Choristers Guild Institute 

A certification program for Directors of Young Singers (K-8) in churches and church schools.

The 2017 Institute will be held July 16-22, 2017 at Wingate University in Wingate, NC (30 miles east of Charlotte). For more information, please explore the information topics listed below.    

About the Institute Who Should Attend?
The Curriculum Leadership

Information and Fees

Arrival and Departure Planning


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About the Choristers Guild Institute

The Choristers Guild Institute, begun in 2009, is a 3-stage program for leaders of children's and youth choirs (K-8) in churches and church schools. The certification process is designed to strengthen directors’ musical and pedagogical skills and to equip them to effectively integrate children in worship. Year 2012 added an additional advanced seminar for alumni.

Successful graduates of the three-summer program receive Choristers Guild "Certified Director of Young Singers" Certification, a valuable and respected professional credential, and become part of a close and supportive nationwide network of Institute alumni.

1. The Choristers Guild Certification Program is based on the belief that:

All children are artistic, creative, musical, and worshipful beings.

Effective children’s choir leaders recognize a unique calling to lead children toward more meaningful and effective participation in worship through music.

2. The certification program focuses on following areas:

Creative and Purposeful Integration of Children in Worship
Music Teaching Skills
Choral Methods
Effective Organization of a Children's Music Ministry
Personal Musicianship

Who Should Attend?

Years 1, 2, and 3 - Certification Program

The Institute is designed for Directors who are currently leading young singers, K-8, in a Christian church or school setting and those preparing to be full-time, part-time, or committed volunteer choir directors in these settings.

A degree in music is not required, but musical literacy is fundamental to success as a participant in the Choristers Guild Institute.

First year participants are required to submit a Letter of Support from a supervising Pastor or staff member.  A sample letter is available here.

CGI Certified Alumni (Certified Directors of Young Singers)

Institute alumni are invited to return for a full week (Sunday to Saturday) or join us Friday evening for the Helen Kemp Banquet.  Alumni will have the opportunity to select from classes offered.  We urge alumni to make their reservations early so we can staff the Institute to meet alumni needs.

Cost to Attend

To help you as you plan and budget, below are 2017 Institute costs for an active Choristers Guild Member. Non-members or those whose memberships have lapsed will add $78 for a Choristers Guild membership (required).

A $100 non-refundable deposit is required at the time of registration and counts towards the Program Fee. 

2017 Program Fee (Tuition with Early Bird Discount before 2/28/17) = $600
2017 Lodging (6 Nights on Wingate Campus) = $275 + $15 linen fee if needed
2017 Meal Plan Options (choice of partial or full meal plans) = $180 or $210
2017 TOTAL COSTS (exclusive of linens, travel, and books) = between $1055 and $1085

Scholarship Opportunities

A limited number of partial scholarships are available (amounts vary, but are generally between $200 and $500). Visit the Choristers Guild Scholarship Page for more information, online scholarship application, and online reference form. Scholarship applications deadline are due by March 1, 2017. You must be registered for the Institute at at least the minimum $100 Deposit level to apply for Insitute scholarship funds.


Photo Gallery 2016 - to see many more images and to get a sense of our Institute community, we invite you to visit our Choristers Guild Institute at Wingate University Facebook Page