2022 Colorado Music Educators Association Conference 2022 Colorado Music Educators Association Conference

Stick With It: Baton Technique for the Choral Conductor

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Broadmoor Hall D/E

Brian C. Murray
University of Wyoming, Associate Director of Choral Activities and Assistant Professor of Music

Dr. Brian C. Murray is the Associate Director of Choral Activities and Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Wyoming. At UW he conducts the Laramie Civic Chorus and the Singing Statesmen and teaches courses in choral music education. Dr. Murray received a Bachelor of Music degree in choral music education from the University of North Texas, a Master of Music Education degree from the Florida State University, and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in choral conducting from the University of North Texas. Prior to beginning his doctorate, he spent seven years teaching high school choir in Texas.


Conducting with a baton affords conductors with another tool for gestural communication with their choirs. However, many choral conductors completely avoid using a baton. Conducting with (or without) a baton should be a decision based on various musical and personal factors, not the result of uncomfortability or unfamiliarity. Whether you're out of practice or confident in your stick technique, let’s examine some basic elements of choral conducting with a baton.

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