11231Creating Artistry
Conductor’s Workshop

Henry Leck, Founder & Artistic Director
Indianapolis Children’s Choir
Butler University, Indianapolis, IN

June 14-19, 2015

Established in a nurturing environment, Creating Artistry offers an opportunity for conductors to further develop conducting skills. Through individual and master class teaching, conductors study Conducting Gesture, Vocal Techniques, Rehearsal Efficiency, Pacing, Score Analysis, Repertoire, Dalcroze Eurhythmics, Choral Administration and Multicultural Interpretation. Laboratory choruses provide the opportunity for participants to explore actively the conducting processes.

Special emphasis this year will be on conducting with a string ensemble.

View the Creating Artistry info sheet and learn how to register here.


An internationally recognized choral director, Henry Leck is an associate professor and Director of Choral Activities at Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana. In 1986 he became Founder and Artistic Director of the Indianapolis Children’s Choir. Mr. Leck is widely known as a specialist in choral techniques and the boy’s changing voice. He has produced three teaching videos titled Vocal Techniques for the Young Singer, The Boy’s Expanding Voice, Take the High Road and just released, Creating Artistry Through Movement, Dalcroze Eurhythmics with Dr. David Frego of Ohio State University. He is the editor of two nationally known choral series published by Hal Leonard Corporation and Colla Voce, Inc/Plymouth.

Dr. Rickards earned his Bachelor of Music Education and Master of Music in Vocal Performance from Indiana University. He then received a Fulbright-Hayse Scholarship and a Rotary Grant for continued study at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. He completed his Doctor of Music at Florida State University. Dr. Rickards teaches as a Vocal Instructor at both Butler University and the University of Indianapolis.
At the University of Indianapolis he is also co-director of the Vocal Arts Institute for high school students. Each summer, he teaches at the Summer Music International Summer School at Ardingly College in England. He is a mem¬ber of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS).

Ruth E. Dwyer is a frequent guest conductor and clinician for festivals, conferences, colleges and universities across the United States and abroad. She is internationally recognized as a treble choir specialist and Kodály educator. Ruth Dwyer is the Director of Education and Associate Director of the Indianapolis Children’s Choir. Her choirs have performed for the Indiana Music Educators Association, in Carnegie Hall, the National Orff Schülwerk Conference, the Pacific International Children’s Choir Festival, Canada, Alaska, Hawaii and across Central Europe. As the ICC Director of Education she is highly involved in curriculum development, program develop¬ment and assisting and mentoring the teaching staff.


Level 1

Conducting the young or inexperienced singer. Emphasis is placed on the beginning singer. Course examines methods in presenting unison and two-part repertoire, reading skills and vocal technique in the choral setting. Course work also includes developing sight-reading, pitch matching, basic conducting patterns and organization.

Level 2

Conducting the intermediate and advanced treble choir. The repertoire includes developing part singing, exploring mixed meters, multi cultural vocal techniques and conducting more complex musical themes. Course work includes working with the boys changing voice. Must have successfully completed Level 1.

Level 3

Conducting the advanced treble chorus and mixed chorus. Conductors will continue to study the changing voice both male and female. Students will explore larger works with more complex conducting considerations such as recitatives and choral music with instrumental accompaniment. Upon request, Level 3 conductors can gain experience in classroom technique with new singers by being a part of the Choral Festival Staff. Must have successfully completed Levels 1 & 2.

Each conductor is videotaped in all rehearsals. You may review your progress throughout the week long session and at home after the workshop.

Experience the excitement and the learning process of being part of the Indianapolis Children’s Choir Summer Festival which features over 800 singers in the magnificent Clowes Memorial Hall of Butler University.



For further information contact Tracey Greider at 317.940.8043 or tgreider@butler.edu

*Price does not include housing or transportation to and from Butler University.
Evening meals are provided for an additional cost of $50.
Breakfast and lunch on your own.

View the Creating Artistry info sheet and learn how to register here.