Choral Composers' Seminar
27 Nov - 19 Dec 2021
The inaugural Choral Composers’ Seminar in Singapore is helmed by renowned composers Ēriks Ešenvalds (Latvia), Prof Eudenice Palaruan (Philippines/Singapore) and Dr Z. Randall Stroope (USA). Participants will get up close with the Maestros and learn how they weave colourful stories through notes on a page with the most effective compositional ideas and techniques. Composer participants will further enjoy the privilege of personal guidance from the masters on composing or completing their compositions over three weekends. The spaced out sessions give ample time during the week for composer participants to rework the ideas and fine-tune the compositions.
The tremendous intellectual and artistic creativity inspired by the ancient world remains strong. Performance and re-examination of motets and madrigals from the Renaissance period - during which the rebirth of arts, science and culture took place - will contrast the creation of new works. Participants will learn about many creative musical inventions of the 16th Century with demonstration by a professional choir.
The four-week seminar will conclude with a gala concert premiering works birthed through the seminar, juxtaposed with music from the Renaissance period. This concert that captures the inspiration and music from Leonardo da Vinci's era to that of modern Singapore in the historical Arts House Chamber will poise perfectly amid the backdrop of a rising Renaissance City of the 21st century and a globalised cultural centre that encourages creativity and talent.
Who should join?
Aspiring and practising composers, arrangers, conductors, musicians, music students, and fans of the Maestros.
Composers will learn the secrets and skills of the Maestros, whilst conductors learn the intentions of composers, which will in turn empower the interpretation of music-making. New works that are birthed or completed through the Composers’ Seminar may be selected to be premiered by a professional ensemble in the gala concert at the Arts House Chamber, published with an international publisher based in the USA, or set as a compulsory piece for an international choral festival.
Learn at the feet of masters who have inspired a generation of singers
Ēriks Ešenvalds (Latvia)
Ēriks Ešenvalds is one of the most sought-after composers working today, with a busy commission schedule and performances of his music heard on every continent. After study at the Latvian Baptist Theological Seminary and the Latvian Academy of Music, he became a member of the State Choir Latvija. In 2011 he was awarded the two-year position of Fellow Commoner in Creative Arts at Trinity College, University of Cambridge. Since then Ēriks has won multiple awards for his work and undertakes many international residencies working on his music and lecturing.
Dr Z. Randall Stroope (USA)
Z. Randall Stroope is an American composer and conductor. He has had recent conducting engagements in Hong Kong, Rome, Barcelona, Singapore, Canterbury Cathedral, Berliner Dom, Salzburger Dom, St. John (Canada), Chicago Orchestra Hall, Carnegie Hall and performed music for mass at the Vatican on 11 different occasions. He is also the Artistic Director for two summer music festivals in Europe and taught composition for FENIARCO (Italy choral conductors) in 2017 and 2018. Randall’s composition teachers were Cecil Effinger and Normand Lockwood, both students of the famous French teacher/composer, Nadia Boulanger (student of Gabriel Fauré).
Prof Eudenice Palaruan (Singapore/Phillippines)
Prof Eudenice V Palaruan served 18 years as a faculty in the Theory and Choral Conducting Department of the University of the Philippines College of Music. He was also invited to teach Liturgical Composition, Vocal Method and Choral Literature in the graduate program of two other institutions; the St. Paul University Manila College of Music and the Asian Institute for Liturgy & Music (AILM). Prof Eudenice served as a resident composer and arranger of the Philippines Madrigal Singers and the Ateneo de Manila College Glee Club. He was the conductor of the San Miguel Master Chorale, the Greenhills Christian Fellowship and the Union Church of Manila Chancel Choir.
Toh Ban Sheng (Singapore)
Toh Ban Sheng is no stranger to the choral world. An active member in the international choral scene, Toh is sought -after as an adjudicator, clinician and guest -conductor. Perhaps, the most awarded Singaporean choral conductor with seven Conductor’s Prizes in Europe under his belt, he has been invited to adjudicate, conduct, or teach in Australia, Belgium, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, China, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Italy, Kazakhstan, Korea, Lithuania, Malaysia, the Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Slovakia, South Africa, Taiwan and the USA.
The instrument to bring your imagination into reality
Renaissance Singers is a professional ensemble comprising singers, conductors, voice and music teachers. Coming together for the first time, the Singers will premiere choral works birthed during the seminar in juxtaposition with Renaissance music that corresponds to Leonardo da Vinci's creations.
Features of the Seminar
· Direct access to the Maestros on the world stage. Learn from their wisdom, techniques and experiences in crafting your composition.
· Work in an intimate group setting with Maestros. Let them journey with you to find and fine-tune your unique composer's voice.
· 21 workshop sessions over 3 weekends.
· Learn from the comfort of your home with most sessions conducted online.
· Have your composition premiered by a professional ensemble.
· Gala concerts held at the beautiful Arts House Chamber in Singapore on the 4th weekend.
How Do I Participate
(Composer Participant places all filled! Observer places still available.)
You have a choice of 2 Tracks: Composer or Observer.
As a Composer, you get to work on your composition under the guidance of a Maestro over 3 Sunday sessions in an intimate group setting. Your work may be selected to be premiered at the Gala Concerts. Your participation as a composer will be confirmed by the 21st of November, subject to selection by the panel when oversubscribed.
As an Observer, be privy to the thought processes of the Maestros as they share their insights into the art of composition in 21 workshop topics over 3 weekends.
Composer Participant Pass (3 Sunday sessions): S$360
Composer Participant + All Access Pass: S$600
Observer All Access Pass (21 workshop sessions) : S$400
Day Pass (3 workshop sessions): S$70
Day Pass (4 workshop sessions): S$90
Weekend Pass (7 workshop sessions): S$150
Individual workshop ticket: S$25
Students studying in Singapore (up to tertiary level) enjoy 25% concession.
Closing date: 26 Nov (Fri) 5pm.
A Renaissance Connection
The Arts House Chamber, Singapore
Premiering newly composed works guided by the Maestros during the seminar juxtaposed with early music that captures the spirit of the Renaissance Man - Leonardo da Vinci and his creations.
800pm to 915pm
17 Dec (Fri)
Pre-concert talk starts at 700pm
800pm to 915pm
19 Dec (Sun)
Pre-concert talk starts at 700pm
All timings stated in Singapore Time GMT +8
Johann Sebastian Bach
"I worked hard. Anyone who works as hard as I did can achieve the same results."
Online Seminar Information
Join From Home
Taking part in our Online Seminar has never been easier. Just follow the instructions below:
1) We will send you an email a few days before the event with a Zoom link. Save this link—you will need it to join the event.
2) Install Zoom on your computer. Pro tip: test out your audio and video to make sure that they are both working properly.
3) At the time of the event, simply click on the link to join.
4) You should receive a prompt to open Zoom on your computer. Click “Open Zoom” to open the program.
5) That’s it—you’re in!