Choral conducting workshop: august 19-23, 2019

final concert: FRIDAY, August 23, 2019 at 7:30pm

st. Laurence Anglican church, 5940 lakeview dr. sw, Calgary

We were thrilled to offer our inaugural CHORAL CONDUCTING WORKSHOP to active conductors to fine-tune their skills. We had a great interest and would like to thank to all of those who applied, participated, and audited. We were encouraged and delighted by the success of the week, the immense learning and growth that took place, and the wonder of the final concert. The workshop culminated in a public performance on Friday, August 23, 2019 at 7:30PM when our choir was conducted by NINE different conductors. We look forward to continuing our education initiatives, and hope to have solidified plans for our next Choral Conducting Workshop soon.

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Timothy Shantz - Conductor/Instructor

Tim Pyper - Certified Alexander Technique Instructor

Luminous Voices - Choir (16 voices)



- Audio & Video recordings of each day and performance - shared with conductor on a daily basis

- Group and individual conducting lessons - gesture and the breath

- Opportunity to conduct a professional choir

- Listening sessions

- Vocal Technique

- Approaches to diction

- Alexander Technique

- Musical analysis

- Intense listening

- Leadership and management skills

- There will be less emphasis on rehearsal technique and more emphasis on clear verbal and non-verbal communication


- Active conductors (beginning, mid-career and professional) who are working with community and/or school groups

- Teachers

- Anyone interested in improving their conducting skills, with particular focus on working with singers and choirs

- Singers and instrumentalists who wish to observe and learn some basic conducting technique as it relates to choir music


ACTIVE CONDUCTORS - applications closed

AUDITORS - observers - contact us at anytime to become an observer for a day or the whole week.

Tuition for ACTIVE conductors includeD:

- 6-7 hours of sessions per day (Conducting instruction, Alexander Technique & Rehearsals with Luminous Voices)

- 4 sessions on Alexander Technique with Timothy Pyper, certified Alexander Technique instructor and organist

- 5 group and individual sessions on conducting with Timothy Shantz, Founder & Artistic Director or Luminous Voices and accompanist

- 4 rehearsals with Luminous Voices and instructor Timothy Shantz

culminating in a performance with Luminous Voices

- Interaction with colleagues

- Q & A with instructors

- Extra opportunity to observe a recording session with Luminous Voices

- Music packets for active conductors


Ambe (2:30) (Cypress Music) - Andrew Balfour *

Lake Skin (5:30) (Canadian Music Centre) - Carmen Braden *

Spaseniye sodelal (3:30) (CPDL) - Pavel Chesnokov

Only in Sleep (5:00) (Musica Baltica) - Ēriks Ešenvalds

Winter Sun (3:00) (Cypress Music) - Don MacDonald *

Alma Redemptoris Mater (3:00) (CPDL) - Giovanni Perluigi Palestrina

Da Pacem (5:00) (Universal Edition) - Arvo Pärt

The Road Home (3:00) (Paulus Publications) Stephen Paulus

The Cherubic Hymn (5:00) (Musica Russica) Sergei Rachmaninoff

Da Pacem Domine (2:30) (Cypress Music) - Peter-Anthony Togni *

Earth Songs or Earth Voices (5:50) - with hand drum & wind chimes (Cypress Music) - Peter-Anthony Togni *

Of the Father’s Love Begotten (3:00) (Musica Baltica) - Peter-Anthony Togni *

Requiem et Lux (8:00) (Musica Baltica) - Peter-Anthony Togni *

Totus tuus (1:30) (Musica Baltica) - Peter-Anthony Togni *

Psaume 98 (3:00) SATB (Musica Baltica) - Peter-Anthony Togni *

* represents a Canadian composer

Repertoire will be finalized and sent out 4-6 weeks in advance.

For any questions and to receive the application form, contact Interim General Manager Meghan Goguen at Please email to be put on a list for information about our next workshop.

Workshop is generously sponsored by CALGARY FOUNDATION.

Pay $750 fee (CONDUCTOR)

Pay $200 weekly fee (AUDITOR)

Pay $50 daily fee (AUDITOR)


Dr. Timothy Pyper

Tim Pyper has studied the Alexander Technique for over a decade and qualified as aAmSAT-certified instructor in 2018. He completed his teacher training at the Balance Arts Center in New York City, following a three-year, 1600-hour program. A graduate of the Eastman School of Music (BM, MM) and Cornell University (DMA), he has won first-prize in numerous national and international organ competitions, including the RCCO National Competition and the Arthur Poister Memorial Competition.

Tim maintains private teaching practices in New York City and in Albany. He is particularly interested in helping musicians unlock their virtuosity using the Alexander Technique as well as the Lister-Sink Method of keyboard pedagogy. He has given workshops for the RCCO, the AGO and at Freedom to Make Music conferences. Active as an organist and choral conductor, Tim is Director of Music at the Church of the Holy Apostles in Manhattan. From 2010 to 2015 he was Director of Music at the Cathedral Church of the Redeemer in Calgary.