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Temple Sings

Summer Seminar in Choral Conducting

A comprehensive workshop in conducting and the choral art

July 20-24, 2015

Workshop description
Participating faculty

Workshop description

Temple Sings invites choral conductors and enthusiasts to gather in Philadelphia for an upbeat and enriching week. Summer Seminar 2014 will offer conductors of all interests and abilities the opportunity to hone their complete choral craft – from daily master-classes in conducting gesture to interest sessions on a wide variety of topics, including:
Rehearsal techniques
Score study
Vocal health and technique
Selecting excellent repertoire
Reading sessions

Participating faculty


Paul Rardin    

Paul Rardin joined the faculty of Temple University as director of choral activities in 2011. He conducts the Concert Choir, teaches graduate conducting, and oversees the six-choir program at Temple’s Boyer College of Music and Dance. He previously taught at the University of Michigan and Towson University, where his choirs appeared with the Kirov Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and Baltimore Choral Arts Society. Rardin is a graduate of Williams College and the University of Michigan, where he received the M.M. in composition and the D.M.A. in conducting. He has served as a guest conductor for all-state choirs in twelve states, for divisional honor choirs for the ACDA and Music Educators National Conference, and for Manhattan Concert Productions at Lincoln Center. He has served as a guest conductor for all-state choirs in eleven states, and in 2009 conducted the MENC All-Eastern Division High School Chorus. He has presented clinics for state, regional, and national conferences of the American Choral Directors Association. His settings of spirituals and folk songs are published by Santa Barbara Music Publishing, and his articles have appeared in the ACDA publications Choral Journal, Troubadour, and Resound.


Mitos Andaya


Mitos Andaya teaches undergraduate conducting, graduate choral literature, and directs the Temple University Singers. Prior to her appointment at Temple, she served as Associate Director of Choral Activities at the University of Georgia. She has served as guest conductor of the Netherlands Chamber Choir, and has also conducted the Netherlands Radio Chorus, and Eric Ericson Chamber Choir. She has studied in master classes with Helmuth Rilling, Simon Halsey, André Thomas, and Frieder Bernius. She has been a member of the conducting faculty of the Westminster Chamber Choir with Westminster Choir College of Rider University since 2007. Andaya has Renaissance and other editions published with Alliance Music Publications, and jazz compositions and arrangements with UNC Jazz Press and Hal Leonard. She is active in the American Choral Directors Association and International Federation of Choral Music, and currently serves as President-Elect of the National Collegiate Choral Organization (NCCO).


Rollo Dilworth


Rollo Dilworth is Associate Professor of Choral Music Education at Temple University. He is an active conductor, educator, and clinician who has taught choral music at the elementary, secondary, and university levels. He is a contributing author for the Essential Elements for Choir textbook series, published by the Hal Leonard Corporation/Glencoe Publications, and for "Music Express!" teachers magazine. His research interests are in the areas of African-American music and music education curriculum and instruction. Dr. Dilworth is an award-winning composer, his choral compositions being part of the Henry Leck Choral Series published with Hal Leonard Corporation and Colla Voce Music Company. His performing endeavors have taken him to Europe, Asia, Africa, and Australia.


Christine Bass


Christine Bass conducts the Temple University Women’s Chorus. Prior to her appointment at Temple, Bass served for 22 years as Director of Choral Activities at Cherry Hill High School West, Cherry Hill, NJ. Her ensembles have performed at multiple national and regional conventions, as well as throughout Europe. She was named New Jersey MENC Master Music Teacher and received the Governor’s Award in Arts Education. She has conducted all-state choirs in New Jersey and South Carolina, and in 2009 conducted the ACDA National High School Honors Choir in Oklahoma City.  Her educational DVDs, Vocal Transformation and Where The Boys Are are published by Hal Leonard Corporation. She has published articles in Choral Journal and Choral Director’s Magazine.



Art McKenzie

Art McKenzie conducts the Temple University Chorale. Prior to his appointment at Temple, McKenzie served for 11 years as Director of Choral Activities at Overbrook High School in Pine Hill, NJ. McKenzie conducted the 2009 NJ All-State Women’s Chorus, the 2009 NJ Region III Mixed Chorus, and the 2013 NJ All-State Mixed Chorus. McKenzie has presented at both NAfME and ACDA events. He has served as President of South Jersey Choral Directors Association.


Praise for Temple Sings


"Temple Sings is such an inspiring and invigorating workshop. The podium time is invaluable and both participants and professors are positive and encouraging, yet have high expectations. If you are a choral conductor, attend this workshop!"  Austen, Princeton, NJ


"I cannot recommend Temple Sings highly enough. Perhaps the most meaningful aspect of the week was the low faculty/participant ratio, and the feeling of collaboration between faculty, singers, and conductors.  This created a unique, safe learning atmosphere where participants were challenged to grow musically, hone their conducting skills, take risks and have fun making wonderful music together. "  Shannon, Herndon, VA


"TempleSings was just what I needed to help me prepare for a successful fall choral season. I left the campus on Friday as a better conductor, a more equipped teacher, and a stronger musician." –Chad. Coshocton, Ohio


“I was able be challenged and supported simultaneously. I was able to revel in the musical atmosphere for the first time since graduate school some 15 years ago. It was a well- developed seminar and an incredibly amiable atmosphere. Dankjewel (Thank you)!” Kelly, Amsterdam/Netherlands 



Workshop Schedule


Monday July 20-Friday July 24








 $50        Registration Fee (non-refundable):       

$550      Tuition: Conducting Participant Track*

$325      Tuition: Observer Track*


* Conducting participants attend all sessions; sing with the Temple Sings Chorale; and receive daily, video-recorded podium time.

** Observers attend all sessions and sing with the Temple Sings Chorale.



Optional Fees:


Participants may choose from numerous options for college credit, housing, and meal plans at additional cost.



Praise for Temple Sings


"Temple Sings is such an inspiring and invigorating workshop. The podium time is invaluable and both participants and professors are positive and encouraging, yet have high expectations. If you are a choral conductor, attend this workshop!"  Austen, Princeton, NJ






REGISTRATION DEADLINE:           June 15, 2015

PAYMENT DEADLINE:                    June 30, 2015