Choral institute

June 20-22, 2018

Institute Clinician

Sophia PapoulisSophia Papoulis is a conductor and creative director for the Foundation for Small Voices, an organization dedicated, through music, to crossing cultural, generational and ideological boundaries to raise awareness and funds for national and international music and mentoring programs for children. Papoulis gives choral, collegiate and teacher-education workshops and guest-conducts regional and all-state choruses nationally and internationally. She has served as a conductor for the award-winning Young People's Chorus of New York City, conducting not only for its core after-school program, but also within many New York City public schools. Papoulis has conducted at a number of notable venues throughout New York City, including Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center's Rose Theater, the 92nd Street Y, Merkin Concert Hall at Kaufman Center and Symphony Space. She has prepared choruses for national radio and television appearances, recording sessions and collaborative performances with such ensembles as the Kronos Quartet and the Stephen Petronio Company, and for performances in New York City and in major venues throughout North America, Asia, Europe and South America. Additionally, Papoulis has conduced professional, university, youth and community choirs, and she maintains an active voice studio. 

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Overview & Costs

The three-day institute will include large ensemble reading sessions, master classes and clinic sessions that focus on a wide variety of teaching subjects for choral educators. The tuition costs may be paid online, by check with pre-registration, or on the first day of the institute. Choral participants may also be asked to purchase music packets for reading sessions at a minimal cost. Early-bird registration by June 1 is $150. Registration after June 1 is $175.


Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. on June 20. Sessions will be held daily June 20-22, 2018 from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the Warren M. Lee Center for Fine Arts.


Participants have the option of staying on campus or planning their own accommodations during the institute. Participants wishing to stay on campus may stay in air-conditioned residence hall rooms at a rate of $45 per night plus applicable tax (single occupancy) pending Board of Regents approval. These rates do not include bed linens or towels.

Optional Graduate Credit

Participants have the option to earn graduate credit for participation in certain sessions. Payment of tuition ($40 per credit hour) for graduate credit is due on the day of registration. Tuition rates are set by the South Dakota Board of Regents and are subject to change without notice. Selected clinicians and/or USD faculty instruct all sessions.

MUS793 Advanced Rehearsal Procedures for the Choral Music Educator - Masterclasses, clinics, and discussion that focus on teaching materials, techniques, and pedagogy for choral music educators, grades K-12.

MUS793 Choral Literature Reading Sessions for the Music Classroom - Reading sessions focusing on a variety of choral music for public school choirs, grades K-12 will be presented. Materials will include both standard works and new releases in numerous choral genres from major music publishers.

MUS793 Trends and Philosophies of Choral Music in the Classroom - Seminars and roundtable discussions to allow the choral director to focus on current trends in the area of choral music education. A written final project is required.

For questions or more information, contact:

Name Department & Office Contact
David Holdhusen
  • Chair, Associate Professor, Director of Choral Activities
W M Lee Center for Fine Arts 114A