Choristers Guild Institute 2023


July 17, 2023 through July 20, 2023
Richmond's First Baptist Church

Richmond, VA


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.

The program is designed to strengthen directors’ musical, instructional and program planning skills and equip them to effectively provide quality musical experiences for children to grow. 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 and are full-time, part-time, or volunteer. Music students in college or graduate school are also welcome. As always, institute alumni who completed all three years are welcome to return for renewal and inspiration. 

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 to show commitment to the 3 year program. Please email these letters to at time of registration.

 A limited number of partial scholarships are available

Faculty and Contributors
Classes are taught by knowledgeable faculty with a wealth of training and experiences. 

Michael Burkhardt
Emily Floyd

Katie Houts
Karol Kimmell
Tom Shelton

Host- Ruth Szucs

Helen Kemp Lecturer - Michael Burkhardt

12pm Monday July 17 - 12:30pm Thursday July 20

Full Schedule coming soon!

*All Times are Eastern Time


With classes geared expressly for those teaching and directing children’s choirs, you will finish the week with:
•    Understanding of Choral Methods, Pedagogy and Conducting 
•    Experience planning choir rehearsals
•    Full toolbox-for-teaching
•    Solid repertoire suggestions
•    Setting up a rehearsal room w/ visuals
•    Ideas for shaping a choir program
•    Colleagues & Mentors for the future


Participants are encouraged to stay at the Holiday Inn Express located near our host site.  To recieve a discounted room rate, use the link below:

*Please adjust your hotel nights to 3 or 4 as needed by clicking directly on the dates.

Discounted Hotel Booking Link

The following is also provided:

Free Parking, Free Breakfast, Transportation to and from host site, Near-by dining options 


Registration includes two lunches (Tuesday, Wednesday) and CGI Banquet (Wednesday Night). Food for the Banquet will be provided by a local Greek restaurant. 

If you have questions about the Institute you may reach us at


Conference Registration


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


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