October 17-19, 2019 | Chicago, Illinois


We’re bringing together leaders in music, worship, education, and formation to offer an assortment of skill-building and enrichment workshops on subjects like choral rehearsal techniques, conducting, pastoral music, leadership, liturgy, theology, organ, piano, and spirituality. There will also be keynote addresses, ecumenical prayer opportunities, along with sacred and secular choral reading sessions.

2019 Featured Clinicians


John Feierabend

Dr. John Feierabend is considered one of the leading authorities on music and movement development in childhood. He is a Professor Emeritus of Music Education at The Hartt School of the University of Hartford and is a past President of the Organization of American Kodály Educators. He has given presentations in all 50 states and many other countries. He is the author of over 70 books, recordings, and DVDs, several of which served as the inspiration for the award-winning PBS children’s television series Lomax: The Hound of Music.

The Real Group

The Real Group is a Swedish vocal group with five dedicated singers and musicians. The group has been touring for more than 30 years and continues to excite a broad audience all over the world. With a unique musical expression in a field between jazz, pop and Northern European choral music, The Real Group is considered one of the leading forces in the world of vocal music

Chris de Silva

Chris de Silva is originally from Singapore and currently lives in Los Angeles, California. He is a composer, arranger and recording artist with GIA Publications, Inc.

Chris shares his gift of music ministry at national conferences, diocesan conventions and parish retreats around the U.S., Canada, Europe and Asia.

James Jordan

GRAMMY®-nominated conductor James Jordan is recognized and praised around the musical world as one of America’s pre-eminent conductors, writers and innovators in choral music. He was described as a “visionary” by The Choral Journal, which cited his book Evoking Sound as a “must read.” The most published musician/author in the world, his 35 books form the canon for teaching of conductors and choirs world wide. At Westminster Choir College he is professor and senior conductor, and conducts Westminster Schola Cantorum and the internationally acclaimed Westminster Williamson Voices.

Marty Haugen

Marty Haugen is composer of liturgical music for both Roman Catholic and Protestant congregations, with over 400 compositions published by GIA, Augsburg Fortress and other publishers. For the past 35 years he has presented workshops and concerts across North America and in Europe, the Pacific Rim, Asia and Central America for church musicians and anyone interested in the renewal of worship and the role of music in our faith/life journey. 

What to expect at the 2019 Fall Institute

Diverse breakout sessions focused on sacred music and music education.

The GIA Fall Institute will feature a variety of practical and useful sessions ranging from lectionary and philosophical discussions to development courses focused on strengthening specific skills.

Work closely with our industry leaders and educators in small classroom settings.

All Fall Institute sessions offer the opportunity to interact personally and learn on an individual level.

Fantastic concert events featuring the sacred music of Chris de Silva and also a cappella performance by The REAL Group.

End your day of learning and growth with amazing live performances.  

A customizable experience to build a perfect conference to suit your personal interests.

Multiple sessions for you to select from during each breakout period with select sessions offered twice. 

Memorable experiences in one of America’s premier cities.

The Fall Institute will be hosted on Chicago’s Michigan Avenue on the Magnificent Mile. Explore the rich history and attractions of the city during your stay.


Highlights from the 2018 GIA Fall Institute

October 17 – 19, 2019 | Chicago, Illinois