Conducting/Teaching

  

Along with my experience as founding artistic director of Vox Caelestis, a professional women's chorus, I have coached and conducted all levels of other choirs in rehearsal and performance. As part of my work with Vox Caelestis, I initiated and helped launch a successful annual scholarship program to benefit high school senior women pursuing music degrees in college. I have also taught vocal jazz at Lyons Township High School in LaGrange, IL, as well as led classes in choral writing at Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University.

FYI, I am available for live Skype interviews, class discussions, etc for anyone interested, This has been a very rewarding way to interact with directors and students around the country. I am happy to do this free of charge.
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Please contact me for more information on any of the following:

  • Guest Conducting Festival/Honors choirs

     
  • Teaching classes or speaking at seminars on subjects such as
    • Choral Composing
    • Writing for Treble Voices
    • Writing for Harp
    • Writing Effective Piano Accompaniments
    • Choral Programming

       
  • Adjudication of chorus or solo voice for workshops and competitions

 

Recent teaching/guest conducting/clinician appearances:

ONGOING DURING SUMMERS: JUNE/JULY 2009, 2010, 2011 etc.

Choral Director of the gifted HS choir at  North Carolina Governor's School East, based at Meredith College (for more info on this incredible program, visit www.ncgovschool.org

(Plus scroll to bottom for more information about the music programming for this school

FEBRUARY 2011

Guest conductor for week long festival organized by
The International Christian School, Hong Kong

NOVEMBER 2010

Guest conductor for Armstrong County (PA, near Pittsburgh) Honors Choir

NOVEMBER 2009

Judge for Nancy Menk's 25th Annual Women's Choir Festival, held at St. Mary's College in South Bend, IN. Nancy has been giving HS women's choirs a great opportunity to strut their stuff for years now, and I was thrilled to  do this along with fellow composer/conductors Eleanor Daley and Lee Kesselman.

OCTOBER 2009

Speech/Workshop for college age conducting/composition students
as part of my visit to Incheon City Chorale, Seoul, South Korea

FEBRUARY 2009

Guest conductor of The Festival Choir of Madison (WI)  Conducting premiere of new large scale piece commissioned by the choir  plus other music

OCTOBER 2008   

Guest conductor for massed treble choir at Naperville North HS & IL State University
Treble Choir Festival

OCTOBER 2008

Guest conductor for Pennsylvania MENC State Honors Choir

Program:
Bach   Blessing, Glory and Wisdom
Rutter Dormi, Jesu
Clausen Jabberwocky
Daley  grandmother moon
Carey  Loosin Yelav
Edenroth  Chili con Carne
R Powell   The Word was God
Moses Hogan   Abide with me
Carey  Peter go Ring-a dem Bells

"It was so much fun having you as a conductor. I never interpreted the meaning of songs like that before in choir! I hope they invite you to come back soon! And I'm not a fan of a lot of contemporary arrangements, but yours are great. I'm tired of singing bad arrangements of old songs and arrangements of popular music."

-- Katrina Dobbs. member of the honors choir

OCTOBER 2008

Workshop at Westminster College

The repertoire of the chorus, under the direction of Westminster adjunct music faculty Mr. Kris Harper, includes two of Carey's pieces: "A Million Miracles" and "The Curlew's Song." Carey worked with chorus member and flautist Amber Kunder to imitate the sound of the curlew bird on the flute.

"It was truly a wonderful experience to discover what the composer had in mind as he composed these pieces and how he envisions them being performed," Harper said.

APRIL 2008

Clinic at Illinois State University, Normal, IL

FEB 2008 

Clinic with Central Division ACDA children's honors choir, Grand Rapids, MI

MARCH 2006 

Clinic with honors choir at OAKE national convention in Chicago
 

More info on my work @ NC GOVERNOR'S SCHOOL:

Ongoing during summers JUNE/JULY 2009, 2010, 2011 etc.

Choral Director of the gifted HS choir at  North Carolina Governor's School East, based at Meredith College (for more info on this incredible program, visit www.ncgovschool.org

This is an amazing program for 800 gifted HS juniors from all over North Carolina in all disciplines. The performing arts program especially is geared toward challenging young people to discover cutting edge arts-- thus no Mozart, instead John Tavener, or thus... no Brahms, but instead Aarvo Part.

Update: First program (June 30, July 1, 2009) completed to standing ovations two nights in a row. The program was as follows (all works from the last 15 years):

Loosin Yelav (Armenian folk song)                     arr. Carey
Ubi Caritas                                                               Ola Gjeilo
Nada te turbe                                                          Joan Szymko
You Begin                                                                Paul Carey
62 Insults from Shakespeare(new &hilarious)  Reg Unterseher    
Ride on King Jesus                                                  arr. Moses Hogan
Riwanna                                                                    Stephen Leek          

Second Program (July 24):

Clear Pool                                                                 Carey
Wade in the Water                                                  arr. Sister Marion ver Haalen
Aglepta                                                                     Arne Mellnas     
I Dream of Peace                                                    Robert Jager
Adagio (cello solo)                                                 attrib. Albinoni
Lake Song                                                                Carey     
 

The second program revolved around water and morphed into war. Clear Pool represented nature in accord, but a disturbance late in the text implying man has upset the balance of nature. Wade in the Water is a spiritual which talks about muddying water on purpose, Aglepta is an avant-garde fog of confusion in order to thwart an enemy. the main piece  of the concert, Jager's I dream of peace, is about the horrific ethnic cleansing wars in Yugoslavia in the 1990's. Water no longer even exists in Sarajevo as it has been cut off by the Bosnian army which ha besieged the city for four years.

Finally, that piece ends with a hope for peace, and the Albinoni Adagio and Lake Song finish the arc with nature restored, but with poet Collette Inez' admonition to "call out your names", implying that we all must say who we are, and what we stand for while here on earth. The Albinoni is the piece which the famed "Cellist of Sarajevo" played for 22 days in a  row in a bombed out church, to pay tribute to 22 civilian bombing victims in Sarajevo.