North Texas Choral Conducting Symposium

Allen Hightower | Marques L.A. Garrett | Clay Couturiaux | Brian C. Murray
July 15-18, 2024

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 Marques L.A. Garrett (University of North Texas), Clay Couturiaux (University of North Texas), and Brian C. Murray (University of Wyoming).

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

  • We will announce the repertoire in Spring 2024.
  • We will notify conducting fellows of their acceptance by May 22, 2024.
  • Fellow tuition: $465 plus a $30 non-refundable application fee
  • Auditor tuition: $120 plus a $30 non-refundable registration fee


  • A $30 non-refundable application fee is due at the time of application
  • Refunds requested by May 24, 2024 will be honored less the $30 non-refundable application fee and a processing fee (2.9% of total paid + $0.30)
    • We are unable to process refunds requested after May 24, 2024.
    • No refunds will be made should a participant be dismissed from the program for violating UNT policy or program rules provided on the first day.



  • Application Due: May 10, 2024
  • Final Payment Due: May 24, 2024


  • Application & Payment Due: June 28, 2024

Applicants who are not selected as conducting fellows will be given the opportunity to participate as an auditor. Please email no later than 12:00pm on June 15, 2024 to have your application updated should you be interested in participating as an auditor.

*Space for auditors is limited to 30 participants. Once we have reached that number, no new applications can be started. Please email to be place on the waitlist to participate as an auditor.

Additional question? Please contact or (940) 369-6541.