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Choral institute

June 15-17, 2021

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Overview & Costs

We are excited to again offer the Choral Directors Institute in an online format.

All classes and credit offering will be available to participants and all institute materials accessible through an online platform. The online institute will run Monday, June 14 through Friday, June 18. Clinic sessions (with a variety of presenters) and reading sessions (with full scores to view online) will be offered, and our trends projects will be presented as in the past.

The course instruction will be asynchronous; participants will be able to view the clinic session videos and reading sessions scores on their own schedule throughout the week. After viewing a clinic session video or reading session materials, participants will submit a reflective document to earn course credit. The Trends class will require a project agreed upon by the participant and the instructor (i.e. creating a database for their music library, programming music for their upcoming school-year or other projects for their classroom).

Participants have the option of registering for the institute ($160) for zero credits, or can choose to enroll in any or all of our classes (at $40 per credit plus the $160 registration fee). We are asking participants to register by the June 1 early-bird deadline. This will enable us to gauge interest in the institute this year (and in this format) and make a final decision on our ability to provide this event to directors. Following June 1 the institute fee increases to $185.00. 

We are making every effort to provide our participants a wonderful opportunity for professional development and growth. We hope you will join us!

Choral Clinicians 

Joshua Bronfman
Director of Choral Activities
Sam Houston State University

Brad Holmes
Director of Choir Programs
Millikin University

Jessica Napoles
Associate Professor, Choral Music Education
University of North Texas

Jeffery Redding
Director of Choral Activities
University of Central Florida 

Brian Schmidt
Associate Professor of Choral Music & Director of Graduate Choral Studies
Baylor University


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.

MUS 793 Music Classroom Instructional Strategies for the Choral Music Educator - Masterclasses, clinics and discussion that focus on teaching materials, techniques and pedagogy for choral music educators, grades K-12.

MUS 793 New and Traditional Music for the Choral Music Educator - 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 music major publishers.

MUS 793 Advanced Topics and Tendencies for Choral Musicians - 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, Music / Professor / Director of Choral Activities
W M Lee Center for Fine Arts 114A