Ryan Beeken, director of choral studies, presented an invited session for the 2016 National Association for Music Education National Conference in Grapevine, Texas.
Beeken's session, “C.H.O.I.R: Collaboration Harvests Optimal and Inspired Rehearsals,” focused upon leadership style and collaboration. Beeken demonstrated how the model of conductor as dictator is antiquated and doesn’t yield the best results. Developing leadership through consent versus command, coupled with a collaborative rehearsal process that allows all to contribute, garners high artistic results and instills a life-long appreciation for music learning and participation.
Beeken is quickly emerging as a recognized leader in choral music. Since 2013, he has presented more than 30 invited sessions in 12 different states on topics related to choral leadership, rehearsal techniques, and repertoire.
Department of Music