Mark your calendar for the
32nd Annual Choral Workshop ~ Online
August 9 – 11, 2021
Given the uncertainty we all face in the near future, plans are underway for a second virtual Choral Workshop via Zoom. David Hill and Paula Rockwell will lead us from their homes in Nova Scotia and England, and we look forward to joining once again with singers from across the US and across the globe.
Here are some comments from 2020 participants:
- “2020 was terrific. One of the best things I’ve done during Covid.”
- “The 2020 limitations actually opened up new opportunities. People attended from great distances. Fresh new activities were attempted. Ideas and assistance were gathered from a wider circle.”
- “David was terrific. I really enjoyed his commentary, putting each movement in context.”
- On Paula’s recital, “Excellent eclectic programming–made me more appreciative than ever of her fabulous technique and artistry.”
- “I was hesitant to attend by Zoom but you all made it work and drew us ❤ together.”
Repertoire: The featured masterwork will be Antonín Dvořák’s Requiem Mass, opus 89. We will supplement the Mass with shorter works from European Sacred Music, a collection of over 50 examples of the finest sacred choral music from continental Europe, ranging from the 16th to the 20th century, selected and edited by John Rutter. More about music …
Cost: $200 for all three days. Most events will be recorded and made available to paid participants after the workshop has ended.
Click here for a list of of additional activities, a schedule and more.
I wish you music to help with the burdens of life, and to help you release your happiness to others.
~Ludwig van Beethoven
The Ogontz Choral Workshop offers extraordinary opportunities for singers, church musicians, and choral conductors to explore repertoire with some of the world’s leading choral directors. Registration is open to anyone; no auditions are required (pre-registration and tuition payment is required). Past participants have come from across North America and beyond and have included singers and musicians of all backgrounds. In normal years participants learn together, rehearse, relax, and sing for a week at the intimate rustic retreat known as Ogontz Camp in the White Mountains of New Hampshire.
The 2021 workshop will be led by David Hill, director of the Bach Choir of London and Yale University’s Schola Cantorum. Participants will work with voice clinician Paula Rockwell, a member of the faculty of Acadia University, Nova Scotia. She will lead a masterclass session and also perform a solo recital.
Unlike many summer choral workshops, which focus on a culminating public performance, the Ogontz Choral Workshop is an opportunity to become immersed in several masterpieces without the pressure of preparing to perform.
David Hill, MBE
Renowned for his fine musicianship, David Hill is widely respected as both a choral and orchestral conductor. He was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2019 New Year’s Honours for services to music. Hill currently serves as Professor Adjunct of Choral Conducting and Principal Conductor of Schola Cantorum at Yale University and Musical Director of London’s Bach Choir. More …
Nova Scotia, Canada
Since completing her graduate studies at University of Toronto, Paula Rockwell has been steeped in musical projects, performances and music festivals in Canada and the United States. She teaches Applied Voice, Diction for Singers, Scene Studies, and The Singing Actor at her alma mater Acadia University. More …
Rhode Island, USA
George Kent has devoted his life to music, and he has raised the artistic standards of his home community of Westerly, the state of Rhode Island, and New England as well. The Chorus of Westerly, which he founded in 1959, is now widely known as a Rhode Island performing organization of reliable artistic excellence. More …