2022 Spring Session Workshops

Preparing and Performing Choral and Orchestral Masterworks: Sing & Conduct Handel's Messiah with the Gordon Symphony Orchestra and College Choir

April 7–9, 2022

Join the Gordon College Department of Music this April for a unique community Messiah Sing learning experience, IN PERSON with the Gordon College Choir and Gordon Symphony Orchestra.

Music Educators, Choir Directors, Community & Church Music Directors are welcome!

Presented by the Graduate Music Education Program
Led by Dr. Benjamin Klemme, and Dr. Kevin Dibble in collaboration with the Department of Music Undergraduate Music Ensembles

More About Benjamin Klemme and Kevin Dibble

This special workshop and performance experience for High School, Community, and Church Choir Directors combine the opportunity to perform Handel's Messiah with the Gordon Symphony Orchestra and College Choir, with participating in rehearsals, learning sessions, and conducting master class sessions that include working with undergraduate singers and instrumentalists.

Learning sessions on Saturday, April 9 for choir directors and music educators will cover repertoire selection, part preparation for - and working with instrumentalists, and community engagement strategies. Conducting master class sessions will provide an opportunity for workshop participants to volunteer to conduct excerpts of Handel's Messiah with Gordon College undergraduate choir and orchestra students. (Conducting is not required, but all participants will observe the conducting master class sessions and sing for their peers and colleagues.)

Vocal scores, full orchestral score and practice resources will be shared with participants electronically in advance of the workshop and rehearsal sessions.

This program is led by Dr. Benjamin Klemme, Director of the Gordon Symphony Orchestra and the Symphonic Band, and Dr. Kevin Dibble, Director of the Gordon College Men's Choir and College Choir

Program Schedule:

Thursday, April 7
6:30 - 8:00 pm | Rehearsal with Gordon College Choir and Symphony Orchestra
AJ Gordon Memorial Chapel

Friday, April 8
6:30 - 8:30 pm | Dress rehearsal with Gordon College Choir and Symphony Orchestra
AJ Gordon Memorial Chapel

Saturday, April 9
8:30 am - 3:30 pm | Workshop learning sessions and conducting master class sessions 
5:30 - 6:30 pm | Warm up for concert performance
7:00 pm | Concert Performance of Handel's Messiah (this concert welcomes a live audience in AJ Memorial Chapel and is live streamed online. Admission to the live performance is free.)

Vouchers will be provided to workshop participants for free lunch in Lane Student Center on Saturday April 9.

$450: Two (2) Graduate Credits
$300: Participation Only | Zero Credits

Graduate credit registration requirements include mandatory attendance at all sessions, final project, written assignment or assessment. Participants will be provided with a letter grade and academic transcript upon request.

Participation only registration indicates the participant is not required to submit a final project, written assignment or assessment. No academic transcript provided.

PDP completion documentation is not provided by Gordon College. One graduate credit is the equivalent of earning 45 PDPs. Participants are encouraged to interface directly with DESE if they wish to convert their graduate credit earnings to PDPs.