes as its primary focal point, as well as interactive lectures and workshops lead by UMKC Conservatory faculty and guest teachers. Representative topics include expressive-communicative conducting technique, rehearsal strategies, score study, diverse repertoire, performance practice, and choral programming. 

Symposium conductors will sing with and conduct the semi-professional UMKC Summer Choral Chamber Ensemble each day. The Symposium environment is collaborative and encouraging, allowing participants to enhance skills in conducting, rehearsing and communicating with ensembles at all levels.  At the end of each day, participants are invited to join the Symposium community in social gatherings at various establishments through the Kansas City area if they choose.