A Practical Guide To Choral Conducting

A Practical Guide To Choral Conducting

Composed by Bradley Ellingboe

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With nearly 40 years of experience in the choral field, esteemed conductor and composer Bradley Ellingboe shares his wisdom, tips, and practical advice in an accessible and enjoyable style. His pragmatic approach will help you learn the right questions to ask for your own unique situation, and will help you learn to arrive at your own solutions. 


The interrelated chapters guide you through the necessary steps for preparing a successful concert or season, making effective rehearsal plans, efficiently preparing your scores and conducting gestures, problem solving issues of vocal technique, and much more. The appendix of correlated, reproducible worksheets, templates, music, and handouts will help you more easily organize your plans and apply the useful suggestions. 


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  • Edition Number: VM18
  • ISBN 10 digit: 0-8497-3568-8
  • ISBN 13 digit: 978-0-8497-3568-4
  • Media Type: Music Books
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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 Music
NEA-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 Association
Director 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 Accord
First Director Laureate of Chorus America
Recipient, 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 University
Recipient, 2014 Chorus America Distinguished Service Award
Recipient, 2011 Robert Shaw Choral Award