Gather at the River 2017 Schedule

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Here’s the schedule for GATR 2017 — jam-packed with opportunities to sing and learn and meet one another!

Note: We may make a few adjustments as the conference date nears.

Thursday, June 22

8:30-9:30 AM Check in and Registration
9:30-9:45 AM Welcome & Introductions
9:45-11:00 AM All-Conference Choir: Liebeslieder Rehearsal 1
11:15 AM-noon Keynote address
12:10-1:00 PM Interest Sessions 1

  • David Castonguay. Creating Custom Scores of Choral Works
    – a quantum leap in speeding up the choir’s learning process
  • David Fryling. Ensemble Building Warm-up Techniques
  • Bethany Plissey. The Singing Culture of the Baltic Nations
1:00-2:00 PM Lunch
2:00-3:30 PM Chamber Choirs Rehearsal 1

  • Sandra Howard. Heart and Home
  • David Fryling. Music of the Afternoon & Night
  • Jeffrey Buettner. Of Dreams and Passions
3:40-4:30 PM Interest Sessions 2

  • Stephen Paparo. The Three C’s of Circle Singing: Creativity, Collaboration, & Community
  • Jeff Rehbach. Reading Session: Sacred Music
  • James Frankel. Technology Tools for Better Practice and Assessment with Singers
4:45-6:00 PM All-Conference Choir: Liebeslieder Rehearsal 2
6:00-7:30 PM Dinner (on your own)
7:30-8:15 PM Maple Jam (vocal jazz) concert
8:15 PM-9:00 PM All-Conference reception


Friday, June 23

8:00-9:00 AM Breakfast (free for folks who stay in dorms)
9:00-10:30 AM Chamber Choirs Rehearsal 2
10:40-11:30 AM Interest Sessions 3

  • Christopher Kiver. Unpacking Brahms’ “Waldesnacht”
  • Matt LaRocca. How and Why to Commission a New Work For Your Ensemble
  • Andrea Maas. Bridging the Gap Between Traditional Choir Settings & New, Creative Pedagogies
11:45 AM-1:00 PM All-Conference Choir: Liebeslieder rehearsal 3
1:00-2:00 PM Lunch
2:00-3:45 PM Chamber Choirs Rehearsal 3
4:00-5:00 PM All-Conference Choir: Liebeslieder rehearsal 4
5:00-5:30 PM Break
5:30-7:00 PM Conference Concert