Higher Education

Choral Concepts: A Text for Conductors, 1st Edition

  • Donald Neuen University of California, Los Angeles
  • ISBN-10: 0028647491  |  ISBN-13: 9780028647494
  • 300 Pages
  • © 2002 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $117.50



This text provides a concise and practical introduction to choral techniques and conducting for potential choral conductors. The author-America's premier choral conductor, mentored by Robert Shaw-brings 43 years of teaching and workshop experience to this text.

Table of Contents

1. Artistic Excellence.
2. A Soloistic Approach to Ensemble Singing.
3. Breath Support and Control.
4. Developing a Great Singing Sound.
5. Individual Section Characteristics, Problems, and Solutions.
6. A Unified Approach to Vowel Formation.
7. Vocalizing and Warm-Ups.
8. Rhythmic Interest Forward Motion, and Phrasing.
9. English Diction, Dramatic Communication of Text, and Latin Pronunciation.
10. Score Preparation and Analysis.
11. Rehearsal Planning.
12. Rehearsal Techniques and Related Topics, Seating Arrangements, Auditioning, and Self-Evaluation.
13. Thoughts on Handels's Messiah.

Efficacy and Outcomes


"Passion and conviction. Professional experience of conductors."

— Sandra M. Willetts, University of Alabama

"Passionate content."

— David Saladino, University of Arkansas

"Organizational structure. Huge amount knowledge transmitted to the reader."

— Richard Zielinski, Indiana State University

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Donald Neuen

M.M. and M.M.A. from Ball State University. Studied extensively with Roger Wagner, Julius Herford, and Alfred Mann. In 1970 Robert Shaw, then Director of the Atlanta Symphony, brought Neuen to Atlanta to create the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus and serve as Assistant Conductor and Director of Choral Activities for the Atlanta Symphony. After twelve years on the faculty of the Eastman School of Music, he is currently Distinguished Professor of Conducting and Director of Choral Activities at UCLA and the conductor of the Crystal Cathedral choir.