NextDirection Choral Leadership Conference

June 24-30, 2018
Collegiate Event June 24-27
Carthage College, Kenosha, Wisconsin

Were you that high school student who loved choir, who was able to draw others around you during break, but who didn’t know that choir could possibly be a career for you?

Next June students from around the country will be gathered for ACDA’s NextDirection Conference. This event is for those very students, and is aimed at opening up the world of choral education for them. Built on a program developed and honed by the Wisconsin Choral Directors Association, this is the first time we are offering the experience to students across the country. The event starts with a collegiate symposium June 25-27, with Joe Miller the headline conductor. College students will work for two days exploring conducting and rehearsing techniques, score study, career paths, vocal pedagogy, repertoire, choral leadership, and more.

The high school conference begins on June 27, with the master students from the collegiate symposium staying on as chaperones. Edith Copley is the headline conductor for this part of the conference. The high school students will explore conducting and rehearsing, leadership in the choral classroom, life as a music major, vocal health, varied genres of choral music, technology resources, how to choose the right school, and what it means to be a choral leader.

The deadline to apply to participate is April 4, 2018. There are three application options for students:

  • High school juniors and seniors can apply to participate as a paying high school student. If accepted, they will pay a $350 fee that covers their materials, room, and board. They also need to cover their transportation to and from the conference.
  • High school juniors and seniors in participating states can apply for a high school student scholarship. If awarded a scholarship, their materials, room, and board are covered. Students and their families need to cover their transportation to and from the conference.
  • Collegiate sophomores and juniors can apply to participate in the college symposium and then assist at the high school workshop. If accepted, their materials, room, and board are covered. Students need to cover their transportation to and from the conference.

Application for paying high school students (form must be completed and submitted online).
Application for collegiate students (form must be completed and submitted online).

Scholarship Application