Choristers Guild Institute 2021


July 18, 2021 through July 22, 2021


The Choristers Guild Institute is a 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. 

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 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 certification.

+ 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.

(CERTIFIED ALUMNI are invited to attend at the alumni rate. You may choose your classes to attend our of all offered.)

Presence at all classes and worship are required for certification.

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!
If you have questions about the Institute, get in touch: email us at or call the Choristers Guild office at 1-800-CHORISTER.

Conference Registration


Pass Name Description
Alumni Registration Fee Must have completed 3rd year at the Institute
Attendee Registration Fee


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