A workshop for church musicians and singers.
June 6-9, 2024

For those who simply love to sing and for Choir Directors who want to prepare for the upcoming church music season.

In this intense but fun retreat, you will: 

+ Sing under the direction of an accomplished college choir director.
+ Examine 25+ anthems for choirs of all ages and for all seasons of the
   church year.
+ Explore vocal and choral techniques. 
+ Encourage each other through discussion and reflection.
+ Earn 15 hours of continuing education.
+ Sing to the glory of God!

Housing and Meal Rates (all inclusive)
Rates include housing, linens, and eight meals.
Single occupancy request adds 20% to cost. 
Deluxe Cabin – $350 per person
Lodge Room – $325 per person 
Remodeled Cabin – $275 per person
RV/Camper Site – $225 per person 
Tent Site – $175 per person
Commuter (meals only) – $125 per person

Workshop Fee 
Register by May 1st and receive $20 off your workshop fee.
Before May 1st – $180
After May 1st – $200 

Register online or call our office today at (320) 846-2744.

Clinician Update:

Jo Ann Miller, has had a change of plans that created a conflict with the dates of the Cantabile workshop. She is retiring from NDSU this May, and to surprise her, her husband booked a cruise with friends who stood up for them at their wedding. Apparently, the dates could not be changed because of schedules, so she had to cancel her commitment to Cantabile this June. Of course, she was very sorry to cancel at this time. We are thankful that she helped us find another guest clinician. You will find the information about Mary Kay Geston attached to this email. She has experience in community, church, and college choirs. We are happy to welcome her to Cantabile this summer. Because nothing else has changed regarding the workshop, please use the current brochure to register for this summer.

Guest Clinician: Dr. Mary Kay Geston
Dr. Mary Kay Geston is the conductor and artistic managing director of Great River Chorale, a 56-voice adult choir based in Saint Cloud, Minnesota.


In September 2023 Great River Chorale was one of five regional ensembles featured on Classical Minnesota Public Radio by host Steve Staruch, and was selected four times (in 2013, 2015, 2017, 2019) for Classical MPR’s “Taste of the Holidays” CD featuring Minnesota’s best regional ensembles.

Dr. Geston received a B.A. degree in voice and teaching certification from North Dakota State University, an M.M. degree in choral conducting from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, and a D.M.A. in choral literature and conducting from the University of Colorado, Boulder.

Mary Kay’s 31-year career in higher education includes serving as associate professor of music at University of Northwestern, St. Paul, visiting professor of choral studies at University of Colorado, Boulder, and director of choral activities at Northern State University, Aberdeen, South Dakota. She has also taught at the University of Wisconsin, River Falls; University of Minnesota, Twin Cities and Morris campuses; Concordia University, St. Paul; and St. Olaf College. From 2014 to 2019 she was the conductor of the Minnesota Music Teachers Association Honors Concert featuring over 500 student pianists from across Minnesota.

Mary Kay directed church choirs for 22 years starting at the University Lutheran Center in Fargo, ND in 1979. She also directed the adult choirs at St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church, Minneapolis; Grace Lutheran Church, Boulder, CO; Westwood Lutheran Church, St. Louis Park; and Salem Covenant Church in New Brighton.

Choirs under her direction have performed at state and regional professional conferences of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) and Minnesota Music Educators Association (MMEA), and with the Minnesota Orchestra. Dr. Geston has directed all-state, honor, and festival choirs in Colorado, Kentucky, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin, and has been a guest clinician in Taiwan and South Korea. She has presented interest sessions at state, regional and national conferences of ACDA, the National Association for Music Education, the National Association of Teachers of Singing, MMEA, and the American Guild of Organists.

Geston has held numerous elected and appointed leadership roles in ACDA including president of ACDA North Central Region, president of ACDA of Minnesota, and chair of ACDA of Minnesota’s F. Melius Christiansen Endowment Fund Committee. She received ACDA of Minnesota’s 2012 Choral Director of the Year award. Welcome to Cantabile, Mary Kay.

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