To celebrate the craft of choral composition and provide first-hand experience with living composers, the National Choir Festival features composers-in-residence:
Runestad will explain the process of composing A Silence Haunts Me, and prepare the festival choir for performance of one of his compositions.
Powell will conduct the festival choir in performance of her composition, I Will Sing, and lead a Gospel Master Class with Dr. Brandon Boyd.
Gibbs composed, rehearsed, and conducted his commissioned work Music Helps Me Make It Through the Day.
DiOrio presented an interactive contemporary music master class to student participants.