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Master Series 2015 - Master Class in Conducting
1. As a conductor – you will be assigned one piece to conduct. The group you conduct will be made up of other conducting students and ringer/observer participants in the class. In addition to your conducting responsibilities, you will be assigned ringing positions on some of the music conducted by other students. We will accept 13 conducting students in this course. NEW THIS YEAR - conducting applicants are required to provide a link to a video of them conducting two selections of contrasting styles. The video should show the applicant from head to toe, facing the camera. The link to this video is requested as part of the registration form. Registration fee: $495.00
2. As a ringer/observer – you will be assigned ringing positions on some of the pieces conducted by conducting students. Depending on registration levels, you may or may not be ringing on all pieces. While ringing you will have a front-row seat to observe as Dr. Payn works with each conducting student. You will have additional opportunities to observe when you are not ringing. We will accept up to 20 ringer/observer students for this course. Registration fee: $425.00
Registration fees include lunch each day of the event.
Conducting repertoire assigned individually to participants must be completely learned (close to memory) before arriving at the event – paying particular attention to musical nuance and how to achieve musical results through gesture and verbal communication. Each conductor must have his/her piece assigned for 13 ringers. Each participant must purchase all scores and learn any assigned ringing position in the pieces they are not conducting. Ringing assignments will depend on registration levels in all categories. The music is challenging so it is imperative that, in order to get the most out of this class, all participants (ringing and conducting) arrive fully prepared. A baton is required, preferably a 12” shaft with an elliptical wooden handle (not cork) either from Mollard or Newlin. If you have never used a baton, Dr. Payn will teach proper baton technique.
All completed applications will be reviewed and evaluated after November 1, 2014 and considered in the order they are received so early registration is desirable. Because this is a Master Class, prior formal music education as well as conducting education and experience will play a major factor in the final selection of conducting students. Successful applicants will be sent additional information, a list of repertoire, and ringing assignments, if applicable. If an application is rejected for any reason other than lack of space, the payment will be refunded in full. If rejected due to lack of space, the applicant will be placed on a waiting list should he/she so desire. If the applicant chooses not to be placed on the waiting list, payment will be refunded in full.
Registrants are required to have an active Handbell Musicians of America membership. If you are uncertain of your membership status, contact the National Office or, if you don't already have a membership, join the Guild today.
Cancellation policy: A full refund, minus a $100 administrative charge, will be issued for cancellations made prior to December 1, 2014. Cancellations made after December 1, 2014 will be given a full refund minus a $100 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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