Welcome to The National Collegiate Choral Organization


Sixth Conference:  November 12-14, 2015

Portland State University, Portland, OR

Conference Opens-November 12

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

Conference Closes-November 14

8:00-10:00 pm Concert Session



Conducting Masterclass

Hotel and Transportation Information

Hilton Portland & Executive Tower

921 SW Sixth Avenue

Portland, OR 97204

(503) 226-1611

Hotel Website


The Hilton Portland & Executive Tower is the Conference Hotel and a block of rooms is designated for NCCO members at the rate of $149 per night (for single/double occupancy, $159 for triple, $169 for quad) which can be booked for November 11 through November 14.


To book rooms, click on the reservation link below OR call the number above and ask for the NCCO rate.


Hilton Hotel Reservations for NCCO


The NCCO rates for our room block will be in effect until October 11. However, we highly recommend that you book your room immediately as we expect our room block to fill up quickly.



Additional courtesy blocks and promotions have been arranged with the Paramount Hotel, Hotel Modera, the Portland Marriott City Center, and the Unversity Place Hotel and Conference Center.


Paramount Hotel

808 SW Taylor Street

Portland, OR 97205

(503) 223-9900 or (855) 215-0160

Conference rate: $169 per night
The conference rate will be offered until October 12, 2015.

To book rooms, call the hotel at the numbers above and request the NCCO Conference rate.
For online booking, click below and use the booking code NCCO.

Paramount Hotel Reservations for NCCO


Hotel Modera

515 SW Clay St

Portland, OR 97201

(503) 484-1084

For NCCO’s 15% off Best Available Rate, give the special/promotion code: PRO15



Portland Marriott City Center

520 SW Broadway

Portland, OR 97205

(503) 226-6300

Conference rate: $189 per night
The conference rate will be offered until October 1, 2015.

For online booking, click below.
Portland Marriott City Center Reservations for NCCO


University Place Hotel and Conference Center at Portland State University

310 SW Lincoln Street

Portland, OR 97201

(503) 221-0140 or (866) 845-4647

Conference Rate:  $89 for Comfort or Economy Rooms, $169 Junior Suite, $269 Presidential Suite
The conference rate will be offered until October 11, 2015.


The TriMet MAX Light Rail Red Line provides easy transportation from Portland International Airport to the City Center. Click on the link below for the schedule.


TriMet MAX Light Rail Red Line Schedule

For other hotel options, click on the link below for a map of hotels in the Portland State University area in Downtown Portland. There are numerous options at various prices and distances from the venues.


Portland State University Area Hotels Map


The principal conference venues are the First Congregational Church located at 1126 SW Park Avenue, the First United Methodist Church located at 1838 SW Jefferson Street, and the Recital Hall in Lincoln Hall at Portland State University located at 1620 SW Park Avenue.


There will also be two performances at St. Mary’s Cathedral of Immaculate Conception located at 1716 NW Davis Street.

Conference Maps

Advertisting and Sponsoring Information

Sixth Conference Program

We are pleased to announce the performers and presenters for the 2015 Conference of the National Collegiate Choral Organization.

The conference will be hosted by Portland State University in Portland, Oregon, from November 12-14 and will feature:

  • Sessions by Featured Guest Artists Grete Pedersen and Simon Carrington
  • Norwegian Folk Music, Open Rehearsal, and Concert with Grete Pedersen
  • Conducting Masterclass, A Conversation with John Eliot Gardiner, and Concert with Simon Carrington

Performances by:

  • Azusa Pacific University Chamber Singers, Michelle Jensen, conductor
  • Oregon State University Chamber Choir, Steven Zielke, conductor
  • Riverside City College Chamber Singers, John Byun, conductor
  • Temple University Concert Choir, Paul Rardin, conductor
  • University of Louisville Cardinal Singers, Kent Hatteberg, conductor
  • University of North Texas Collegium Singers, Richard Sparks, conductor
  • University of Redlands Chapel Singers, Nicholle Andrews, conductor
  • University of Southern California Thornton Concert Choir, Cristian Grases, conductor
  • University of Southern Mississippi Southern Chorale, Gregory Fuller, conductor




Special Performances by:

  • Portland State University Chamber Choir, Ethan Sperry, conductor, in a program of music by Shchedrin, Rachmaninoff, Schnittke, Sviridov and Ešenvalds
  • Pacific Lutheran University Choir of the West, Richard Nance, conductor, in a program of music by Sheppard, MacMillan, Brahms, Elder, Crabtree and Holst conducted by Simon Carrington
  • Portland State University Man Choir, Ethan Sperry, conductor: Portland State Vox Femina, Joan Szymko, conductor; and Portland State University Symphony Orchestra, Ken Selden, conductor, in Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass conducted by Grete Pedersen
  • Yale Schola Cantorum and Juilliard415, David Hill, conductor, in a program of music by Williams, Kellogg, Vivaldi and Handel


Interest Sessions:


  • “Improving Choirs by Utilizing Brain-Friendly Strategies,” Charlene Archibeque, San Jose State University and Debra Glaze, Portland State University
  • “A Practical Guide to the Performance of Gabrieli’s Cori Spezzati Compositions,” Michael Fuchs, Clayton State University, Morrow, Georgia
  • “Music to Change the World: Composers Speak on Inspiration,” Linda Tutas Haugen, composer, Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • “Stylistic Interpretation and Performance Practice of Philippine Choral Music,” Eliezer Yanson, Bob Jones University, Greenville, South Carolina


Panel on International Opportunities for Choral Conductors:


  • Miguel Felipe, University of Hawai’i, moderator
  • Reed Criddle, Utah Valley University
  • Karen Grylls, University of Auckland, New Zealand
  • Randy Haldeman, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
  • Cameron LaBarr, Missouri State University
  • Gary Packwood, Mississippi State University


Panel on Teaching Choral Literature at the Graduate Level:


  • Sharon Paul, University of Oregon, moderator
  • Edward Maclary, University of Maryland
  • David Rayl, Michigan State University
  • Giselle Wyers, University of Washington




Poster Sessions with Mini-Lectures:


  • Bryson Mortensen, “The Manuscript Laboratory: Exploration of Elgar’s Early Choral Sketches”
  • Frank Watkins, “The Choral Works of Florence B. Price as Products of the Black Nationalist Movement in America”
  • Nana Wolfe-Hill, “Collaboration in the Women’s Choral Rehearsal”


Poster Sessions:


  • Andrew Morgan, “Visionary Pragmatism: Structural Design, Stylistic Features, and Performance Considerations in Lodovico Viadana’s Salmi a Quattro Chori
  • Kyle Nielsen, “Practical Adaptation of Giovanni Gabrieli’s Stile Concertato Polychoral Music for the Modern Collegiate Choral Ensemble”
  • Jace Saplan, “Creating Inclusivity in the Choral Rehearsal”


NCCO Choral Series:

  • New compositions by Stephen Caldwell, Molly Joyce, and Paul John Rudoi introduced and performed by the Lewis & Clark College Cappella Nova, Katherine FitzGibbon, conductor


Conducting Masterclass:

  • Choro in Schola, Bruce Browne, conductor, led by Simon Carrington
  • Masterclass open to graduate students through audition
  • Information on the auditions process in Masterclass Call above
  • Masterclass application form above



Schedule of Events will be available on September 15.