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Choral institute

June 15-17, 2022

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Overview & Costs

The University of South Dakota’s Choral Directors Institute is an intensive program designed to expose music educators to the best in current and standard literature in addition to teaching methods and materials. We are excited to once again offer the institute in person on the USD campus in Vermillion from Wednesday, June 15 to Friday, June 17, 2022.


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 directors and will feature guest clinician, Jacob Narverud, and a variety of USD faculty. 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 ($195) for zero credits, or can choose to enroll in any or all of our classes (at $40 per credit plus the $195 registration fee). The registration and tuition costs may be paid online, by check with pre-registration, or on the first day of the Institute. Participants are highly encouraged to pre-register to ensure an appropriate number of reading packets are available. Registration for the Institute is $195. Pre-registration by June 1 will lower the fee to $175.


Choral Clinician 

Jacob Narverud

Jacob Narverud Headshot

Jacob Narverud is an American composer, conductor, arranger, orchestrator and pianist of Norwegian descent. Known for his eclectic choral catalog, Narverud is internationally recognized for his original compositions, arrangements of Broadway and Popular music and new editions of standard choral works from the Renaissance, Baroque, and Classical eras. His music is performed worldwide by choirs of all levels. Among his most performed works are: Ad Astra, Dominus Vobiscum, Lunar Lullaby and Sisi Ni Moja.


Narverud is a frequent guest conductor/clinician for choral festivals and all-state choirs across the country and is the founder/artistic director of the Tallgrass Chamber Choir. As a sought-after composer, Narverud has been commissioned to write new works for a variety of choral ensembles and organizations. Many of his Editors’ Choice compositions are publisher best-sellers and are performed worldwide by choirs of all levels.


Raised in Kansas, Narverud attended Wanamaker Elementary, Jefferson West Middle, and graduated from Jefferson West High School in Meriden. He holds an undergraduate degree in voice performance from Emporia State University and received the Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees in conducting from the Conservatory of Music and Dance at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. After completing his doctorate, Narverud sang with the Manhattan Chorale in New York City and served on faculty at Molloy College where he taught music history, orchestration, and conducting. He became a full-time composer in 2019 and resides on a farm in Maple Hill, Kansas. Narverud is a member of the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers and the American Choral Directors Association.



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.


MUS790 Advanced Instructional Techniques for the Choral Music Educator


Masterclasses, clinics, and discussions that focus on teaching materials, techniques, and pedagogy for choral music educators, grades K–12.

MUS790 New and Traditional Choral Music for the Vocal 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 New and Continuing Trends in Choral Music Education


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