The Annual Conference is the centerpiece of Chorus America's professional development and training opportunities for chorus leaders. Each year in June the Conference is presented in a different city, in partnership with a host chorus, and brings together more than 500 choral conductors, administrators, singers, board members, and business members.
"One of the best professional development experiences I've ever encountered...and I've been working in the field for over 20 years." —Conference attendee
Highlights include high-quality plenary and breakout sessions with nationally renowned speakers and practitioners, concerts featuring leading choruses from the area, and networking events.
Hosted by Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia
More information coming in Fall 2018.
2018 Conference in Chicago
With more than 525 choral leaders coming together in Chicago this past June, the 2018 Conference was a gathering not to be missed! Plenary included neurobiologist Nina Krauss, nonprofit thought leader Vu Le, and Sphinx Organization's Andre Dowell and conductor Eugene Rogers, who gave a powerful presentation on equity and inclusion in choral music, featuring EXIGENCE, a professional vocal ensemble made up of African American and Latinx singers. Throughout the Conference, breakout sessions featured new ideas for programming, audience and board development, navigating transitions, and much more. Visit the schedule pages on our website to access any materials and handouts made available by our presenters.
Hosted by Chicago Children's Choir and Grant Park Music Festival, the 2018 Conference also featured Chicago performing ensembles Anima - Glen Ellyn Children's Chorus, Cantate Chicago, Chicago a cappella, Schola Antiqua, and the St. Charles Singers. The Thursday Awards Celebration included a special performance by Walt Whitman's Soul Children of Chicago.
This year’s Conference would not have been possible without the generous support of our co-hosts Grant Park Music Festival and Chicago Children's Choir and our sponsors—especially lead Conference sponsor Distinguished Concerts International, New York (DCINY). We are so grateful to all the speakers, performers, donors, exhibitors, volunteers, and partner organizations for making the 2018 Conference a success.
Recent Conference Locations and Hosts
- 2018: Chicago, IL, June 20-23, hosted by Grant Park Music Festival and Chicago Children's Choir. Find more information and Conference resources here.
- 2017: Los Angeles, CA, June 21-24, hosted by the Los Angeles Master Chorale.
- 2016: Cincinnati, OH, June 15-18, hosted by the Cincinnati May Festival.
- 2015: Boston, MA, June 17-20, hosted by the Handel and Haydn Society.
- 2014: Washington DC, June 11-14, hosted by The Choral Arts Society of Washington and The Washington Chorus.