The Confident Conductor

Confident Conductor




Terms 1, 2 & 3
State Opera Studio
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In 2020 State Opera South Australia is excited to invite teachers to develop their conducting skills in a warm and supportive environment. Designed specifically for primary and high school teachers who are relatively new to music ensemble leadership, these workshops will deliver basic conducting skills and techniques that can be used across choral, band, instrumental ensemble and classroom music groups.
Whether you have been asked to conduct the choir at assembly, or lead the weekly recorder ensemble, this is an opportunity for you to come together with a group of colleagues and practice coordinating the rehearsals and performances, setting up and leading the group. Learn how to conducting music in multiple time signatures, how to cue entrances, cut off-s, as well as tips and tricks for warm-ups, tuning and how to arrange your choir.
Led by State Opera’s new Head of Music Anthony Hunt, this is a fun and relaxed way to develop and improve your music skills.

Term 1

Conducting 101
Saturday 14 March, 2pm-5pm

Learn the basics about how to start a choir, encompassing simple warm ups, developing harmony and building a balanced, pure choir sound.

Conducting Tips and Tricks

Term 2

Conducting Progressive 1
Tuesday 9 June, 5pm-7.30pm
Wednesday 10 June, 7pm-9:30pm
Thursday 11 June, 5pm-7.30pm

Conducting Progressive 2
Tuesday 16 June, 5pm-7.30pm
Wednesday 17 June, 7pm-9:30pm
Thursday 18 June, 5pm-7.30pm​​

Conducting Progressive 3
Tuesday 23 June, 5pm-7.30pm
Wednesday 24 June, 7pm-9:30pm
Thursday 25 June, 5pm-7.30pm​​

Each week, these practical workshops will work on conducting techniques, learning tips and tools of how to develop and shape musical elements with your choir. Workshop participants will learn through singing and leading in a choir setting. Teachers can work progressively through the three sessions, or may choose one or two sessions.

Term 3

How to conduct a musical
Saturday 12 September, 2pm-5pm

Is your school putting on a musical? Need help with the music? This workshop will guide you through teaching the vocal score, working with soloists and chorus, and include ways to develop the voice for non-singers, along with tips for performance conducting.

  • Attendance and participation is FREE.
  • Applicants are welcome to register for one or more workshops.
  • Certificate of attendance will be provided to all participants.
  • Teacher resource notes in a handout will be provided.



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I did! and shared!

It was wonderful.

Just wonderful a lovely varied presentation!

Joan Young here you go. 🎶

Loved it. Thank you!

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Thank you from an ex-south Australian. That was special.

Beautifully performed, thank you State Opera South Australia

My kitten thinks I’m mad as I sing along with Tarantara!

Wonderful memories of performing in Pirates of Penzance. In memory of the four police who died the other day.

Great to see these folk performing again, even if we're not with them. Great tribute by SOSA to the Anzacs.

Fantastic singing. I grew up with all this music, especially the Irish ones.

Floods of tears here. Takes me back to my childhood and happy family concerts around the piano on Sunday nights with my wonderful Uncle Albert playing piano with much gratuitous emotion

Not sure anyone can move Peter Dawson over but loving this rendition.

Taking me back.50 plus years and memories of anzac day with my mother

What a wonderful concert...congratulations to the singers and all involved...the ANZAC commemorations have certainly risen to a professional and amazing level due to events like this...a true positive of the lockdown necessity.

I am 72 and somehow these songs are part of my fabric. I don't know the how or the why , they just are and my family wasn't particularly musical. I guess I just absorbed them with the air I breathed. Thank you

Artists: Bethany Hill, Charlotte Kelso, Mark Oates, Andrew Crispe, and Gerry Masi.

Go you heroes.... doing the choreography from NLTC's Pirates of Penzance in my loungeroom 😀

Great work SOSA. Thoroughly enjoyed that!! Lest We Forget.

Thank you SOSA for a truly beautiful and meaningful concert this ANZAC Day ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

Lovely addition to ANZAC day, well done State Opera

Thank you SOSA. It's wonderful to hear these old songs sung so beautifully. A very special and moving tribute. Bravo All.

Thanks Mark, too, for your singing of the anthems this morning. So great.

I am trying to find the songs that I missed.

Loving this, thanks state opera. And thanks Amy for drawing my attention to this.

My dog, Toby, is quiet for a change... enjoying it along with my loud singing

That was wonderful. I shall just mop up the tears after Danny Boy.. ...thank you..

A simple but big thank you. Songs from my youth. Beverley Frling

Lovely concert. Thank you to all the artists and to Stuart and State Opera.

Loved this concert, brought back memories of hearing my pop sing loudly to many of the songs, especially in the latter part. Congratulations State Opera South Australia . Feel free to share .

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Beautiful ❤️

A beautiful video in these trying times

Wonderfull Mark, Andrew, Gerry and ladies. Oh (Danny) Boy that was great. And thanks for that little trick , just so that we could hear it again 😉

The magnificent Mark Oates was a good enough to let us share a bit of behind-the-scenes footage from the recording, in which we hear his gorgeous interpretation of Danny Boy not once, but twice. That's right folks - even pros can have a "moment" but they get right back up and keep on going. As one listener said "Lucky us to hear it twice!" 😉

Mark Oates you’re a wonderful wonderful human xx

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