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December 2005 CACE eJournal

Welcome to the holiday edition of our eJournal. We at CACE hope you have a great season of blessing and a joyous time with friends and family. Our summary highlight this month is in keeping with the season of great music and celebration. We are highlighting Expressive Conducting by Paul Wiens.

Our CACE website is now featuring free mp3 downloads of the lectures from the  Sermon on the Mount as well as the Christian Moral Formation lectureship. We hope you will take advantage of all our free resources. And don't forget our newly launched  Speakers Bureau when planning your 2006 events.

Please remember many of the resources we offer are due to the generous giving of friends like you. If you would like to consider supporting CACE with a year end gift, it can be done on-line on our giving site or you can send a check to CACE, Wheaton College, 501 E. College Ave., Wheaton, IL 60187.

At the beginning of 2006 we will be inaugurating a new section in our eJournal where Wheaton professors will be weighing in on the controversial issues of our day such as the teaching of intelligent design in the science classrooms, the ethics of stem cell research, and immigration legislation. You will also enjoy reading reviews of contemporary movies, music and literature.

Again, thank you for your interest in CACE and your support of Christian Ethics worldwide.

Lindy Scott
Director of CACE

Upcoming Events:

Affordable Housing Breakfast, Thursday, January 19, 2006. Featured speakers include: Roger Morsch, Director, Single Family Program Originations, IHDA, DuPage County Board member Deb Olson & Bob Wahlgren, Executive Director, Community Housing Association of DuPage.

Contact Joy Trieglaff 630.752.5886 for more information. Cost $8.00 and reservations required.

Science Seminars, 4:15 - 5:30 Wednesdays throughout Spring Semester held in conjunction with the conference on stem cell research below.

Starts January 18, 2006 Armerding Lecture Hall, Wheaton College Campus

"Understanding the Emergent Church" on Sunday & Monday, January 22-23, 2006 with national church leader Tony Jones. This is in conjunction with the Bible and Theology Department. For more information contact Dr. Vincent Bacote.

CACE Spring Conference, March 22 -24, 2006

Promises and Perils of Stem Cell Research: Human Ingenuity vs. Human Dignity?
speakers include: William Hurlbut, Stanford University, Dr. John Kilner, Center for Bioethics and Human Dignity, and Dr. Peter Andrews, Sheffield University, UK
Co-Sponsored by CACE and the Science Division.
April 3 & 4, 2006
Events will be free and open to the public

New for 2005:

CACE Speakers Bureau
CACE Ethical Issues

Expressive Conducting, 3.0, Paul Wiens, author

ABOUT : The objective of Expressive Conducting is to provide the means for a beginner to become an expressive conductor within the regular course work of one academic year. This ambitious goal-once considered unreachable--is now made possible through innovative pedagogy and computer technology. The prerequisite is that the beginning student be skilled in sight singing, ear training and score reading. Subsequent study of choral and/or instrumental conducting is recommended after mastering Expressive Conducting.

Expressive Conducting provides an explication of the conductor's gestural language--in essence, how to communicate the relative importance of musical events. First promulgated by Elizabeth Green in The Modern Conductor as melding and psychological conducting, these seminal principles, now with significant elaboration, are presented in two syntactic modes--dictation and motivation.

Thus a conceptual framework is provided for the conductor's gestural language which otherwise might seem to be a bewildering array of capricious and illogical motion. Max Rudolf's “The Grammar of Conducting” is the foundation for my teaching and practice; corollaries to his writing abound in Expressive Conducting. The thesis that the conductor's gesture is language is Rudolf's.

DESIGN : Expressive Conducting--the first conducting text that isn't a book--is designed to help musicians learn to conduct. The application provided on DVD-rom is the primary tool and contains all the text, scores, video, and animations in the form of interactive multimedia. From within the software, the scores and instrumental parts may be opened, played, printed and edited with Finale NotePad (included). The chapters of text can be opened, read and printed with Acrobat Reader (included). The video clips can be played with QuickTime (included). The entire application can be run directly from the DVD-rom or can be installed onto your computer's hard drive; it contains more than 700 video clips, 200 animations, 130 scores and 1000 instrumental parts. A two-volume book is also available--Text (words and graphics) and Notes (scores and annotations)--and is fully coordinated with the application. Some users will find the software to be sufficient because selected pages can be printed from the software. Others will prefer to purchase Volume I-Text and/or Volume II-Notes.

Paul Wiens, DMA is Professor of Choral Music & Conducting, Conservatory of Music, Wheaton College. He can be reached at 630.752.5841.

Expressive Conducting 3.0 can be purchased at the Wheaton College Book Store or online at ExpressiveConducting.com.