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Passing the (musical) Baton
Mondays, at 10:00 am, EDT 
January 23 - April 3, 2023
(Please note - no session on Presidents' Day)

Registration Status: OPEN

Tour Cost: $150 for the series
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Did you know that the role of the conductor is a fairly new

position in the world of music history? That guy or gal waving that

silly little stick in front of musical ensembles has not always been

necessary; he (and in the beginning, it was a he) and the stick,

arrived as more complicated and complex musical genres evolved.

Music of Beethoven, and later composers like Berlioz and Mahler,

required over 100 instruments and singers. There had to be

someone to keep everyone on the same page so to speak!


Joe will uncover the history of the conductor and explore its

evolution. We will learn what conductors do up there with their

hands, faces, and baton, while also gaining insight into the

composers and the music they conduct.

Remembering that Joe is a choral conductor and also an assistant

symphony conductor, we’ll approach the topic through his lens.

We will explore conducting from a variety of genres–from

orchestral to opera, instrumental to choral, and much more. In

the discussion, Joe will also discuss the lives and work of some of

the more famous conductors – Beethoven, Mahler, Toscanini,

Bernstein, Blomstedt, Rattle, Alsop, Dudamel, and many more–

zeroing in on their similarities, differences, and many quirks!


So please join Joe for these discussions, starting on Monday,

January 23, at 10:00 am eastern and continuing for 10 weeks and

continuing through April 3. There will be no session on February

20, Presidents’ Day.


The cost of this series is $150. Each session will be recorded and

made available, in case you miss a session.



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Joe Marchio
Instructor & Guide

Joe Marchio is a graduate of the College of Wooster, where he earned both a Bachelor’s degree in organ performance and a Bachelor of Arts in religious studies. He earned a Master of Divinity degree at the Yale University Institute of Sacred Music, and a Master of Music degree in choral conducting at the Boston Conservatory. Joe became Music Director of the Chatham Chorale in 2010. He is also the Pastor and Director of Music of the First Congregational Church of Chatham.

Joan Hill
Owner, Host, & Director

Years ago, it was suggested to Joan that she might offer an art program, and she jumped at the chance of a lifetime. Bringing together all of her life's passions, the development and administration of Artful Journeys is an exhilarating process for Joan.


Joan was born and raised in the apple country of the Hudson River Valley in New York; her father was a gentle, very tolerant, educated land surveyor, and her mother was the efficient business administrator and home engineer. The youngest of four children, Joan was encouraged to pursue anything she wanted, but also to do her best. Sometimes that was very difficult, especially succeeding three very accomplished siblings.

To register for a session or the series, please click below:

A Zoom link will be provided by email within 24 hours of each meeting.

For details or questions, please click here to contact Joan Hill.
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