Crimson Hawks Invitational Choral Conference

  • The Indiana University of Pennsylvania Department of Music will host the annual Crimson Hawks Invitational Choral Conference on Tuesday, October 8, 2019.

    This year’s conference will feature clinicians Craig Denison, IUP, and Deanna Joseph, director of Choral Activities at Georgia State University. Students will take part in intensive rehearsal and high-quality performances, as well as meet fellow musicians from the region. CHICC also presents an opportunity for students to audition for admission to the IUP Music Department and a potential scholarship award. Teachers can earn continuing education units (ACT 48 or graduate credit) by attending the various sessions.

    Contact

    Craig Denison
    Choral Music and Music Education
    Indiana University of Pennsylvania
    724-357-7918

    craig.denison@iup.edu

     

    Clinicians

    Craig Denison: 7th–12th Grade Men’s Honor Choir

    Craig Denison 200pxCraig Denison is associate director of Music Education and Choral Music at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Before that, he served as artistic director of Florida’s Singing Sons Boychoir and director of the Master Chorale at Florida International University. He taught for many years at Saint Mark’s Episcopal School as director of Vocal Music. Denison has also served as music director for the Colorado Children’s Chorale and associate music director and conductor of the American Boychoir. He founded the Schola Cantorum at Westminster Choir College as assistant professor of Choral Conducting. He currently serves as the American Choral Director’s National Chair for Repertoire and Standards in Boychoirs.

    In the 2017–18 academic year, Denison’s chapter on boychoir pedagogy was published in The Oxford Handbook of Choral Pedagogy. He also conducted All-State Choirs in Colorado, Georgia, and West Virginia as well as honor choirs at the regional and county level. He presented several sessions in Houston at the American Choral Directors Association National Conference on Children and Youth Singing. He cofounded and presented multiple sessions at the first National Symposium on Boychoir in Cincinnati, also sponsored by ACDA. He also presented a poster at the Music Research and Teacher Education National Conference in Atlanta. He received and attended a Fellowship in Modern Band held at Florida International University. In 2018, in addition to numerous honor choirs, Denison presented a long-paper lecture on his research titled “A Structural Model of Physiological and Psychological Effects on Adolescent Male Singing” at the Symposium on Research in Choral Singing at Northwestern University.

    Denison has prepared choirs and acted as vocal coach for numerous international orchestras, opera companies, and a number of world and North American premieres. Opera productions including The Magic Flute, The Turn of the Screw, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Carmen, La Boheme, Turandot, Tosca, Summer and Smoke, Hansel and Gretel, Amahl and the Night Visitors, Street Scene, and Gloriana, with opera companies as diverse as Central City Opera to Los Angeles Opera to Florida Grand Opera. He has prepared choirs and soloists for the New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, Cleveland Symphony, New World Symphony, Colorado Symphony, Berlin Philharmonic, and the BBC Proms. His television and movie work includes Dexter and Interview with the Vampire.

    Denison earned his PhD in Music Education from the University of Miami. He holds a Master of Music degree with Distinction from Westminster Choir College and a Bachelor of Music degree from Houghton College, magna cum laude. In addition to youth singing, Denison’s research agenda includes male singing, choral pedagogy, technology, and music teacher identity formation.

    Deanna Joseph: 7th–12th Grade Women’s Honor Choir

    Deanna JosephDeanna Joseph is associate professor of Music and director of Choral Activities at the Georgia State University School of Music, where she conducts the University Singers and leads the master’s program in choral conducting. In 2015, she was the recipient of the College of Arts and Sciences’ Outstanding Teacher Award at Georgia State, where she was selected out of a pool of over 800 faculty. A recent review of her work states, “[t]he choir sings with great musicality, excellent intonation, clear diction, and a healthy and beautiful pallet of tone colors…” (The Choral Scholar).

    In May 2017, the University Singers under Joseph’s leadership won first place in the renowned Marktoberdorf International Chamber Choir Competition while on a concert tour of Austria and Bavaria. In May 2013, the University Singers competed in La Florilège Vocal de Tours, where the choir placed second overall in the mixed choir category and Joseph was honored with the Prix du chef de choer (conducting prize).

    The Georgia State University Singers have been invited to perform at two Southern Division conventions of the American Choral Directors Association and at two conventions of the Georgia Music Educator’s Association during Joseph’s tenure at GSU, and the Georgia State University Choirs have been hired to sing two productions of David Bintley’s Carmina Burana with the Atlanta Ballet: in 2013 (North American premiere performances) and 2017. The choir’s professional recording, Evening Hymn (Gothic Records), is distributed internationally by Naxos and is available for purchase or streaming on all the major music distribution outlets, including Amazon, Spotify, iTunes, etc. The American Record Guide review states, “There are no runts in the repertory litter…[and] [t]he Georgia State choir of 40 is very good at all of it: radiant as dusk approaches, but hushed and sensitive to the coming darkness as shadows deepen and fall.” The disk has been featured several times on National Public Radio’s program With Heart and Voice.

    Joseph is an active guest conductor and headline clinician and has conducted all-state and honor choirs in more than 12 states. She is a frequent conductor of choral-orchestral repertoire and has led performances of Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Beethoven Mass in C, Mozart’s Requiem, Haydn’s Creation and Lord Nelson Mass, Schubert’s Mass in A-flat and Bruckner’s Mass in D Minor. She has prepared choirs to sing with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the Atlanta Opera, and Andrea Bocelli. One of her small ensembles was featured on a 2016 episode of The Walking Dead.

    Joseph’s research in the area of 19th-century choral-orchestral performance-practice has led to invited presentations on the topic at several division conferences of the American Choral Director’s Association and at the national convention for the National Collegiate Choral Organization. In October 2012, she was selected as one of 25 presenters from 10 countries to speak at the Lund Choral Festival in Sweden.

    Prior to her appointment at Georgia State University, Joseph served on the faculties at Smith College, the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and Hobart and William Smith Colleges.

    Joseph holds conducting degrees from the Eastman School of Music, where she was awarded the Walter Hagen Conducting Prize. She is the founder and artistic director of the Atlanta Summer Conducting Institute, a week-long summer conducting master class that draws conductors from across the country.

     

    Student Selection Process

    Each school is invited to bring two or three SATB (soprano, alto, tenor, and bass) quartets to participate in the honor choir. This will help to ensure two balanced ensembles. Students should be excellent sight-readers, have good vocal technique, and display exemplary rehearsal behavior. If possible, priority should be given to students who will continue to sing in college. Please limit selection to those students who read music well and work hard in rehearsal

    If you have a need to bring a group that is not balanced with voice parts, permission must be sought from Craig Denison (craig.denison@iup.edu).

    Scholarship Audition

    CHICC presents an opportunity for students both to audition for admission to the IUP Department of Music and to earn a choral scholarship to IUP for the 2020–21 academic year. Auditions are open to all high school seniors who attend CHICC. Students planning to be music majors should prepare two songs from memory—one English and one Italian art song. An accompanist will be provided. Additional information can be found here.

    Schedule

    7th–12th Grade Men

    8:00 a.m. — Registration
    8:30 a.m. — Rehearsal/sectionals
    10:30 a.m. — Break
    11:00 a.m. — Rehearsal/sectionals
    12:00 p.m. — Lunch break
    1:30 p.m. — Rehearsal
    3:30 p.m. — Break
    4:00 p.m. — Rehearsal
    5:00 p.m. — Dinner break
    6:15 p.m. — “Dress rehearsal”
    7:30 p.m. — CHICC concert

    7th–12th Grade Women

    8:00 a.m. — Registration
    8:30 a.m. — Rehearsal/sectionals
    10:30 a.m. — Break
    11:00 a.m. — Rehearsal/sectionals
    12:00 p.m. — Lunch break
    1:30 p.m. — Rehearsal
    3:30 p.m. — Break
    4:00 p.m. — Rehearsal
    5:00 p.m. — Dinner break
    6:15 p.m. — “Dress rehearsal”
    7:30 p.m. — CHICC concert

    Teachers*

    8:00 a.m. — Registration
    9:00 a.m. — Session 1
    10:30 a.m. — Break
    11:00 a.m. — Session 2
    12:00 p.m. — Lunch Break
    1:30 p.m. — Attend rehearsal
    3:30 p.m. — Break
    4:00 p.m. — Session 3
    5:00 p.m. — Dinner break
    6:15 p.m. — “Dress rehearsal”
    7:30 p.m. — CHICC concert

    *Teachers are not required to attend. If students will be attending without a teacher, please notify Beeken.