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Temple Sings

Summer Seminar in Choral Conducting

A comprehensive workshop in conducting and the choral art

July 21-25, 2014


Workshop description
Participating faculty

Workshop description

Temple Sings invites choral conductors and enthusiasts to gather in Philadelphia for an upbeat and enriching week. Summer Seminar 2014 will offer conductors of all interests and abilities the opportunity to hone their complete choral craft – from daily master-classes in conducting gesture to interest sessions on a wide variety of topics, including:
Rehearsal techniques
Score study
Vocal health and technique
Selecting excellent repertoire
Reading sessions

Participating faculty


Paul Rardin    

Paul Rardin joined the faculty of Temple University as director of choral activities in 2011. He conducts the Concert Choir, teaches graduate conducting, and oversees the six-choir program at Temple’s Boyer College of Music and Dance. He previously taught at the University of Michigan and Towson University, where his choirs appeared with the Kirov Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and Baltimore Choral Arts Society. Rardin is a graduate of Williams College and the University of Michigan, where he received the M.M. in composition and the D.M.A. in conducting. He has served as a guest conductor for all-state choirs in twelve states, for divisional honor choirs for the ACDA and Music Educators National Conference, and for Manhattan Concert Productions at Lincoln Center. He has served as a guest conductor for all-state choirs in eleven states, and in 2009 conducted the MENC All-Eastern Division High School Chorus. He has presented clinics for state, regional, and national conferences of the American Choral Directors Association. His settings of spirituals and folk songs are published by Santa Barbara Music Publishing, and his articles have appeared in the ACDA publications Choral Journal, Troubadour, and Resound.


Mitos Andaya


Mitos Andaya teaches undergraduate conducting, graduate choral literature, and directs the Temple University Singers. Prior to her appointment at Temple, she served as Associate Director of Choral Activities at the University of Georgia. She has served as guest conductor of the Netherlands Chamber Choir, and has also conducted the Netherlands Radio Chorus, and Eric Ericson Chamber Choir. She has studied in master classes with Helmuth Rilling, Simon Halsey, André Thomas, and Frieder Bernius. She has been a member of the conducting faculty of the Westminster Chamber Choir with Westminster Choir College of Rider University since 2007. Andaya has Renaissance and other editions published with Alliance Music Publications, and jazz compositions and arrangements with UNC Jazz Press and Hal Leonard. She is active in the American Choral Directors Association and International Federation of Choral Music, and currently serves as President-Elect of the National Collegiate Choral Organization (NCCO).


Rollo Dilworth


Rollo Dilworth is Associate Professor of Choral Music Education at Temple University. He is an active conductor, educator, and clinician who has taught choral music at the elementary, secondary, and university levels. He is a contributing author for the Essential Elements for Choir textbook series, published by the Hal Leonard Corporation/Glencoe Publications, and for "Music Express!" teachers magazine. His research interests are in the areas of African-American music and music education curriculum and instruction. Dr. Dilworth is an award-winning composer, his choral compositions being part of the Henry Leck Choral Series published with Hal Leonard Corporation and Colla Voce Music Company. His performing endeavors have taken him to Europe, Asia, Africa, and Australia. He holds degrees from Case Western Reserve University, University of Missouri-St. Louis, and Northwestern University.


Christine Bass


Christine Bass conducts the Temple University Women’s Chorus. Prior to her appointment at Temple, Bass served for 22 years as Director of Choral Activities at Cherry Hill High School West, Cherry Hill, NJ. Her ensembles have performed at multiple national and regional conventions, as well as throughout Europe. She was named New Jersey MENC Master Music Teacher and received the Governor’s Award in Arts Education. She has conducted all-state choirs in New Jersey and South Carolina, and in 2009 conducted the ACDA National High School Honors Choir in Oklahoma City.  Her educational DVDs, Vocal Transformation and Where The Boys Are are published by Hal Leonard Corporation. She has published articles in Choral Journal and Choral Director’s Magazine. She holds bachelors and masters degrees from the Westminster Choir College of Rider University.



Monday, July 21 – Friday, July 25, 2014

9:00-9:30 Group vocal warm-ups and discovery session
Learn new group warm-up exercises and sample excellent choral literature. Clinicians will rehearse participants using some of their own time-tested rehearsal techniques.

9:30-10:30 Interest sessions
Comprehensive sessions to enhance your choral skills. Topics will include core study, rehearsal techniques, choral artistry, the vocal mechanism, selecting excellent choral literature, and many more.

10:30-12:30 Masterclass in conducting: Small groups
Participants will have the opportunity to conduct in small groups of fellow participants, and video-record themselves daily under the supportive and energetic tutelage of one of our faculty.

12:30-2:00 Lunch on your own
Buy a Temple meal plan or sample diverse fare from one of our many authentic food trucks!

2:00-3:00 Interest sessions

3:00-5:00 Masterclass in conducting: Small groups

5:00-7:00 Dinner on your own (Monday-Thursday only)
Visit our Student Center food court, or take the subway downtown for many outstanding dining options.

7:00-8:30 Masterclass in conducting: Tutti (Monday-Thursday only)
All participants, faculty, and select members of the Temple University Concert Choir join for this evening sing.


Registration Fee (non-refundable): $45
Tuition: $525

Course Fee includes all sessions, at least 10 minutes of video-recorded podium time every day, and a packet of choral octavos.

College credit fees range from approximately $579 (1-credit, undergrad, PA resident) to $2256 (2-credit, graduate, non-PA resident).

To enroll for college credit, please contact David Brown.

Housing fees range from $267 for the week (arrive Sunday, check out Friday; on-campus dormitory Morgan Hall) to approximately $750 plus tax for the week at a downtown hotel.
A full meal plan (2 meals per day) costs approximately $27 per day. Morgan Hall is Temple University's new high-rise dormitory facility.  Accomodations include a multi-room suite with common area and kitchenette.  For a virtual tour of Morgan Hall, CLICK HERE.


Registration Form

Please register for TempleSings by June 15, 2014.

The non-refundable $45 registration fee is due upon registration with the remaining fees billed to you (due by June 15).  Registration is not complete until full payment is received. There is a $50 late registration fee for any payments received after June 15, 2014.