Yale University will host the third National Collegiate Choral Organization (NCCO) conference on November 5-7, 2009. The event will feature a broad variety of activities: concerts by Yale and visiting choirs, open rehearsals, lectures, panel discussions, and meetings of national officers and board members. One of of the weekend's featured events will be the East Coast premiere of Aaron Jay Kernis's new choral symphony, the Symphony of Meditations, on Friday, November 6. Kernis himself will conduct the performance, which will bring together the Yale Philharmonia, Yale Camerata, Yale Glee Club, and Yale Schola Cantorum. The concert will take place in Woolsey Hall at 8 pm; click here for more details.
Visiting choirs include the Vassar College Women's Chorus (Christine Howlett, conductor), Centenary College Camerata (Julia Thorn, conductor), the Colorado State University Chamber Choir (James Kim, conductor), Indiana University of Pennsylvania Chorus (James Tearing, conductor), SUNY Oneonta Chamber Singers (Timothy Newton, conductor), the Harvard-Radcliffe Collegium Musicum (Jameson Marvin, conductor), the Smith College Glee Club (Jonathan Hirsh, conductor), the University of Maryland Chamber Singers (Edward Maclary, conductor), Mansfield University Concert Choir (Peggy Tettwiler, conductor), the University of Missouri University Singers (R. Paul Graham, conductor), Utah State University Chamber Singesr (Cory Evans, conductor), and the California State University Long Beach Chamber Choir (Jonathan Talberg, conductor).
The NCCO is an organization serving college and university choral conductors. It held its first conference in 2006 in San Antonio, and the second conference took place in 2008 at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. With a membership of over 400, the organization's mission is to address the specific needs of college and university choral musicians. Click here for a conference schedule, or visit the NCCO's website.