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Choral institute

June 17-19, 2020

Overview & Costs

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Choral Directors Institute has been moved to an online format.

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 or by check with pre-registration. 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.

Register for the Choral Directors Institute Online


Sessions will be held online. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday, June 17.

Choral Clinician 

Kevin Fenton

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.

MUS790 Rehearsal and Classroom Techniques for the Choral Music Educator - Masterclasses, clinics and discussion that focus on teaching materials, techniques and pedagogy for choral music educators, grades K-12.

MUS790 Music Reading Sessions 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.

MUS790 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