The Choristers Guild Institute is a training program for leaders of children's and youth choirs (K-8th). Each summer, participants receive week-long, intensive instruction and mentoring from a faculty composed of outstanding teachers and clinicians. (Alumni seminars are also available for those who wish to continue to expand their skills.)
The program is designed to strengthen directors’ musical and instructional skills and to equip them to effectively integrate children in rehearsal and performances. Graduates of the program become part of a close and supportive nationwide network of Institute alumni.
Who Should Attend
A degree in music is not required, but musical literacy is fundamental to success as a participant in the Institute. First-year participants should submit a letter of support from a supervisor or staff member.
College and Graduate Music Student Track:
We are pleased to announce that CGInstitute summer session is now available for those studying music, music education, sacred music, organ and choral conducting. Take advantage of our 2021 virtual platform and its reduced cost (no travel, housing or meal costs). Many of our CGI alumni have said: “I wish I’d had this opportunity when I was just starting out.” Well, now YOU have that opportunity. Classes taught by knowledgeable faculty with a wealth of training and experiences. With classes geared expressly for those teaching and directing children’s choirs, you will finish the week with:
• Understanding of Choral Methods
• Experience planning choir rehearsals
• Full toolbox-for-teaching
• Solid repertoire suggestions
• Setting up a rehearsal room w/ visuals
• Tips for shaping a choir program
• Colleagues & Mentors for the future
Scholarships are available. See more information here.
Faculty and Contributors
Hands-on, personal interaction with our distinguished faculty in both classroom and small-group settings is one of the hallmarks of the Choristers Guild Institute. Mentor groups and their designated faculty member remain together throughout the program.
July 19 – 22. 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm Eastern Time - Monday – Thursday.
+ July 18 Sunday PM. 7:00 – Opening Zoom gathering time
(GRADUATED ALUMNI are invited to attend at the alumni rate. You may choose your classes to attend.)
Presence at all classes and worship are required for graduation from the program.
Core Classes cover: rehearsal techniques, multiple ways to teach a song, rehearsal pacing, score study, the singer’s voice, Conducting basics and fine tuning, movement activities, warm-ups for all aged singers, repertoire ideas, and much, much more.)
If you have questions about the Institute, get in touch: email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.