Covid-19 update

Our summer workshops have been cancelled for Summer 2020. The status of the campus in August remains unclear, and we cannot plan with confidence, assuring a quality experience for all. Professor Galvan's workshop is being adapted into an online course. If you are interested in taking that course, please consult the course description in the Electives section of the Summer Session webpage (information for this class has also been affixed to the bottom of this webpage). You will then need to contact the Office of Extended Studies to enroll as an extra-mural student. The instrument repair workshop will be prioritized for next summer when, hopefully, we will be able to congregate on campus again. I am sorry we won't have the chance to meet this summer in Ithaca, but I look forward to Summer 2021!

Summer graduate workshops offer an outstanding professional development experience for educators in the field. These one-week workshops provide a variety of educational experiences each year and may be taken by degree students or non-degree students, for credit or not for credit.

The workshops usually occur in the week preceding the five-week graduate music summer session, but will run in the week following the session in 2020. Workshops offering students in the summer music education degree program an opportunity to earn credits outside of the regular summer session. Up to five credits from workshops may be applied toward a master's degree.

Housing for Graduate Music Workshop Participants
Campus housing is not available during the week of the workshops. We will be working with Country Inn and Suites (the closest hotel to campus) to provide a discounted package for workshop participant for 4 or 5 nights (checking in Sunday night, departing Wednesday or Thursday). Rates will be posted before February 1, 2020.

Country Inn & Suites
1100 Danby Road, Rt 96B
Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 256-1100

There are also several other hotels and motels within close proximity to the College.

Meals plans are not available; however, meals may be purchased at the College's Food Court, dining hall, or off campus. The 14850 website has a comprehensive listing of Ithaca restaurants grouped by cuisine and geographic area.


  • Choral Conducting Workshop
  • Wind and Percussion Instrument Repair Workshop

Workshop Registration and Housing Information


This class will help participants learn how to plan engaging programs of diverse repertoire.  The workshop will include the following topics: conducting gesture that empowers singers to sing with more ease and more expressive tone, rehearsal techniques that are effective and empowering, repertoire that is empowering, and building skills of singing in an ensemble when teaching online.  Participants will receive instruction in score study that leads to better rehearsals, how score study informs the conducting gesture, and rehearsal techniques that improve vocal health, musicianship, and artistry.  We will  explore diverse repertoire for a variety of voicings. We will also explore ways to continue to keep the momentum of ensembles going during times when we cannot meet together. We will explore ideas of supporting student progress in ensembles in online formats. Janet Galvan, 2.0 credits


Jeffery L. Ames serves as Director of Choral Activities, and is a Full Professor within the School of Music at Belmont University.  His prior appointments include Assistant Director of Choral Activities at Baylor University and Choral Director at Edgewater High School and Lincoln High School in Florida.

As a choral clinician, Dr. Ames has conducted senior and junior high school mixed and male choirs at the state and regional conventions of the American Choral Directors Association and the Music Educator’s National Conference, including the inaugural Florida Male All-State Chorus, and annually at Carnegie Hall with the National Youth Choir.  He has performed and guest conducted internationally in the countries of Costa Rica, Germany, Italy, Latvia, Estonia, South Korea, and the Republic of Ghana. 

An accomplished accompanist, he has performed and collaborated with well-known conductors such as André Thomas, Jo-Michael Scheibe, Lynne Gackle, and Anton Armstrong. Additionally he has collaborated with well-known celebrities such as Trisha Yearwood, Laura Bell Bundy, CeCe Winans, Connie Smith, Ricky Skaggs and The Whites, internationally acclaimed mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves, Michael W. Smith, Kathy Mattea, Sheryl Crow, Ed Sheeran, and legendary rock band the Rolling Stones.

With a reputation as a distinguished and well-respected composer and arranger, Dr. Ames’ music has been premiered by the Florida Music Educators Association, the Florida American Choral Directors Association, the Southern Division of ACDA, at National ACDA Conferences, and on the 2017, 2015, 2013, and 2011 telecasts of Christmas at Belmont. His compositions and arrangements are published with Colla Voce Music, Earthsongs, Santa Barbara Music Publishing, and Walton Music Corporation.

Jeffrey Benson is currently Director of Choral Activities at San José State University in San José, California. The Washington Post hails his choirs for singing “with an exquisite blend, subtlety of phrasing, confident musicianship and fully supported tone…that would be the envy of some professional ensembles.”

Dr. Benson recently made his international conducting debut with the Irish Chamber Orchestra and the SJSU Choraliers in Limerick, Ireland, and he made his Carnegie Hall conducting debut in 2015 with the SJSU Choirs and the New York Festival Orchestra. He has served as cover conductor for the Grammy award-winning Washington Chorus, where he helped to prepare the ensemble for Maestros Julian Wachner, Leonard Slatkin and Marvin Hamlisch.

Choirs under his direction have performed on multiple state and regional conferences of ACDA, NAfME and Chorus America, and have toured throughout the United States and Europe, including invited performances at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, The White House and Washington National Cathedral.  Recently Dr. Benson’s choirs have been invited to perform with the Rolling Stones, Josh Groban, Andrea Bocelli, the Los Angeles Festival Orchestra and the Skywalker Orchestra.

A former member of the Choir of Men and Boys at Washington National Cathedral, Dr. Benson is an active singer and a frequent guest conductor and clinician. He will conduct honor choirs and present sessions on both coasts this year, including conducting the Georgia All-State and Mozart’s Coronation Mass at Carnegie Hall. Benson has been invited to La Universidad Americana in Managua, Nicaragua to assist the university in forming the first a cappella choir at the institution.

Dr. Benson is a published composer and arranger with Colla Voce Music and Santa Barbara Music Publishing, under the Charlene Archibeque Choral Series. He is also the Artistic Director of Peninsula Cantare, a community chorus based in Palo Alto. Previously, Dr. Benson served as Director of Choral Activities and Fine Arts Department Chair at H-B Woodlawn Secondary Program in Arlington, Virginia.

Dr. Benson is an active member of the National Association for Music Education, the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), and the National Collegiate Choral Organization, where he currently serves as California National Board Representative. ACDA recognized Benson with the first annual Colleen Kirk Award for his outstanding achievement as a young conductor.

Benson received his Masters degree and his Doctorate in Choral Conducting/Music Education from The Florida State University and his Bachelors degree in Music Education from New York University.

Marques L. A. Garrett is an Assistant Professor of Music in Choral Activities at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in the Glenn Korff School of Music. Before completing the Doctor of Philosophy degree in Music Education (Choral Conducting) at Florida State University, he was the Director of Choral Activities at Cheyney University of Pennsylvania. He is an accomplished vocalist and composer with his works published with Mark Foster, GIA Publications, Walton Music, Santa Barbara Music Publishing, Hinshaw Music, G. Schirmer, and Beckenhorst Press and performed by festival/honor choirs, all-state choirs, and professional and university choirs such as Seraphic Fire and the Oakwood University Aeolians. Recent commissions and premieres include the University of New Hampshire, Seraphic Fire, Westminster Choir College, and the American Choral Directors Association. He regularly serves as a choral clinician and guest conductor for festival and honor choirs throughout the country.

Diana V. Sáez is the newly appointed Director of Choral Activities at Towson University in Baltimore where she directs the TU Chorale, Women’s Choir and Choral Society. Before coming to Towson, Sáez was serving as Visiting Choir Director at Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois where she conducted the College Choir and Madrigal Choir. Previously she served as Visiting Choir Conductor at McDaniel College in Westminster, MD. She also directed the Catholic University Women’s Choir for six years.

Sáez is frequently invited as guest conductor, adjudicator and lecturer in the United States and abroad. She has presented interest sessions at national and regional ACDA conventions. She has served as guest conductor in Colombia and has directed regional honor choruses in Virginia, Maryland, New York and Pennsylvania.

As a leading specialist in the field of Latin American music she served as artistic director of Cantigas, a chamber choir that she founded with the mission to increase awareness and appreciation of the many rich styles of Latin America and Spanish choral music. For 25 years Cantigas was a principal performer of Latin American music, with appearances at the ACDA Eastern Division Convention, Kennedy Center, Strathmore Center, museums and embassies, as well as international tours in Colombia, Argentina, Venezuela, Puerto Rico and Cuba. In 2014, the choir was awarded the Choral Excellence Award for Most Creative Programming by the Choralis Foundation in Washington, DC.

Dr. Sáez began her musical education at the Escuela Libre de Música in San Juan, PR. She earned a Master of Choral Conducting from Temple University, and a Doctorate in Musical Arts at the University of Maryland in College Park.

Her choral music and arrangements are published by Boosey and Hawkes and by the Roger Dean Publishing Company, a division of The Lorenz Corporation.

Workshop Meeting Times

Our 2020 Workshops have been canceled. The choral workshop will be offered as a class in our summer session meeting M-F 2:15-3:20, from June 29th to July 30. See information for this class above.