Directors simply should not miss this amazing weekend!
We are delighted that we have two world-class coaches, Steve
Scott en Rob Mance. Steve is the in-house coach and Rob
the director of Central Standard Chorus, which came second at the
International Convention of the BHS in Nashville 2016 with a score
of 95.2%. Rob directs CSC since 2012. In 2014 in Las Vegas the
chorus came 9th, but in 2016 in Nashville they made a real move up
and placed second thanks to Rob and Steve.
They often coach together and have already led several directors
colleges and they also teach at Harmony University of the BHS. Next
to that they are true professionals and love to sing barbershop,
they are also still studying. Both are working for their Ph.D. at
the University of Kansas.
The weekend will include many aspects of what a director needs to
know and how to be able to execute it. Everyone follows the same
program. These are the workshops:
Vocal Pedagogy for Directors (Steve) – how do you
teach to your chorus members and what are the do’s and don’ts,
what is useful en what is nonsense.
Choral Warm-ups: Purpose and Execution (Rob)
Science of Riser Formation and Placement (Steve)
Choral Pedagogy (Steve)
Voice Matching Practicum (Rob)
Conducting Master class 1, 2, 3 and 4 (Both)
Participants are offered the chance to direct and be coached
while the other participants are on the risers and can feel and
see while they are singing, what the effect is of different
moves that the director makes, Everyone will receive the music
of a ballad, which should be learned in advance in order to
stand on the risers without the sheet music.
Rehearsal Techniques (Rob)
Voice Master class 1 and 2 (Both)
This class demonstrates, with the help of individual singers,
how to improve the sound and the richness of tone of your
Tag time (Steve) – the benefits and fun of tag singing
Biography Rob Mance
Robert Mance is excited to be in his fourth year as musical
director of Central Standard. Highlights of his brief tenure
includes placing 9th at the International Chorus Contest in
Portland, Oregon in July 2012, 9th in Las Vegas in 2014, and winning
the 2012 and 2013 Central States District Chorus Contest.
Robert is currently pursuing a degree of Doctor of Musical Arts
in Choral Conducting at the University of Kansas, where he has been
conductor of the Oread Consort. He is also the Director of Music at
Shawnee Presbyterian Church in Shawnee, Kansas where he also
maintains a private voice studio.
Before starting his studies at KU, Robert most recently served as
interim Director of Choral Activities and interim Voice Area
Director at William Jewell College in Liberty, MO. Robert has also
sung professionally with such groups as the Kansas City Chorale
under Charles Bruffy and the Westminster Symphonic Choir and
Westminster Choir under Joe Miller. He is an active clinician for
high school vocal ensembles, maintains a recording studio, and
serves as an active barbershop coach and society judge.
Robert completed his undergraduate studies at McGill University
in Montreal, QC in voice performance, and completed his graduate
studies at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ in choral
conducting and voice pedagogy.
Robert resides in Kansas City with his wife Kristin, an English
teacher, and Chihuahua Willie.
Biography Steve Scott
Steve Scott has an international demand as a coach and voice
teacher. A self-described “barberbrat”, he has been singing
barbershop harmony since he was 11.
He is a frequent faculty member at Harmony University and
regional harmony colleges as well as a certified Singing judge. Dr.
Scott is working towards a Ph.D. in Vocal Pedagogy from the
University of Kansas, he has an MA in Vocal Pedagogy and MA in
Choral Conducting from The Ohio State University, where he also
received a Singing Health Specialization, and a BME in Choral Music
Education from Utah State University.
Steve Scott has also held the post of assistant professor at
Darton State College in Albany, GA, where he taught voice and choir.
In addition to maintaining a busy coaching schedule, Dr. Scott is
active internationally as recitalist and opera singer, director,
clinician, and researcher. He has presented research and workshops
at different organizations including the BHS. He sings in and is the
principle voice coach for the award-winning Central Standard Chorus
in Kansas City and enjoys performing with his quartet Vox Populi.
His pride and joy is his family: spouse, Jaylene and daughter,