NCCO Announces Major Strategic Initiatives
Building on membership feedback gained as a result of our member survey from November and December 2020, President Dominick DiOrio compiled and analyzed and President-Elect Miguel Ángel Felipe designed the NCCO Member Survey Report, which we are releasing to you today.
The Executive Board of NCCO today also announces the formation of two Task Forces that will help to guide our organization's planning, policy, and principles in the current and coming years. Click below to learn more about the charges and the membership of these task forces.
- Task Force on Mission, Vision & Principles, chaired by Vice President Elizabeth Swanson
- Task Force on NCCO9 National Conference Strategy, chaired by Treasurer Matthew Ferrell
Both Task Forces will report back to the Executive Board with their recommendations in the next month, which will in turn be considered by our 50-member National Board when they meet again in May 2021.
New Journal Announcement:The Choral Scholar & American Choral Review
With our just-released Fall issue, the NCCO receives custodianship of two of the longest-running choral research publications in the United States: the American Choral Review, and Research Memorandum Series. You will see from our new masthead that The Choral Scholar and American Choral Review are merged into one publication. Acknowledging our indebtedness for nearly six decades of sterling choral scholarship, this first issue of The Choral Scholar & American Choral Review is published under the numbering system of that venerable antecedent publication: Volume 58, Number. 3. Our thanks to chief editor of publications, Mark Nabholz, for his work in realizing this new acquisition for the NCCO.
Our webinars, begun as a response to the twin pandemics of COVID-19 and systemic racism, address how our discipline is adapting and evolving during the our national dialogue on these issues. Completed webinars can be viewed on our YouTube channel and, over time, in archival form here on our website.
Expanding Choral Pedagogy
NCCO Releases Task Force's Findings, August 2020
With the new academic year just around the corner, NCCO has released a major new body of research: the Report on Expanding Choral Pedagogy. The document serves choral pedagogues in colleges and universities who are busily designing new courses and methods in an environment of great upheaval where there's little individual experience, few 'best practices,' and a paucity of examples.
NCCO's Report on Expanding Choral Pedagogy gathers the latest research in the field and presents initial findings of an extensive survey that reached more than 500 professors and students around the country.
The Report was designed, researched, and written by NCCO's Task Force on Expanding Choral Pedagogy, Dr. Elise Hepworth, chair. Learn more about this amazing group of musician-scholars and the challenging work they accepted.
Virtual Choirs in Higher Education
NCCO Releases a Position Paper, June 2020
The National Collegiate Choral Organization (NCCO) proudly shares their most recent position paper: Virtual Choirs in Higher Education. The document, along with a Summary for Administrators, was prepared by NCCO’s Task Force on Ensembles in the Collegiate Curriculum, Joey M. Martin, chair; Nicole Aldrich, principal author.