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Mediation process and choral management

A conductor has different roles and competences. If there was a continual conflict between two or more persons or groups it could be time for a  mediation.

The conductor and his roles in internal and external processes   between flexibility and control are basics (The leadership quarterly: Mumford, M.D. , Scott ,GM. ,Strange, J.M).


The questions are:​

What is the conductor able to do?

What can he do avoiding of conflicts?

What could happen if he did nothing?  

When do  a  choir require a mediation?

Why do a choir need an external mediator?

Who can act as mediator?

What a mediation is and how the process is to create is explained by  Marita Goga and examples by Simon Halsey. 

Marita Goga founded the agency Marita Goga – music arts conception on 1 January 2004.

Marita Goga – music arts conception is the outcome of a number of successful activities, for instance the founding of the vocal ensemble OPUS VOCALE and the increased demand for coaching for young artists. Marita Goga employs a permanent assistant and three freelancers.

Marita Goga studied education, geography, sociology, psychology and music at diverse universities in Berlin. Her work has included exhibition organiser, PR director of a consulting firm, and coordinator of public relations in the Government of a Federal Land. Since 2004, she has been a freelance supporter, coach and concept developer for young artists.

Simon Halsey is a sought-after conductor of choral repertoire at the very highest level, and an ambassador for choral singing across the world. He is Choral Director of the London Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, Chorus Director of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra Choruses, and Director of the BBC Proms Youth Choir. Halsey is also Conductor Laureate of the Rundfunkchor Berlin, Artistic Director of the Berliner Philharmoniker’s Youth Choral Programme, and Artistic Advisor of the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival Choir. From 2016 he adds the roles of Artistic Director of the Orfeó Català Choirs and Artistic Adviser to the Palau de la Música, Barcelona.

Making singing a central part of these world-class institutions, Halsey has been instrumental in changing the level of symphonic singing across Europe.

Halsey’s numerous awards include three Grammys for his recordings with the Rundfunkchor Berlin. He was awarded The Queen’s Medal for Music 2014 for his influence on the musical life of the UK, and the Officer’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany in 2011, in recognition of his outstanding contribution to choral music in Germany. He also holds three honorary doctorates from universities in the UK.

Halsey is Professor and Director of Choral Activities at the University of Birmingham. In 2011 Schott Music published his book and DVD on choral conducting, Chorleitung: Vom Konzept zum Konzert.

Born in London, Simon Halsey sang in the choirs of New College, Oxford, and of King’s College, Cambridge. He studied conducting at the Royal College of Music in London.

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