Master Class 2021

07/10/2021 09:00 AM - 07/13/2021 11:30 AM MT


National - Live Event


Glendale, AZ


Master Class in Conducting with Dr. William Payn
Master Class in Composition with Sondra Tucker
July 10-13, 2021
Rennaisance Phoenix-Glendale Hotel and Spa, Glendale, Arizona
This event gives participants the opportunity to hone and perfect their skills in either conducting or composition with master clinicians, Dr. William Payn and Sondra Tucker.

Attend as a Conductor or a Ringer-Observer. Each conducting participant will be assigned one piece to learn and conduct under Dr. Payn’s tutelage. Participating conducting students and ringer-observers will form the choir that each will lead.

The event concludes with a final showcase concert where each conducting student will present their piece for an audience.

Not quite ready to step to the podium? Then participate as a Ringer-Observer. You will ring for the student conductors and watch Dr. Payn work first hand.

For those who wish to participate as conductors, an application is required before acceptance to the event. Note: For this year ONLY and due to the additional challenges presented by COVID restrictions, we are removing the video requirement for conducting applicantsThe application will also request information about each candidate’s music education and handbell experience.

Ringer/-Observers do not need to submit an advance application – just proceed to registration.


Up to six composers will have the opportunity to work one-on-one with Sondra Tucker to hone their skills in composing and arranging. Students will have access to keyboards and ample time to work on compositions. There will also be opportunities for group discussion and collaboration. Registration will be on a first-come-first-served basis. Each registrant will be asked to provide basic information about their background in composing and arranging and should have at least one composition/arrangement in process when arriving at the event.

Conductors – $495 (limited to 13, pre-application required)
Composers - $495 (limited to 6)
Ringer/Observer – $375

Cancellation policy: A full refund, minus a $150 administrative charge, will be issued for cancellations made prior to June 15, 2021 Cancellations made after June 15, will be given a full refund minus a $150 administrative charge, if the reserved space can be filled by someone on the waiting list. If the reserved space cannot be filled, no refund will be given.

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