In the clip below, Melody Steinbart artfully conducts “Introit and Kyrie” from Requiem by Gabrielle Faure. This performance is a portion of Melody’s 30 minute final project for “Advanced Conducting,” a course taught by Dr. David Brown. Students in Advanced Conducting prepare a 30 minute video project to include in their professional portfolios, to use in graduate school entrance packets, and to send out to prospective employers. The score may be used for some of the project, but at least 50% must be conducted by memory. In addition, half of the project is to be choral masterworks (with orchestra, or a cappella) while the other half is to be purely orchestral works from the standard repertoire.
Melody has really studied the score, and it shows in this stunning performance! Although majoring in violin, Melody is considering “all options” when it comes to a career path, including conducting! She is currently conducting a children’s choir at her church, and she’s learning much each week as she “gets her feet wet” in this conducting business.
Maranatha music majors are required to take one-two semesters of conducting with Dr. Brown. Elementary Conducting is a course in the fundamentals, while Advanced Conducting is geared more toward rehearsal strategies, coaching, and, of course, polishing one’s conducting technique.
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