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S2W3: Becoming a More Racially Inclusive Organization

A Town Hall with NCCO’s National Board
Thursday, 13 August, 4p ET / 1p PT

On August 13th, NCCO’s National Board will engage in a summit on systemic racism and injustice in collegiate choral music with global diversity consultant Rev. Dr. Jamie Washington. Following that summit, we welcome our entire NCCO membership to an open Town Hall-style webinar with members of our National Board to follow-up on actionable steps for how NCCO will move forward in our efforts to become a more racially inclusive organization. Please join us for this important conversation, moderated by NCCO Vice President Elizabeth Swanson.


Season two webinars require registration although they remain free and open to the pubic. Be sure to register early: attendance is capped and you won’t want to miss a moment!

Expanding Choral Pedagogy

NCCO Releases Task Force's Findings, August 2020

With the new academic year just around the corner, NCCO has released a major new body of research: the Report on Expanding Choral Pedagogy. The document serves choral pedagogues in colleges and universities who are busily designing new courses and methods in an environment of great upheaval where there’s little individual experience, few ‘best practices,’ and a paucity of examples.

NCCO’s Report on Expanding Choral Pedagogy gathers the latest research in the field and presents initial findings of an extensive survey that reached more than 500 professors and students around the country.

The Report was designed, researched, and written by NCCO’s Task Force on Expanding Choral Pedagogy, Dr. Elise Hepworth, chair. Learn more about this amazing group of musician-scholars and the challenging work they accepted.

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.

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.

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.