Vocal ensembles and choirs have become an important part of Australian musical fabric, from community-based groups through to professional a cappella ensembles. This seminar aims to provide necessary skills and experiences in composing for groups of voices in an experiential learning environment. Students workshop their compositions in class, gain experience in text-setting, experiment in extended techniques. Classes focus on the literary nature of the form and analyse relevant historical examples and techniques from a diverse range of styles. Students will be able to take these skills developed in this course into future professional situations as both composers and performers.
1 x 2hr lecture/seminar per fortnight, 1 x 8hr workshop in special projects week only
1 x major composition work to the equivalent of 2500wds (40%), 2 x minor composition works to the equivalent of 1250wds (20%), overall class contributions (15%), 1 x 1500wd essay (25%)