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Choral Activities

Chair: Dr. Paul Rardin

Choral Activities Faculty

Temple University Choirs


Degree Program
M.M. Choral Conducting

The Master of Music degree in choral conducting is a rigorous, highly select, two-year program of study that combines technique, artistry, and scholarship. It is unique in providing students two distinct degree recitals, one each with the Graduate Conductors Chorus and Recital Chorus. Graduates of this program have gone on to conduct outstanding university, school, community, and professional choirs across the country.

Graduate students in choral conducting for 2015-2016 are:

Kendra Balmer

Marianne Gruzwalski

Rachel Johnson
Iain Sturrock

For more information on degree requirements and the application process, click here.

Graduate students in Choral Conducting are normally offered Teaching Assistantships that include partial tuition remission and monetary stipends. These assistantships entail:

Workshops, Master Classes, and Guest Artists
The Department of Choral Activities presents master classes, workshops, and guest performances by renowned choirs and choir directors. Recent guests include Judy Bowers, James Jordan, Simon Halsey, Darius Brubeck, Simon Carrington, Anton Armstrong, Ann Howard Jones, Jameson Marvin, Joe Miller, Katherine FitzGibbon, Edward Maclary, The Philadelphia Singers, Schola Cantorum Coralina, Ensemble Amarcord, and Magnificat Consort. Guests for 2015-2016 include Karen Kennedy and Helmuth Rilling.

Temple hosts its annual ManChoir festival each spring semester, drawing hundreds of young singers from across the Mid-Atlantic region. This day-long festival includes rehearsals, master classes, sessions for teachers, and a final concert featuring the Temple University Concert Choir, special guest male choirs, and ManChoir.

Each summer, Choral Activities hosts the annual Temple Sings Summer Seminar in Choral Conducting. Temple Sings invites choral conductors and enthusiasts to gather in Philadelphia for a week of choral conducting master classes and interest sessions on a wide variety of topics. Summer Session 2016 will take place July 25-29. For more information about Temple Sings, visit the Temple Sings page.


Choral Activities Office