SC Choral Symposium

Transformational Conducting & Teaching


June 16 - June 18, 2016

The Choral Conducting Workshop's mission is to serve and educate the whole person as conductor, teacher, leader, scholar, performer, and servant. This workshop will offer inspiring ideas, intensive classes, and abundant opportunities for you to grow and re-energize. We invite you to join conductors as we seek to "transform" ourselves, our students, our music making, and our art!


  • Making connection between Gesture/Sound/Sensation

Teaching Methods

  • Building Empathy
  • Teaching to the Individual
  • Developing Individual Musicianship

Vocal Technique

  • Engaging the Whole Singer, Mind, Body, Spirit in
  • Hands On Teaching and Conducting Opportunities with Daily Feedback
  • Programming & Repertoire: Materials and Ideas


Deadline: June 3, 2016

Workshop Registration

Workshop Leaders

Geoffrey BoersDr. Geoffrey P. Boers, University of Washington. 

Dr. Geoffrey Boers is recognized as one of the Unites States’ foremost choral conductors and pedagogues. He is the Director of Choral Activities at the University of Washington in Seattle, a program widely recognized as forward thinking, unique, and of distinction. Under his direction, the graduate choral program has developed a singular mission: to nurture the whole student as conductor-teacher-servant-leader-scholar.  This vision has led the program to become one of the most vibrant and innovative in the country, attracting students from around the world interested in exploring the future of our art. The UW Choral Cohort consists of four faculty, twelve graduate students in-residence, and eight ensembles with nearly 500 singers participating. Dr. Boers conducts the UW Chamber Singers, the University’s premier ensemble of graduate and advanced singers. He also teaches graduate choral conducting and choral pedagogy, and serves as faculty advisor to the choral community at the University.

Through his teaching he is exploring the evolution of conducting gesture and rehearsal technique and their connection with the growing science of mirror neurons, empathy, perception, learning, and personal transformation. His exploration has led to new thoughts about conducting and teaching with regard to breath, movement, artistry, personal growth, and cultural development. Recently, his work has led to the mentoring of local choral cohorts of teachers and conductors who are interested in building professional communities of ongoing mentorship and musical development.  He has developed such mentorship programs in Seattle, Tacoma, Vancouver, B.C., Calgary, Alberta, and Houston, TX.

Dr. Boers maintains an active conducting, teaching, workshop and clinic schedule; his recent engagements have included conducting concerts in Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis, Meyerson Concert Hall in Dallas, New York’s Alice Tully and Avery Fischer Hall at Lincoln Center, the Mormon Tabernacle in Salt Lake City, and Benaroya Hall in Seattle. In addition he has served as artist-in-residence in Toronto, Ontario, Mainz, Germany, as well as Seoul, Korea with the world-renown choir the Incheon City Chorale.

In addition to his position at the UW, Dr. Boers sings professionally and is the conductor of the Tacoma Symphony Chorus where he conducts both the choir and symphony players in a four-concert season.

Brian WinnieDr. Brian J. Winnie, Southwestern College.

Dr. Brian J. Winnie is the Director of Choral Activities & Voice at Southwestern College in Winfield, Kansas.  There he teaches courses in undergraduate choral conducting, vocal pedagogy and diction, and choral methods. He also the Artistic Director and founder of the Southwestern College Choral Union, conducts the A Cappella Choir, SC Singers, Musical Theatre Ensemble, and is head of the voice department.  An active festival conductor and adjudicator, Dr. Winnie has worked with festival choirs throughout the United States in Pennsylvania, Missouri, Washington, Kansas, and Alaska. 

Prior to this appointment, Dr. Winnie served as lecturer at the University of Washington-Tacoma where he helped create and establish a choral component to their interdisciplinary arts program. He was also the Artistic Director of the community-based choirs ChoralSounds and VocalSounds Northwest located in Burien, WA. Previous to his career in higher education, Dr. Winnie taught for seven years in public schools at both the middle and high school levels having served as Director of Choirs in both New Jersey and Pennsylvania where his choirs consistently achieved the highest ratings at festivals and competitions.  His 2007 Lower Macungie Middle School Cadence Choir was selected to perform for the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association convention, and in 2008 he was the recipient of the “Outstanding Young Conductor Award,” presented by the Pennsylvania chapter of the American Choral Directors Association.  In 2010 he was named “Teacher of the Year and was nominated for the “Excellence in Teaching Award” at the University of Washington in 2013.

Dr. Winnie is an active member the American Choral Directors Association and the Music Educators National Conference. He has served as Secretary for the Central New Jersey Music Education Association, and is a former Middle School/Jr. High Repertoire and Standards Chair for ACDA-PA.

A native of Pennsylvania, Dr. Winnie received his B.S. in Music Education from the Pennsylvania State University, Master of Music Education from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and his Doctor of Musical Arts in Choral Conducting from the University of Washington, where he studied with Geoffrey Boers & Giselle Wyers. Additionally, he received his Certificate of Figure Proficiency in Estill Voice Training in 2014.  His main research interest involves the study of contemporary vocal technique in the choral rehearsal, which explores a more holistic array of vocal qualities singers can healthfully produce within the choral setting.   

Workshop Information

Workshop will be held in Darbeth Rehearsal Hall at Southwestern College, Winfield, Kansas

Sponsored by The Cole Summer Music Festival at Southwestern College

Continuing Education Credits available: 1-4 credits, $85.00/credit

Dorm stays available $40.00 for three days

Workshop Cost: $325.00/adult & $160.00/Student before May 15, 2016  ($350 after May 15)

Cost includes all workshop fees, t-shirt, repertoire packets, 2 breakfasts, 1 lunch & 1 dinner (All other meals are on your own)


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