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Encore University’s expansive Masterclass series continues with our second masterclass: Conducting and Choral Sound, presented by Erin Freeman!

In this 90-minute exploratory journey through the link between conducting and choral sound, Erin Freeman, renowned conductor and artistic leader, will bring her expertise and touch upon critical conducting fundamentals. You’ll learn:

  • The basics of conducting gestures and movements
  • The techniques your conductors use to bring out the best of your voice and sound
  • Conducting gestures you can learn – and even use yourself!

This masterclass is the perfect way to match your voice to the conductor’s movements – and learn how the best choral sounds are produced.

This informative session will end with a live 20 – 30 minute Q&A session, where Erin will answer any questions you may have.

DATE AND TIMEWednesday, March 1, 7:30 PM ET – 9:00 PM ET
PRICE$15 per person

Can’t make it to the Zoom? Encore University’s flexibility extends to our Masterclass series, too! A recorded version of the presentation will be sent to all registered participants for later viewing.


Photo credit: Sarah Ferguson

ERIN FREEMAN, versatile, engaging, and spirited conductor and artistic leader serves in multiple positions throughout the District of Columbia and the Commonwealth of Virginia and maintains a national presence. She currently serves in multiple artistic positions, including Artistic Director of The City Choir of Washington, Artistic Director of Wintergreen Music, and Resident Conductor of the Richmond Ballet. She previously held positions as Director of the award-winning Richmond Symphony Chorus and Director of Choral Activities at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Guest conducting engagements include the Detroit Symphony, Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Portland (Maine) Symphony Orchestra, South Carolina Philharmonic, Savannah Symphony, Charlottesville Symphony Orchestra, Virginia Symphony Orchestra, and additional ensembles in New York, Massachusetts, Maryland, Virginia, Georgia, Missouri, North Carolina, and Illinois. She has conducted at Carnegie Hall, Boston Symphony Hall, La Madeleine in Paris, and the Kennedy Center, and has conducted and/or prepared the Richmond Symphony Chorus for multiple recordings, including the 2019 GRAMMY-nominated release of Mason Bates’ Children of Adam on the Reference Recording label.

A recent finalist for Performance Today’s Classical Woman of the Year, Freeman has also been named one of Virginia Lawyers Weekly’s “50 Most Influential Women in Virginia” and an “Extraordinary Woman Leader” by the VCU School of Business.