Choristers Guild Institute 

A certification program for directors of young singers

Monday, July 22 - Friday, July 26, 2019
(Opens at noon Monday, concludes at 12:30 Friday afternoon)

First UMC in Fort Worth, Texas

Update: Registration has closed for the 2019 Institute. You may still purchase tickets to attend the July 25 dinner with guest speaker Cynthia Nott through 5 p.m. July 17. 

About the Choristers Guild Institute

The Choristers Guild Institute is a three-year certification program for leaders of children's and youth choirs (K-8). Each summer, participants receive week-long, intensive instruction and mentoring from a faculty composed of talented, nationally-known teachers and clinicians. (See the schedule for the 2019 session here.) 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. 

Who Should Attend?

The Institute is designed for choir directors who are leading young singers, K-8 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).

2019 Institute


A distinguished group of faculty will lead courses throughout the week. You will not want to miss personalized study with this group!  Learn alongside: Andrea Baxter, Michael Burkhardt, Mark Burrows, Emily Floyd, Karol Kimmell, Chris Nemec, Tom Shelton, Amanda Page Smith and Ruth Szucs. Learn more on our Faculty page. 

Additionally, we are pleased to bring the Artistic Director of the Children's Chorus of Greater Dallas, Cynthia Nott, to the Institute as the 2019 Helen Kemp Lecturer. Ms Nott, a nationally recognized choral educator, will be the featured speaker at the Helen Kemp Banquet on Thursday evening.

Location and Lodging

The Institute is moving to Texas! For the first time, the Institute will take place at the First United Methodist Church of Fort Worth (800 W. 5th Street). Mark Burrows, director of Children's Ministries at First UMC, will be our host. 

Accommodations will be provided by Hawthorne Suites by Wyndham, 1701 S. University, in Fort Worth's Cultural District. Attendees will need to make their own hotel reservations and hold with credit card no later than June 28. Use the group code CGXCGC and select a room. Group rates cover selection of:

  • Queen bed with a sofa bed - $79
  • Two double beds - $89
  • Penthouse suite - $99


All rooms have a full kitchen with a fridge/freezer, microwave, oven, and dishes. Directly across the street from the hotel, you will find six restaurants of all price points.

Transportation to the hotel from DFW International Airport can be by train - $5 roundtrip - and a quick $10 Uber ride from the train station to the hotel.

Learn more about transportation options during the Institute. 


The program fee is $725 for attendees in their first, second, or third years of CGI. CGI alumni (those who have completed year three of the three-year program) are invited to attend at the alumni rate of $400. 

A meal plan will be offered for $120. This plan will cover lunches Tuesday through Thursday, a Monday evening reception, and your ticket to the Helen Kemp Banquet on Thursday evening. 

Lodging, travel and required books are separate expenses. 

Connect with us 

Visit the Choristers Guild Institute Facebook page for regular updates on the 2019 Institute. (It's also a great way to connect with Institute students and alumni.) You can message through Facebook to get in touch with Institute Co-Directors Karol Kimmell and Chris Nemec. Or, reach us by email sent to: