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2016 MACCC Conference Choir

Dr. Patrick Walders
San Diego State University
2016 Conference Choir Director

A native of Buffalo, New York, Patrick Walders maintains an active career as a professional vocalist, music educator, church musician, clinician, and conductor. Appointed Director of Choral Studies within the School of Music and Dance at San Diego State University in fall 2011, Dr. Walders was charged with building the choral program and developing the Masters degree and Artists Diploma in Conducting.

He conducts the Aztec Concert Choir and SDSU Chamber Choir, and carries a teaching load consisting of undergraduate and graduate conducting classes, graduate level literature courses, and ear training. His reputation as a conducting and vocal pedagogue keeps his schedule full, working with students, professionals, and amateurs in concerts, workshops, and other formats. His research interests include Vocal Pedagogy, diction, and rehearsal techniques in ensemble settings and how dance and movement relates to conducting gesture.

As the SDSU Vocal Arts Area Coordinator, Dr. Walders fosters a collaborative environment among students and faculty connecting to all arts disciplines. The area offers a variety of degrees for undergraduates and a selective graduate program (MM and Artist Diploma). Students and faculty promote quality and professionalism in every aspect of what it means not solely being a vocalist, but a collaborative artist in the 21st century. Upon graduation, students will be self-sufficient contributors to the Arts, reinforcing a reputation for superior musicianship, sight-reading, rhythmic tenacity, refined sung-language (diction), and an informed interpretation of, and human connection to, the sound created.

 

Choral Literature:

Distler
Vorspruch (2') – SATBB, a cappella

Whitacre
Sleep (4’) – SSAATTBB

Dove
Ring Out, Wild Bells (4’35”) – SATB with divisi and piano

Elgar
The Snow (4') – SSA with 2 violins and piano

Bruckner
Os justi – SSAATTBB, a cappella

Sametz
Noel (2’) - TTBB

 

Conference Choir Schedule