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Summer 2024 MECA

Continuing Education Courses


A Choral Rehearsal and Repertoire Symposium


July 22-July 26, 2024

Course Code



3 Graduate Credits


$1,175 is due in full with registration.


Course hours: This course will meet from 8:00AM-5:00PM central time daily.

Join Greg Gilpin, Victor Johnson, Christine Bass, Roger Emerson, and Scott Harris as they lead music educators to discuss and discover new as well as tried and true rehearsal strategies.  There will be a wide range of topics in addition to fabulous repertoire helping choral programs of any age or level to grow and develop in the choral art.  Classes will teach purposeful warm-ups; the study of text, melody and harmony; in class coaching; score prep; quick choral fixes; diversity and inclusion activities; conducting; vocal technique; front-loading your rehearsals; engaging and maintaining your tenor and basses; learning about the choral industry of copyright and licensing; composing/arranging and publishing; building trust with your singers; and voices in transition- the changing voice for both cis-gender and gender expansive voices. 

Monday – Greg Gilpin

Tuesday – Victor Johnson

Wednesday – Christine Bass

Thursday (am) – Scott Harris

Thursday (pm) – Roger Emerson

Friday (am) Roger Emerson

Friday (pm) Greg Gilpin



Guest Lecturers:

Victor Johnson:
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A native of Dallas, Texas, is the School Choral Editor for Sing!, the educational publishing division of Choristers Guild. A prolific composer and arranger, he has over 350 choral works, vocal solo books, and keyboard collections currently in print.

Christine Bass:


Former director of Temple University’s Men’s and Women’s Choruses and Assistant Professor of Music Education, previously DCA at Cherry Hill West high school where her program grew from 60 to 325 in seven choirs. Christine taught Choral Conducting at Rowan University, her choirs have performed at multiple ACDA and MENC National and Eastern Conventions. Her men’s a cappella group, Men of Note, won three consecutive National Championships for Best of High School A Cappella.
A Westminster Choir College graduate, receiving their Alumni Merit Award, Alumni Ambassador Award, New Jersey MENC Master Music Teacher and the Governor’s Award. Christine has conducted numerous All State and Honors Choirs including the 2009 ACDA All National High School Honors Choir. She is a guest conductor, adjudicator and clinician presenting workshops across the country and internationally. Her educational products are “Vocal Transformation”, “Where The Boys Are: Recruiting, Engaging and Maintaining Tenors and Basses” and “Front-Loading Your Choral Rehearsal” all on Hal Leonard.
Scott Harris:
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Scott Harris offers expertise gained over his two decades in the music publishing business and is currently Program Manager of Hal Leonard’s self-publishing division, ArrangeMe. Scott holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Belmont University, and has been a publisher, producer, arranger, orchestrator, composer, editor, and performing musician throughout his 20+ year career. Scott is passionate about equipping music educators, students, and musicians everywhere with the knowledge and tools they need to be successful in the classroom, rehearsal room, and beyond.

Roger Emerson:
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A professional composer and arranger with over 900 choral titles in print and over 30 million copies in circulation. He is the most widely performed composer/arranger of popular choral music and vocal jazz in the world today. Mr. Emerson has been the recipient of ASCAP’s Standard Award for 30 years running and his works have been performed at the White House, Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center. He is in constant demand as a lecturer on pop music, vocal jazz and the changing voice and has appeared at numerous MENC, ACDA and JEN conferences. 


Chat Session

None - this course meets in person.



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Learning Platform Information (Online Courses Only)

Schoology is a learning management system that allows you to interact directly with your instructors, fellow students, and members of the greater VanderCook community.

The evening  before your class begins, be on the lookout for an email from Schoology with log-in instructions. Once you receive credentials, visit to login. 

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Greg Gilpin

Greg Gilpin is a celebrated ASCAP award-winning choral composer and arranger and a highly respected choral conductor. He is known throughout the United States leading performances at New York City’s iconic Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center as well as Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee. His international appearances include the Sydney Opera House in Sydney, Australia, Royal Festival Hall in London, England and Harpa Concert Hall in Reykjavik, Iceland. Mr. Gilpin is also a producer and musician in the recording industry and is Director of Educational Choral Publications for Shawnee Press, a distinguished choral publisher. In 2020, Mr. Gilpin’s “pandemic pivot” took him down an additional career path by becoming certified as a financial coach and a certified Boss Organizer, creating his own professional organizing business, Maestro Organizing. This work has led to appearances on Fox and NBC network affiliates. Mr. Gilpin can also be seen on the hit TV show “Hoarders”, alongside Dorothy Breininger, renowned producer and organizer. In 2021, Mr. Gilpin wrote the score for the award-winning short film, “Rosie’s Rescue” and was awarded “Best Score” for this same movie. He also teamed up with well-known opera singer, Angela Brown, and created the world premiere of a thrilling new arrangement of “What Child is This?”, debuted by Ms. Brown and the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir. The music world is coming back to life and Mr. Gilpin is excited to be teaching, composing, conducting and organizing! He is a proud member of ACDA, NAfME, SAG-AFTRA, and is a Life Loyal Member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.
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