MUS20840 UCD Choral Scholars 1

Academic Year 2022/2023

*Note that entry to this module is by AUDITION, and will be permitted only if you have been awarded a choral scholarship by University College Dublin.

Students will study performance practice issues of High Baroque choral performance (Oratorio & Cantata) through the study of Act I. of Georg Friederich Händel's (1685-1759) work 'Israel in Egypt', a selection of which will be the focus of this module.

Collaborative ensemble singing of the High Baroque period requires the study of style and an understanding of performance-practice problems. In this module students explore issues of performance through a study of movements from Händel's work 'Israel in Egypt’, mutually engaging with peers (at-distance via video/recording or in group) to express and develop a collective artistry. Score study and selected performance-practice scholarship will form the backbone of discussions about how High-Baroque choral music might be approached in performance or studio. Accepted performance practices are showcased and approached by the entire group and demonstrated either through a work-in-progress performance, video or recording of selected repertory.

Technology will be used to assist the preparations of repertoire within the context of a blended model of learning that involves at-distance and in-person engagement. Students will work either remotely under supervision or in small-group rehearsal in Memorial Hall, Richview, using a combination of conferencing technology (sectionals and tutti ensemble), audio tracks, video recordings, use of conductor-marked scores and a Choral-Trainer digital application. When working together in small group rehearsal (4-6 singers), students will be given constant feedback as music is made, understood and shaped.

Students will have the opportunity to hear directly from a respected Early-Music specialist in seminar about their approach to performance, to work with members of the Irish Chamber Orchestra in studio, and discuss factors influencing early-music choral performance.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

Participation in this module will enable students to:
-Encourage new and innovative approaches to personal musical practice;
-Approach the development of repertoire within a group over a limited time frame;
-Develop their musical communication skills in rehearsal;
-Explore specialised selection of choral repertoire during the semester;
-Perform a concert programme together.

Indicative Module Content:

Choral ensemble performance practice issues in Handel, G. F., 'The Ways of Zion do Mourn' from 'Israel in Egypt', as an example of High-Baroque oratorio repertoire and performance.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Small Group




Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Choral ensemble performance practice issues in Handel, G. F., 'The Ways of Zion do Mourn' from 'Israel in Egypt', as an example of High-Baroque oratorio repertoire and performance. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Practical Examination: A collaborative grade will be awarded to the entire ensemble for the standard of the final “work-in-progress” performance, video or recording related to the module. Unspecified n/a Graded No


Continuous Assessment: A semester-long continuous-assessment component worth 60% will include:
Group Process
Aesthetic Aspects
Varies over the Trimester n/a Graded Yes


Studio Examination: A small-group examination of a single piece performed (or videoed remotely) one-voice-per-part. Varies over the Trimester n/a Graded Yes


Carry forward of passed components
Remediation Type Remediation Timing
In-Module Resit Prior to relevant Programme Exam Board
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment
• Peer review activities

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

The nature of collaborative performance rehearsal is such that feedback is consistently given in rehearsal.

Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
Practical Offering 1 Week(s) - 5 Fri 18:00 - 20:50
Practical Offering 1 Week(s) - 1 Sat 11:30 - 13:20
Practical Offering 1 Week(s) - Autumn: All Weeks Thurs 18:00 - 20:50
Practical Offering 1 Week(s) - Autumn: All Weeks Tues 18:00 - 20:50