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Choral Music:

Building Musical Skills Through Sequence, Literature, and Technique

Instructor: Craig G. Cannon / Frank Gallo, guest

July 13 - 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
July 14 - 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
July 15 - 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Room 206, PNC Recital Hall

1 Graduate Credit/0 credit workshop
GSMW 504


To fully recognize, embrace, and develop the musical potential of middle and high school students, successful choral educators build musicianship skills, select engaging literature, and encourage authentic performance practice. This workshop will focus on techniques to advance student musicianship, prepare diverse and accessible choral literature, apply meaningful conducting gesture, and employ refined movement for practice and performance. Initiating and nurturing a vertically aligned choral music curriculum and unpacking and understanding Charlotte Danielson's Evaluation Instrument will be investigated.

Franklin Gallo, D.M.A.

Franklin Gallo (Duq '99) is the Director of Choral Activities at Lake Park High School in Roselle, Illinois, and a Lecturer in Music at DePaul University in Chicago. Gallo also serves as annual summer faculty in the Kodály certification programs at DePaul and Silver Lake College in Wisconsin. A passionate guest conductor and engaging clinician, Gallo regularly works with musicians of all ages. Regardless of the instructional setting, he structures and implements pedagogy that is age-appropriate, meaningful, and musical. Franklin and his wife Donna, a Ph.D. candidate in Music Education at Northwestern University, reside in Chicago, Illinois.

Craig G. Cannon, M.M.

Craig G. Cannon (Duq. ‘75) is the Interim Director of Choral Organizations at Duquesne University where he leads the Voices of Spirit and Pappert Women's Chorale. He also teaches classes in Conducting and Advanced Choral Methods. Cannon recently retired as the Director of Choral Activities at Fox Chapel Area High School after working as a public school music teacher and choral director for 38 years. He is also the founder and musical director of Belle Voci, a Pittsburgh community-based intergenerational choir for women. Enjoying an active career as a conductor, teacher and adjudicator, Mr. Cannon frequently appears as a festival director, music clinician, and teacher for students of all ages throughout the country.