Sunday, July 18 - Thursday, July 22, 2021
Location: Virtual Event
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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

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. 

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. 

Learn alongside: 
Michael Burkhardt
Emily Floyd
Karol Kimmell
Tom Shelton
Ruth Szucs
Katie Houts
Andrea Baxter
Heather Potter
Chris Nemec


July 19 – 22.    12:00 pm – 4:00 pm Eastern Time -  Monday – Thursday.
with live and recorded class sessions. Question & Answer opportunities with faculty after each class. Sufficient breaks between classes. Special Topics - for each level - Year I, II, III- will be available to watch at other times throughout the week and over the next 30 days. Presence at all classes and worship are required for graduation from the program.

+ July 18      Sunday PM. 7:00 – Opening Zoom gathering time 
– introduce our online format, meet faculty and each other. Answer questions.
+ July 22     Evening Final Celebration – graduation, speaker – 1 hour event.

(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.

    • Choral Methods. (Year I, II, III together!)
    • Pedagogy I, II, III
    • Conducting (divided by experience levels)

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.)

    • Vocal Modeling
    • Visuals for Teaching
    • Hymns with Children
    • Teaching Musical Literacy in Rehearsals
    • More than the Music
    • Movement Activities
    •  Equipping Children for Worship Leadership
    •  Organizational Ideas & Visioning for Your Choirs
    •  Draw the Circle Wide-Recruiting, Engaging, Maintaining
    •  We Are Called – Discerning the Whys & Values  …and more!

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