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About Dallas Bergen:
Dallas Bergen received his Bachelor of Music in Secondary Education from the University of Victoria. During his university years he was a member of Chamber Singers and Prima Youth Choir and participated in a series of international tours, having served as assistant conductor in his final year. While in New York he performed at Carnegie Hall with Manhattan Concert Productions, conducted the New York Consort, and was a member of several high-calibre choirs. He has been a member of the Canadian Chamber Choir and sang with the Elora Festival Singers for the 2008 Elora Festival where he also participated in the Festival Conductor’s Workshop with renowned conductors, Stephen Layton and Noel Edison. Founding artistic director of Univox Choir Toronto and member of the Nathaniel Dett Chorale. He conducts the Harbourfront Chorus, and is the newly appointed music director at First Unitarian Congregation of Toronto. He also serves on the music panel for the Toronto Arts Council.
"Use your pencil!" We say it repeatedly in rehearsals to our singers, but without teaching them how to use their pencil in an efficient manner – using codified symbols with specific use and meaning related to fundamentals of music – the mistakes that we hope to be remedied may continue to slow the rehearsal process and cause us endless frustration. This workshop takes score marking beyond the default circle, and teaches vocalists to use a wide range of markings in their music to efficiently note everything that their conductor asks of them, and in the end allows them to grow in their sight-reading ability and general musicianship by reinforcing good habits and reducing the frequency and repetition of errors.
Instructed by conductor Dallas Bergen.