2018 ANCA Conducting Masterclasses
During the first quarter of 2018 ANCA is hosting a series of Masterclasses in various chapters. ANCA is delighted that Karen Grylls will be visiting from New Zealand and will be joined by talented local clinicians to conduct a number of Masterclasses and workshops.
2018 ANCA Conducting Masterclasses are proudly supported by Tour Time
The Masterclasses being in Brisbane on February 16 & 17 (Karen Grylls and Jodie Spooner Ryan) followed by Perth for February 23 & 24 (Karen Grylls), South Australia 24 March (Jenny Mathers) and Victoria 4 & 5 April (Karen Grylls and with Debra Shearer- Dirié) and finishing in New South Wales 6-8 April (Karen Grylls). Please click on the links below to see what's planned for the states, and read about the presenters. As the details of various events are confirmed and registrations open, links to these will be added.
Friday 16 February - Evening
Come and observe Karen Grylls working with 16 advanced singers as she works with the ensemble in rehearsal, finding the subtlety and finesse in every musical phrase. Karen will work through a selection of choral standards, using strategies and tools that can be transferred to any level of choral singing. This is an opportunity to see how Karen creates the colours and vocal blend she is renowned for.
Saturday 17 February - Day
There is no better way to learn that to actively be involved in our craft. For those intermediate and advanced conductors who wish to refine and polish their skills on the podium, sign up to work with Karen Grylls. For those that are just starting out in the conducting world, sign up to work with Jodie Spooner-Ryan (NSW, studied with Andre Thomas in the US). Jodie will lead you through some of the basics, and her friendly approach will have you relaxed and performing at your best in no time.
Friday 23 February - Evening
Karen will work with a recruited choir, illustrating her approach to interpretation and rehearsal. Open to observers.
Saturday 24 February - Morning
Conductors will direct a recruited choir under Karen’s guidance, with the aim of improving rehearsal technique, choral interpretation and performance. Prospective conductors should apply to participate by Feb. 1st. Open to observers
Saturday 24 February - Afternoon
Development session for choral performers and directors, led Karen Grylls: an opportunity to acquire new insights into choral performance with one of the world’s leading experts.
Saturday 24 March with Jenny Mathers
A workshop for conductors and their choirs with Jenny Mathers, St Catherine’s School, Melbourne
Conductors and their choirs are invited to participate in this workshop on practical skills for conductors and choirs working together to create a wonderful harmonious sound. Conductors will be able to conduct their own choir and/or an ad hoc combined choir formed from of all those who attend, so even if you can’t persuade your conductor or your choir to come, you can still have a great time learning and singing.
Join Dr Karen Grylls & Dr Debra Shearer-Dirié for two days of masterclasses, networking, singing and more.
Includes masterclasses for advanced and beginner conductors; Sing Your Choral Favourites, concert; choral music in NZ lecture; networking and lunch. Two days of choral learning for all!
Wednesday 4 April 2018 - Day
Wednesday 4 April 2018 - Afternoon rehearsal and Evening concert
Thursday 5 April 2018 - Day
Thursday 5 April 2018 - Morning
A lecture by Dr Karen Grylls. The secret ingredients to excellent choirs in New Zealand revealed. -
Please note that this lunch is not the standard lunch for choristers at the school, the purchase of a Networking Lunch ticket is required.
On 6-8 April Karen Grylls will be visiting Sydney and surrounds to work with a number of local choirs. Opportunities to observe may be available.
Jenny Mathers is currently Head of Music at St. Catherine’s School, Toorak, Melbourne, Australia. She takes a varied classroom load, including both the Primary and Secondary Schools. She conducts two choirs and the flagship Jorgensen Orchestra and she enjoys many forms of music making, including playing the clarinet (L.Mus.A), accompanying her students on the piano (A.Mus.A), and singing (A.Mus.A) in choirs. Jenny is passionate about using imagery in all forms of her teaching and the ‘discovery’ of the work of Rudolph von Laban when she completed her Masters of Music Education at Florida State University in 1997 was life-changing. She uses this knowledge whenever she teachers conducting, such as at the ACCET Summer School or short courses for the University of Melbourne Graduate program. Jenny has spent many years on committees for ACCET, ABODA (Australian Band and Orchestral Directors Association) and ANCA, having been the Victorian Branch treasurer for 11 years, and now, after a break for family leave, the Vice-President.
She was convener of the first Sounds Great! conference in 2003 and has enjoyed continued involvement with the organization of this conference, as well as planning for the 2015 Choralfest in Melbourne.
Jenny adjudicated Instrumental, Choral and Vocal sections in Burnie, Tasmania in 2014 and the Choral Sections at the Waverley Eisteddfod in 2015. She adjudicated both the Boroondara and Mildura Choral Eisteddfods in 2016.
Jodie Spooner-Ryan (Conductor) graduated from the University of NSW with a Bachelor of Music/Bachelor of Education in 1995. In 2002 she completed a two-year Master of Music (Choral Conducting) degree at Florida State University, USA, under the direction of Dr. Andre Thomas and Professor Rodney Eichenberger. She also studied orchestral conducting with Dr. Alexander Jimenez and was an Associate Conductor at the University of South Carolina's Summer School.
Jodie is currently Director of Music (P-12) at Meriden School, Strathfield in NSW. She conducts the Meriden Senior Singers, the top auditioned choir, the Meriden Symphony Orchestra and teaches senior classroom music. Jodie freelances for community choirs, orchestras and choral workshops.
Jodie is passionate about conducting technique and is a regular conducting tutor at the Australian Choral Conductors Education and Training workshop held in Melbourne every January. She has been guest presenter at ACCET, CaSPA, the Anglican Schools Choral Festival, ANCA NSW and ANCA South Australia and various other organisations teaching conducting technique and running workshops for choir and conductors.
Dr Debra Shearer-Dirié has lectured at the Queensland Conservatorium, the University of Queensland School of Music, and the Australian Catholic University. She is Musical Director of the Brisbane Concert Choir, Fusion Vocal Ensemble and Vintage Voices. Debra has performed with her choirs in Europe, North America, Korea, and of course, Australia. Her singers are drawn in by her attention to the promotion and advancement of artistic excellence in choral singing and choral conducting.
She currently serves as editor of the Australian National Choral Association’s publication, Sing Out, and is on the board for the National Council of that organization. Debra has also been a contributing reviewer for the International Choral Bulletin (International Federation for Choral Music) since 2012. Her year is filled with guest conducting and adjudicating at Choir festivals in Australia and New Zealand. She also serves as Adjudicator for Choral Festivals and Eisteddfods within the Asia-Pacific region.