Diction: Across the Languages
Robert Geherenbeck, UW-Whitewater
Julie Cross, UW-Whitewater
August 5-6, 2013
Wisconsin Center for Music Education, Waunakee


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Wisconsin Center for Music Education, Waunakee

This two-day workshop will focus on choral diction in various languages: French, German, Italian, Spanish and Latin. Attendees will participate in exercises and observe how to improve their students diction in both choral and private lesson settings.
One graduate credit will be available for this two-day workshop for an additional fee of $220. Credit information will be available at the workshop and is also available in the Graduate Credit section below.

Wisconsin Teaching Standards Addressed: 1, 4, 6, 7, 9, 10
Wisconsin Music Standards Addressed: A, E, F, G, I

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Dr. Julie Cross was one of twelve teachers chosen nationally to be a 2007 intern with the National Association of Teachers of Singing.Dedicated to the performance and promotion of new music, she serves on the Board of Directors of the International Alliance for Women in Music.Before coming to Whitewater, she taught at Barry University, Florida International University, and the University of Michigan. She presents recitals and master classes in colleges throughout the country.Her degrees are from Oberlin Conservatory (B.M.), Manhattan School of Music (M.M.), and the University of Michigan (D.M.A.), and she has studied additionally at the Centro Studi Italiani in Urbania, Italy and the Summer Language Institute (German) at the University of Michigan.Her voice teachers were Daune Mahy, Hilda Harris, Marlena Malas, George Shirley, and Shirley Verrett.

Dr. Robert Gehrenbeck is Director of Choral Activities at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, where he conducts the UW-W Chamber Singers, Concert Choir, Women’s Chorale, and opera and musical theatre productions. Since 2008 Gehrenbeck has served as Artistic Director of the Wisconsin Chamber Choir, whose 2010 performance of Bach's St. John Passion was praised as "superbly disciplined, of beautifully balanced sonority" and "a remarkably consistent, coherent, and artistically splendid achievement." Choirs under Gehrenbeck's direction have performed throughout the upper Midwest and in Europe. As a singer, Gehrenbeck has appeared with the Robert Shaw Festival Singers, Boston's Cantata Singers, New York State Baroque, Pittsburgh's Bach and the Baroque, and the Bloomington Early Music Festival. Dr. Gehrenbeck earned degrees at Macalester College (B.A.), Boston University (M.M.) and Indiana University (D.M.), with additional studies at the Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy Conservatory in Leipzig, Germany. His doctoral dissertation on contemporary British composer Giles Swayne received the 2007 Julius Herford Prize from the American Choral Directors Association.

Pre-registration closes 7/29/13
Member*             $130.00
Non-member        $145.00
Undergraduate     $ 65.00
On Site                $155.00
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*Discount for members of WMEA, NAfME or staff at WSMA member schools.

Graduate Credit Information:
Registrants have the opportunity to earn one graduate credit for this workshop for an additional fee of $220. This is a separate registration and fee from the workshop registration. Please download a copy of the Viterbo registration form (pdf) and mail it with a check for $220 (payable to Viterbo University) to:

Mary Elsner
Wisconsin Center for Music Education
1005 Quinn Dr
Waunakee, WI  53597

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Please do not send credit registrations to Viterbo University. If you are registering for more than one course, please include a separate check and Viterbo form for each course.

Viterbo University will email participants instructions for retrieving their grade reports online approximately 4-6 weeks after the course has been completed, after which time you may request a transcript. Transcripts may be requested from Viterbo by completing and mailing in a Transcript Request Form (pdf). Transcripts are $5 per transcript per request.

For more information on graduate credit opportunities, please visit the Graduate Credit Information page.

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