Thursday, Sept. 30, 2021

Dr. Ryan Sullivan, director of choral activities, Arkansas State University
Dr. Greg Zielke, director of choirs, Tabor College
Brian Stranghoner, assistant professor of music education and voice, Tabor College

Set aside a day for your high school choir leaders.  Together we will invite leaders in your choir to dig deeper into the joy of choral music and what it means to be a choir.

  • Nothing to prepare
  • No fee to participate
  • Lunch is included
  • We provide the music
  • Limited to 60 participants
  • Bring 4-6 of your choir leaders


For the students

8:00 a.m… Gather
8:30 a.m… introductions and warm-up
9:00 a.m… Sectionals
10:00 a.m… rehearsal with Dr. Ryan Sullivan
12:00 p.m… lunch
12:30 p.m… rehearsal with Dr. Ryan Sullivan
2:30 p.m… “concert” (not open to the public)

For the directors

8:00-11:00 a.m… observe sessions and rehearsals
11:00 a.m… choral leadership session with Mr. Brian Stranghoner
12:00 p.m… lunch
12:30 p.m… choral leadership session with Dr. Greg Zielke
1:30 p.m… observe rehearsal
2:30 p.m… “concert” (not open to the public)

Music for the choir (subject to change)

Tuba (SATB, djembe, ten/bari solo)- arr. Michael Barrett
In Meeting We Are Blessed (SATB, djembe)- arr. Troy Robertson
I Am Not Yours (SATB, pno, vln)- David Childs
Akekho Ofana NoJesu (SATB)- Botha

How to prepare

  • Select 4-6 students who are leaders in your choral room
  • That’s it. You don’t need to prepare anything, or any music. Just come.

Select Student Registration if registering as or for your student. Select Teacher Registration if multiple students are attending.

Get to know Dr. Sullivan

Ryan W. Sullivan is Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities & Vocal Studies Coordinator at Arkansas State University where he teaches ensembles, choral conducting, and music education courses. During his career, he has directed choirs with singers of all ages in academic, community, and church settings. He is a former choral director at Lee’s Summit High School and Lee’s Summit West High School near Kansas City, MO. Prior to his time at A-State, he was the Associate Conductor for the Dallas Symphony Chorus and served as the conductor of Collegium Singers, the University of North Texas’ early music ensemble. Dr. Sullivan enjoys bringing new music to life and recently conducted two North American opera premieres. His interests also lie in early vocal works of the Renaissance and Baroque, and in particular 17th-century Venetian music. In 2018, he was awarded the Adams-Nordstrom Award for Early Music Studies.

Sullivan is an active clinician, with upcoming engagements for the 2020-2021 season at Carnegie Hall, the Arkansas Region 2 Mixed Choir, Eastern Arizona Honor Festival, and the Arkansas 9/10 Honor Choir. He is also an active singer in professional choral ensembles such as the Santa Fe Desert Chorale, San Antonio Chamber Choir, The Cecilia Ensemble (GA), and Spire Chamber Ensemble. As a soloist, he has appeared at the Boston Early Music Festival, and with Austin Baroque Orchestra, the University of North Texas, and Texas Tech University. His performances have been described as “a handsome, well-controlled baritone” (Dallas Morning News).

Dr. Sullivan is the President of the Southwestern Division of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) and a member of the National Board. He also serves on the Board of the Delta Symphony Orchestra in Jonesboro. In 2014 he was awarded the Prelude Award from Missouri ACDA and was named Kansas City Metro Director of the Year. His principal teachers have been Allen Hightower, Richard Bjella, Joshua Habermann and Richard Sparks (conducting), William Joyner and Vinson Cole (voice), and Brad Bennight (harpsichord).