Choral institute

June 21-23, 2017

Institute Clinician

Vijay SinghVijay Singh, professor of music at Central Washington University, has garnered international attention for his eclectic compositions, arrangements, workshops, and performances. Vijay's music is performed by groups in both choral and jazz idioms with over 170 published pieces. He frequently composes on commission for some of America's finest choirs and jazz vocal ensembles. An active Bass-Baritone soloist, he has performed with the Robert Shaw Chorale, Male Ensemble Northwest, Choral Cross Ties, David Byrne (Talking Heads), Clark Terry, numerous orchestras and the award-winning a cappella jazz quartet Just 4 Kicks. Vijay's CWU student ensembles have performed at national conferences for ACDA, MENC, IAJE and JEN. A former ACDA National R&S Chair for Jazz, Vijay is a 15-time ASCAP Composer Awards recipient, strong advocate for music education and has guest conducted all-state honors choirs in over 26 states. Vijay's "MASS with Orchestra" received its world premiere at Avery Fischer Hall/Lincoln Center in New York City May 30, 2011. Vijay received CWU’s highest faculty award, the “Distinguished University Professor for artistic achievement,” in 2012.

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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 21. Sessions will be held daily June 21–23, 2017 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