About the Institute

Dates: June 14-16, 2023

Spire Chamber Ensemble and UMKC Conservatory invite conductors to apply for admission to the 2023 Choral Conducting Institute with faculty, Jennaya Robison (Director of Choral Studies, University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory) and Ben A. Spalding (Spire Chamber Ensemble). Conductors will have the rare opportunity to conduct the Spire Chamber Ensemble, one of America’s renowned professional choral ensembles comprised of some of the finest musicians in the United States. Conductors will receive 90 minutes (three separate sessions of 30 minutes) of podium time with the ensemble, direct feedback from the clinicians and singers, and individual conducting lessons with the faculty. Designed for school, church, community, and graduate conductors, this institute will hone in on the crucial skills of specific gestural communication, efficient rehearsal techniques, and deeper musical understanding each score presents. The world-class singers of Spire will provide real-time responsiveness full of subtleties of expression that is invaluable to anyone aiming to grow on the podium, all while being surrounded by a supportive and like-minded community. Conductors and auditors will additionally engage one another in daily roundtable discussion and interest sessions. 

New Vocal Scholars Track available summer 2023: Scholars will participate in workshops with the faculty and members of Spire including: career development, skills necessary for professional choral singing, networking, etc. 

Questions? Contact us!

(816) 235-5448

Mailing Address:
UMKC Choral Conducting Institute
UMKC Conservatory
5227 Holmes St.
Kansas City, MO 64110