Choral Masterclass

Presented by Cascade Conducting

Masterclass Information

About the Choral Masterclass

The first Cascade Conducting Choral Masterclass will be led by Dr. Geoffrey Boers, and will run daily from approximately 1pm-9pm June 27th-July 2nd at Pacific Lutheran University. The class will be a hands-on exploration of gesture connecting to the vocal instrument, group vocal technique, and rehearsal pedagogy which evoke diversity and equity, and will include 60-plus minutes of individual podium time instruction with Dr. Boers. There will be a final concert on the evening of July 1st that will be professionally video recorded and made available for participants of the masterclass. There will also be opportunity for full participants to conduct the Cascade Conducting Orchestra with two podium time sessions with Maestra Sarah Ioannides, and also have designated individual meeting time with Maestra Ioannides.

There will be a final concert the evening of Friday, July 1st, and everyone will have the opportunity to conduct. This concert will be professionally recorded and made available to all participants.

All individual podium time will be also be video recorded and made available to participants.


~ $900 Full Participant (includes access to all choral masterclass sessions, 60 minutes of podium time with Geoffrey Boers, and all orchestral masterclass sessions, including two podium time sessions with the Cascade Conducting Orchestra under the direction of Maestra Sarah Ioannides.)

~ $500 Choral Track Only (includes access to all choral masterclass sessions, plus podium time with Dr. Geoffrey Boers.)


Mid-Winter Songs: Mvt. 1 and Mvt. 4 - Morten Lauridsen

Peace of Wild Things - Runestad

Cantique de Jean Racine - Faure

Requiem- Mozart

Bleeding Pines- David Ludwig


Geoffrey Boers

Geoffrey Boers is Director of Choral Activities and the Ruth Waters Professor of Music at the University of Washington Seattle, where he leads a program widely recognized as innovative and forward thinking, focused on nurturing the whole student as conductor-teacher- scholar-servant-leader. His research is focused toward developing new thoughts on conducting gesture and rehearsal pedagogy as informed by vocal science, neuro-science, and recent vocal pedagogies; and their impact on empathy, perception, learning, and personal transformation.

His primary passion during his career is to foster the love of choral music in young people, and to equip them with the joy of discovery in becoming a choral artist. When working with young singers and teachers, the word most often spoken is “connection”—singers feel connected to their instrument, each other, and to the music they are singing. Alongside his work with young singers, his hope was to affirm and enable the work of choral teachers, and provide opportunities for growth and inspiration. Over recent years, he has developed the Choral Literacy and Skills rubric which has been adopted by NAfME as the national standards for choral performance. He is currently working on a project to translate and broaden traditional choral pedagogy into globally diverse language and processes.


Two full scholarships for outstanding BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) conductors will be provided for the Cascade Conducting Choral Masterclass with Geoffrey Boers.


Karen Hille Phillips Center for the Performing Arts

Pacific Lutheran University

12180 Park Ave. South., Tacoma, WA 98447-0003

This Cascade Conducting Masterclass will take place in the Karen Hille Phillips Center on the beautiful campus of Pacific Lutheran University (PLU).

  • PLU is generously hosting the event, and is providing reduced room and board for participants of the masterclass.

  • Meals will be available through the PLU Commons.

For more information or questions concerning lodging, food or the event venue, please contact us.


2022 Cascade Conducting Choral Masterclass

Apply as full participant or choral track only- we look forward to receiving your application!

If you are applying as a full participant, the application deadline is May 25th, 2022.

  • 15 participants will be chosen by June 1st, 2022.

  • Full participants will have the opportunity to engage in two orchestral podium sessions with Maestra Sarah Ioannides, and will also have the opportunity to meet with Maestra Ioannides individually.

  • Choral track participants will engage only with the choral aspect of the masterclass.

Payment Information

Upon application approval.

  1. Submit a payment of $50 registration fee via PayPal. (Payment button on this page)


  1. Send a check payable to: Orquesta Northwest

    • Please write "Cascade Conducting" in the memo section.

Cascade Conducting
2839 NW 73rd St.
, WA 98117

Please feel free to contact us with any questions about this process.