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NEW M.Mus. in detail

Choral Conducting pathway
Conductors  work with both adult choirs and choirs with children. Weekly seminars cover conducting technique and gesture, rehearsal skills and score preparation, and weekly classes take place with students directing the dedicated M.Mus. choir. Tutors include Stephen Cleobury, Stephen Layton, Sarah MacDonald, Andrew Nethsingha, Ben Parry and Graham Ross.

Vocal performance pathway
Singers work both as soloists in non-operatic repertoire and in vocal ensembles and choirs. Weekly individual tuition is provided and seminars given in vocal pedagogy, vocal health, ensemble skills, historic repertoires and related studies. Tutors include Lynette Alcántara, David Lowe and David Skinner.

Organ performance pathway
Organists develop their skills both as soloists and accompanists. Weekly individual tuition is provided and seminars given in repertoire, organology, liturgical accompaniment and continuo skills, using the exceptionally wide range of instruments available in Cambridge. Tutors include Andrew Arthur, Anne Page, Richard Pinel and Geoffrey Webber.

Seminar course
These seminars will cover a wide range of subjects, grouped under two main headings, ‘Theological and Liturgical Contexts’ and ‘The English Choral Tradition: Cultural and Historical Contexts’. Candidates will submit one essay (3500 words) at the start of Lent term; and a further essay (3500 words) at the start of Easter term.

Optional Elements:

  • Extended essay of not more than 7000 words, on any topic related to the course, submitted at the end of the Easter term.
  • Editing of a work or a group of works, or a comparative study of different editions of the same work or group of works, or a study of editorial practice, submitted at the end of Easter term. The chosen repertoire must be either music for voice or voices with or without instrumental accompaniment, or early keyboard music.
  • Portfolio submission of a single work or group of works lasting between 7 and 12 minutes comprising the candidate’s original arrangement of pre-existent material, submitted at the end of the Easter term. The portfolio should contain any one of the following options:
      • Monophonic song arranged either for solo voice and keyboard or for unaccompanied choir
      • Choral music arranged for a different combination of voices, with, or without instrumental accompaniment
      • Instrumental music (including music for piano) arranged for organ.
  • Secondary study: students are able to choose one of the other Pathways as a secondary option, e.g. choral conductors and vocalists can elect to deliver an organ recital.

College observations and placements
Candidates will be encouraged to participate fully in college choirs, arrangements for which will be facilitated by the Course Director in conjunction with the Directors of Music at the College involved. Placements will be made on the understanding that the candidates will on occasion have opportunities to direct the choirs in which they are involved. Opportunities are also offered to observe College choirs in rehearsal and performance.

Aural Classes
Delivered in association with the Part IA Undergraduate course.


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