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The Summer Choral Institute, now in its 43rd year, is held on the campus of Kansas State University.  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!

50 of the nation's top high school choral music students are selected each year to attend the Summer Choral Institute.  Students participate in an intensive week of rehearsals, masterclasses, private coachings, musical performances, lectures, piano 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 as musicians and people.


Sponsored by the Master Teacher Institute for the Arts, students accepted into SCI receive a full scholarship covering all expenses (tuition, room, board, admissions, activities, travel during the institute, etc.) for the 6 days and 5 nights on the campus of Kansas State University.  Due to copyright and grant regulations, students will be required to purchase a Participation Package, whichis less than $100, covering sheet music, practice tracks, and distance education materials.  To ensure the quality of the ensemble, students accepted into SCI must periodically submit audio recordings as they learn their music and meet our submission deadlines.


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.

133 McCain Auditorium

Manhattan, KS 66503

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