Musical Director, Choir of Radio France
Martina Batič (1978, Slovenia) obtained her Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Ljubljana Music Academy in 2002. She continued her studies at the Munich Academy of Music and Theatre in the class of Prof. Michael Gläser, where she finished her Masters in Choral Conducting with distinction in 2004. From 2004 to 2009, she was the choir master of the Slovenian National Opera House chorus in the nation's capital - Ljubljana. From 2009 she worked as the choral director of the Slovenian Philharmonics, where she also assumed the position of the artistic director of the Slovenian Philharmonic Choir in 2012/2013 season and led its programmatic and artistic agenda until December 2017.
In 2006, Martina Batič won the Eric Ericson Award in this prestigious international competition for young conductors. Since then she has been engaged by the Danish Radio Choir, Danish Vocal Ensemble, Deutsche Kammerchor, BR Chor, MDR Chor, SWR Chor, ChorwerkRuhr and others, moreover she regularly collaborates with the Swedish Radio Choir, the Eric Ericson Chamber Choir, RIAS Kammerchor, The Netherlands Radio Choir, Flemish Radio Choir, etc.
Starting September 2018 she will assume the position of the Musical Director of the Chœur de Radio France.
Dr. Amy Bebbington
Director of Training, Association of British Choral Directors
Amy Bebbington is a passionate advocate for choral singing and choral conductor training. She is sought-after for her dynamic and engaging teaching style, particularly with young adults at the outset of their careers, and for her wealth of choral pedagogical
Amy holds First Class Honours and Master’s Degrees in Piano Performance (UK), and a Doctor of Musical Arts in Choral Conducting (USA). She is the Director of Training for the Association of British Choral Directors, an organisation that sits at the forefront of choral conductor training in the UK, and was the Artistic Director of its convention in Winchester, 2016.
At the Royal Academy of Music, Amy leads the Licentiate Diploma Course (Choral Conducting, Teaching) and the undergraduate Aural Skills Choir. She also works closely with the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain, most frequently as a Musicianship Tutor. Amy has taught choral conducting for The University of Cambridge, The Royal College of Organists, the Association of Irish Choirs and the Halle Youth Choir, and has successfully established her own Choral Conducting Masterclass Series. She enjoys adjudicating at International Music Festivals, is a published composer, and is in great demand as a choral clinician, mentor and clinician.
Dr. John H. Dickson
Director of Choral Studies, Louisiana State University, USA
John Dickson is the Edward G. and Catherine M. Galante Chair for Choral Music Education at Louisiana State University’s School of Music. As Director of Choral Studies he conducts the A Cappella Choir and supervises the masters and doctoral programs in choral conducting. Outside of academia, he is the conductor of Coro Vocati, one of Atlanta’s most accomplished professional chamber choirs.
As a conducting pedagogue, Dr. Dickson has presented master-classes before the Association of British Choral Directors, the American Choral Directors Association and the Russian State Music Conservatories of St. Petersburg and Moscow. He has conducted festivals and workshops in England, Wales, Scotland, Finland, France, Italy, Hungary, Austria, the Czech Republic, Mexico, Canada, and throughout the U. S. For three decades his choirs have been featured at conventions of the ACDA, ABCD, TMEA, and NCCO.
Appointed as a Visiting Fellow of Wolfson College, Cambridge University in 1992, Dr. Dickson sang with Sir David Willcocks and The Bach Choir; a second post-doctoral fellowship in 1998 allowed him to serve as David Hill’s assistant conductor. He is the Founding Director of the C. S. Lewis Choral Institute, featuring a professional chorus for its triennial symposium in Oxford and Cambridge.
Head of Choral Conducting, Royal Academy of Music, London
Patrick Russill is one of the leading figures in English church music, as performer, teacher, and scholar of wide sympathies.
He has been Head of Choral Conducting at the Royal Academy of Music, London since 1997 and (since 1999) Director of Music of the London Oratory, whose professional choir is regarded as one of the world’s leading choirs in the Catholic tradition. In addition, he is Visiting Professor of Choral Conducting at the Leipzig Hochschule für Musik und Theater.
His work as choir-trainer and conductor can be heard on the DG, harmonia mundi and Herald labels as well as on BBC Radio 3.
Honours include Honorary Membership of the Royal Academy of Music and Fellowship ‘honoris causa’ of the Royal School of Church Music. In 2015 he received with the annual Chair’s Award of the Association of British Choral Directors for his outstanding contribution to choral conducting and conservatoire teaching.
Prof. Ragnar Rasmussen
Director of Choral Studies and Conducting, The Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Ragnar Rasmussen (1966) is Professor at the Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Tromsoe, and at NTNU - The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (Trondheim). He also holds guest professorships at the Academy of Music, University of Slovenia and Sichuan University of Media and Communications (Chengdu, China).
He is currently the conductor and artistic director of Kilden Vocal Ensemble (Kristiansand, Norway), “Utopia & Reality Chamber Choir” (Europe) and UArctic World Ensemble (Canada, Scotland, Russia and Norway). He is the former conductor/artistic director of the chamber choir SAGA, Vokal Nord, The University Choir Mimas, the professional Stavanger Symfoniorkesters Kammerkor, as well as The Norwegian National Youth Choir and The World Youth Choir.
Ragnar is frequently invited as guest conductor for professional choirs and orchestras, lecturer for masterclasses and member of juries at international choir- and conducting competitions all over the world. In 2012 he was recognized as a member of the Norwegian Society of Composers.