Composer Residency: Featuring composer, Shawn Kirchner

August 1-4, 2019

Supporting composers is a significant way to further the choral art form. At our second Composer Residency with one of today’s most exciting composers, Shawn Kirchner, participants will immerse themselves in his music and hear first-hand how he conceives it. The event will also include social time for singers to get to know Shawn, as well as each other.

Spend four days at Ripon College, near beautiful Green Lake, WI, singing the music of Shawn Kirchner with Shawn and conductor John C. Hughes.

Shawn Kirchner is a composer/arranger, singer/songwriter, and pianist active in the music circles of Los Angeles whose choral works are performed throughout the world. His appointment in 2012 as the LA Master Chorale’s Swan Family Composer in Residence was the culmination of an ongoing creative relationship with music director Grant Gershon, resulting in numerous commissions and premieres at LA’s Disney Hall. Kirchner has also collaborated with and/or written for many leading choral ensembles across the country, including Conspirare, Santa Fe Desert Chorale, Lorelei Ensemble, San Diego Master Chorale, Los Robles Master Chorale, and the Atlanta Master Chorale. More about Shawn.


  • College-aged singers and above are welcome. No registration cost; participants are responsible for Accommodations and Dining. Applications are reviewed on a first come, first served basis.
  • Please purchase your own music and prepare it ahead of the event. Music and purchase instructions coming soon.
  • Bring a black choir binder or 3-ring binder for your music. Women’s attire is all black (skirt, pants or dress). Men’s attire is a dark suit, white shirt, and tie.


Music can be ordered through Musical Resources of Toledo, OH. Contact them at 419.539.9100 or and ask for the Green Lake Festival of Music Composer Residency packet. You can also order online at, simply type Green Lake Festival into the search bar to find the item. They will mail the packet directly to you. The cost of the packet is approximately $40.00, including shipping.