Dennis Shrock is Director of Choral Activities at Texas Christian University and author of Choral Repertoire (Oxford University Press), Music for Choral Conducting Classes (GIA), Performance Practices in the Classical Era (GIA), and Choral Scores (an anthology of music to be published by Oxford University Press in 2012). In addition, he is a frequent lecturer, guest conductor, and clinician – serving as Artist-in-Residence and member of the Conducting Institute at Westminster Choir College (2010), Guest Lecturer and Conductor at Yale University and Visiting Professor of Music at Boston University (2009–2010), Guest Conductor of the Dallas Symphony Chorus (2010), and lecturer at American Choral Directors National Conferences (2009 and 2011).
He has been called one of the very top choral scholars in the United States and has received a number of awards for his work. The city of Santa Fe declared December 22, 2003 “Dennis Shrock Day” for his accomplishments as Artistic Director of the Santa Fe Desert Chorale from 1999 to 2004, the state of Oklahoma conferred on him a citation for “Contributions of Excellence” for his leadership of Canterbury Choral Society from 1981 to 1999, and the University of Oklahoma granted him two “Distinguished Lectureships” and named him a “Presidential Professor” for his work as Director of Choral Activities and Graduate Choral Studies at the University of Oklahoma from 1978 to 2006. In addition, Westminster Choir College granted him an “Alumni Merit Award.”
Dr. Shrock received a bachelor’s degree in music education from Westminster Choir College and both master’s and doctoral degrees in choral conducting from Indiana University.
A presentation of ideas and materials that aid in the formation of effective choral performances. Topics include: choosing repertoire based on singer skills and needs, audience accessibility, and administrative expectations; designing programs for aesthetic unity and optimum impact; organizing repertoire for effective flow; and considering the importance and value of the visual aspect of performance.
A survey of choral repertoire with an emphasis on quality historical repertoire that is accessible to singers and audiences and on lesser-known works that are of high artistic merit.
A presentation of information drawn from primary sources about conventions of performance that were prevalent throughout the Baroque and Classical eras. Topics of performance will include: vocal production, vibrato, pitch, tempo, articulation, phrasing, metric accentuation, rhythmic alteration, and ornamentation. References will be made to the music of J. S. Bach, G. F. Handel, and Antonio Vivaldi (Baroque era), and to Joseph Haydn, W. A. Mozart, and Franz Schubert (Classical era).
A chronicle of choral organizations in the United States and a discussion of choral singing throughout our country’s history, with a focus on particular areas of interest, including: church choirs, community choral societies and choral festivals, choral music in public schools and private academies, college and university choral programs, children’s choirs, professional ensembles, and/or symphonic choirs.