CME Institute for Choral Teacher Education


CME Institute Leadership Retreat 2016

With Doreen Rao, Lee Kesselman, and Sandra Snow

August 12–14, 2016

Doreen Rao; photo by William EllisDoreen Roa
Lee Kesselman
Sandra SnowSandra Snow

We are very happy to announce the 30th Anniversary of the CME Institute for Choral Teacher Education. Founded in Chicago by Doreen Rao and Lee Kesselman in the summer of 1986, the CME conducting institutes and choral music education certification courses have mentored and inspired a generation of conductors and choral teachers to lead young choirs around the world. 

If you’ve attended CME Institute courses anywhere in North America, UK or Europe, and now hold the CME Artist-Teacher Diploma or CME Master Teacher Award, you are cordially invited to register for the 2016 summer weekend leadership retreat led by Doreen Rao and Lee Kesselman in downtown Chicago, August 12–14.

St James CommonsThe seminar-style practicum for advanced level Choral Music Educators will be hosted by the CME Institute in partnership with St. James Cathedral’s Nicolas Center. We will focus on repertoire, new trends in voice education, conducting stylistically, reflective pedagogy, and CME curriculum (teaching choral teachers).

The interactive seminars will include time for score reading and analysis, new developments in global style programming, and a look at the relationship of artistry and social responsibility.

The exclusive CME Institute Artist-Teacher and Master-Teacher Retreat will begin Friday evening, running through late Sunday afternoon with plenty of time to take advantage of Chicago restaurants. The gathering will be limited to 15 participants. Additional information will be found on the Reservation Form. Questions may be addressed to Mary Jo Deysach,  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or to CME Institute, Megan Marshall  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Please note that a similar CME Institute retreat for advanced CME practitioners is being offered at Cambridge University July 8–10 following Perform International’s Celtic Voices: Anniversary of Hope Festival in Dublin, July 2–7, Doreen Rao, Conductor. 

Download Reservation Form PDF

Download Celtic Voices Brochure PDF