NextDirection Choral Leadership Conference

Were you that high school student who loved choir, who was able to draw others around you during break, but who didn't know that choir could possibly be a career for you? The NextDirection event is for those very students, and is aimed at opening up the world of choral education for them. Built on a program developed and honed by the Wisconsin Choral Directors Association, 2018, was the first time we offered the experience to students across the country.

Some states are offering one or more scholarships for which high school students can apply. Scroll to the bottom of this page for information.

Inspiring Choral Leadership - National Program
July 6-10, 2020, University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire
Headline conductors: TBD
Registration will open in 2020.
Artistic and programmatic leadership for NextDirection comes from Wisconsin Choral Directors Association.

July 28-31, 2020, Virginia Wesleyan University - Virginia Beach
Headline conductors: TBD
Registration will open in 2020.

States Offering Scholarships to the 2019 Events

The following state chapters are offered scholarships for high school students to attend either of the two 2019 NextDirection events.

 State  No. of scholarships   Directions for applying 
 Arizona  2  Visit
 Iowa  2  Visit
 Georgia  1  Contact Dr. Neal for application.
 Louisiana  2  To be announced.
 Maryland/DC  2  Contact the state chapter for application.
 Minnesota  2  Apply online with the state's FMC Scholarship Application site.
 Nevada  2  Contact the Nevada ACDA board.
 South Dakota  2  SD ACDA members will receive a letter from the president.
 Tennessee  4  Visit
 Virginia  2  Visit
 Wisconsin  4  Contact Herb Berendsen for application.

Is Your Chapter Interested in Learning about Hosting a NextDirection Event?

Click here to visit a Google Form with information and an application.