After the highly successful 1-day Conducting masterclass that were lead by Dr Jerry Blackstone at Choralfest 2015, Choralfest 2017 (Brisbane) is offering the same opportunity to work with Dr André Thomas. André is currently professor of music at Florida State University and the artistic director for the Tallahassee Community Chorus. In addition to his conducting and composition credits, he is a published author, Way Over in Beulah Lan’: Understanding and Performing the Negro Spiritual and numerous journal articles.
André conducts various choral organizations throughout the US and internationally and is always in demand for All-State high school choirs and has twice conducted the World Youth Choir.
André brings such a wealth of knowledge across all areas of conducting and leading singing groups. Like Jerry Blackstone, he works with each conductor at their level.
Please note: Conductor and observer places are NOW FULL. Contact the office if you want to be on the waiting list for this event.
Day schedule: The day begins promptly at 9:00am (Registration is at 8:45am) and finishes at 3:00pm.
Location: Brisbane Grammar School. When you come to the front of the school, look to the right and down through the circular car drop off point to the music department, the Masterclass will be downstairs in that building – and there will be some signs to help you find your way.
Observers will be singing as part of a Lab Choir during the Masterclass. You will be given music on the day.
Note to participants: please bring 20 to 30 copies of the piece that you have chosen to work with André on. A list of selections is below.
|Rejoice in the Lamb||Benjamin Britten|
|He Watching Over Israel from Elijah||Felix Mendelsohnn|
|Frolocket ihr Völker Auf Erden||Felix Mendelsohnn|
|And the Glory (Messiah)||G.F. Handel|
|I Dream a World||André Thomas||SATB or 2 part|
|Keep Your Lamps||André Thomas||SATB|