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date: 13 November 2019

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This chapter addresses some of the pertinent issues concerning the role of the choral conductor in rehearsal and performance. As the role is one of leading and motivating singers in addition to preparing and rehearsing them, certain aspects of the attributes and communication, gesture and techniques are discussed. This discussion draws on research and practice in the field. Following a brief historical outline of the choral conductor, we explore gesture, rehearsal style and the nature of communication, motivation, and leadership. Any conclusions offer a pedagogical, normative model of practice, rather than a prescriptive list of techniques or mere review of research. The application of the authors’ own philosophies, research, and practice is reflected in the themes and tenor of the writing.

Keywords: choral conducting, gesture, rehearsal style, communication, leadership

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