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K-State Today

June 6, 2017



Kansas State University's Summer Choral Institute to perform in Hutchinson, Manhattan

By Bryan Pinkall

Forty of the nation's top high school choral music students will perform two upcoming concerts as part of the 39th Summer Choral Institute at Kansas State University. 

Summer Choral Institute students will perform on the wing of the Space Shuttle Endeavor at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 8, at the Cosmosphere in Hutchinson, and at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 10, at All Faiths Chapel. Both concerts are free and open to the public. 

The Kansas State University Summer Choral Institute is one of the nation's most unique summer programs for high school freshmen, sophomores and juniors. Students participate in an intensive week of rehearsals, master classes, private coachings, musical performances, lectures, piano classes, as well as team-building and character building exercises. The institute's leadership staff are among the top performers and educators in their respective fields. K-State faculty directors include Julie YuJoshua Oppenheim and Bryan Pinkall. Students from the Summer Choral Institute say that they find that this institute makes a significant and lasting impact on their lives as musicians and people.

The institute has previously collaborated with the Symphony in the Flint Hills, the Eisenhower Presidential Library, and hosted the first-ever State Day of Singing. This year, the institute pairs up with the Smithsonian-affiliated Cosmosphere International SciEd Center and Space Museum for a week of music education and leadership training.

Sponsored by the Master Teacher Institute for the Arts, students accepted into the institute receive a full scholarship which covers all expenses — tuition, room, board, admissions, etc. — for the six days and five nights on the Kansas State University Manhattan campus.