Last March, Dr. Coleman announced to the VMGC that he will be taking a sabbatical leave. As much as this news has saddened us we realize that this will absolutely make our organization stronger.
Dr. Coleman gave us a brief description of what his year will be.
'Exploratory tours' for Dr.Barrington Coleman, a sabbatical journey.
Throughout my twenty one year tenure as an Associate Professor of Voice and Director of the UI Varsity Men's Glee Club, I have had the pleasure of working with numerous singers in the cultivation of their expressive and interpretive gifts.
In my interest to participate in extended self-evaluation of the creative process as a male singer, instructor, and conductor, I am grateful for the opportunity to observe and participate in these studies during the 2017-2018 academic year.
I will serve as a clinician through workshops, conference lecturer, and guest conductor with numerous collegiate and H.S. campuses, professional and community choral organizations.
Through these experiences, in addition to interviews with choral conductors, composers, and professional vocal solo artists, I plan to chronicle my research of pedagogy, performance practice, and career development as an instructional guide.
A sampling of itinerary stops include presentations at Iowa State University, University of Minnesota, University of Notre Dame, University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, Morehouse College, Azusa Pacific University, in addition to exchanges with
Cantus, the Golden Gate Men's Chorus of San Francisco, Chanticleer, acclaimed artists, Eric Owens and Lawrence Brownlee, and others.
He plans to return as director in the 2018 school year.
This absence means that the VMGC is being placed in the hands of director Mike Schmidt, a graduate student in the Choral division at the University of Illinois. We are excited to experience a fresh set of eyes and ears on our organization and can't wait to see what will come out of it!