The National Collegiate Choral Organization (NCCO) exists to serve the specific needs of university and collegiate choral conductors by providing a national forum for their collegiate choruses to perform, by offering lectures and promoting repertoire suitable to their interests, and by aiding in their professional development and program growth through performance as well as scholarly and research opportunities.
NCCO sponsors biennial conferences that focus on the particular needs of the college/university and other choral professionals with respect to:
- Performances by university and college choirs
- Presentations/clinics/workshops appropriate for university and college conductors
- Literature sessions that feature works appropriate for university and college choirs
William John Dehning, 1942–2017
The executive officers of the National Collegiate Choral Organization offer our deepest condolences to the family, friends, colleagues, and students of Dr. William Dehning who passed on June 23, 2017. Know as “Bill” to many, Dr. Dehning was a master teacher, conductor, author, and a friend to many. In 2004—with Bill Bausano, Lisa Graham, and Buddy James—Bill worked to establish NCCO going on to serve as its president. Bill received NCCO’s Lifetime Achievement Award during the 2011 conference in Ft. Collins, Colorado, as a small token of the organization’s gratitude. Bill’s influence on American choral music will be felt for decades and we miss him dearly.