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NCCO Webinars Return

Collegiate Choral Programs in an Era of Upheaval

In March and April, NCCO launched its first-ever webinars in the wake of dual pandemics: COVID and Racism. As choral faculty, we were forced to adapt fast, and as an Organization we hadn’t even begun to discuss academia’s role in systemic racism. We were in a state of reaction.

With the new academic year approaching, now we are in a state of response. Our second season of webinars explores and prepares, taking cues from NCCO’s publications on Virtual Choirs & Expanding Choral Pedagogies as well as our National Board’s summit and town hall on ‘becoming a more racially inclusive organization.’ Panels feature experienced and leading voices, some familiar faces of your colleagues and some guests panelists, moderated by NCCO leadership.

We hope you’ll join us for these free, public discussions.


S2W2: Expanding Choral Pedagogies

Thursday, 6 August, 2p ET / 11a PT

NCCO’s Task Force on Expanding Choral Pedagogy has finished their soon-to-be-released report with resources for our collegiate choral community as they prepare their courses for the fall semester. Join NCCO president-elect and moderator Miguel Ángel Felipe and task force chair Elise Hepworth in an overview of the report’s recommendation. They’ll be joined by other task force members and panelists Andrew Clark, Rollo Dilworth, Coreen Duffy, and Patrick Freer in this open discussion of the Task Force’s success and challenges, hurdles and opportunities. Learn more.

Notice

Season two webinars require registration. They remain free and open to the pubic, but you’ll need to take a short moment to register. Be sure to register early: attendance is capped and you won’t want to miss a moment!


Virtual Choirs in Higher Education

NCCO Releases a Position Paper, June 2020

The National Collegiate Choral Organization (NCCO) proudly shares their most recent position paper: Virtual Choirs in Higher Education. The document, along with a Summary for Administrators, was prepared by NCCO’s Task Force on Ensembles in the Collegiate Curriculum, Joey M. Martin, chair; Nicole Aldrich, principal author.


NCCO Partners on COVID-19 Study

A Coalition of Performing Arts Orgs Joins Together

The National Collegiate Choral Organization (NCCO) is a proud partner in a coalition of performing arts organizations that have joined forces to commission a study on the effects of COVID-19 and our return to our rehearsal and performance spaces. Specifically, the study will examine aerosol rates produced by wind instrumentalists, vocalists, and actors, and determine how quickly those aerosol rates accumulate in a space, so that we can have more information when caring for the health and safety of our musicians. Learn more.


The Choral Scholar

The Spring 2020 issue of the NCCO’s peer-reviewed scholarly journal The Choral Scholar, Vol. 9, No. 1, is now available in PDF format. Check the contents of this edition to view and download.


New Fund Announcement

The Marguerite L. Brooks Commissioning Fund for New Choral Music

The National Collegiate Choral Organization proudly announces the public phase of a fundraising campaign to support the Marguerite L. Brooks Commissioning Fund for New Choral Music. This fund will support the creation of new musical works, hereafter known as NCCO Marguerite L. Brooks Honorary Commissions, which shall also receive their world premiere performances at our biennial conferences. Learn more about the fund, about Professor Brooks, and please consider a gift today.