Christine Bass

choral conductor and clinician


About Christine

Christine Bass is a distinguished choral director, guest conductor, and clinician, and the Choral Director for the Temple University Women's Chorus as well as an Assistant Professor of Music Education. Prior to Temple, Christine taught at Cherry Hill West High School for 22 years where her program grew from 60 to over 325 students across seven choirs. Her choirs have performed at numerous ACDA national conventions, MENC and ACDA All Eastern Conventions, and performed with Alan Gilbert (New York Philharmonic), Julius Rudel, Rossen Milanov, Philadelphia's Singing City, and the Newark Boys Choir. Her mens a cappella group, Men of Note, won three consecutive National Championships for Best of High School A Cappella. Christine has been selected for Who’s Who of American Teachers and Who’s Who of American Women.

Choral Director MagazineChristine earned her degrees from Westminster Choir College, studying conducting under Robert Simpson, Elaine Brown, Andrew Megill, and Joseph Flummerfelt. She received their Alumni Merit Award and Alumni Ambassador Award. She is also the recipient of the New Jersey MENC Master Music Teacher award and has received the Governor's Award in Arts Education. She has conducted numerous All State and Honors Choirs, including the 2009 ACDA All National High School Honors Choir. She has been featured on the cover of Choral Director magazine. She is a frequent guest conductor, clinician, and presents workshops across the country on her DVD's Vocal Transformation and Where the Boys Are, as well as her new book, Front-Loading Your Choral Rehearsal, all published by Hal Leonard.

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2017 Schedule

January 7: LLMEA County Honors Chorus (Lancaster, PA)
January 19-21: Michigan Music Conference/Michigan School Vocal Music Association
January 27: Delaware ACDA Men Aloud Festival (Hockessin, DE)
January 28: ManChoir at Temple University (Philadelphia, PA)
March 14-15: Howard County Choral Festival (Howard County, MD)
April 7: Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (Erie, PA)
April 21: NAfME All Eastern (Atlantic City, NJ)
April 29: VCDA All Virginia High School Chorus (Guest Conductor)
June 2: “I Sing Because…” High School Choral Festival (Philadelphia, PA)
August 3-5: ACDA Voices United Conference, George Mason University (Fairfax, VA)
August 24: Parkland High School Choir Camp (Allentown, PA)
October 6: Delaware Arts Conference (Dover, DE)
November 9: NJEA Convention (Atlantic City, NJ)
December 8: Philadelphia Schools In-Service (Philadelphia, PA)

2018 Schedule

January 26-28: New Mexico ACDA Youth All State Choir (Las Cruces, NM)
February 3: ManChoir at Temple University (Philadelphia, PA)
February 9: KMEA Convention (Louisville, KY)
March 1-2 : High School LGPE, (Marietta, GA)
March 8-10: ACDA All Eastern Convention (Pittsburgh, PA)
April 14-15: North Carolina Men’s All State Chorus (Raleigh, NC)
April 20-21: WorldStrides Music Festivals (Orlando, FL)
April 27-28: WorldStrides Music Festivals (Boston, MA)
June 1: “I Sing Because…” High School Choral Festival (Philadelphia, PA)
June 25-27: Indiana ACDA Conference, (Indianapolis, IN)
July 23-27: Summer Course w/ Rollo Dilworth @ Temple University (Philadelphia, PA)
July 24: The Joy Of Singing, JWPepper (Philadelphia, PA)
Oct. 27: CT ACDA HS Honors Chorus (Guilford, CT)
Nov. 16-17: NY Dist. 2 Area HS Honors Chorus (Rochester, NY)
Nov. 28-29: Sussex County DL, Honors Chorus (Susses County, DL)

2019 Schedule

Jan. 26: ManChoir HS Festival, Temple University, (Philadelphia, PA)
Feb. 6: Kennett GirlChoir, Temple Univ, (Philadelphia, PA)
Mar. 30: Women's Choral Festival, Archbishop Wood HS (Warminster, PA)
Apr. 4-6: NAfME All Eastern Convention (Pittsburgh, PA)
Apr. 11-13: 6th International Symposium of Music Pedagogues "Music in Schools: State and Perspectives" (Osijek, Croatia)
Apr. 26: I Sing Because HS Choral Festival, Temple Univ. (Philadelphia, PA)
Apr. 26: Workshop with Lexington Christian HS, Tennessee (Philadelphia, PA)
May 24-25: WorldStrides Music Festival (New York, NY)
July 11-13: KCDA All State Women's Honors Choir (Topeka, KS)

Joseph Flummerfelt
Joseph Flummerfelt

“I was always impressed with her ability to work with sound and develop a wonderfully healthy choral sound with those young people…always beautifully prepared. She has made a huge impact on the choral life in this state and this country.”

Dr. Joseph Flummerfelt, founder and musical director of the New York Choral Artists, and for 33 years was conductor of the world-renowned Westminster Choir. Since 1971 he has been responsible for most of the choral work of the New York Philharmonic.

Z. Randall Stroope
Z. Randall Stroope

“Christine is undoubtedly one of the truly outstanding music educators in the United States, standing alongside only a few of the finest.”

Dr. Z. Randall Stroope, American composer, conductor, and lecturer, and the Director of Choral and Vocal Studies at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater Oklahoma.

“Christine is truly a master teacher and role model for anyone who wishes to pursue a career in choral music education. We learned so much from her during our visit. After getting back to campus, one of my students welled up with tears as she commented on how much she clearly cares about her singers. Her passion for both choral excellence and for nurturing young people is a combination that is rare in the profession these days."

Dr. Rollo Dilworth, Chair of music education at the Temple University Boyer School of Dance and Music

Rollo Dilworth
Rollo Dilworth

“There's no doubt as to why Christine Bass created one of the most successful high school choral programs on the east coast! In Front-Loading, she pulls back the curtain and presents a practical method that cuts to the chase and puts the onus on the director to be prepared with the skills required for a successful, fun, and rewarding rehearsal process."

Ryan Guth, Choir Ninja Podcast

Ryan Guth
Ryan Guth

Experience the new book

In Christine's latest book, Front-Loading Your Choral Rehearsal, she outlines creative and effective rehearsal approaches for conductors of all experience levels. Embedded in the book are more than sixty real-world rehearsal video clips to illustrate the concepts. Watch the preview video, then click here to see more details.


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