The 2016 Choirmaster’s Conference

Registration is now open for the 2016 Choirmasters’ Conference with gust conductor Andrew Nethsingha. You may register here.

Please note we accept a maximum of 80 registrations for the conference.

Performing as a conductor and organist in North America, South Africa, Far East, and throughout Europe, Andrew Nethsingha has been Director of Music at St John’s College, Cambridge since 2007. His innovations at St John’s have included weekly webcasts and a termly Bach cantata series. His recordings for Chandos have been well reviewed. See more here.

A Brief History of the Saint Thomas Choirmasters’ Conference

The Choirmasters’ Conference was created in 1973 by Saint Thomas Church’s legendary Organist and Choir Director, Gerre Hancock. One of Hancock’s many disciples and conference participants, organist Neal Campbell, describes Hancock’s conferences as “magnificent innovative events that took full advantage of the Anglican tradition.” Campbell explains that the conferences gave participants the opportunity to “come to New York for a day or two and rub elbows with the great to learn a new trick or two to take home.” “We could immerse ourselves in the nitty-gritty of rehearsal technique”, he writes, “and in lectures learn first-hand about the inner workings of some famous choirs in England we’d hitherto known only through recordings and broadcasts, and we’d sit at lunch with the likes of George Guest, David Willcocks and Philip Ledger.”