Choral Leadership Academy

California All State Music Education Conference
Fresno Convention Center
Fresno, CA
February 15-16, 2019
This event is for high school, community college, and
university students interested in the choral music profession.

UPDATE: February, 11
Hello CLA Singers, Directors, and Parents,
We are just a few short days away from 2019 Choral Leadership Academy in Fresno. Here are some details to keep in mind as you prepare for this event. Most importantly, make note of the registration times and location listed on the SCHEDULE
-Please see the full schedule here for a detailed breakdown of the event. 
-Be flexible, and know that there may be some slight adjustments as we go, but the starting and ending times will remain the same.

You must arrive by no later than 9:00am on Friday, February 15 in order to register, and to pick up your music packet and t-shirt. If you are able, please arrive earlier so that you may become acquainted with your mini-madrigal group. Leave yourself extra time in the morning to find the room (see below)

-All CLA activities will take place in the Wine Room of the Fresno Convention Center. The Wine Room is located in the Valdez Hall portion of the Convention center. 
-Convention Center Address: 848 M Street, Fresno CA
-You will given packets of music at registration. You DO NOT need to come having already learned any music. 
CLA is not like an honor choir in that way
-Sight singing is a valuable skill in the choral field, and you will be doing a lot of it throughout this event. Embrace it:) 
-We will provide lunch on Friday and Saturday (2/16 and 2/17).
-All other meals are on your own.
Transportation and Housing
-Each student is responsible for arranging their own transportation and housing.
As always, please do not hesitate to let me know if you have any questions or concerns. I am very much looking forward to meeting you all, and to working with you at this exciting event!

UPDATE 1/4/19:

Choral Leadership Participant Information

2019 Official CLA Participant Roster


Dates and Times:

Friday, Feb. 15 (8:00am – 8:45am) Registration (please arrive no later than 8:30am)

Friday, Feb. 15 (9:00am – 8:00pm approximately) Sessions

Saturday, Feb. 16 (9:00am – 5:00pm) Sessions

*full detailed schedule will be emailed out shortly

Location: Fresno Convention Center, Fresno, CA (room TBD)

Housing and Transportation: You must make your own hotel and travel arrangements. There is a block of rooms for CLA participants at the La Quinta near the convention center (you must call and make your own reservations).

Here is the information:

La Quinta Fresno-Yosemite

2926 Tulare Ave, Fresno, CA / phone: (559) 442-1110

Dates included in the block:

Arrival Date: 2/14/2019

Departure Date: 2/17/2019

Standard Room with 2 Beds: $125.00 per night per room

Standard King Room: $125.00 per night per room

Reservation method: Please contact the hotel directly or our Group Desk at 1-800-642-4239, Option 1 and ask for the special rate for Choral Leadership Academy at the La Quinta Fresno Yosemite or confirmation code 0650 GRRTOR 1714.  Reservations must be made no later than 1/31/2019 in order to guarantee this special rate.

There is no online reservation option for this group block.

PaymentThe $75 participation fee must be made via PayPal NO LATER than January 15th. Use THIS LINK and please be sure to click “add a note” upon checkout and type the name of the participant for whom you are paying.

Music: Because the CLA is different than an honor choir, you will not receive your music in advance, but rather when you arrive. The sight reading is part of the fun and adds to the challenge of the experience.

Refund Deadline: If you find yourself in the position of having to decline acceptance, we are able to offer refunds up until Jan. 31. After this date, no refunds will be given.

High School Students ONLY: Please print and fill out the attached medical waiver, and return via email by January 15 (instructions on bottom of form).

Again, we will certainly be in touch often in the coming weeks, but if you have any questions in the meantime, don’t hesitate to contact me. I’ve included the information packet that accompanied the application, it includes all the details and some FAQs on the last page.

2019 CLA Medical Waiver (High School Students Only)

2019 Choral Leadership Academy Informational Packet

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. Eliza Macedo Dekaney, of Syracuse University, who will bring expertise, humor, and insight to the CLA students’ experience. The CLA faculty will also include, Dr Christopher Peterson (Cal State Fullerton), Dr. Angel Vazquez-Ramos (CSU Bakersfield) and Willow Manspeaker (Stevenson School).