JUL 20–24, 2020 Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, HCCI 2020 has been cancelled.

The HCCI schedule is designed to provide participants a maximum of educational value during the week. If you plan to do some sightseeing in or around Halifax, we recommend adding some time to either or both ends of your trip to make the most out of your time in the area.

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HCCI 2020 Sessions

Score Study

From the composer’s imagination, to the printer’s page, to the conductor’s mind, to the conductor’s heart, to the choir’s mind, to the choir’s voices, to the choir’s heart, to the audience’s ears and eyes, and to the audience’s heart. Practical steps to bring the music alive in rehearsal and performance.

Dalcroze Eurhythmics

These movement sessions will explore the conducting instrument from the perspective of the “whole body.” We play rhythm games and create a movement choreography of a selection from the HCCI choral repertoire.

Conducting Masterclasses

Podium experiences with the HCCI Choir-in-Residence — a mixed chamber choir made up of professional singers from the Halifax area and HCCI participants with professional choral singing experience (16–24 voices).

Teaching Bass Clef Singers

How can I get a group of tenors and basses to sound elegant, beautiful, communicative, in tune, and expressive? Practical techniques using the workshop participants will be demonstrated.

Rehearsal Techniques

Rehearsals are where the action takes place; where improvisation based on knowledge and imagination leads to energized and musically motivating environments.

Why We Do What We Do

Conductors sometimes get lost in the thicket of notes, rhythms, diction, deadlines, and life. We will step back and look at the big picture of the beauty and power of singing together.

I Wish I Would Have Known…

Advice, both practical and conceptual, from a maturing (!) conductor.

Programming and Creating Compelling Performances

Why are some performances “gripping” and others just “good?” What is the role of risk in the life of the conductor? As we listen to compelling performances, what specific elements can be transferred to tomorrow’s rehearsal and performance?