Summer week choral conducting pop and jazz
26th-30st July, 2021

About the Ward Swingle Cursus

The Ward Swingle Cursus is a five-day long course for conductors of pop and jazz choirs, which will take place for the third time in the summer of 20201 from the 26th to 30st of July. For these five days you will be working with top conductors to develop your conducting skills. [...]

Previous courses

In 2020 the Ward Swingle Cursus had 12 active participants and in the two previous years around twenty-five. Take a look at the photo reports and watch the short movie that was made in 2018. [...]

What will we be doing?

We will be working intensively for five days on conducting skills. Each day there are classes in conducting technique, rehearsing, warming-up and vocal styles. Apart from that, there will be short workshops each day focussing on a range of subjects. [...]


The teachers are Tijs Krammer and Ruben Smits. As we recognise that we will have participants varying levels of skill, we will be working with two groups, roughly divided by experience. Both groups groups will be working with Tijs and Ruben, so that a range of teaching styles will be experienced. [...]


The Ward Swingle Cursus will take place at the Akoesticum in Ede, The Netherlands. The Akoesticum is a national training centre for music, with fifteen fully equipped teaching rooms and a concert hall. [...]


The Ward Swingle is € 595,00, which includes scores, coffee and tea, lunch and dinner for the whole week (excluding dinner on Friday). [...]


In the Practicum we will sing mainly pop and jazz arrangements, although some gospel, world music and arrangements for musicals may also be included at times. The pieces chosen for inclusion are those from well-established and international arrangers. [...]


With this form you can enrol for the summer week.