Chorus Director Workshop Intensive

A program for front line directors to make real, measurable differences in your rehearsal planing and directing gestures… in a day!  Let our CDWI trainers listen and give feedback on the area’s YOU have requested assistance, then use a small chorus to practice what we have been talking about!  Over the past fifteen years, this program is rated by participants as one of THE BEST programs offered by the society!  Help your chapter by investing a Saturday in YOU!

  • Well over 230 such workshops have been conducted

  • Post workshop evaluation scores average 95% or better.  This is the highest rated program in the history of the society!

  • Make a director a little better, and the make chorus a lot better

  • A forum where you can discuss the philosophies of directing Barbershop choruses 

What’s in it for you?

  • Discover for yourself why you direct a chorus

  • Discover how you can improve your own directing skills and thus improve the level of singing and performing in your chorus

  • Discuss concerns that are not unique to just your chorus

  • Opportunities to meet and get to know other chorus directors in your area

  • Opportunities to learn from certified CDWI trainers – some of the most passionate barbershoppers around

  • Choose your own directing skills that you wish to hone

All of the above and likely more can be achieved at one venue and at minimal cost!!

Here’s how a typical CDWI unfolds:

Pre-Workshop

Five directors are chosen to participate with two certified CDWI trainers. A host chapter and chapter contact are appointed and a conference call is held with the trainers and directors during which time the objectives of the workshop are discussed.

Workshop AM

The directors and the trainers meet for about three hours on the morning of the workshop. Much discussion takes place regarding such topics as: Why direct? What do I want to accomplish during a chorus rehearsal? What gets in the way of that accomplishment? What can I do to improve my skills? etc. At the end of the morning, each director chooses two skills to be coached on in the afternoon.

Workshop PM

A rehearsal chorus is available for the afternoon and each director gets to lead the chorus and be coached on the two chosen skills. The trainers will coach the directors on these two skills in front of a video camera and then viewing the video will provide more opportunity for coaching. Each director gets a directing / coaching session with each of the trainers. At the end of the day, the directors and the chorus members all fill out evaluation sheets.

For more information, or if you'd like to attend or host a session near you, please contact the District Vice-President of Music Leadership. 

The Johnny Appleseed District is one of the 17 North American districts and an affiliate /associate entity of the Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barber Shop Quartet Singing in America, Inc. aka the Barbershop Harmony Society.  Founded in 1944, we are a nonprofit organization registered in the State of Ohio.  The District comprises all of Ohio, parts of West Virginia, southwest Pennsylvania, and one enlightened chapter in Kentucky with over 40 chapters.

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