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A Practical Guide to Choral Conducting

By Harold Rosenbaum

Rooted in the experience of a professional choral conductor, this book provides a guide to practical issues facing conductors of choral ensembles at all levels, from youth choruses to university ensembles, church and community choirs, and professional vocal groups. Paired with the discussion of practical challenges is a discussion of over fifty key works from the choral literature, with performance suggestions to aid the choral conductor in directing each piece.

Dealing with often-overlooked yet vital considerations such as how to work with composers, recording, concert halls, and choral tours, A Practical Guide to Choral Conducting offers a valuable resource for both emerging choral conductors and students of choral conducting at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Available now from Routledge and Amazon.


“This book is a gem, a must read for all serious choral conductors. It describes how to deal effectively with all the different challenges (some expected, some unexpected) that confront any choral conductor. Harold Rosenbaum is an outstanding and truly dedicated musician: very experienced, sensitive, and indeed, thoroughly practical.”

—Thea Musgrave, composer

“Mr. Rosenbaum is a consummate master of his craft, with a keen ear, an insightful intellect, and a profound musical sensitivity. It’s a great gift for him to share his wisdom from a lifetime of deep commitment to choral music-making, one from which we all can benefit.”

—Robert Spano, Music Director, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

“In rehearsal and performance, the hallmark of Harold Rosenbaum’s conducting is simplicity—minimum intervention with no impedance to the flow of understanding between conductor, performer, and listener. A Practical Guide to Choral Conducting reveals much about how he achieves his results. Rosenbaum offers astute, experienced, no-nonsense routes through the places we all find most challenging. There is illumination in this book.”

—John Harbison, composer and Institute Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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