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fikamusik Choral Conducting Intensive 

A whole-self approach to professional development for music educators and conductors

At the University of Manitoba Desautels Faculty of Music, our approach to professional development for music educators and choral conductors focuses on developing a meaningful sense of community amongst participants, while pursuing advanced choral musicianship.

The program

The format of the program is highly interactive and elaborates on numerous facets of the choral art from an innovative, yet practical, perspective. Daily activities include lectures and workshops on topics such as vocal techniques, expressive diction, and principles of tuning.  Participants will explore choral gesture through anatomical awareness and embodied score preparation, and be introduced to creative rehearsal techniques that develop a unique sense of community among singers. Participants will have the opportunity to sing, conduct their colleagues, and receive feedback from faculty as they experience, experiment, and apply ideas from sessions.

What is fikamusik?

fikamusik refers to a process that draws connections between educators’ musical life histories and current professional practice. In addition to a focus on skill development, the course is structured around the collaborative exploration of personal musical narratives at regular coffee sessions, or fika. Conductors are invited to share past musical experiences and come to articulate their assumptions, beliefs, values, and understandings regarding the practice of choral conducting and singing. The goal is to create a challenging learning environment that is anchored in collaboration and interaction; where risk taking is welcomed and relationships amongst educators are strengthened.

See the Schedule-at-a-Glance and Detailed Schedule & Session Descriptions for full program information.

fikamusik Faculty

Dr. Catherine Robbins, Assistant Professor Choral Studies/Music Education, Director of University of Manitoba Concert Choir

Dr. Elroy Friesen, Head of Choral Studies, Director of University Singers, Women’s Chorus


fikamusik dates:

July 8 - 13, 2018

Registration deadline: 

June 1, 2018

Register now

Fees: $485.00 full program*

*There is no drop-in available for this program. Participants are expected to commit to the full week intensive.


Detailed Schedule & Session Descriptions

fikamusik: Advanced Choral Conducting Intensive is offered for credit at the post-baccalaureate and graduate level in both the Education and Music faculties.

MUSC 7860

EDUB 5220

EDUB 7142

For more information contact:

Elroy Friesen