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Call for Panel Participation

Applications have now closed.

Results will be communicated to applicants by June 15.

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

Returning to our pre-COVID activities, many of us have found the choral landscape shifted around us. Our careers may have taken unanticipated turns. Our individual strengths, health circumstances, goals, and values may have evolved. Through these panels, NCCO seeks to support collegiate conductors as they seek out, refine, and ultimately advocate for their own unique career paths.

We welcome applications from individuals whose research, teaching, scholarship, and experience could enrich discussions of these timely topics. Applicants from all types of collegiate choral programs – large, small, conservatory, research university, liberal arts, two-year, and four-year – are encouraged to apply.

These two 50-minute panels will each include approximately three to four panelists from NCCO. One of the selected applicants may be asked to serve as moderator. The goal of each session is to foster dialogue and discussion between and among panelists, not to create individual mini-lectures from all panelists.

"Considering Collegiate Choral Excellence"

Many post-secondary choral musicians are broadening their definitions of success, establishing goals that include but are not limited to artistic metrics. We also recognize that our institutions carry vastly different priorities, expectations, and resources. What are ways that our programs might characterize “choral excellence” in addition to or beyond technical proficiency? In which ways are we developing innovative and impactful missions? What opportunities and challenges do we find while imagining excellence in a specifically collegiate context?

"Reframing Workloads and Professional Evaluation"

We are coping with a “post-COVID” world that places additional demands on our time. Many faculty members have taken on more invisible labor as budgets contract, including serving students whose mental health needs and academic challenges require additional time and support. We seek to render this labor visible and equitable. This panel will explore institutional and personal solutions for managing our workloads, as well as new ways to contextualize and document the whole of our work when we apply for jobs, go up for review/promotion, or while writing external review letters for colleagues.


Click on the button above to apply. Applicants are welcome to offer themselves for consideration on one or both panels. To apply for both, please complete the application twice (once for each panel topic.)

Each applicant should be prepared to submit:

  • Current CV
  • Professional bio (maximum 500 characters, about 70-130 words)
  • High-resolution headshot
  • Brief statement outlining your research, scholarship, and/or experience as it relates to the given topic, highlighting specific experiences or practices you might bring to the discussion. (maximum 3000 characters, about 430-750 words.)

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

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