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

Strategies for Uncovering Musical Meaning & Nuance through Score Study

- MST
Bartolin Hall E-213/214

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.


Intentional score study is an essential component of a conductor’s process. However, finding the time to devote to this task in the hustle and bustle of everyday life can be difficult. In fact, it’s often easier to learn the music along with our ensemble rather than study it meticulously in advance. In so doing, we miss out on the practical and musical benefits of thorough score study. To mitigate this challenge, we will explore strategies for score study that break down this gargantuan task into accomplishable steps that unveil musical nuance for the benefit of conductors and musicians alike.


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