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Due to the Coronavirus Pandemic, the Renaissance Symposium scheduled for June 15-17, 2020 will be POSTPONED to a future date.  As soon as new dates are secured, we will post them here.  We continue to look forward to this wonderful opportunity of learning more about Renaissance choral music. 


Don Trott,

Renaissance Symposium Coordinator



Performing Renaissance Music:
A Symposium on Historical Performance

Dennis Shrock, guest lecturer and conductor

June 15-17, 2020
University of Mississippi
Oxford, Mississippi

From June 15-17, 2020, the University of Mississippi in Oxford, MS will host a symposium centering on performing Renaissance choral music.  This three-day symposium is open to any and all choral musicians who seek to improve and enlighten themselves on repertoire, historical performance aspects and singing of Renaissance choral music.  Composers represented will include William Byrd, Guilliame Dufay, Orlando Gibbons, Orlando di Lasso, Josquin des Prez, Thomas Morley, Giovanni Perluigi da Palestrina, and Thomas Tallis.

Dr. Dennis Shrock will be the key leader, lecturer, and conductor of the symposium.  Dr. Shrock is a noted choral-scholar and author of many books on historical performance and repertoire.  His book titled Performing Renaissance Music published in 2018 by GIA Publications will be included in your registration fee and utilized during the instruction.

There will be two choirs, one a 16-voice professional SATB choir, Via Veritate, and a second choir that is comprised of the professional singers and all symposium participants.  Both choirs will be conducted by Dr. Shrock and perform on our Wednesday evening concert.

The repertoire of the Renaissance period, both sacred and secular will be explored.  In addition, sessions on “Why knowledge of historical performance matters,” “Pitch and transposition,” “Meter and Tempo,” “Phrasing and Expression,” and “Motet Structure.” In addition, sessions on “Healthy vocalism,” “and “Music, painting, architecture, and sculpture” will be given. Upon departing the symposium, participants will be better informed as to how to approach the preparation and performance of Renaissance era choral repertoire.


Dennis Shrock

Dennis Shrock is author of three books published by Oxford University Press: Choral Repertoire (2009); Choral Scores (2015); and Choral Monuments (2017). He is also author of five books published by GIA: Performing Renaissance Music (2018); Performance Practices in the Baroque Era (2013); Handel’s Messiah, A Performance Practice Handbook (2013); Performance Practices in the Classical Era (2011); and Music for Beginning Conductors­, An Anthology for Choral Conducting Classes (2011).

Dr. Shrock has held faculty positions at Boston University, Westminster Choir College, the University of Oklahoma, and Texas Christian University, and has had residencies at Baylor University, the University of Southern California, the University of Mississippi, and Yale University. He has also served as Artistic Director of the Santa Fe Desert Chorale and Canterbury Choral Society of Oklahoma City, Interim Conductor of the Dallas Symphony Chorus, and Editor of The Choral Journal. In addition, he has been a frequent All-State conductor and lecturer at conferences of the American Choral Directors Association.

He has received a number of awards and recognitions for his work. The City of Santa Fe declared December 22, 2003 “Dennis Shrock Day,” Westminster Choir College granted him an “Alumni Merit Award,” the state of Oklahoma conferred on him a citation for “Contributions of Excellence,” and the University of Oklahoma granted him two “Distinguished Lectureships” and named him a “Presidential Professor.”

Dr. Shrock received a bachelor’s degree in music education from Westminster Choir College and both master’s and doctoral degrees in choral conducting from Indiana University.



During your stay in Oxford, you will have the opportunity to enjoy the great atmosphere and restaurants that fill out city.  This is the home of William Faulkner and John Grisham, and a little corner bookstore called Square Books (where Grisham got his start!).  Some local foods include Shrimp n’ Grits, Lobster Mac n’ Cheese, and Fried Catfish.  But, the menus are out-of-this-world!  Visit Oxford here



A room block has been secured at the Courtyard Marriott for our symposium guests with a room rate of $104 plus tax per night.  To make your reservation, call the Oxford Courtyard Marriott at 662-638-6014 and inform the hotel you are booking with the “Ole Miss Choral Workshop” room block or you can reserve your room through the following link: Book Your Group Rate For Ole Miss Symposium Workshop


Other hotel accommodations are available and if you would like to consider them, here is a helpful link:



Questions about the symposium?  Contact Don Trott at


    The registration fee for the symposium is $150 and includes all music scores and Performing Renaissance Music by Dennis Shrock.



    We can only accept payment in the form of a check and it must be made out to

    "University of Mississippi" and mailed to:

    Don Trott

    121 Music Building

    PO Box 1848

    University, MS 38677

  • If you have any questions, please call the Office of Choral Activities at 662-915-5115 or email Don Trott at