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Call for Interest Sessions

Applications have now closed.

Results will be communicated to applicants by June 15.

The National Collegiate Choral Organization (NCCO) invites applications for interest sessions to be given at the 10th Biennial National Conference, November 9-11, 2023, hosted by Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia.

Sessions will be 30 minutes in length and may feature one or more presenters (i.e. sessions may include a colleague from the choral field, another discipline, or a composer.)

Presentations should focus on a topic of interest to NCCO’s general membership, which includes both faculty and students from a range of institution types and sizes, including two– and four-year colleges, as well as universities of varying sizes with students from across a broad spectrum of musical backgrounds. Sessions may take on a variety of forms including, but not limited to lecture, guest interview, guided activities engaging the audience, and more.

Preference will be given to proposals that relate to the conference theme of “Coming Home” to singing in a “post-COVID” choral era, and to the NCCO’s newly adopted Vision and Mission Statements. Presenters wishing to include live singing must rely on the assembled audience rather than bringing in an ensemble from their own institution.

Literature-focused sessions should examine approximately five to seven works, and may include musical analysis, historical perspectives, pedagogical/rehearsal considerations, and/or related commentary from the presenter. For literature-focused proposals, NCCO will provide the literature packets and an accompanist if needed. Cost of music will be taken into consideration and applicants may be encouraged to find alternate ways of presenting cost-prohibitive works. AV support will be available and coordinated after proposals have been reviewed and selected for the conference.


Click on the button above to apply. Each applicant should be prepared to submit:

  • Abstract of the proposed session
  • Professional bio for each presenter (maximum 500 characters, about 70-130 words)
  • High-resolution headshot for each presenter
  • If more than one presenter, a description of other presenters’ role(s)
  • For literature-themed sessions only: a list of 5-7 choral works (with budget) and an optional, brief note linking the selected works to the chosen topic

Deadline: All materials must be submitted by May 1, 2023, 11:59 pm EDT.
Notification: Results will be communicated to applicants by June 15.

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