Sprague Hall
Sprague Hall

All events take place on the campus of Yale University, New Haven, CT (USA) unless otherwise indicated

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Day 1 (Tuesday, June 19)
9:00am Registration begins
10:15am Official Welcome
10:30am-11:30am Lecture/Workshop Session 1 (Prof. Yang Hongnian)
11:30am-1:00pm Welcome Lunch
1:00-3:00pm Conducting Masterclass 1: Chorus of the Central Conservatory of Music (Beijing) and Profs. Yang Hongnian and Yang Li
3:00-5:30pm YAC choral rehearsal
8:00pm Concert 1: Yale Choral Artists
Day 2 (Wednesday, June 20)
8:45am-10:15am YAC choral rehearsal
10:30am-11:30am Lecture/Workshop Session 2 (George Mxadana, with Imilonji Kantu Choral Society)
1:00pm-2:00pm Conducting Masterclass 2: Yale Choral Artists, Jeffrey Douma and Maggie Brooks
2:15pm-3:15pm Lecture/Workshop Session 3 (Andre de Quadros, with Manado State University Choir)
5:00pm Concert 2: Manado State University Choir
8:00pm Concert 3: Chorus of the Central Conservatory of Music (Beijing) 
Day 3 (Thursday, June 21)
8:45am-10:15am YAC choral rehearsal
10:30am-11:30am Lecture Workshop Session 4 (Martin Ennis)
1:00pm-3:00pm Conducting Masterclass 3: Cambridge Chamber Choir and Martin Ennis
5:00pm Concert 4: Imilonji Kantu Choral Society
8:00pm Concert 5: Yale Choral Artists with Mark Morris Dance Group (Shubert Theater)
Day 4 (Friday, June 22)
Symposium: Choirs Transforming Our World
7:00am Registration opens
9:00am Symposium Welcome
Michael Anderson, President, IFCM
Jeffrey Douma, Artistic Director, YICF
Andre de Quadros, Conductors Without Borders
Philip Brunelle, Vice President, IFCM
9:45-10:35am Session 1
  Prison Choirs
Mary Cohen, Catherine Roma, and Bea Hasselmann, presenters
10:50-12:00 noon Session 2 (concurrent sessions)
  Panel: Successful choral exchanges
Philip Brunelle, moderator
Thomas Lloyd, John Warren, and Joy Hill, panelists
  Panel: Cross-cultural outreach through choral music
Jeffrey Douma, moderator
Timothy DeWerff, Mollie Stone, Helen Cha-Pyo and Diana Solomon-Glover, panelists
12:00 noon Group Symposium luncheon
2:00-2:50pm Session 3
  Joyful Noise
Allison Fromm, conductor and presenter
3:15-4:30pm Session 4 (concurrent sessions)
  Choral Music and Mental Well-Being
Pearl Shangkuan, Chair
Stephen Clift and Anne Haugland Balsnes, presenters
  Choral Advocacy: The Power of Singing Together
Andre de Quadros, Chair
Susan Knight, Lena Ekman Frisk, Philippe Rixhon, presenters
5:10-6:20pm Session 5
  Choirs and young people: Musical excellence and Creating Community from the Inside Out
Naomi Faran, The Moran Choirs
Francisco Nuñez, Young People's Chorus of New York City
8:00pm Concert 6: Cambridge University Chamber Choir
Day 2 (Saturday, June 23)
Symposium: Choirs Transforming Out World
8:20 Song: Pearl Shangkuan
8:30-9:20 Session 6
  Lesbian, gay, and transgendered choruses and their relevance today
Catherine Roma, chair
Miguel Felipe and Susan Haugh, presenters
9:30–10:20 Session 7
  Threshold Choirs
Kate Munger, Founder
10:45am-12:15pm Formal breakout sessions
Thomas Caplin, Mary Cohen, Allison Fromm, Kate Munger, Rahib Haddad, and Doreen Rao, facilitators
12:15-1:30pm Break for lunch on own
1:30–3:00 Salon
Sharon Gratto, Jamie Hillman, Joy Hirokawa, Philippe Rixhon, Bonnie Klee Roberts, David Schildkret, Ömer Yusuf Topçu, Amanda Weber, and Baruch Whitehead, presenters
3:00-3:50pm Session 8
  Bach in the World Today: The Values of Diversity, Inclusion, and Social Responsibility
Doreen Rao, University of Toronto
4:00–5:10pm Session 9
  The work of Berlin Radio Choir in outreach and advocacy
Simon Halsey and Hans Rehberg, Berlin Radio Choir
5:10pm Symposium wrap-up
6:00pm Concert 7: Gala concert featuring Yale Alumni Chorus and New Haven Symphony Orchestra.