UPcoming Appearances:

  • Alfred’s Celebration of Song! Peoria, IL, June 15, 2019

    • Join us as expert clinicians Andy Beck and Katie O'Connor-Ballantyne showcase the best new materials from Alfred Music! This interactive summer reading session is designed for directors of elementary through high school choirs and classroom music teachers. The reading session is completely FREE, and includes a packet of new choral music from Alfred Music. CPDU Registration starts at 8:30 am.
      Call (309) 692-4040 or email lauren@kiddermusic.com to register!

  • Show Choir Camps of America, Decatur, IL, June 17-18, 2019

  • Show Choir Camps of America, Heidelberg, OH, July 7-8, 2019

  • NYACDA Youth Treble Choir Festival, Clarence, NY, March 2020

    • I’ll be guest conducting at this wonderful treble choir festival next year. Watch this space for more information!

Recent Appearances:

KatIe O’connor-Ballantyne is available for workshops, festivals, and clinics on a fee basis. Areas of interest and expertise include: 

  • The Prep Beat — Preparing for Success as a College Musician: What are the essential skills students should have before they begin study as a music major? An adjunct professor of Aural Skills and Music Theory at Ithaca College, Ms. O’Connor-Ballantyne shares her advice on how to set students up for success in their freshman music courses. Filled with practical tips, tricks, and suggestions for further study, this presentation will help students begin their college journey on the right foot. Can be customized for high school students and their parents, or teachers of high school students. Featured at the 2018 Show Choir Camps of America in Tiffin, OH.

  • Movement in the Choral Rehearsal: explore the many ways that movement can help your choir fully understand and integrate concepts of musical form, phrasing, text expression, blend, intonation, and harmonic structure. Suitable for choirs of all ages and experience levels.

  • From Musician to Composer: looking for ways to help grow the composers of tomorrow in your choral program? Let Ms. O’Connor-Ballantyne share some of her strategies for choral improvisation, text selection and setting, and composition with the students in your program, culminating in an original work created by your students! Best suited for middle school choirs and older.

  • Choral Reading Sessions: Ms. O’Connor-Ballantyne frequently appears as a guest clinician for choral reading sessions hosted by Alfred Music Publishing. Recent appearances include the 2018 OKMEA Conference; the 2018 Show Choir Camps of America in Tiffin, OH; and the 2017 professional development workshop for general music teachers Suffolk County, NY. See above for upcoming appearances!

Sound samples

2015 Chenango All-County Swing Choir, conducted by Kathleen Ballantyne