Drawing on the rich heritage of sacred choral music, the 2020 Directors Course expands the tradition of excellence that is deeply rooted in this sacred space where the nation gathers.

We invite you to join us at Washington National Cathedral, a center for continuing education, pilgrimage and retreat and the spiritual home for our nation. We look forward to providing this unique opportunity for choral conductors and organists to grow in musicianship together with colleagues committed to excellence in worship. With the highest standards, distinguished faculty and renowned facilities, we invite you to cultivate your skills and achieve your potential through a transformative week of education and worship in the beautiful surroundings of the Cathedral.

Immersive Study

Featuring two tracks of immersive study and grounded in intensive workshops, lectures and discussions, the Directors Course provides ample opportunities for expansive growth in sacred music leadership.

Conductor Track

This track focuses on conducting workshops, solo singing, and the planning and leading of liturgy throughout the week. A daily singing lesson is an integral part of the course and helps directors gain insight and increase effectiveness with singers.

Organist Track

This track focuses on the accompanying of services from the console of the Cathedral’s Great Organ. Organists receive hands-on coaching in small group sessions to prepare them for the services they accompany throughout the course.

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Summer Session

This session includes meals in addition to coursework. Attendees will join with our supportive community of musicians at ‘the nation’s cathedral’ in the heart of the nation’s capital.

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Application Requirements

Application deadline: March 15, 2020

Those who wish to apply must complete an electronic application form and submit supplemental materials.

The cost of the course is $1,500, which includes tuition and meals. A non-refundable $375 deposit is required upon acceptance.

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Directors Course

Directors Course Overview
Faculty, Lectures & Discussion
A Cathedral Experience
Application Requirements

Quick Details


June 28–July 2, 2020


12 choral conductors • 4 organists


$1,500 includes tuition and meals

Application Process

Application deadline:
March 15, 2020

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If you would like more information or have questions regarding the course,
please contact our team at [email protected].