Choral Leadership Academy

To be held at the
California All State Music Education Conference
San Jose Convention Center
February 17–18, 2017
This event is for high school, community college, and university students interested in the choral music profession.
The CLA will bring together high school students who demonstrate an interest in the music profession, together with pre-service college music education majors, for two days of musical and educational activities. These activities will teach musicianship skills, inspire confidence, and build camaraderie among musicians of the next generation. The students in the CLA will:

  • sing new literature
  • work on their musicianship
  • listen to and learn from veterans in the field
  • develop friendships that will support them as they begin their careers

We are privileged to have an outstanding headliner, Dr. Jeffrey Benson of San Jose State University, who will bring expertise, humor, and insight to the CLA students’ experience. The CLA faculty will include Dr. Chris Peterson (CSU Fullerton), Dr. Angel Vazquez-Ramos (CSU Bakersfield), and Lori Mari Rios (College of the Canyons).

Due to the nature of this event, we must limit our enrollment to 50 students. While acceptance to the CLA is on a “first come, first served” basis, please be aware that we must have a balance of vocal parts as well as a balance of high school and college students. Therefore, as registration moves forward towards our limit, students might have to be placed on a waiting list.

Choral Leadership Academy Timeline:

October 17, 2016: CLA Application Packet will be available on the CMEA website.

December 15, 2016: Deadline to submit your Applications/Recommendations.

January 3, 2017: Singers and directors notified of acceptance via email. (Participants will be accepted on a first come/first served basis, but leadership reserves the right to insure that a balanced choral ensemble is created.)

Important Note: When you receive your notification of acceptance, make your housing and travel arrangements right away!

January 15, 2017: $75 participation fee due (PayPal or Check).

Ongoing: All CLA members and directors receive email updates regarding event.

February 17-18, 2017: The Choral Leadership Academy is held in San Jose during the California All State Music Education Conference, which runs from February 16-19, 2017. Participating CLA students will receive free admittance to attend all sessions before and after CLA