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The Summer Choral Institute, now in its 43rd year, will be held online for the second year as we safely manage the current pandemic.  As one of the nation's most unique summer programs, we are seeking the brightest and most passionate high school freshman, sophomore, and junior singers from across the country to spend a week with each other and our acclaimed educators in music and leadership training.

Spend this summer with people like you!

High school choral music students from across the country are encouraged to attend the Summer Choral Institute.  Students participate in an online immersive education with interviews, masterclasses, private coachings, musical experiences, lectures, classes, as well as team-building and character building exercises.  The leadership staff of SCI are among the top performers and educators in their respective fields.  Students from the Summer Choral Institute continually find that this Institute makes a significant and lasting impact on their lives.


Sponsored by the Master Teacher Institute for the Arts, students accepted into SCI receive a full scholarship covering all expenses for the 3 days of online education, weeks of distance educational experiences, and participation package materials.  Students accepted into SCI will be required to participate in all events and online experiences.  In the fall or winter of 2021, we hope to reward all those who successfully completed the 42nd and 43rd Institutes with an in-person weekend experience in Kansas City.  Details still to be determined.


Dr. Julie Yu is Co-Director of Choral Studies at Kansas State University.  She holds a Bachelor of Music degree in music education from the University of Central Oklahoma, Master of Music degree in choral conducting from Oklahoma State  University, and the Doctorate of Musical Arts degree in choral  conducting from the University of North Texas. She has given presentations and her choirs have performed for conferences of the Kansas Music Educators Association, Missouri Music Educators Association, Oklahoma Choral Directors Association, the American Choral Directors Association and the European  Music Educators Association. She is the Southwest American Choral Directors Association President and a 2018 ACDA-ICEP Conducting Fellow (to Kenya).


Joshua Oppenheim is Co-Director of Choral Studies at Kansas State University. He received his B.M. from Western Michigan University, his M.M. at the University of Mississippi, and his D.M.A. in Choral Conducting at the University of North Texas.  He directs Concert Choir, Collegiate Chorale, Men’s Choir, and In-A-Chord. His choirs have performed by invitation at the American Choral Directors Association Southwestern Conference, (2012), and the National Collegiate Choral Organization (2013) He has presented sessions at numerous ACDA conferences in California, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, as well as the Western and Southwestern ACDA conferences.