CHORISTERS GUILD INSTITUTE
July 20-24, 2020
Roswell Presbyterian Church, Metro Atlanta

The Choristers Guild Institute is a three-year certification 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 certification process 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 receive certification from Choristers Guild and become part of a close and supportive nationwide network of Institute alumni. 

Choristers Guild is a registered Continuing Professional Education (CPE) provider, with educators eligible to receive up to 21.5 hours of credit as attendees of the week-long Institute. 


Who Should Attend

The Institute is designed for choir directors who are leading young singers (grades K-8th) and those preparing to be full-time, part-time, or committed volunteer directors.

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. A limited number of partial scholarships are available (amounts vary, but are generally between $200 and $500).


Faculty

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 for all three years of the program. Our 2020 faculty: 

  • Michael Burkhardt
  • Tom Shelton
  • Amanda Smith
  • Emily Floyd
  • Karol Kimmell
  • Ruth Szucs
  • Chris Nemec
  • Katie Houts

 

Our 2020 Helen Kemp Speaker is Martha Shaw, Artistic Director of the Spivey Hall Children’s Choir and Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities at Reinhardt University.


Pricing

Program fees
The program fee for attendees in their first, second, or third years of CGI is:
$725 for Choristers Guild members
$775 for non-members

CGI alumni (those who have completed year three of the three-year program) are invited to attend at the alumni rate of $400.

Meals
We provide a meal plan (price TBD) that covers a Monday night reception and lunches Tuesday-Thursday. All registrants are guests at the Helen Kemp Banquet on Thursday evening. Banquet tickets for non-registrants are sold separately at a cost of $35.

Lodging and travel
The Institute will be held at Roswell Presbyterian Church. We've secured a group rate for lodging at two nearby hotels: 

Best Western PLUS Roswell – 30 Rooms mix of Double/Double & King - $98+taxes
Holiday Inn Atlanta/Roswell – 10 Rooms mix of Queen/Queen & King - $112+taxes

Reservations must be made individually with each attendee providing guarantee information. Additional information: 
• Check in is at 3:00pm; Check out is at 11:00am
• Both hotels offer complimentary self-parking and free WiFi
• Best Western reservations include free hot continental breakfast
• Holiday Inn group reservations include vouchers for 2 guests per room for the breakfast buffet (buffet only, $24 value)

To make reservations at Holiday Inn: Call 770-817-1414 or (toll free) at 877-817-1414 and ask for a reservation in the Choristers Guild Institute/CGI Group. Or, use the group booking tool online, which has the group code and discounted rate/breakfast already applied. Simply select the check-in and check-out dates to make your reservation. 

To make reservations at Best Western: Call 770-552-5599 and ask for a reservation in the Choristers Guild Institute/CGI Group. Or, use the group booking tool online, which has the group code and discounted rate/breakfast already applied. Simply select the check-in and check-out dates to make your reservation. 

Attendees will need to make their own hotel reservations and hold with credit card. Reservations must be made no later than June 28, 2020, to receive the group rate. 

Atlanta's subway system, called MARTA, provides low-cost ($2.50) transport from the Atlanta Hartsfield Airport terminal to the Roswell area (NorthSprings MARTA station) with Uber/Lyft rides to nearby church or hotel for the last leg. 

Additionally, during the week of the Insitiute, we will offer van transport between the hotels and the church for $40. 

Other costs
Most of the curriculum and music is provided; some attendees may be asked to purchase supplemental materials (under $50) at their expense. Be assured that detailed pricing will be sent to all registrants. If you have questions at any point about costs to participate in the Institute, get in touch: email us at institute@choristersguild.org or call the Choristers Guild office at 1-800-CHORISTER.


Video from Choristers Guild Institute 2019