Professional Development

Creating Artistry Workshop
with Henry Leck

Friday and Saturday, April 28-29, 2017
First United Methodist Church


Friday, April 28th 4:00-8:30pm

4:00-5:00 Workshop: Introduction of Repertoire and Principles of Conducting

The introductory session will review some of the important basics of the physical conducting gesture. Conductors will conduct through the master class repertoire, focusing on the essential aspects of each piece.


5:30-7:30 Workshop with Lab Choir

5:30-6:00: Vocal Warm-up

Vocal Warm-ups and vocalizes are the foundation of beautiful tone and artistry. Workshop attendees will briefly demonstrate and investigate vocal warm-ups and the impact movement has on tone.

6:00-7:30: Master Class (conductors pre-assigned times in advance*)

Workshop attendees will conduct prepared repertoire with the Jacksonville Children's Chorus. Each conductor will have about 15 minutes to work with the laboratory choir and then receive suggestions and positive feedback.

7:30-8:30 Workshop: Laban session

Many conductors get locked into one style of conducting gesture while various styles of music require very different use of space.  During this workshop, attendees will explore the basic Laban efforts of space, weight and time.  This session encourages conductors to open up an entirely new language of expression.

Saturday, April 29th 9:00-4:00pm

9:00-10:00 Workshop: Analysis in Preparation for Performance

The musical score is the roadmap to great teaching. This fun session will use colored pencils to discover new ways of looking into the score for teaching ideas and musical expression.

10:00-12:00 Workshop with Lab Choir: Master Class (conductors pre-assigned times in advance*)

This master class will allow more conductors the opportunity to conduct the Jacksonville Children's Chorus. If time permits, it may also allow conductors from the previous day a second opportunity to conduct.

12:30-4:00 Workshop(s)


12:30-1:30: Dalcroze Movement

During this time attendees will experience Dalcroze Eurhythmics by physically moving in space. More importantly the class will learn techniques that can be used regularly in the choral rehearsal to develop a greater sense of musicianship. A basic element of this session will be the employed use of the Henry Leck DVD entitled Creating Artistry through Movement.

1:45-2:45: Boy's Changing Voice

One of the enigmas of middle school is …”what to do with the boy's changing voice.” This session will explore the boy's voice, how to help boys whose voices are changing, how to get them singing successfully and how to find repertoire that will allow your choir to succeed vocally and musically. We will invite in boys whose voices are changing and actually demonstrate and work with them.

3:00-4:00: Creating Artistry Reading session

Each attendee will receive a complimentary packet of about 15 pieces of music from the Henry Leck Creating Artistry series.  These pieces will be read together, incorporating teaching techniques associated with the repertoire. 


*Conductors should be sent master class repertoire in advance. A schedule of conductors for master classes should be created at registration.

About Henry Leck

Founder and Conductor Laureate, Indianapolis Children's Choir • Professor Emeritus, Choral Music, Butler University • Distinguished Music Advisor, KI Concerts • Artistic Director, MFA National Choir Festival 

An internationally recognized choral director, Henry Leck is a professor emeritus in choral music at Butler University, where he served on the faculty for 27 years.  He is the Founder and Conductor Laureate of the Indianapolis Children’s Choir, which is in its 30th season. This organization is one of the largest and most respected children’s choir programs in the world.  The touring choirs of the Indianapolis Children’s Choir have performed regularly for national ACDA, MENC, OAKE and AOSA Conferences. Additionally, the ICC tours internationally every year and has sung throughout the world. Mr. Leck recently arranged and conducted the national anthem for Kelly Clarkson and the Indianapolis Children’s Choir at the Super Bowl XLVI as well as “Back Home Again in Indiana and God Bless America” at the Indianapolis 500.

In the state of Indiana, Mr. Leck is the founding conductor of the Indiana Children’s Allstate Honor Choir. He also founded and conducted the Indiana Middle School Honor Choir. He conducted each ensemble for three years and returned to conduct the children’s honor choir this year for a fourth time. Mr. Leck has conducted Mixed, Men's, Women's, Junior High and Children's All-State choirs and festival choirs in nearly every state. He is a frequent conductor of regional and national honor choirs, including the ACDA Southern, Southwest, North Central, Central, Western and Northwest Honors Choirs. In the spring of 2003, he conducted the ACDA National Junior High/Middle School Honor Choir in New York City and in 2011, the ACDA National Children’s Honor Choir in Chicago. On three occasions he has conducted National Honor Choirs for OAKE. In 2011 Mr. Leck conducted the premiere performance of a seven movement oratorio entitled “Melancholy Beauty” written by Bulgarian composer Georgi Andreev in Kennedy Center and Lincoln Center with adult choruses, children’s choir (ICC), Bulgarian women’s choir, Bulgarian folk instruments and the National Philharmonic Orchestra. For twenty-two years, he has conducted National Youth Choral Festivals in Carnegie Hall annually. In 2016.  Mr. Leck has just been named Artistic Director of the Music for All National Choir Festival. Mr. Leck has conducted many international festivals including the Musica Mundi Tuscany Children’s Choir Festival in Italy, the Central European International Children’s Choral Festival, the Pacific Rim Festival, the International Children’s Choir Festival in Beijing, China, the Vienna Children’s & Boys Choir Festival with the Vienna Sangerknaben and the Festival Internacional de Coro de Ninos en Mexico. He is a regular festival conductor for KI Concerts having done festivals in Spain, Austria, and Italy and has recently been named their “Distinguished Music Advisor”. He has conducted many times in Brazil, including the Curso Internacional de Regencia Coral in Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, Brazil where he founded the ARCI Sao Paulo Children’s Honor Choir that he conducts every other year.  He recently conducted the Tokyo International High School Honor Choir in Japan. For more than twenty years he has conducted a festival annually with David Flood at Canterbury Cathedral. He also has served as the U.S. Jurist for the 1st Xinghai Prize International Choir Championships and as an international lecturer for the International Symposium on children and youth choral music in Guangzhou, China. In the summer of 2013 he was the US jurist in Malta, and in 2015 was a jurist at the Musica Sacra a Roma. In the summer of 2014, he was a jurist at the World Choir Games in Riga, Latvia.

Mr. Leck has received many honors including the Sagamore of the Wabash and the State of Indiana Distinguished Hoosier Award.  He and the choir received the Indiana Governor’s Arts Award, which is the highest honor one can receive in the arts in Indiana. Recently Mr. Leck was named a recipient of the Lowell Mason Fellows Award which is the highest award given, by the National Association for Music Education. He was named Outstanding Hoosier Musician in 2016 by IMEA. He is a recipient of the NUVO Lifetime Achievement Award and the Indiana Historical Society Indiana Living Legend Award.

Mr. Leck is widely known as a specialist in choral techniques, the child's voice, Dalcroze Eurhythmics, Laban and the boy's changing voice. He has produced four teaching videos titled Vocal Techniques for the Young Singer, The Boy’s Expanding Voice: Take the High Road, Creating Artistry through Movement, Dalcroze Eurhythmics and Creating Artistry with the Male Maturing Voice. He was a lead author for the choral textbook series published by McGraw Hill/Glencoe titled Experiencing Choral Music and is the lead author of a new series of textbooks entitled Voices in Concert.  He is also the editor of two nationally known choral series published by Hal Leonard Corporation and Colla Voce, Inc. He has recently written a textbook titled, Creating Artistry through Choral Excellence.  Mr. Leck received his training from the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point, the University of Colorado and Indiana University.



Conductors will register for time to conduct for Mr. Leck and will receive feedback and suggestions

2-Day Workshop as a CONDUCTOR - Friday and Saturday (SOLD OUT)


Observers will not conduct for Mr. Leck but will be admitted to all workshops


2-Day Workshop as an OBSERVER - Friday and Saturday ($120)

Friday Workshop ONLY ($60)

Saturday Workshop ONLY ($75)


After you complete the registration form:


1. MAIL OR DROP CHECK TO THE JCC OFFICE - 225 E. Duval Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202

2. CALL 353-1636, EXT. 200 - To pay over the phone


Choose One:

“It is gratifying the Jacksonville Children’s Chorus program covers so much of what is not available to children in the Duval Public Schools. The children who have an opportunity to participate in your Chorus are very fortunate to have this outstanding musical training available to them. The entire community benefits from your talent and that of the children.”

Dr. Frances B. Kinne, Chancellor Emeritus and Past President, Jacksonville University

“I was in the Jacksonville Children's Chorus in 1999-2002. It helped me to build long lasting friendships and a greater love for music. To this day I still remember the fun times and great concerts we did in the JCC. I think this organization is great for children of all ages, it helps build confidence and friendships.”

Bethany, Former Member

“Music plays a major role in the full development of a child. Not only does it enrich lives, it also serves as a pathway for students to express themselves and explore new ways to communicate with others. For 20 years, kudos to the JCC for molding the lives of young artists, and I look forward to the next 20 years.”

Tim Cost, President, Jacksonville University

“The JCC is more than just a chorus; it is truly a life-changing experience. The Chorus has opened me to new experiences, provided me with once-in-a-lifetime opportunities and helped me discover singing is not just one of my interests but rather a lifelong passion.”

Emma, 17, Touring and Concert Choirs

“Through music and your leadership, these children learn to perform in different languages while experiencing the diversity of an array of world cultures. The understanding they gain will serve them well as they enter adulthood.”

R. Randall Onstead, former President/CEO of Winn-Dixie