Where in the World the Conductors – June 2020

Artistic Director Philip Brunelle is being feted this summer! Chorus America, the the advocacy, research, and leadership development organization that advances the choral field across North America, is giving him the Distinguished Service Award on Friday, June 12. Watch him receive the award on their YouTube channel. The Society for American Music, dedicated to the study, teaching, creation, and dissemination of all musics in the Americas, is making Philip an Honorary Member at their annual conference this July.

In addition, Philip continues to be a national and international leader in his quest for sharing the beautiful music of composers far and wide. He is presenting a series of online workshops through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute for a record number of attendees that will focus on Handel’s Messiah, The Mendelssohns: Felix and Fanny, Benjamin Britten and the Second British Renaissance of song, and Aaron Copland. He continues his Musical Moments (now up to 60 videos!), and has big plans to expand the content offered with the videos (in partnership with an intern from St. Olaf College) to make them even more relevant for conductors around the world.

Associate Conductor and Director of Learning and Engagement, G. Phillip Shoultz, III, is playing a major role in keeping the choral community connected and singing as we navigate this unprecedented time.

  • Thanks in part to the success of his Take 5 with GPS daily livestream, each week Phillip is invited to lead Zoom Sing A Longs and other creative endeavors with choirs of all ages across the country.
  • Through his leadership, the Music Lives Here: A Minnesota Roundtable was established and now features nearly 200 Minnesota musicians who gather  every other week to discuss issues and strategies related to advocacy, emotional well being, health and safety concerns, adaptive pedagogies, and scenario planning for the future.
  • On May 11, he was the guest for the podcast, Keep Calm and Choir On, where he discussed his life in music and his personal journey with mental illness.
  • On May 25, he shared strategies and led live singing demonstrations in the webinar Singing: What We CAN Do jointly sponsored by all of America’s major singing organizations. The webinar has been viewed over 14,000 times to date.
  • In the wake of the most recent acts of violence against black people, Phillip is advising singing organizations around the country about how they can advance equity, and stand in solidarity with the black community through their words and actions.
  • Last week, the American Choral Directors Association Children and Youth choir repertoire forum invited Phillip to lead a conversation on how choirs can better support singers of color.
  • Next week, in honor of Juneteenth, Phillip will co-lead a Family Sing A Long to conclude the Chorus America National conference.
  • Later this month, he will share pedagogical insights and discuss issues of racial equity in the choral arts on Music (ed) Matters Podcast
  • The Boston chapter of the National Association of Teachers in Singing has invited Phillip to present on issues of equity, access, and inclusion during their July conference.
  • At the end of July, Phillip returns to the University of St. Thomas to teach three levels of graduate conducting (online format) to music educators from around the world.