- September 19, 2015
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
In our 2015-2016 opening choral workshop, Marcos Carreras will share his philosophy and techniques of choral pedagogy. We’ll discuss engaging performers and audience through authentic performance, based on repertoire selection, text significance, and presentation. Choral directors attending will work through Carreras’s comprehensive plan for teaching choral technique – from ear training and intonation to diction, harmony and movement. We’ll also discuss the process of commissioning new works for your ensembles. This workshop content is a great way to start the school year, for choral directors at any level who wish to spark their students’ passion for singing!
About the Clinician:
Marcos Carreras is in his first year as the Executive and Artistic Director of the Children’s Chorus of Springfield (CCS) in Massachusetts. The CCS is the “Voice of Springfield,” serving as the vocal music ambassadors for Springfield in the tradition of children’s choirs in many of this country’s major cities. Under his direction, the CCS won the Elementary/Middle School division for the 2015 Together in Song choir competition sponsored by WGBY-PBS Springfield. Mr. Carreras also launched the CCS 14×14 College Visions initiative, a program dedicated to exposing his singers to 14 college campuses by the time they are 14 years old. He is also responsible for creating the 2015 Celebration in Song Children’s Choir Festival where children’s choirs from the region performed in downtown Springfield under the direction of Grammy-winner Charles Bruffy.
Mr. Carreras was selected as the 2014 Connecticut American Choral Directors Association Director of the Year. Previously, he was selected as an Associate Conductor for a Carnegie Hall symposium in 2012 sponsored by the Weill Music Institute and the Young People’s Chorus of New York City. He was the creator and producer of KO’s Wyvern Invitational A Cappella Festival, which was at the time, the largest of its kind in the country. He was also the creator and director of KO’s summer a cappella camp. Mr. Carreras has been featured on NBC Connecticut as a teacher “Making the Grade” and has occasionally hosted a television series for West Hartford Public Television.
He has been a guest clinician at the University of Chicago Charter School and is a frequent presenter and conductor throughout Connecticut, having directed regional and state level Connecticut Music Educators Association and ACDA Honors Choirs.
Venue: Berkman Recital Hall
Berkman Recital Hall on the Hartt School campus at the University of Hartford.