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December, 18, 2024
12:00 PM - 01:00 PM




Robert Sinclair

Robert Sinclair

Crossing the Great Divide. A Instrumental Director’s Guide to Choral Directing

Clinic Synopsis:

In this atmosphere of educational change, music teachers are being asked to wear multiple hats. This session is designed to help the band or orchestra conductor with a few of the essentials for teaching choir. It is the presenter’s hope that directors will walk away with a realization that they already have a number of the tools needed for success in the choral world and that each will take away a few ideas and resources to develop one’s own choral abilities.

Robert Sinclair - Biographical Information

Robert L. Sinclair has served VanderCook College of Music as Director of Choral Activities since 2001 and as Dean of Graduate Studies since 2016. His educational background includes three years at Luther College where he sang in the Nordic Choir under the direction of Weston Noble. After transferring to Sam Houston State University, he completed his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Music degrees with B. R. Henson. In December of 2000, Sinclair completed a Ph. D. in Curriculum and Instruction (Music Education) at the University of Missouri-Columbia where he worked with Drs. David Rayl and Wendy Sims. Dr. Sinclair has ten years of public-school teaching experience and continues to work as an active choral clinician and adjudicator for junior high and high school students from across the nation and abroad including honor choirs in Australia, the Bahamas, Canada, and Japan as well as all-state choirs in Illinois and Wisconsin. Sinclair has presented sessions to the Music Educators Associations of Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, North Dakota, South Dakota, Ohio, and Texas, the Hawai’i and Illinois Chapters of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), as well as the Southwestern and Southern Divisions of ACDA. In May of 2022, he made his Carnegie Hall conducting debut.