Undergraduate Conducting Master Class

 Dr. Paul Rardin, clinician

Thank you to all of the applicants for the 2012 ACDA Undergraduate Conducting Masterclass. Your collective impressive work made the committee’s decision a difficult one, but I am very pleased to announce the following four conductors, who will join Paul Rardin and the Vassar College Choir in Providence, RI this February:

  • Maximillian Esmus, Indiana University of Pennsylvania (Prof. Heather Zosel, Sponsoring Conductor)

  • Andrew Lusher, Westminster Choir College (Dr. Joe Miller, Sponsoring Conductor)

  • Brian Lustig, Houghton College (Dr. Brandon Johnson, Sponsoring Conductor)

  • Anthony Sinigaglio, Rowan University (Prof. Chris Thomas, Sponsoring Conductor)

The committee recognizes the close mentorship, time, and sacrifice that each sponsoring conductor lends to such an effort, and deeply appreciates your commitment to your students, and the rehearsal time lent by everyone to make each application possible. Thank you.
We look forward to seeing you at the masterclass on the Saturday of the convention, 11:30-1:00!

Conducting Master Class teacher Dr. Paul Rardin (Temple University) will be joined by a small group of auditioned undergraduate conductors and a college-level demonstration choir to focus on effective conducting gestures, with emphasis on finding balance between clarity and expression.  Topics will include:

  •  Clarity: gestures that lead the ensemble musically
  •  Support: gestures that underscore healthy and beautiful singing
  • “Muse-icality”: gestures that demonstrate the composer’s intent and the conductor’s imagination
  • Improvisation: gestures that respond to the sounds the conductor is actually hearing


Paul RardinPaul Rardin joined the faculty of Temple University as director of choral activities in 2011. He conducts the Concert Choir, teaches graduate conducting, and oversees the six-choir program at Temple’s Boyer College of Music and Dance. He previously taught at the University of Michigan and Towson University, where his choirs appeared with the Kirov Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and Baltimore Choral Arts Society. Under his direction the University of Michigan Men’s Glee Club performed at the 2010 ACDA Central Division Convention. Rardin is a graduate of Williams College and the University of Michigan, where he received the M.M. in composition and the D.M.A. in conducting.

Rardin has served as a guest conductor for all-state choirs in eleven states, and in 2009 conducted the MENC All-Eastern Division High School Chorus. He has presented clinics for state, regional, and national conferences of the American Choral Directors Association. His engagements for 2011-2012 include conducting the New York All-State Mixed Chorus and ACDA Western Division Men’s Honor Choir, and headlining for the Oregon ACDA Summer Workshop. His settings of spirituals and folk songs are published by Santa Barbara Music Publishing, and his articles have appeared in the ACDA publications Choral Journal, Troubadour, and Resound. Rardin lives in suburban Philadelphia with his wife, Sandy.