DIRECTOR CERTIFICATION PROGRAM
Below is a description of the Director Certification Program. It has recently been revamped and this description includes all the new requirements. CSD would like for all of our directors to do everything necessary to reach one or both of these levels of certification.
Certified and Master Level Requirements
Three levels of certification:
1. Applicant –Once a person has sent in an application to enroll in the program, but has not reached the stage of “Certified” director, they will be called an “Applicant” director.
2. Certified – Once an Applicant director has completed all Certified-level course requirements, the applicant will earn the Certified Director status.
3. Master – Once a Certified director has completed all Master level course requirements and the Board of Review approves, the applicant will earn Master Director status.
• All currently enrolled in certification program but have not reached “Certified” status, need to meet new requirements on missing courses (courses considered complete in old system will still be considered complete in new system) to reach new “Certified” status.
• All currently enrolled in certification program, have reached “Certified” status, and are working towards “Master” status, must reach ALL new “Master” certification requirements.
Certified Director Requirements
Eligibility – Applicant must direct, assistant direct, or be a major part of the music team within a chapter in order to be considered eligible to apply for Director Certification.
• Directing Techniques 2 – Applicant must send in a video no later than two months after Directing Techniques 2 was taken at Directors College showing proficiency on all related skills (Pre-requisite…Directing Techniques 1 or proficiency equivalent).
• Making a Sound Difference – Applicant must take this course at Directors College and must pass a proficiency exam (Pre-requisite…Sound Management).
• Theory 3 – Applicant must show proficiency in Theory 3 and / or pass the Theory 3 Level test (Pre-requisite…Theory 1 and Theory 2).
• History of Barbershop – Applicant can take this class at Directors College (History of Barbershop 1) or may complete it using home study. Can take a test (must show proficiency) at home in lieu of attending course.
• You Be the Judge – Applicant can take this class at Directors College (as well as some District HEP Schools) or may complete it using home study. Can take a test (must show proficiency) at home in lieu of attending course. Certified judges are exempt from this requirement.
• CDWI Workshop – Applicant must have participated in one CDWI workshop prior to completion of Certified certification (within 3 years from completion) and provide the names of the CDWI Trainers of this workshop.
• Vocal Techniques – Applicant can take this course at any school that offers Vocal Techniques. Proficiency will be judged by an audio recording of the applicant singing by themselves a recognizable melody demonstrating correct vocal techniques. Criteria that will be judged will be based on Singing Category description.
• Leadership – Applicant must take this course at Directors College and show proficiency of the subject matter by passing a written exam.
• How to Teach What You Know – Applicant must take this course at Directors College and show proficiency by passing a written exam.
• Competition – Your chapter must have participated in one contest prior to completion of Certified-level courses (Division, District, Prelim…etc…can choose the option of “evaluation only”…within 2 years of completion).
Master Director Requirements
Description of a Master Director – The Master Director is a person who – through a combination of experience and education – has the ability to rehearse, inspire, and teach a chapter to sing and perform at an “A Level”.
Eligibility – Master Director prospective must have reached “Certified Director” status and must be a Front Line director of a Barbershop Chapter.
• Directing Techniques 3 – Master Director prospective must submit a video one to two months after Directing Techniques 3 was taken at Directors College showing proficiency on all related skills (Pre-requisite…Directing Techniques 1 and 2).
• Choral Methods – Master Director prospective must take this course at Directors College and submit a video one to two months after course was taken (this SHOULD NOT be the same video as your directing techniques video). This should be a video of the entire chapter meeting covering full comprehensive concepts learned in Choral Methods. Also included in this demonstration of proficiency should be a lesson plan for the chapter meeting being video taped.
• Directors Arranging – Master Director prospective must take this course at Directors College and be able to demonstrate skills by creating a simple arrangement or correcting an existing arrangement (Pre-requisite…Theory 1, 2, 3, and 4).
• Next Level – Master Director prospective must have participated in one Next Level workshop prior to completing Master certification (within 3 years of completion) and provide the name of the Next Level Trainer of this workshop.
• Teach – Master Director prospective must teach a course (not including quartet / chorus coaching) at any BHS / district level school.
• Competition – Master Director prospective’s chapter must have participated in one contest (Division, District, Prelim…within 3 years of completion) prior to completing Master certification.
• Performance – Based on the description of a Master Director, the Master Director prospective must reach “A” Level scores (81.0 or higher) in contest prior to completing Master certification (within 3 years of competition). Or, Master Director prospective may submit a video (in any performance setting) to the Certification Board of Review for their consideration of “A Level” performance.
• Board of Review – A panel will review all materials (videos, tests, etc.) and appraise Master Director prospective qualifications of experience, education, and achievement. Once panel reviews and approves, Master Director prospective will be awarded Master Certification.
Click on the following link to access the Application form and the Checklist:
CDWI – Chorus Director Workshop Intensive
The Society’s Flagship Training Program for Directors
Where can a director go to a one-day workshop and get all of the following?
• attend a forum where you can discuss the philosophies of directing Barbershop choruses
discover for yourself why you direct a chorus
• discover how you can improve your own directing skills and thus improve the level of singing and performing in your chorus
• discuss problems and concerns that are not unique to just your chorus
• have an opportunity to meet and get to know other chorus directors in your area
• have an opportunity to learn from certified CDWI trainers
• choose your own directing skills that you wish to hone
All of the above and likely more can be achieved at one venue and at minimal cost!!
Yes, the program is called the Chorus Director Workshop Intensive (CDWI) and it is a program that has been utilized by our Barbershop Harmony Society for the past ten years. Well over 150 such workshops have been conducted over the past ten years and participants have evaluated the workshops to be highly effective in assisting directors in their quest to improve the satisfaction and success of their singers as well as their own competencies. Post workshop evaluation scores average 95% or better.
Here’s is how a typical CDWI unfolds:
1. Pre-Workshop – five directors are chosen to participate with two certified
– a host chapter and chapter contact are appointed.
– a conference call is held with the trainers and directors during
which time the objectives of the workshop are discussed.
2. Workshop AM – the directors and the trainers meet for about 3 hours on the
morning of the workshop. Much discussion takes place
such topics of: Why direct? What do I want to accomplish
during a chorus rehearsal? What gets in the way of that
accomplishment? What can I do to improve my skills?
– at the end of the morning each director chooses two skills
to be coached on in the afternoon.
3. Workshop PM – a rehearsal chorus is available for the afternoon and each
director gets to lead the chorus and be coached on the
two chosen skills. The trainers will coach the directors on these
two skills in front of a video camera and then viewing the video
will provide more opportunity for coaching.
• each director gets a directing/coaching session with each of the
• at the end of the day the directors and chorus members all fill out
After a director has completed a CDWI, he may then choose to participate in a second workshop called CDWI II, which allows him to work on additional skills. There are currently 30 CDWI trainers to lead these workshops and another half-dozen men are in the process of being trained to lead such workshops.