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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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Announcing our Lastest Initiative

The New York State High School Choral Composition Competition is a new arts and education program that we hope will have a significant impact on young musicians throughout New York State. For over twenty years, Dr. Harold Rosenbaum has shared his conducting skill and passion for contemporary choral music as an active educator. After having recently become Professor Emeritus at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo, where he directed the choirs and headed the graduate program in choral conducting, Dr. Rosenbaum continues to support and mentor aspiring composers and conductors.

The goal of this program is to assist young musicians in the creation of choral works to be performed annually in a public concert in New York City. By working with students at the high school level, we hope to provide a level of knowledge and support that would otherwise be unavailable outside of a college setting. For those students attending a high school where programs like these do not exist, this program may afford them the opportunity to pursue a passion that would be out of their reach otherwise.

Dr. Rosenbaum will provide online resources to help students who have already begun trying their hand at composing and will work with their teachers to guide and assist them in the creation of a choral work. Ten composers will be chosen annually to receive mentorship by Dr. Harold Rosenbaum, either in person or by Skype. Each of these composers will be awarded a cash prize and have their work performed live in New York City by the all-professional choir The New York Virtuoso Singers with Dr. Harold Rosenbaum conducting himself. An archival recording of the performance will be provided to the composers, and their achievements will be promoted widely.

To apply: Email canticorumv@gmail

Stating your intent to enter the competition. Please include your phone number.
You will be asked to email sample works or portion of works you have written.