2024 Choral Institute

The 2024 CSI: Choral Institute dates are Friday, July 5 - Saturday, July 13, 2024.

Applications are due by June 1, 2024..

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Choral Institute

Conservatory Summer Institute

The Conservatory Summer Institute is a 9-day residential high school intensive for students seeking a rigorous artistic experience. Led by Baldwin Wallace University faculty, students have the opportunity to explore life at BW while growing as an artist through classes, private lessons, ensembles, and coaching sessions.

CSI: Choral Institute is filled with meaningful musical experiences and opportunities to build relationships with BW Conservatory Faculty and other talented young musicians. Students will study high-quality repertoire and expand their skill set as an individual vocalist and ensemble member. In addition, workshops and masterclasses with guest clinicians will be offered.

Sample Curriculum

  • Daily choral ensemble rehearsals
  • Daily sectional rehearsals
  • Daily Dalcroze Eurhythmics classes
  • Career Exploration workshops

CSI: Choral participants have the option to add private lessons (new this year - private lessons are not included in the curriculum) with BW faculty, the Audition Preparation Program, and/or an Institute Emphasis to the core curriculum. Learn more below.

Enhance Your Experience with the Institute Emphasis Programs

Students may choose to add an Institute Emphasis, designed to allow more focused study in an area of interest. Only one Institute Emphasis may be added to the core curriculum. Options include:

College Audition Preparation Program

Available to rising seniors (graduating 2025) in all institutes.

For rising seniors graduating in 2025, the audition preparation program may be added to the standard CSI experience. The Audition Preparation Program is available on its own or in addition to an emphasis track.

Students who participate in the audition preparation program will engage directly with Matthew Miller, BW Director of Conservatory Admissions. Through hands-on classes, students will gain further insight into the college audition process. In addition, students will work with BW faculty on mock auditions and receive one private lesson with BW faculty.

Space is limited. Students accepted into the program are expected to bring to campus their selection for their college audition already prepared. Students can check with their college of interest for audition recommendations and guidelines.

CSI Registration and Placement Information

The deadline to register for the 2024 Choral Institute, including the required ensemble audition, is June 1, 2024.

Ensemble Audition recordings will be used to determine repertoire and chamber group placement, if applicable.

Note: Completed video recordings are not required at the time of registration submission but must be submitted before the final registration deadline of June 1, 2024. Registrations without video submissions will be considered incomplete after June 1, 2024.


We make every effort to ensure the Institute experience is affordable for all participants. Tuition may be split into monthly, automatic installments and paid over time, leading up until the program. Customized payment plans are available.

Base tuition includes all meals and housing.

Your $100 tuition deposit will be applied toward the total amount. 

Summer 2024 Costs:

  • Base Tuition: $995/participant
  • Optional Emphasis Program: Base tuition + $195/participant
  • Optional Audition Preparation Add-On: Base tuition + $225/participant
  • Private Lessons: Base tuition + $45/lesson (maximum of two lessons)

Through generous support from the Nord Family Foundation and Nordson Corporation Foundation, limited tuition assistance opportunities are available to Lorain County residents for the Summer 2024 Conservatory Summer Institute. To apply, students should complete the online application and indicate they are interested in tuition assistance. Tuition assistance is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Students will be notified of their award on a rolling basis beginning in March, 2024.

CSI Choral Institute Directors

Dirk Garner, Director of Choral Studies at Baldwin Wallace

Dirk Garner

Chair, Conducting and Ensembles Department
Director of Choral Studies
Professor of Conducting

D.M.A., University of Iowa
M.M., University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music

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Jami Lercher, Baldwin Wallace University Community Arts School CSI Program Choral Director

Jami Lercher

Assistant Professor of Choral Music Education

D.M.A., University of Miami - The Frost School of Music
M.A., University of Wales
B.M., Iowa State University

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