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NCCO Sixth National Conference

November 12-14, 2015
Portland State University, Portland, OR


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Fifth Conference: October 31–November 2, 2013

College of Charleston, SC


Online registration is now closed. You may register onsite at the conference.


$175 Early Registration ends September 24

$200 Regular Registration: September 25 – October 30

$225 On-site registration at the conference: October 31-November 2

You must be an active member of NCCO to register for this conference.  Click here to become a member


Download the NCCO 5th conference schedule


Conference Opens — October 31

8:30am Registration; 10:00am Opening Remarks

Conference Closes — November 2

8:00-10:00pm Concert Session


Hotel Information

The Francis Marion Hotel
387 King Street
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 722-0600


Additional rooms may be available at:
Holiday Inn
425 Meeting Street
Charelston, SC

Hotel Reservations : 1 877 834 3613

click here (the group code is WEU) or call 800-HOLIDAY and request group code WEU


The Francis Marion is the conference hotel and a block of rooms is reserved for NCCO members at the rate of $159/night for October 30 through November 2.

We highly recommend that you reserve your room immediately at the conference hotel. We have been able to secure an outstanding rate at one of Charleston’s best hotels for our block and the rate will be in effect from now until September 30 only.

To register, click on the hotel website link above, enter the information on the Check Availability menu, and click Check Now. On the next menu, click Enter Your Access Code and Group Code and enter NCCO. Another menu will appear where you can complete your reservation.

If rooms are no longer available at the Francis Marion, we suggest that you click on the link below to a map of hotels in the Charleston Historic District and find a hotel within walking distance of the conference venues. There are numerous options at various prices and distances from the venues.

Charleston Historic District Hotels Map

Click on the link below for options in Charleston on Hotels.com for October 30-November 3 and filter for Historic Charleston for best results.


The principal conference venues are the Cathedral Church of St. Luke and St. Paul located at 126 Coming Street between Vanderhorst and Warren Streets and the College of Charleston located between Vanderhorst, George, Coming and King Streets.

There will also be two performances at the Cathedral of St.John the Baptist located at 120 Broad Street.


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Fifth Conference in Detail

It gives us great pleasure to announce performers and presenters for the 2013 Conference of the National Collegiate Choral Organization.

The conference will be hosted by College of Charleston in Charleston, South Carolina, from October 31-November 2 and will feature:

  • Sessions by Headliners Joseph Flummerfelt and Matthew Halls
  • Conducting Master Class, Lecture, and Q&A with Joe Flummerfelt
  • Lecture, Open Rehearsal, and Concert with Matthew Halls


Performances by:

  • California State University Fullerton University Singers, Robert Istad, conductor
  • California State University Long Beach Chamber Choir, Jonathan Talberg, conductor
  • Fullerton College Chamber Singers, John Tebay, conductor
  • Kansas State University Men’s Choir, Joshua Oppenheim, conductor
  • Kennesaw State University Chamber Singers, Leslie Blackwell, conductor
  • Samford University A Cappella Choir, Philip Copeland, conductor
  • University of Kentucky Men’s Chorus, Jefferson Johnson, conductor
  • Utah Valley University Chamber Choir, Reed Criddle, conductor


Special performances by:

  • College of Charleston Choirs, Robert Taylor, conductor, in an all-Vaughan Williams program with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra
  • University of Maryland Chamber Singers, Edward Maclary, conductor, in a program of music by Purcell, Britten, and Poulenc conducted by Matthew Halls
  • Indiana University Pro Arte Singers, William Jon Gray, conductor, in a complete performance of Handel’s Esther HWV 50a with Baroque Orchestra


Literature Sessions:

  • “A Practical Guide to Nineteenth Century Choral-Orchestral Performance Practice”, Deanna Joseph, Georgia State University
  • “Singing Revolutionaries: The Choral Treasury of Estonia”, David Puderbaugh, University of Iowa
  • “Contemporary Canadian Compositions for Collegiate Choir”, Vaughn Roste, Director of Choral Activities, University of Akron
  • “The Choral Music of Ernest Chausson”, Stephen Caldwell, University of Arkansas


The NCCO Choral Music Series

Presented by William Bausano, Miami University of Ohio

(series page will soon be updated with 2013 winners)


Panel on Techniques and Approaches to Teaching Score Study:

  • Andrew Crow, Ball State University
  • William Dehning, Emeritus, University of Southern California
  • Will Kesling, University of Florida
  • Carmen-Helena Tellez, University of Notre Dame


Panel on Physical and Mental Health of the Choral Conductor:

  • Michelle Jensen, Azusa Pacific University
  • Nicole Lamartine, University of Wyoming


Poster Sessions:

  • Noah Delong, “Between Two Worlds: Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco’s Personal and Musical Journey to America as Evidenced in his Large Choral Works”
  • John Hughes, “The Cultural-Liturgical Context of and Expressive Devices in Leonhard Lechner’s 1593 Passion”
  • Dirk Johnson, “English Folk Songs from the Southern Appalachians Collected by Sharp, Campbell, and Karpeles: Their Textual and Musical Characteristics and the Implications of These Characteristics on Choral Arranging”
  • Donald St. Jean, “Perspectives on A Cappella: The Benefits of Unaccompanied Ensemble Singing on the Development of the Musical Skills of Undergraduate Students”
  • Elizabeth Swanson, “Steven Stucky’s Oratorio: August 4, 1964″
  • Jean-Sebastien Vallee, “Tippett and the Spirituals: A Study of the Genesis of Michael Tippett’s A Child of Our Time”


Past Conferences

4th Conference: Colorado State University

3rd Conference: Yale University

2nd Conference: College-Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati

Inaugural Conference: San Antonio, Texas