This lecture was given by Thomas Caplin. During his lecture he expressed the importance for a conductor to have positive mind set when it comes to a new musical piece. If this attitude is not acquired by the conductor, it is possible to send a negative subliminal message which being interpreted by the choir in an subconscious way.
He stated that parts of our brain cannot be controled by us but by others. This is where body and signs language come into place. The conductor can transmit what he wants from the choir by making small gestures with his hands and body.
Not only do gestures and movements influence a choir, scores and colors can take part in the choirs performance. Music and gesture helps remember certain interpretation of symbols. 5 - 10% of the messahe is communicated verbally. 30 - 40 % is how it is expressed. 50 - 60% is how it is comunicated through body language and facial expressions. This is why one unfortunate gesture can ruin everything.
The singer also plays an important role. The singer is known as "the mind reader". It is important that the singers are given freedom so that they too are able to express themselves.
He concluded that the choir director is a guide and a mind controler. The conductor can make the people think, feel and control how they express their musical mind and inner life.
This was a very informative and well presented lecture. It was given with great passion and enthusiasm. Conductors and performers don't realize the effect this can have. It is something that they should all be aware of so that the wrong message is not being transmitted.
Mark Nutley and Charisse Marroquin