Cantus Novus Conducting Internship Program (CNCIP) provides an opportunity for talented musicians seeking hands-on experience to work with a chamber choir comprised of especially talented community musicians.
Each year one or two promising college students entering the field of choral conducting and music education are selected to become a conducting intern. In addition to participation at rehearsals and conducting at performances, the interns will gain administrative skills by working with the choir administrator as well as attending one board meeting. Each intern works closely with the Artistic Director to refine conducting techniques. Since it is difficult for young aspiring conductors to gain experience, this internship is an important and innovative contribution to the Delaware Valley's musical community.
We are pleased to announce that Josh Acampado, a senior in music education at Westminster Choir College, has been selected as our conducting intern for the semester. At Westminster, Josh sings with the Westminster Williamson Voices, a Grammy-nominated choir under the direction of Dr. James Jordan. As a member of the choir, he has had the chance to travel to England as a part of the Conducting Institute at Oxford University. Outside the world of music, Josh loves to cook, testing recipes from various cultures from around the world.
Some recent interns speak about what this experience meant to them in their growth as conductors.
Victor Abednego, who graduated from Westminster Choir College in May 2017, served as our conducting intern for 2015-2017.
In his words, “Cantus Novus is a choir where I could apply everything I learned in school but also where I could learn new things. Ed McCall is an excellent mentor. He always gave me feedback during or after rehearsal. Even when I was not on the podium, I learned by observing how he rehearses the choir. The choir members were very talented and supportive. They responded to every conducting gesture I made and gave feedback for my improvement.
Cantus Novus also provides professional development opportunities. This year I participated in a conducting workshop held by Distinguished Concerts International New York. The private coaching session, score-study session, and podium time enriched my experience in conducting a choral orchestral work for the first time.”
Anthony Madonna, was our intern for 2014-15 and also was the recipient of the 2nd Place in the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) National Undergraduate Conducting Competition held in 2015. We would like to share his review of his experiences with Cantus Novus.