In the summer of 2016 I traveled to the south of France to coordinate several projects for the Delaware Choral Academy. While on the ground in Aix-en-Provence I managed several photographers, a principal videographer, brought a portable recording rig with me and produced a documentary film about the Summer Symposium in France.
The Summer Symposium is an idea that my then graduate teacher Paul Head and I were discussing back in the early 2000s when I was pursing my masters degree in choral conducting as a way to re-imagine the Robert Shaw Choral Institutes of the 1980s. That … is quite an undertaking, and one that deserves the respect and honor that those now famous institutes deserve. Fast forward to the early 2010s and the first Summer Symposium located in Aix-en-Provence makes it’s debut in the summer of 2014.
We really wanted to capture the symposium both from the vision of the Artistic Director, but also through the eyes and experiences of the Choral Scholar participants. All audio recordings were engineered by yours truly from selected repertoire of the 2016 Symposium. When I returned home in early July, then began the days and weeks of sifting through hours of content to arrive at the video above we published in the fall of the same year. In addition to this documentary, I developed the branding, content and architecture of the current Delaware Choral Academy website.
It would appear that my career in Digital Media, graphic design and technology was beginning to take shape in these early works. Several weeks later, I would accept my first position as technology director, and teach digital media classes to students at St. John the Baptist School.