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NCCO9 National Conference

4-6 November 2021 * Atlanta, Georgia

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

On the recommendation of NCCO's National Conference Strategy Task Force and after discussions among the NCCO Executive Board and key stakeholders, NCCO9, the ninth national conference of the National Collegiate Choral Organization, will take place November 4th through 6th in-person this Fall in Atlanta, Georgia on the campus of Morehouse College, one of the most storied and renowned historically Black institutions of higher education in America.

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)

We are also proud to spotlight our NCCO9 Featured Artists:

  • AndrĂ© 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.

The conference will also include a plenary panel hosted by David Morrow with arts leaders from across the Atlanta University Center consortium of HBCU institutions, a historic walking tour of the campuses, and some not-to-be-missed live choral concerts by our host and special guests.

Calls for Presentations

Applications now open!

We encourage all applicants for presentation to reference our conference theme of Building Beloved Community and the values and principles in our vision and mission statements when applying for presentation.

We invite applications for the following areas:

Applications are due July 15th. Applicants must be active members of NCCO, so we encourage you to join or renew today. Our membership rates continue to be the lowest in the profession for both regular and student members.

NCCO Exec Board at Morehouse College with David Morrow

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 an online or hybrid option for this conference, and after much discussion among the Executive and National Boards, the decision was made to move forward with a fully in-person conference. This matches both the overwhelming desire of our membership for community 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 September 1st. We urge our members not to make travel plans (including airline and hotel reservations) until after registration opens on September 1st.

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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