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Summer 2023 MECA

Continuing Education Courses


Rebuilding Your Middle and Early High School Choral Program


June 5-July 28, 2023

Course Code



3 Graduate Credits


$1,080 is due in full with registration.


This eight-week course is designed to inspire and give music educators practical tools to help rebuild their choral program, retain active students and recruit new ones.  Each week, an experienced and nationally recognized music educator, author, or composer will present and work with the class giving one assignment each week that the student will be able to use or modify for their own classroom or rehearsal use.  Instructors are Dan Andersen, Maria A. Ellis, Greg Gilpin, Cindy Johnson, Victor Johnson, Valerie Lippoldt Mack, Cristi Cary Miller and Timothy Seelig.


Chat sessions:

June 5, 6-8pm (Central Time) Dan Andersen

June 12, 6-8pm (Central Time) Greg Gilpin

June 19, 6-8pm (Central Time) Cristi Cary Miller

June 26, 6-8pm (Central Time) Tim Seelig


July 10, 6-8pm (Central Time) Maria A. Ellis

July 17, 6-8pm (Central Time) Cindy Johnson

July 24, 6-8pm (Central Time) Victor Johnson

July 31, 6-8pm (Central Time) Valerie Lippoldt Mack


Chat Session

Mondays, 6-8PM Central. See "Chat sessions" under Overview for a complete course calendar.



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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. 

Some courses have specific online chat meeting times (please see course descriptions), while others have a flexible meeting schedule. You can expect all courses to meet together in a live online chat. If a live meeting time doesn’t work, you can work with your instructor to make other arrangements.

More information about Schoology can be found at

Please see specific software/hardware requirements in the course description.

Online course grades are available within two weeks of the course(s) completion.  If you need a transcript, please CLICK HERE to access the online transcript request form. For a faster turnaround time, please submit the transcript request to the registrar prior to the end of your course(s).


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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.

The mission of VanderCook College of Music is to enrich the lives of present and future generations by developing uniquely skilled music teachers who exhibit strong character, professionalism, and a commitment to excellence.

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