Our students come from all over the world to train as professional choral conductors, capable of working with choirs in a range of contexts.

Classes

Below you will find a list of the types of classes and modules that have been on offer at the Academy.

Department Classes
And Activities

Choral Conducting faculty classes and activities.

Technique and Interpretation

This is the core of the course, delivered in intensive weekly classes – usually totalling eight hours per week.

Aural skills

A specialist weekly class at advanced level.

Rehearsal Techniques

Repertoire

Stylistic Performance Practice

Editing

Specialist teaching is available for students who wish to develop scholarly editing skills.

Vocal Technique

Our specialist voice teachers will help you develop your own voice and deepen your understanding of vocal techniques essential for training choirs.

Contextual Studies

You will have the opportunity to study Gregorian chant, chorale and other liturgical music forms up to the present day to give you insight into the religious, cultural and compositional contexts of the core European choral repertoire.

Baton Technique

You will work on orchestral as well as oratorio repertoire in weekly classes, as well as occasional sessions with the symphonic Conducting students and their Head of Department, Sian Edwards.

In the final year, you are assessed on a self-organised concert outside the Academy and on a rehearsal and performance with the Academy Chamber Choir.

As a Choral Conducting student, you will work intensively with members of the Academy's Chamber Choir. We also have close working relationships with the BBC Singers, the Choir of Royal Holloway, University of London, the Joyful Company of Singers, the Renaissance Singers, and the Music Makers of London as well as the adult and professional and children's choirs of the London Oratory. Self-generated work is seen as essential and we encourage you to take up positions with choirs outside the Academy during your studies.

Open Days

We launched our first-ever Virtual Open Days in September 2020. Check out all our content here: ram.ac.uk/opendays