Spring Workshop 2018

Please join us for our Spring Workshop, featuring three presentations by Amelia NagoskiElizabeth Eschen and Julian Bryson on stress management, vocal pedagogy and conducting!

Saturday, April 28th
9:00 am – 12:30 pm
Nazarian Center @ Rhode Island College

  • FREE for RI-ACDA members
  • $30.00 for Non-ACDA members
  • $5.00 for college students with college IDPlease make checks payable to RI-ACDA
    All fees will be collected at the morning registration.

Amelia Nagoski


Even though conducting teaches us to solve problems, we don’t learn that, after we solve the problems (Stressors), we have to deal with the Stress caused by the problems, too. Learn four concrete, specific, evidence-based strategies that will get you through the next concert season with less stress and faster recovery. This session explains the science behind why and how to deal with The Stress Itself, using the resources you already have available as a musician and a leader.

Elizabeth Eschen

Vocal Pedagogy within the Choral Rehearsal

Mezzo-soprano and Director of the Holden Voice Program at Harvard University Elizabeth Eschen will present about vocal function and how to build healthy individual vocalism that then supports your choral sound. Time will be spent reviewing basic vocal pedagogy and vocalizing together – be prepared to make sound!

Julian Bryson 

Conducting: Less Is More

“Actions speak louder than words” is a truth for life, but especially for conductors!  In this interactive session, we will explore ways of using smaller and fewer gestures to maximize the impact of our conducting. Techniques will cover leading vocal exercises and warm-ups, rehearsals, and performance situations.  Integrated peer coaching, brainstorming, and feedback will encourage us to rethink, refocus, and refine.

Please join us for a morning of learning and sharing!
Regina McAdam
President, RI-ACDA