Following a rigorous application process, music department alumna Alyssa Cossey (’06) has been accepted as a conducting fellow at Chorus America’s Children’s/Youth Chorus Conducting Masterclass program at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.
The four-day program, which will be held in January, is structured to provide several learning experiences. There are three levels of participation: conducting fellow, conducting associate and auditor. An independent selection panel chose 16 conducting fellows to work with lead faculty Rollo Dilworth (Temple University) and Duain Wolfe (Chicago Symphony Chorus/conductor laureate, Colorado Children’s Chorale) during three 20-minute podium sessions.
The fellows will conduct a variety of repertoire while working with three different ensembles: a children’s training choir; a youth choir; and Bel Canto, the Cincinnati Children’s Choir’s advanced touring choir. In addition, fellows will receive video footage of their podium sessions, a review session with one of six private coaches, and the opportunity to participate in a series of enrichment sessions.
Cossey is the choir teacher at San Dimas High School and Lone Hill Middle School. She is studying for her master’s degree in choral conducting at Cal State Fullerton.
(Photo: Alyssa Cossey, left, works with music alumna and operatic soprano Carol Vaness, right, during a master class in 2005 in the Music Recital Hall at Cal Poly Pomona.)