Conduct Your Choir with Confidence

Music Teacher & Choral Conductors Workshop 2019 

Registration is now closed, the 2019 workshop is full as of Oct. 9

This workshop is ideally suited to music teachers with students of all ages, choral conductors, music directors, educators, church musicians, and other aspiring conductors who wish to grow as artists, teachers, musicians, and inspired leaders. The hands-on professional development approach is guaranteed to find new ways to help your singers engage and improve their musicianship. It’s a practical course that is designed for all levels of experience in a supportive and encouraging environment. The workshop will explore the use of the conducting gesture and classroom strategies as a means to more efficient teaching. In addition to a music study pack there will be a complimentary packet of repertoire.

The focus includes:

  • Conducting Technique
  • Efficient Use of Classroom/Rehearsal Time
  • Score Marking and Analysis
  • Performance Practices
  • Rehearsal Pedagogy
  • Problem Solving of Technical Issues


Friday October 11th  5:00 – 8:00 pm*

*We invite all Level 1 conductors to join us for an orientation and introduction session with Mandy from 4:00 – 4:30 pm on Friday, October 11th.

Saturday October 12th   9:30 am – 4:00 pm

Friday October 18th   5:00 – 8:00 pm

Saturday October 19th 9:30 am – 2:45 pm


Workshop fee:

Four day workshop with CME Certification* $325

Four day workshop without CME Certification $275

October 11th & 12th – first weekend only $175

October 18th & 19th – second weekend only $175

Student (college students only) $35

*Please Note: CME Certification class size is limited. Register early if you want to receive certification. 

CME Certification Option: Participants attending both weekends of the workshop have the opportunity to receive Choral Music Experience (CME) certification in Levels I, II, and III. CME Workshops are designed to enable music teachers and conductors to continue their professional development through refining the candidate’s expertise in singing, conducting, and rehearsing – with optional individual mentoring in conducting masterclasses. (Level I conductors may choose to either observe or to conduct in masterclass).

Workshop materials: As a participant, you will receive a music study pack for the course in addition to a complimentary repertoire reading pack. Study packs will be mailed to teachers in early October. Student Observers will pick up their study packs at the Workshop.

Location: Parkway United Church, 2841 N. Ballas Road (between Clayton Road and Hwy 40/I-64)

Demonstration choirs: The St. Louis Children’s Choirs ensembles: Music Makers 1st & 2nd grades; Children’s Choirs 3rd – 5th grades; Concert Choir 6th – 12th grades.

Contact person: Maria Ellis, 314-993-9626 or e-mail

This workshop is made possible in part by:







Mandy Miller, Master Teacher of Choral Music Experience (CME)

Mandy MillerMandy Miller: Mandy has been Head of Music in Lochgelly High School since 1987. She is renowned for training school choirs (including a Staff Choir) as part of the department’s many extra curricular activities. She has travelled extensively in Europe with her Choirs and Pipe Band.

Mandy was awarded an Artist Teacher Diploma in 1997 (Chicago) and Master Teacher Certificate in Choral Music Education in 1999 (Chicago) from Dr Doreen Rao as part of The Choral Music Experience Institute. She regularly teaches on the Faculty of the CME Institute in addition to her responsibilities as Executive Director, UK.

Early in 2000 Mandy was awarded The Paul Harris Fellowship by The International Rotary Foundation in recognition of her positive contribution to music making within the community.

She has gained valuable experience as Director of numerous choirs, orchestras and Music Societies. She is presently in her 27th year as Choral Director of Dunfermline Choral Union, introducing a breadth of music that has proved particularly valuable to the choir, which is committed to providing audiences with core repertoire in addition to works by contemporary composers.

Mandy founded Dunfermline Junior Chorus in 2005. The organisation has gone from strength to strength and now has four choirs and a membership of more than 140 young people aged 6 to 18 years. Members of DJC have experienced the thrill of performing in Carnegie Hall, New York, the Royal Festival Hall, London and the Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow.

Mandy works enthusiastically at the regional, national and international level to further the cause of music making. She is Depute Principal Assessor of Higher Music for the the Scottish Qualifications Authority; Administrator of The Fife Festival of Music, Musical Director of Dunfermline Choral Union and Artistic Director of Dunfermline Junior Chorus. In 2012 she started a choir in a high security men’s prison and this has proved to be particularly meaningful and successful for all involved.

Mandy is in great demand as a workshop practitioner in Choral Music Education and is an experienced teacher of choral conducting (in Britain, Eire, Canada and the USA). The 2019/2020 season sees her travel to St. Louis, Dublin and London to undertake Conducting/Teaching residencies in addition to delivering many workshops throughout Scotland.

The St. Louis Children’s Choirs: The St. Louis Children’s Choirs offers 450 students ages 6-18 an extraordinary program of musical excellence and character education. Children in the Choirs represent over 200 schools and come from 85 zip codes. Students learn responsibility, self-discipline, teamwork and respect for one another. The Choirs perform over 120 classical, sacred, contemporary, and world music selections each year, including performing as the official children’s choir of the St. Louis Symphony. Recognized nationally and internationally, ensembles have performed at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the White House, at national American Choral Directors Association conventions, and have toured around the world. For over 40 years, this community-based Choir program has enriched the lives of children who love to sing.

Workshop Sponsors: The St. Louis Children’s Choirs and Des Lee Collaborative.