Choristers Guild Institute 2021


July 18, 2021 through July 22, 2021


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. A limited number of partial scholarships are available

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

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 which classes to attend.)

Presence at all classes and worship are required for completion of 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!
If you have questions about the Institute, get in touch: email us at

Conference Registration


Pass Name Description
Alumni Registration Fee Must have completed 3rd year at the Institute
Attendee Registration Fee
Student Registration Student Registration for the Choristers Guild Institute. Open to graduate and undergraduate students.


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