Summer Conference at ECCO 2019

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Here is a list of Oakhurst area lodging if you would like to stay offsite but still attend the conference.  Select “Day Use” on your registration form.


After a distinguished teaching career at the junior high, high school and junior college levels in San Diego, Dr. Archibeque served for 35 years as Director of Choral Activities at San Jose State University where she trained hundreds of today’s choral conductors, both at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Dr. Charlene Archibeque, one of America’s foremost choral conductors and teachers, was the first woman to earn the DMA in Choral Conducting, in 1969 from the University of Colorado. Dr. Archibeque helped put SJSU on the world map by winning seven international choral competitions with the famous SJSU Choraliers, completing sixteen concert tours to Australia, Mexico and throughout Europe and conducting in many major music halls. She won prizes for Best Conductor at Spittal, Gorizia and Tallinn International Festivals.

Dr. Archibeque has presented multiple choir clinics and conductors’ workshops throughout the U.S., as well as in Australia, England, Canada, China, and most of Europe. Known as one of America’s top choral clinicians, she has conducted hundreds of honor choirs in 46 states and six provinces of Canada. Active in the American Choral Directors Association she has presented major interest sessions, served on many panels, and her choirs have performed at 25 state, divisional and national conventions.

She has appeared as Artist In Residence at major universities including Michigan State, Univ. of Michigan, Univ. of Iowa, Westminster Choir College, UCLA, Azusa Pacific, Univ. of Colorado, Univ. of Washington, Western Washington Univ., Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, Webster College, Univ. of Delaware, and Northern Arizona University.

She was the recipient of the Howard Swan Award presented by Calif. ACDA in 2008 and in 2013 the “Excellence in Choral Music,” presented by the University of Colorado and most recently made an Honorary Life Member of the National Collegiate Choral Organization.

In the past several years Dr. Archibeque conducted All-State Choirs in Connecticut, California, South Carolina and Massachusetts, judged the Golden State Choral Festivals, and presented sessions at the Western Division Convention of the ACDA as well as for the Texas TMEA, Arizona MEA and Missouri MMEA. Her last National presentation was at the ACDA Convention in Salt Lake City entitled “Changing Brains through Effective Choral Rehearsals” with former student Debra Glaze.   She currently teaches a Summer Workshop on Conducting at SJSU every July and conducted and taught at the Delaware Choral Symposium in Aix-en-Provence, France in summer 2017.

Known for her knowledge of the choral repertoire and performance practice of all styles, Dr. Archibeque has conducted and prepared over 150 major choral works with orchestras and performs music from all historical periods.

The 2018-2019 season finds her clinicing choirs in Arizona, headlining a Texas Workshop in West Texas, presenting 2 interest sessions in Kansas City for the National ACDA Convention and serving as one of the 11 Conductors chosen to conduct the Legacy Choir as well as headlining ECCO, the California ACDA Summer Conference.

Her degrees were earned at the Univ. of Michigan, San Diego State and the DMA at the University of Colorado. She was named Outstanding Alumna at the latter and was given both San Jose State’s highest honors: Outstanding Professor and President’s Scholar. She currently serves on the Board of the American Beethoven Society, is a Past-President and now co-president of the Silicon Valley League of the San Francisco Symphony and is Editor of the Charlene Archibeque Choral Series with Santa Barbara Music Publishers. Her DVD “How to Make a Good Choir Sound Great” is available from GIA.

Exciting topics from our Conference Headliner:

  • The magic of movement
  • Growing the brain in the choral rehearsal
  • Dr. A’s Quick Remedies for Choral Problems
  • Placement of singers in rehearsals and concerts..
  • Renaissance music to increase musicality
  • You can also expect Dr. A. to sprinkle all kinds of useful information throughout the conference including: using students as assistant conductors and leaders, teaching musicianship every day, evaluating concerts, filling the financial coffer, the face factor, and much much more.  This will be a Summer Conference you won’t want to miss.

Conducting Masterclass

A Conducting Class and Masterclass are available at ECCO at no additional cost. Both are designed to give choral conductors the opportunity to work with master teachers and coaches/mentors on skills to help them meet challenges beyond their university training. The conducting class includes coaching with a master teacher and podium time in a classroom situation. The Masterclass includes private coaching with the headlining speaker, Dr. Charlene Archibeque, and public podium time during one of the conference plenary sessions. Three conductors will be selected via application for the masterclass. Conductors interested in participating in the 2019 ECCO masterclasses should submit an application and the required supplemental materials on or before June 21, 2019. The application is available by clicking here.