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NCCO8 National Conference

November 7-9, 2019, College Park, Maryland

Hosted by the University of Maryland

Paperless Conference

NCCO’s officers hope to make NCCO8 more environmentally (and financially!) friendly than ever. Registrants receiveat check-in a “slim schedule” on paper and their name badge, but all the details about each event are only found in our PDF program booklet.

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Featured Artists

NCCO8 features two artists of national and international renown.

Prof. María Guinand
Director, Schola Cantorum de Venezuela
University Simón Bolívar, retired (Caracas, Venezuela)

Dr. Damien Sneed
Houston Grand Opera's HGOco Music Director, Composer in Residence, and Cover Conductor

Featured Performances

The University of Maryland Chamber Singers

Edward Maclary, director
Stravinsky Les Noces, Schoenberg Friede auf Erden, Brahms Op. 104, and a world premiere by Dale Trumbore.

The Aeolians of Oakwood University

Jason Max Ferdinand, director

The Abyssinian Mass by Wynton Marsalis

Damien Sneed, conductor
with a performing ensemble made up of student musicians from area colleges and universities.

Conference Registration

NCCO8 registration is available on site only. Registrants may register on site Thursday or Friday, November 7 or 8.

2019 Registration Rates:

  • At-the-Conference Registration: $275 (after October 25)
    • Early Bird Registration: $225 (ended August 31)
    • Regular Registration: $250 (ended October 25)
  • Student Registration: $75
  • Guest Registration: $175
  • Retired Registration $225

Be sure to also reserve your room at our conference hotel: The Hotel at UMD. Update: The NCCO discount block is sold out.

Student Opportunities

NCCO8 features two fellowship programs for student musicians:

Check here to learn about the 2019 fellows for the Conductor Fellowship and the Composer Fellowship. Application portals for both programs were due by September 15, 2019, and results announced September 30.

Selected Presenters

The following ensembles, conductors, and scholars have been selected to present at NCCO8.

Calls for Participation

See below the various areas where members can participate in NCCO8. Calls were accepted until May 1, 2019, and announced June 15, 2019.

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