Praise for A Practical Guide to Choral Conducting
“In A Practical Guide to Choral Conducting Bradley Ellingboe insightfully addresses a full spectrum of topics essential to the development of a successful choir conductor garnered from his own long and distinguished career as a conductor, vocal soloist, and music educator.
Ellingboe’s topical approach is a comprehensive one, from selecting and performing repertoire to matters of rehearsal techniques, conducting gestures, vocal production, aspects of texts, working with an orchestra, etc., all crucial considerations for any choral conductor.
As a composer who has concertized with Prof. Ellingboe and his choirs in the past, it is gratifying to see that which has brought him esteem now in book form to be shared with his conducting colleagues, all of whom are certain to be enriched by its contents.”- Morten Lauridsen Distinguished Professor of Composition, USC Thornton School of MusicNEA-Designated “American Choral Master” Recipient, 2007 National Medal of Arts
“I wish this book had been available when I was teaching undergraduate conducting courses. Not only is it full of relevant and useful resources, it is written in an easily accessible, logical, and comfortable way – as if you were having a friendly conversation with the author. I would certainly share this with my music education colleagues and also with anyone who is relatively new to the conducting profession.”- Pamela Elrod Huffman President, Texas Choral Directors AssociationDirector of Choral Activities & Associate Professor of Music, SMU Meadows School of the Arts
“This helpful book is very complete, straightforward, and thought provoking, making it a good read for the beginning conducting student, as well as those who find themselves in front of a chorus for the first time. I liked the organizing worksheets, tips, and thoughts for those new or experienced in the profession. Highly recommended!”- Charles Bruffy Grammy Award-Winning Conductor Artistic Director, Kansas City Chorale
“Here is a compendium of conducting lore, a textbook that looks at the craft of choral conducting for beginners. Prof. Ellingboe’s vast experience in the field has contributed to a book that will serve teachers and students for many years to come.”- Alice Parker Artistic Director, Melodious AccordFirst Director Laureate of Chorus AmericaRecipient, 2013 Robert Shaw Choral Award
“This is a practical guide for the conductor with limited experience. It includes a lot of useful information based on the author’s years of conducting and teaching. There is an emphasis, for example, on dealing with the challenges of conducting from a full score, seating of the musical forces, cueing, marking the score to guide the conductor’s eye, and other practical matters. The tone is informal and encouraging.”- Ann Howard Jones Professor Emerita, Boston UniversityRecipient, 2014 Chorus America Distinguished Service AwardRecipient, 2011 Robert Shaw Choral Award