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Choral Art: Conductors and Composers

Performing Arts - Music

Program Information

Program Overview

Choral Art: Conductors and Composers is an intensive workshop that explores the creation and presentation of choral music in the 21st century.

The program will explore new works for choir and new ways to present pre-existing repertoire. Composers and conductors will work closely with the faculty and resident choir, Pro Coro Canada, to explore and create new works and to hone their conducting skills respectively. Choirs will explore movement and improvisation as well as refine their sound as an ensemble through workshops and masterclasses. 

What does the program offer?

Participants in this program will become immersed in the world of choral art. They will have the opportunity to collaborate with award-winning, international composition and conductor faculty, and work with ensemble-in-residence Pro Coro Canada.

The program aims to develop an exchange between a circle of creators and performers active in the choral music milieu. The program also aims to support and bring visibility to the Canadian choral community, and connect to the larger international network.

Participants will explore new methods of performance and composition for choral music. Composers and conductors will spend intensive periods working independently, but also with each other and other singers and faculty. A portion of each day will be spent singing together to experience various aspects of choral singing, new sonorities, sounds, and different styles, which includes movement, body work and vocal improvisation.

Choral groups will work on pre-existing repertoire, explore new works with participants, and further refine their craft through workshops, vocal coaching and masterclasses. 

Who should apply?

This program has two streams: Conductors and Composers and Choirs. To apply as a choir/choral ensemble, visit the program page.

Conductors and Composers will stay for the entirety of the three-week program. Applicants should show a portfolio of work that represents their work with, or interest in, choral conducting and composing. Applications are encouraged from individuals with less experience in choral music, but who wish to look deeper into this art form.


What's Included

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Your program fee includes a shared bedroom on the Banff Centre campus for the duration of your program.

Single rooms may be available upon request for an additional fee. Please contact the Office of the Registrar. 

Get connected with other artists on campus and focus on your projects in a creative environment while we take care of the day-to-day essentials.

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Using a credit-based system to dine on campus, our flexible meal plans allow you to select meals according to your own needs during your stay.

The Full Flex meal plan includes $40 credit per day, equivalent to breakfast, lunch, and dinner in Vistas Dining Room.

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This program offers opportunities to showcase your work-in-progress in one of our performance venues.

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Your program fee includes free access to the swimming pool, climbing gym, and fitness suite as well as discounted rates for classes at the Sally Borden Fitness and Recreation Centre.

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Access a wide range of publications, books, music, and films in the Paul D. Fleck Library and Archives, open six days a week.

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Enjoy special artist rates for ticketed performances or complimentary access to events.

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Enrich your experience and get to know other artists on campus by taking advantage of the activities and support provided by our Participant Resources team.

Fees & Financial Assistance

Program fee
$3 122.36
Program fee with financial assistance*

Application fee: $65

*The program fee is covered 100% by financial aid. 

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How to Apply

Learn more about the steps to Complete Your Application.

Cover Letter

A one-page cover letter explaining why you are interested in this program and stating your perspective on choral music in the 21st century. 


A one-page resume or C.V. describing academic, professional, and other relevant experience.


Provide a 100-word artist biography. These biographies will be used as a narrative for administrative and public use.

Sample of Work

Three links to recent performances (YouTube, Soundcloud) of your work as conductor and/or composer. In addition, composers must provide three scores of submitted recordings.


Participants are selected by impartial adjudicators on the basis of their submitted material. In addition to artistic merit, consideration will be given to the likelihood that the artist's work will benefit from the program.

Applicants will be notified of their status as soon as adjudication is complete.


All programs, faculty, dates, fees, and offers of financial assistance are subject to change. Program fee is subject to applicable taxes. Non-refundable fees and deposits will be retained upon cancellation. Any other fees are refunded at the discretion of the Banff Centre. The application deadline is 11:59 p.m. Mountain Standard Time.

Contact the Registrar

For questions on preparing your application, please contact the Office of the Registrar:

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