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Workshop (3): Practical Conducting Masterclass

January 31 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Conductors are essential in leading musical ensembles. In addition to helping keep time, conductors communicate musical nuances and dynamics to choir members with their hand gestures. Oftentimes conductors might mirror their hand gestures, or they could be expressing too much or too little. Conductors regularly need to practise left-right hand coordination, understand different cues and their functions, patterns, clarity and more. This workshop will help teachers become a more expressive conductor and explore what more one can do to unlock their full musical conducting potential.

Dr. Law Po Kwan is a senior lecturer of the Associate of Arts (Music Studies) at Hong Kong Baptist University. She has a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in choral conducting from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, where she received a scholarship for conducting and teaching excellence. Prior to her doctoral degree, she received training in piano and conducting from Oberlin and San Francisco Conservatory. In this workshop, Dr. Law will share her expertise in choral conducting, with an emphasis on how to convey musical thoughts clearly to the choir.

Dr. Law will discuss important techniques and standards, then collaborate with HKICF2024 Teachers’ Choir. Five  demonstrators will take turns to conduct the Teachers’ Choir through verbal and hand gestures, leading the choir to sing a few songs under their own interpretations. Dr. Law will then comment and provide feedback on whether the conductor is able to communicate effectively with their gestures.


January 31
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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The Hong Kong Children’s Choir, West Kowloon Centre
1/F & 2/F, 1 Larch Street, Tai Kok Tsui, Kowloon