In 2013, with support from strategic advancement funding from ArtsLab, The Singers launched The Conductor’s Lab. The program, unlike any other in the state, provides professional development for choral educators through a variety of training and evaluation methods.
Conductor’s lab focuses on working directly with High School choral directors and seeks to:
- Renew an educator’s energy for teaching
- Cultivate musical and educational skills that choir directors can transfer to the classroom
- Use a variety of training tools, including coaching, masterclasses, site visits, and self and video evaluations.
- Create relationships with students and families involved in choir.
Applicants work closely with Dr. Culloton and the musicians of The Singers to create a training plan to develop their personal goals and that fits their needs in the classroom. In addition to improving conducting technique and other musical aspects, participants also focus on non-musical aspects including preparation, managing rehearsal time and pacing, and using scores to create lesson plans
What participants say:
Dr. Culloton’s insight into anticipating challenges and planning well-paced and efficient rehearsals was very helpful. The approach, which I am still practicing, keeps me focused on musical objectives that not only lead to a better performance, but are also directly linked to curricular objectives.
-Shekela Wanyama, Hopkins High School
I think it’s helpful and healthy for the choir to see their teacher as a student under direct tutelage from another teacher.
– Joseph Osowski, St. Michael – Albertville High School
Students were engaged in the process and were able to see the progress I made in conducting them.
-Andrew Beard, Osseo High School