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.

The event was held at Carthage College and started with a collegiate symposium June 25-27, 2018, with Joe Miller the headline conductor. College students worked for two days exploring conducting and rehearsing techniques, score study, career paths, vocal pedagogy, repertoire, choral leadership, and more. The high school conference was June 27-30, with the master students from the collegiate symposium staying on as chaperones. Edith Copley was the headline conductor for this part of the conference. The high school students explored conducting and rehearsing, leadership in the choral classroom, life as a music major, vocal health, varied genres of choral music, technology resources, how to choose the right school, and what it means to be a choral leader.

There were 35 high school and 13 college students from states ranging from Arizona to New York. Eight state chapters provided scholarships for high school students in their states to participate.

NextDirection plans for 2019 are underway, including discussion on improvements and spin-offs. Watch for ACDA member news for the latest. Updates will be posted on this page!