Jerry Blackstone Conducting Masterclass Tour
Photos and Memories from the Jerry Blackstone Tour
Jerry Blackstone has shown me a new way of approaching choral music, and has proved to me that the relationships and soul of the people within a choir come through in the music they sing. Mr Blackstone has changed the way I perceive choral music significantly for the better. Harry Jans (BGS)
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Yesterday Jerry Blackstone spent the day with 85 choristers from Hillcrest Christian College and Brisbane Grammar School, in Hobart. Jerry put them at their ease, made them laugh and think, and really inspired them in their love of singing.
About Jerry Blackstone
GRAMMY® Award winning conductor Jerry Blackstone is Director of Choirs and Chair of the Conducting Department at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance where he conducts the Chamber Choir, teaches conducting at the graduate level, and administers a choral program of eleven choirs. In February 2006, he received two GRAMMY® Awards (“Best Choral Performance” and “Best Classical Album”) as chorusmaster for the critically acclaimed Naxos recording of William Bolcom’s monumental Songs of Innocence and of Experience. In 2006, the Chamber Choir performed by special invitation at the inaugural convention of the National Collegiate Choral Organization in San Antonio, and in 2003, the Chamber Choir presented three enthusiastically received performances in New York City at the National Convention of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA). In addition to Professor Blackstone’s choral conducting work at the University, he has led operatic productions with the University of Michigan Opera Theatre, including productions of Janacek’s The Cunning Little Vixen and Strauss’s Die Fledermaus. For significant contributions to choral music in Michigan, he received the 2006 Maynard Klein Lifetime Achievement Award from the ACDA-Michigan chapter.
Professor Blackstone is considered one of the country’s leading conducting teachers, and his students have received first place awards and been finalists in both the graduate and undergraduate divisions of the American Choral Directors Association biennial National Choral Conducting Awards competition.
He has appeared as festival guest conductor and workshop presenter in thirty states as well as New Zealand, Australia, Hong Kong, and Shanghai. Guest appearances for 2013-14 include festivals and conference presentations in South Carolina, Virginia, Florida, California, New York, Georgia, Texas, Massachusetts, Michigan, Shanghai, and New Zealand.
Prior to coming to the University of Michigan in 1988, Professor Blackstone served on the music faculties of Phillips University in Oklahoma, Westmont College in California, and Huntington College in Indiana. He holds degrees from the University of Southern California, Indiana University, and Wheaton College.
To listen to and interview with Jerry Blackstone on radio 3MBS, please click here.