Chanticleer in Sonoma Choral Workshop: June 15-19, 2016


There was such a sense of fun and joy amidst the serious business of making beautiful music. 
Chanticleer's accessibility and high level of professionalism and respect for the participants combined to provide a fabulous time."


The workshop commences at 2:00 pm Wednesday, June 15 with a tutti choir rehearsal and concludes with a concert from 4:00 - 6:00 pm on June 19 for family and friends, featuring Chanticleer and workshop participants.  The program is packed with opportunities to learn more about choral singing through participation, observation, and conversation.  Highlights include observing a Chanticleer rehearsal and a solo vocal master class.  Each day includes chamber ensemble and tutti rehearsals with Chanticleer members, vocal and choral instruction in classes and rehearsals, and opportunities for informal interactions with Chanticleer and other workshop participants.   
Evening programs offer more music making and social interaction, including an exceptionally entertaining talent night.

Several features of this year’s workshop are highlighted below.  A detailed calendar of workshop sessions and events will be provided when you arrive. 


Chamber ensemble rehearsals

Tutti ensemble rehearsals

Observation of Chanticleer in rehearsal

Master class for solo vocalists

Sessions focusing on repertoire, original score reading, IPA, vocal technique and sight-singing
Informal conversations with Chanticleer members

Social time with Chanticleer and other workshop participants

Closing concert including Chanticleer and all participants

A sample daily schedule from our 2011 workshop

  7:30: Breakfast
  8:30: Classes (optional)- Sight-singing, Chant, IPA, Vocal Production
  9:45: Vocal Warm-Ups, Announcements
10:15: Chamber ensemble rehearsals
12:00: Lunch
  1:30: Tutti rehearsal
  3:30: Free time
  4:30: Open Chanticleer rehearsal and Q&A
  6:00: Dinner
  7:30: Small ensemble rehearsals
  9:00: Piano bar – no-host social hour


2016 Calendar

February 1, 2016
Deadline for all application materials

February 10
Complete applications reviewed

March 13
Applicants notified of their admission status

March 27
Registration materials due, with tuition and
accommodation package fees

Late applicants will be reviewed and
notified on a case by case basis

March 28
Late registration fee of $50 applies

June 15: Check in from noon to 1:30 pm
           Workshop begins at 2:00 pm

June 19: Closing concert for friends & family from 4:00 – 6:00 pm


Activities & Classes

Workshop Choir                    
Singing in the workshop choir provides all participants the opportunity to rehearse and perform a wide range of music alongside the members of Chanticleer, under the direction of William Fred Scott. Tutti rehearsals feature exemplary warm-ups, professional rehearsal techniques, helpful performance tips, and the thrill of making music in the company of America’s premier classical vocal ensemble. 

Chamber Ensemble Singing 
Small ensembles are an intense and unique choral feature of the workshop. These subgroups of singers are formed on the first day and coached throughout the workshop by Chanticleer.  In order to create well-balanced groups, Chanticleer members will conduct individual and sectional voice placement hearings for all singers. Be prepared to sing a short solo song (it may be your audition recording song or another a capella piece) and demonstrate your vocal range in a five-minute individual session on Wednesday afternoon.  In sectionals later that day, voices will be matched for the best possible groupings. Musical scores are distributed at the initial ensemble sessions.  So, sharpen your sight-singing skills! 

Morning Classes   
Thursday, Friday and Saturday
Morning classes are open to all.  Classes for 2015 and instructor bios will be posted on the Workshop bulletin board.  Sign up for individual sessions or an entire three-session series after you arrive on Wednesday, 6/15.  

Chanticleer Rehearsal                       
Thursday afternoon
Participants observe a Chanticleer rehearsal and experience their behind-the-scenes music making.  This ‘fishbowl context’ provides demonstrations of the ensemble’s rehearsal strategies, interactions among ensemble members and director, Fred Scott, and insights into how the ensemble perfects its remarkable sound. A question and answer period follows.

Solo Voice Master Class       
Friday afternoon
A voice master class will be conducted for a few workshop participants (perhaps 6-7).  Individual singers will be selected for the master class during the voice hearings on the first day.  If you want to be considered, bring a solo piece (2 copies) to sing for your voice hearing and mention your interest to the Chanticleer members in your hearing.  (Singing for the voice hearing will be unaccompanied.) 
Talent Night                          
Friday evening
The workshop talent show is the perfect opportunity for new and old friends to band together for musical numbers, skits or readings OR for individuals to show off special or unusual talents (i.e., playing spoons, gymnastics).  If you have ideas that require music, props or costumes, bring them along with you.   You may  sign up at any point until Friday’s dinner on the participant sheet posted on the workshop bulletin board.  The staff will host and organize the show, but the entertainment is up to you!  Besides singing, previous years’ shows included poetry, instrumental music, skating, line dancing, and theater.
Choice Time        
Saturday afternoon

Closing Concert   
Sunday afternoon
The workshop closes with a concert for family and friends featuring workshop participants singing with the members of Chanticleer.  This year's concert will be from 4:00-5:30 in the newly-opened world-class Schroeder Hall in the Green Music Center.  

TICKETS can be purchased for $15 at the Green Music Center box office or ONLINE

Redwood Outing

Early arrivers are invited to visit a magnificent coastal redwood grove, departing at 8:00 am on Wednesday June 15 for an hour’s drive Into Sonoma’s beautiful west county area to Armstrong Woods.  After an easy hour-long hike, the group will have lunch en route and return to SSU by 1:00 pm, in time to review their music before the opening tutti rehearsal at 2:00. 

Typically, riders in each car group purchase their own lunch and share fuel costs with their drivers.  There is no fee to walk into the park.   Visit Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve