The Atlanta Summer
Conducting Institute
at Georgia State University
June 16 20, 2014


Photo credit: Laura Emiko Soltis

This five-day institute will feature:

  • Daily voice classes
  • Seminars on approaches to score study
  • Sessions on conducting gesture
  • Daily podium time with a professional choir

The Atlanta Summer Conducting Institute is a week-long series of seminars and masterclasses geared toward music educators, graduate student conductors, church musicians, community choir conductors, and any other conductors looking to grow as artists.

Repertoire:
This year participants will work on the following pieces:

  • Duruflé - Requiem
  • Mozart - Requiem
  • Tallis - O sacrum convivium
  • Victoria - O quam gloriosum
  • Corigliano - Fern Hill
  • Hogan I Can - Tell the World
  • Hogan Cert'nly - Lawd

Institute Faculty:

Deanna Joseph

Director of Choral Activities / Assistant Professor

Dr. Deanna Joseph is director of choral activities at the Georgia State University School of Music, where she conducts the University Singers and leads the master's program in choral conducting. She is also the artistic director of the Atlanta Summer Conducting Institute (ASCI), a weeklong masterclass for conductors that takes place annually during the first week of June.

In May of 2013, the University Singers competed in La Florilège Vocal de Tourswhere they placed second overall in the mixed choir category and Dr. Joseph was honored with the Prix du chef de chour. Additional honors from 2013 include an invited performance at the Georgia Music Educator's Association annual conference and the North American premiere of David Bintley's Carmina Buranawith the Atlanta Ballet.

Dr. Joseph is an active guest conductor and clinician and has conducted all-state and honor choirs in more than ten states. She is a frequent conductor of choral-orchestral repertoire, and has led performances of Mendelssohn's Elijah, Beethoven Mass in C, Mozart's Requiem, Haydn's Creation and Lord Nelson Mass, Schubert's Mass in A-flat and Bruckner's Mass in D Minor.

Dr. Joseph's research in the area of 19th century choral-orchestral performance-practice has led to invited presentations on the topic at several division conferences of the American Choral Director's Association and at the national convention for the National Collegiate Choral Organization. In October of 2012 she was selected as one of 25 presenters from ten countries to speak at the Lund Choral Festival in Sweden.

Prior to her appointment at Georgia State University, Dr. Joseph served on the faculties at Smith College, the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and Hobart and William Smith Colleges.

Dr. Joseph holds conducting degrees from the Eastman School of Music, where she was awarded the Walter Hagen Conducting Prize.

Rick Clement

Richard Clement, tenor, is a Grammy-winning tenor acclaimed for his tonal beauty and superb musicality in repertoire from the Baroque to the contemporary. Highlights from recent seasons include performances with the Israel Philharmonic under Kurt Masur, the Czech Philharmonic, Saint Louis Symphony, Montreal Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony and Philadelphia Orchestra. Mr. Clement has collaborated with such conductors as Bobby McFerrin, Christopher Hogwood, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Seiji Ozawa, Charles Dutoit, Neeme Järvi, Robert Shaw, Michael Tilson Thomas and Hugh Wolff. His considerable operatic credits include engagements with Vancouver Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, Opera Theater of Saint Louis, Boston Baroque, Atlanta Opera and Boston Lyric Opera, as well as the New York Philharmonic and Colorado Symphony. An Atlanta native and former member of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus, Mr. Clement studied voice at Georgia State University and at the Cincinnati Conservatory.