JOSHUA HABERMANN, is in his ninth season as Music Director of the Santa Fe Desert Chorale. Since joining the ensemble he has broadened its repertoire to include not only a cappella literature but also choral-orchestral masterworks, and unique concert experiences that combine music, poetry and the spoken word. In 2015 the Desert Chorale was a featured performer at the national convention of the American Choral Director’s Association (ACDA) in Dancing the Mystery, a program featuring the poetry of Sufi masters Rumi and Hafiz.
Habermann has led honor choirs and choral festivals in North and Latin America, Europe and Asia. As a singer (tenor) he has performed with the Oregon Bach Festival Chorus (Eugene, Oregon), and Conspirare (Austin, Texas). Recording credits include three projects with Conspirare: Through the Green Fuse, Requiem, a Grammy nominee for best choral recording in 2006, and Threshold of Night, a Grammy nominee for best choral recording and best classical album in 2009.
2018 Breakout Sessions
Putting Score Study into Action in the Choral Rehearsal
95% of our time is spent not in performance, but in rehearsal. How can we make our rehearsal process both more efficient and more enjoyable? Explore best practices of score preparation and rehearsal techniques designed to engage singers of all levels.
Latin American Choral Performance
More and more of our singers are from Spanish language backgrounds, yet they rarely get the chance to sing the great literature of Latin America. In this session explore the traditions of choral music from Argentina to Mexico, with a focus on performance practices of the various folk traditions, differences in national styles, incorporating improvisation into choral performance, and tips on how and when to use percussion.
Music literacy in the choral rehearsal
When was the last time you heard a choir director complain about too much rehearsal time? All of us, at every level, wish that we could spend less time teaching parts are more time shaping the music. Our choirs' ability to read and internalize music quickly usually varies widely person to person, yet we are tasked with bringing them all together across the finish line. How can we infuse that corporate learning process with literacy-building in such a way that our singers' individual skills grow?
Sacred Music from Scandinavia and the Baltics
Explore great sacred music from the land of the Northern Lights. Pieces appropriate for a variety of levels.
Around the World in 60 Minutes
This session will focus on the most common difficulties for American choirs singing in Spanish, French, Italian and German, and how to correct them. This will not be a review of diction rules, but rather a primer for working directly with singers with careful listening and humor to help them perfect their pronunciation of the most commonly used languages. The cheapest way to see Madrid, Paris, Rome and Berlin in just one hour!