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NEW M.Mus. pathways

Conducting pathway

Ideal for those wishing to study choral conducting in a liturgical environment.
Tuition is provided in masterclass, seminar and one-to-one format, covering a wide variety of topics such as gesture, technique, interpretation, score preparation, working with boys' and girls' voices, rehearsal skills. Students work weekly with a dedicated MMus choir under professional guidance, and observe all the principal Cambridge choirs at work.  Tutors include Timothy Brown, Stephen Cleobury, Stephen Layton, Sarah MacDonald, Andrew Nethsingha, Ben Parry, Christopher RobinsonGraham Ross and Geoffrey Webber (Course-Co-ordinator). Choir placements allow students to work directly with a Chapel choir.

Vocal pathway

Ideal for those looking for a flexible post-graduate vocal training covering both ensemble and solo performance.
Individual weekly vocal tuition, regular song classes covering performance practice, vocal technique, interpretation, repertoire, singing in foreign languages and vocal pedagogy, ensemble performance classes led by Associate Ensemble Voces8 covering Interpretation, Technique, Directing a Vocal Ensemble, Professional Development, and classes in plainsong and reading from early sources. Tutors include Lynette Alcántara (Course Co-ordinator), David Lowe, David Skinner, Barnaby Smith and Voces8. Visiting Tutors for ensemble coaching include David Hurley (ex-King's Singers), Ben Parry (ex-Swingle Singers), Paul McCreesh (The Gabrieli Consort) and Simon Halsey (London Symphony Chorus), and for solo tuition Dame Emma Kirkby and Dame Sarah Connolly.

Organ pathway

Ideal for those looking for a flexible post-graduate training closely linked to the Anglican choral tradition, covering a variety of keyboard skills.
Tuition is provided in masterclass, seminar and one-to-one format, using the rich and varied resources of the Cambridge Chapel organs. The repertoire covered will range from the 16th century to the present day, including both solo performance and organ accompaniment in most major European traditions, with specialist classes in particular skills such as continuo playing and Psalm accompaniment. Tutors include Andrew Arthur, Anne PageRichard Pinel (Course Co-ordinator), Stephen Cleobury and Geoffrey Webber. Further tuition and opportunities are available via the Cambridge Organ Scholars’ Forum and the Cambridge Academy of Organ Studies which both invite many leading European organists to teach in Cambridge such as Guy Bovet, Pieter Dirksen and Jennifer Bate. 

All pathways

Weekly seminars are provided for all MMus students as the foundation for the more academic component of the course. These will include topics such as Words and Music, the History of the Anglican Choral Tradition, the study of Vocal Health and undertaking Outreach and Community work. Tutors include Jeremy Begbie, Malcolm Guite, Roger Bowers, David Skinner, Lynette Alcántara and Suzi Digby. Students may choose to develop specialist skills in the editing of early music and the art of musical arrangement, and to benefit from aspects of the teaching provided for all Pathways, as well as from some undergraduate courses such as aural training. All students are invited to apply for membership of a College choir as singer or organist, and benefit from the rich library resources of the University of Cambridge.

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