Choral Leadership Academy

California All State Music Education Conference
San Jose Convention Center
February 15-17, 2018
This event is for high school, community college, and
university students interested in the choral music profession.

Event Overview

The Choral Leadership Academy (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 CLA headliner, Dr. Steven Zielke of Oregon State University, who will bring expertise, humor, and insight to the CLA students’ experience. The CLA faculty will also include Dr. Angel Vazquez-Ramos (CSU Bakersfield) and Willow Manspeaker (Stevenson School).

Due to the nature of this event, we must limit our enrollment to 75 students. Acceptance to the CLA is on a “first come, first served” basis, but 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. So encourage your students to register by December 15 to be a part of this exciting experience!

Choral Leadership Academy Timeline

October 1, 2017: CLA Application Packet will be available on the CMEA website.

December 15, 2017: Deadline to submit your Applications/Recommendations.

December 22, 2017: Directors Online Recommendation submission deadline.

January 3, 2018: 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: When you receive Notification of Accepted Application: Make your housing and transportation arrangements right away. San Jose hotels and flights will fill up fast during this time.

January 12, 2018: $75 participation fee due (PayPal or Check). High school students permission and liability forms due.

January 12 – February 15, 2018: All CLA members and directors receive email updates regarding event.

February 15-17, 2018: The Choral Leadership Academy is held in San Jose during the California All State Music Education Conference, which runs from February 15-19, 2018. Participating CLA students will receive free admittance to attend all sessions before and after CLA begins!