North Texas Choral Conducting Symposium

Allen Hightower | Kristina Caswell MacMullen | Jessica Nápoles | Brian C. Murray
July 11-14, 2023

The University of North Texas Choral Conducting Symposium is an opportunity for fellows, auditors and faculty to explore the various facets of choral conducting. Designed for music educators, graduate student conductors, church musicians, community choir conductors, and any conductors looking to grow as artists, this symposium will offer you an exciting opportunity to delve deeper into your skills as a conductor. Led by Allen Hightower, director of choral activities at the University of North Texas, additional symposium faculty include Kristina Caswell MacMullen (University of North Texas), Jessica Nápoles (University of North Texas), and Brian C. Murray (University of Wyoming).

Throughout the symposium, fellows and auditors alike will partake in six faculty-led lectures (topics include conducting gesture, score study, choral tone, programming, and rehearsal techniques) as well as the daily conducting lab (Tuesday through Friday). Symposium Fellows will receive 40 minutes of individual private conducting coaching (with piano collaborator) as well as 40 minutes of podium time in front of the Symposium choir.

▸ Conducting Fellow (15 maximum) – $495.00 (includes a $20.00 non-refundable fee)
▸ Symposium Auditor (50 maximum) – $150.00 (includes a $20.00 non-refundable fee)

Please direct all symposium questions to Brian C. Murray.

N.B.: Please note that these costs do not include transportation, lodging, meals, nor music. If you’d like to audit the UNT Choral Conducting Symposium for specific days instead of the whole week, the cost is $50.00 per day. Please email Brian C. Murray at to secure a special code from AcceptD.

We will announce the repertoire for the UNT Choral Conducting Symposium in Spring 2023. Fellows and auditors will be responsible for purchasing or providing their own copies of the repertoire (please check the publisher and edition information). Prior to beginning the symposium, all fellows and auditors will download and print all music listed through the Choral Public Domain Library (

Application Instructions: Conducting fellows will need to submit a conducting CV along with a 10-minute video of a choral rehearsal or performance via AcceptD. Symposium auditors do not have this requirement. We will notify conducting fellows of their acceptance by May 22, 2023.

  • Friday, May 12, 2023 – Application Deadline for Fellows
  • Friday, May 26, 2023 – Deadline for Refunds (after this date, we will be unable to issue any refunds for the UNT Choral Conducting Symposium. All refunds will be less the SWIPE fees for processing refunds.)
  • Friday, June 23, 2023 – Application Deadline for Auditors