The Kansas City Honors Choral Institute

Presented by the Choral Foundation and the Institute of Healthy Singing
In cooperation with Allegro Choirs of Kansas City


The Kansas City Honors Choral Institute was created in 2016 as an educational program of the Institute for Healthy Singing focusing on school-aged singers.  Led by the staff of the IFHS, the Honors Choral Institute provides a week of intense training for students rising to grades 7 through college freshmen. The training includes preparation for performance with distinguished professional soloists and orchestra musicians, in addition to training in vocal health and production by our local Kansas City staff of singing specialists.

The initial 2016 Honors Choral Institute focused on the music of Baroque composers and included a performance of Antonio Vivaldi’s Gloria, along with works by Handel and Telemann.  

The 2017 Kansas City Honors Choral Institute will focus on the contributions of the African-American experience, highlighted by a performance of Robert Ray’s Gospel Mass, along with folk songs of the spiritual and gospel tradition, along with classical works by black composers, particularly the lesser known masterpiece by black women composers.

In addition to our local Kansas City staff, musicologist and composer Karin Banks will present seminars on the music of black American women composers.  The choruses will be joined in performance by pianist Gerald Freeman and The Jazzmen.  Soloists will be chosen from chorus membership.

Celebrating Music of the African-American Tradition
Performances with Composer/Musicologist Karin Banks, Gerald Freeman & The Jazzmen - 
Featuring GOSPEL MASS by Robert Ray

Solos Available to Student Participants by Audition