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NCCO9 National Conference

20-22 January 2022 * Atlanta, Georgia

Hosted by Morehouse College, the Morehouse College Glee Club and Dr. David Morrow

Update, September 1, 2021:

The NCCO9 conference has been rescheduled for Thursday, January 20 through Saturday, January 22, 2022.

While we hope to hold the conference in-person, in consultation with the Morehouse College administration and health professionals we will decide by October 15 whether the conference will be in-person or whether we will switch to a virtual conference model.

Morehouse College will remain our host in both scenarios. We will not postpone a second time, so these dates are firm, it is only the modality (in-person or virtual) which is still to be determined.

Registration for the conference will go live on November 1st. Please stay tuned for additional information about deadlines for conference program book advertisements and the graduate conducting masterclass.

Conference Presenters

We are delighted to announce our NCCO9 Conference Presenters, who were selected through a competitive peer-review process:

NCCO9 Conference Theme

In line with our recently adopted Vision and Mission statements, our conference theme will be Building Beloved Community. Popularized by Dr. Martin Luther King, beloved community is an ideation of a community in which everyone is cared for. A community absent of racism and poverty. (Grace Tatter, Harvard Graduate School of Education)

NCCO9 Featured Artists

We are also proud to spotlight our NCCO9 Featured Artists:

  • André de Quadros & Emilie Amrein of The Choral Commons, who will lead an opening plenary, join our Expanding the Canon panel, and prepare a pre-conference exclusive offering for attendees; and
  • Anton Armstrong, who will lead our graduate conducting masterclass, give a plenary lecture, and join our Navigating Tenure & Promotion Panel.

NCCO New Honorary Life Members

The NCCO Executive Board will be honoring four new Honorary Life Members at our January conference, in recognition of their creative activity, teaching, and service contributions to our profession:

  • Anton Armstrong, St. Olaf College
  • Marguerite L. Brooks, Yale University emeritus
  • Janet Galván, Ithaca College emeritus
  • David Morrow, Morehouse College
NCCO Exec Board at Morehouse College with David Morrow


The NCCO Executive Board wishes to thank everyone who submitted an application for the conference calls. We had so many wonderful applications, and as usual, not enough space to accept everyone — though we did end up accepting more sessions than ever before. We are excited that this is the most diverse and inclusive applicant pool that we have ever seen. Thank you for trusting us with your scholarship, your teaching, and your creative energies.

We also wish to thank the following individuals who served on adjudication panels for the NCCO9 conference:

Choral Performance Video Adjudicators

  • Marguerite L. Brooks, Yale University emeritus
  • Christopher Harris, Arkansas Tech University
  • Mitos Andaya Hart, Temple University
  • Ianthe Marini, Columbus State University
  • André J. Thomas, Florida State University emeritus

Interest & Literature Session Adjudicators

  • Joan Catoni Conlon, University of Colorado Boulder, emeritus
  • Andrew Crow, Ball State University
  • Steven Hankle, University of Dayton
  • Amanda Quist, University of Miami
  • Tram Sparks, University of Southern California

Poster Session Adjudicators

  • William Powell, Auburn University
  • Andrew Robinette, South Dakota State University
  • Alicia W. Walker, University of South Carolina
  • Damion Womack, Huntingdon College
  • Eliezer Yanson, Jacksonville State University

Panel: Across the Institution Adjudicators

  • Katherine Chan, Northeastern University
  • Bryce Hayes, James Madison University
  • Jeffrey Murdock, University of Arkansas

Panel: Expanding the Canon Adjudicators

  • Dustin Cates, Temple University
  • Alyssa Cossey, University of Arizona
  • Brandon Williams, Rutgers University

Panel: Navigating Tenure & Promotion Adjudicators

  • Julie Dana, Fresno State College
  • Jace Saplan, University of Hawai'i
  • Vicki Seldon, Prairie View A&M University

Panel: Women in Higher Ed Choral Music Adjudicators

  • Nicole Lamartine, University of California Santa Barbara
  • Wendy Moy, Syracuse University
  • Shelbie Wahl-Fouts, Hollins University

A Note About Our Decisions

The decision to not invite calls for live choral performances this year is both out of an abundance of caution due to the potential uncertainty of the pandemic and also out of a desire to celebrate the incredible innovation of our members in the area of choral performance videos from the past year.

The Task Force also debated whether to provide a hybrid option for this conference, and after much discussion among the Executive and National Boards, the decision was made to move forward with either a fully in-person or a fully virtual conference. This matches both the overwhelming desire of our membership for community to have a conference in some capacity and the staffing capacity of our all-volunteer boards.


With the ever-evolving situation related to COVID-19, all plans for the NCCO9 National Conference at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia are tentative and subject to change. The NCCO Executive Board reserves the right--in coordination with the Morehouse College Emergency Management Team--to postpone or cancel the conference at any time, although best efforts will be made to make a final decision about whether or not to move forward prior to the opening of registration for the conference on November 1st. We urge our members not to make travel plans (including airline and hotel reservations) until after registration opens on November 1st.

*The conference modality (in-person or virtual) will be determined by October 15th.

In addition, we will be following all safety practices for our conference in line with the Morehouse College health regulations and protocols, and we may require our attendees to provide proof of vaccination and/or a recent, negative COVID-19 test result prior to attendance, to be determined.

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