MCDA 2018 Conference Schedule - Tentative
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Session TitleClinician, Title, InstitutionSession Description
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Wed AM
1A Wed 9:15 am
Training Singers to be Independent MusiciansAdam Zrust, Director of Choral Activities, University of Central MissouriThis session will focus on repertoire selection and techniques used to help singers become independent musicians.
3
Wed AM
1A Wed 9:15 am
Context and Collaboration: Ideas for Meaningful Programming for Middle School Treble VoicesEmily Andrews, Director of Community Outreach and Assistant Choral Director University of MissouriSession Description Coming Soon
4
Wed AM
1B Wed 10:15 am
Somebody Should Have Told Me!Maria A. Ellis, Community Engagement Coordinator, The St. Louis Children's ChoirsThis session will go beyond what is taught inside of a textbook and will take a deeper look into how to network, build community inside and outside of your classroom, increase diversity and have fun while you educate.
5
Wed AM
1B Wed 10:15 am
Winning the Audition: Life as a Professional SingerMarques Ruff, TA in Choral Conducting at Missouri University/Former Bass and Counter Tenor for ChanticleerWhat you need to know: Everything from, Choosing the audition literature, Recording quality, the Live Audition and..Maintaining your Voice and Sanity as a Professional Singer.
6
Wed AM
1C Wed 11:15 am
Create Your Own Musical While Building Cross-Curricular ConnectionsBethany Moebes, Director of Vocal Music, Fulton Middle SchoolVocal music educators have many responsibilities, and creating cross-curricular connections may be one of the most challenging. Fulton Middle School is completing the first year of a vocal music class where students learn about opera as an art form, explore connections to English Language Arts and Social Studies curriculum, then create their own original musical theatre piece.
7
Wed AM
1C Wed 11:15 am
Stop Teaching the Music and Start Teaching the Student!Jarrod & Shawna Hendricks Directors of Vocal Music Activities, Jefferson City High SchoolBuilding your program by empowering the Students
8
Wed PM
1D Wed 1 pm
There's More to Yoga Than Touching Your Toes: Incorporating Yoga and Kinesthesia into the Choral RehearsalDr. Barbara Lamont, Director of Choral Activities, Southeast Missouri State UniversityIf you're interested in more movement in your choral rehearsals but don't really know where to start, this is the session for you! Explore how to incorporate yogic movement and breath into your warmups and rehearsals, as well as other ideas about how to get your singers moving creatively.
9
Wed PM
1D Wed 1 pm
Civilians to MusiciansKate Zrust, Choir Director, Pleasant Hill Middle SchoolThis session will focus on building a program from the ground up, including sight-reading and assessment, emphasis on the NEE, and how to create musicians
10
Wed PM
1E Wed 2 pm
Varsity Vocal: A Cappella GroupLeah Gastman, Director of Choirs, Ladue Middle School, ICCA Midwest Rep How to create an A Cappella group within your school, and joining the ICCA circuit.
11
Wed PM
1E Wed 2 pm
MCDA: Making Choir Develop AnywhereTBDThis session will focus on strategies to excite students about music through different channels other than choir.
12
Wed PM
1F Wed 3 pm
Singing Freedom Into Existence: Performance Practice Considerations for the African-American Spiritual and Gospel TraditionBrandon Boyd, Assistant Professor of Music, University of MissouriPerformance practices of the African-American and Gospel Traditions
13
Wed PM
1F Wed 3 pm
Teaching the Male Voice Through a Female PerspectiveDr. Elise Hepworth, Director of Choral Activities, Missouri Western State University, St. Joseph, MOOne of the most challenging issues many female choral directors face is the ability to feel successful imparting effective vocal instruction to the male developing voice. This session will focus on best practices for communicating with students of the opposite gender and the physiological development of the recently changed male voice.
14
Wed PM
1G Wed 4 pm
Student Conducting Clinic (Collegiate)Dr. Jerry Myers, Professor of Music, St. Louis Community College at Meramec, AND the Resource Chairs for College/University and 2-Year College ChoirsDr. Jerry Myers and MCDA Resource Chairs will lead a conducting clinic with collegiate students who have been selected to conduct pieces during the MCDA Reading Sessions.
15
1H Wed
16
Thurs AM
2A Thurs 8 am
Traveling with Your Adult Choirs - Creating Once-In-A-Lifetime Experiences for Your SingersAndy Waggoner and Kevin McBeth Grow and unite your choir by exposing them to wonderful opportunities for performance, fellowship, and travel. (Please note: This is not sponsored by or advertising ANY travel company or trip. This is simply offering our membership some "know before you go" advice about traveling with adults!)
17
Thurs AM
2A Thurs 8 am
Proud K-12 Choir Director and/or Voice TeacherKristin Chisham (and maybe some helpers)This would be a session on those who teach it all including the students' voice teacher. This could be a session for a chance for a breakout roundtable discussion.
18
Thurs AM
2A Thurs 8 am
Vocal Jazz Rehearsal Technique: Efficiency & ArtistryMichael Engelhardt, Composer & Arranger - mikeemusic.com, St. Louis MOMichael Engelhardt outlines his approach to an effective and memorable Vocal Jazz rehearsal.
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Thurs AM
2A Thurs 8 am
Break Through The Blah: 10 Hacks For a Better RehearsalRyan Main, Artistic Director, The Youth Chorus of Kansas CityApathy is the enemy, and it has the power to derail your rehearsal... but with a few simple, effective tools in your tool belt, you can win the fight against "the blah"! Engage your singers, create focused fun, and leave them wanting more when the bell rings!
20
Thurs AM
2B Thurs 9 am
Dr. Jeffery Redding - Session 1 (Title TBA)Dr. Jeffery Redding, Director of Choral Activities at West Orange High School in Winter Garden, Florida.This will be the first of two session by MCDA 9th and 10th Grade Honor Choir Clinician and MCDA Headliner, Dr. Jeffery Redding.
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Thurs AM
2B Thurs 9 am
Hints for Successful ProgrammingRobert Bode, Director of Choral Studies, UMKCThis session will explore various ways to build interesting and compelling concert programs.
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Thurs AM
2B Thurs 9 am
Find the Choreographer Within!Sherry Francis, Director of Choral Music, Blair Oaks High SchoolThis is an interactive session- dance steps, formations, staging and practical choreography tips! Directors will leave with a choreographed dance that can be used with any show choir, while being inspired that they too can be their own "choreographer" with success and ease! (I am sharing from 21 years of teaching experience with dance and choreography for choir.) So....put on your dancing shoes, and come discover the "Choreographer Within" You!
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Thurs AM
2B Thurs 9 am
BOOKLET #2: New Music for Intermediate Voices
24
Thurs AM
2C Thurs 10 am
The Vocal Jazz Experience: America's Original Art FormBen Silvermintz, Director of Choirs, Parkway Central High School, St. Louis, MOIn this session, Ben will make the case for the importance of jazz education as part of a comprehensive choral experience. He will discuss how the study of vocal jazz enhances performance skills and music literacy while bridging the gap between pop and traditional choral music. Ben will include a series of concrete steps that make the rehearsal and exploration of jazz achievable to students and teachers alike.
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Thurs AM
2C Thurs 10 am
Strategies for Successfully Working With an AccompanistCathy Boemler, Instructor of Music, Jefferson College, Choir and Solo AccompanistThis session is a continuation of the one presented at MMEA 2017. It was well attended but left some areas unfinished. Topics to be explored would include finding (and keeping) an accompanist, communication between director and accompanist, and work conditions.
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Thurs AM
2C Thurs 10 am
It's All In A Day's WorkCristi Cary MillerThe clinician will present various activities and ideas that can be used for all ages; would include Orff
27
Thurs AM
2C Thurs 10 am
One voice, many styles: Basics of functional voice trainingDr. Paul Hindemith, Director of Vocal Studies, Missouri Western State University Classical vocal pedagogy, while foundational, is no longer sufficient for the variety of music we are asked to teach. This session will encourage new ways of listening to and thinking about the voice, and will provide useful teaching techniques that facilitate the healthy vocal function in all kinds of music.
28
Thurs AM
2D Thurs 11 am
Dr. Jeffery Redding - Session 2 (Title TBA)Dr. Jeffery Redding, Director of Choral Activities at West Orange High School in Winter Garden, Florida.This is the second of two sessions by MCDA 9th and 10th Grade Honor Clinician and MCDA Headliner, Dr. Jeffery Redding.
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Thurs AM
2D Thurs 11 am
Roundtable for Teachers in Ethnically Diverse & Urban SchoolsVarious - This is a panel discussion. Possibly moderated by Micah Horton & Alex KolsterDo you teach in an ethnically diverse, urban, or low-income environment? Are you interested in teaching in these settings? Join a panel of K-12 teachers who will be discussing the joys & challenges of teaching in diverse environments. Feel free to bring questions of your own!
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Thurs AM
2D Thurs 11 am
BOOKLET #6: Tried & True Music for Progressing and Advanced Voices
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Thurs AM
2DThurs 11 am

BOOKLET #1: New Music for Beginning Voices
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Thurs PM
2E Thur 1:15 pm
Session Title Coming SoonCristi Cary Miller Teacher, conductor, and composerSession Description Coming Soon
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Thurs PM
2E Thurs 1:15 pm
How to Talk to a Girl(Part I)Christy Elsner- Allegro Children’s Choir FounderOpen your eyes and ears to the wonderful sound of female voice change. Discover "how you speak to a girl” impacts their individual voice, self-confidence and the choir as whole. The session will explore the stagese of voice change, updated data, and physiology regarding vocal development of young women grades 6-12.
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Thurs PM
2E Thurs 1:15 pm
BOOKLET #7: New Music for Church and Community Choirs
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Thurs PM
2E Thurs 2:15 pm
Giving Voice To The VoicelessBrandon A. Boyd, Assistant Director of Choral Activities & Assistant Professor of Choral Music Education, University of Missouri-Columbia, Columbia, MO“Giving Voice to the Voiceless” was established as a part of the 2017 Community Engagement Program of the Santa Fe Desert Chorale. This program was a two-part collaboration: (1) the establishment of a weekly choral program for guests at the Interfaith Community Shelter and (2) and a choral performance of poetry written by youth in the Santa Fe County Youth Development Center’s Voces de Libertad Poetry Workshop. The presenter will discuss issues related to repertoire selection, cultural sensitivity, recruitment, incentives, and ways to build a community for those who are homeless through choral singing. In addition, the presenter will highlight a recent composition “I Search” inspired by a poem written by Poet V from the Santa Fe Youth Correctional Department. This session will also detail other specific procedures for establishing successful choral collaborations in our communities to give a voice to the voiceless from incarcerated youth to homeless adults.
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Thurs PM
2E Thurs 2:15 pm
Praise His Holy Name: A Conductor’s Guide to Performing Black Gospel MusicRobert T. Gibson, Gospel Choir Director, Milton Hershey School, Hershey, PA; Maria A. Ellis, Community Engagement Coordinator, The St. Louis Children's Choirs; The Voices of Praise Demonstration GroupPresenters will discuss topics including the benefits of programming gospel music, how to sing the style correctly without vocal damage, and how to incorporate characteristics of the style.
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Thurs PM
2E Thurs 2:15 pm
BOOKLET #8: New Music for Show and Jazz Choirs
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Thurs PM
2F Thurs 3:15 pm
Friend or Foe: Navigating the relationships with district and building administration, to fully support choral music programs.Mark Lee, Director of Human Resources of the Independence School District (retired), and Alex Kolster, Choral Director and District Fine Arts Curriculum Coordinator for the Raytown School DistrictIn this interactive session, we will explore multiple strategies and methods to build tactful relationships with building and district level administration, to support the many facets of choral music programs.
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2G Thurs 4:15 pm
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Fri AM
3A Fri 8 am
Preparing Choral Teachers Through Community PartnershipsBrandon A. Boyd, Assistant Director of Choral Activities, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO; C. Amon Eady, Director of Choral Activities, Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant, MI; Hillary K. Ridgley, Visiting Professor of Music Education, Syracuse University, Syracuse, N.Y.Preparation of university music education students has evolved across time into a more balanced offering between music and pedagogy, both greatly enhanced by field work which forces pre-service teachers to continuously practice skills. Benefits to participants in programs such as a prison choir and a middle school partnership are particularly helpful in determining teacher disposition while also developing confidence and expertise in pedagogy. This session will detail specific procedures for establishing community partnerships within the scope of choral teacher preparation programs.
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Fri AM
3A Fri 8 am
The Girl Changing Voice(part 2)- How to work with a girlChristy Elsner- Allegro Childrens Choir Founder Hands on session featuring benefical warmups, vocal placement, vocal range, part assignments, and music examples for girls (grades 6-12) in all stages of vocal change.
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Fri AM
3A Fri 8 am
Three Variations of ChoreographyHeath Gemar - Choreographer for Glenwood Titan FeverThis sessions will cover three different types of choreography that you can use for your show choirs. Easy/Medium/Stupid Hard. The different varieties will be explained and what is best to choose for your show choir.
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Fri AM
3A Fri 8 am
BOOKLET #3: New Music for Progressing Voices
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Fri AM
3B Fri 9 am
Vocal Jazz TechniqueJohn Stafford, Director of Choral Activities, Kansas City Kansas Community CollegeInterested in programming a vocal jazz piece? Looking to start a jazz choir? Learn more about vocal jazz singing & performance techniques in this interactive session!
45
Fri AM
3B Fri 9 am
Find Great Literature *Faster*! Strategies For Any Level to Find Quality Music In Less TimeRyan Main, Artistic Director, Youth Chorus of Kansas CityIf you’ve ever felt like your search through the haystack of literature isn’t turning up enough needles, this session is for you. Topics covered will include: strategies for more efficiently searching popular retailer websites, finding music off the beaten path, crowd sourcing literature recommendations, and resources for future reference
46
Fri AM
3B Fri 9 am
BOOKLET #4: New Music for Advanced Voices
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Fri AM
3B Fri 9 am
Children's/Youth Choir Roundtable Discussion Part 1Jon Logan, Director of Choirs Knob Noster Middle School and Music/Arts Institute Young MAIsters Children's Choir. Kellyn Button, Director of Choirs Osage Trail Middle School and Allegro Choirs of KCThis would be a roundtable discussion along with some Tried and True unison/2part music for the children's choir directors. Discussion topics could include: rep, rehearsal techniques, auditioning, this would be a continuation fron last summer.
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Fri AM
3C Fri 10 am
Begin With The End In Mind For Your ChoirDr. Anthony Maglione, Director of Choral Activities, William Jewell CollegeHow do we get from notes on a page to art? What are the building blocks of great rehearsal technique? Beginning with the end in mind, this workshop will provide rehearsal examples and techniques designed to help new and developing teachers incorporate musicianship, music literacy, and artistry into their everyday rehearsal plan.
49
Fri AM
3C Fri 10 am
Collabo For Your Life!Robert Battle, Lange Middle School, Columbia, MOIn a state budget climate where music educational resources are being cut, this session looks at ways in which music teachers can use one another as a resource to maintain and increase efficiency in their programs. This programs will also explore the art of collaboration with community resources and non-profit organizations. Educators will walk alway with tools and ideas about how to efficiently seek new collaborative endeavors.
50
Fri AM
3C Fri 10 am
BOOKLET #5: Tried & True Music for Developing and Intermediate Voices
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Fri AM
3D Fri 11 am
How to Teach Close Harmony in Jazz, Pop, and Other GenresBrian Parrish, Director of Choirs, Parkway West High School, St. Louis, MOBrian Parrish outlines his best tricks and methods for teaching tough close harmonies in Jazz, Pop, and other genres at all levels
52
Fri AM
3D Fri 11 am
Community Choir/Music in Worship 2Mark Hayes, Composer Session Description Coming Soon
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Fri AM
3D Fri 11 am
Superb Solutions for Smaller Choirs and Training Choirs Mary Lynn Lightfoot, Founding Editor of Sing! educational choral line, Choristers GuildJoin Lightfoot in this dynamic reading session and explore creative choral pieces in a variety of styles and voicings for smaller to medium-sized choirs and training choirs. Helpful teaching tips will be offered that will help promote learning skills for choral singing. Participants will receive a complimentary music packet or booklet.
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Fri AM
3D Fri 11 am
Do the hustle(!):Making efficient use of your time in rehearsal.Dr. Adam Zrust, Director of Choral Activities, University of Central MissouriResearch supports using sequential patterns of instruction (1–2–3's) to deliver content to students. In other words, give​ ​​an instruction (1), let students complete the task (2), and​ ​provide them feedback (3). Concurrent instruction (hustling) is the act of delivering information to students while they are in performance of assigned tasks. If used correctly, this process can help save time and expedite student learning.
55
Fri PM
3D1 Fri 12 pm
Children's/Youth Choir Roundtable Extended at LunchKristin Chisham, Jon Logan, Director of Choirs Knob Noster Middle School and Music/Arts Institute Young MAIsters Children's Choir. Kellyn Button, Director of Choirs Osage Trail Middle School and Allegro Choirs of KCThis would be a roundtable discussion along with some Tried and True unison/2part music for the children's choir directors. Discussion topics could include: rep, rehearsal techniques, auditioning, this would be a continuation fron last summer.
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Fri PM
3E Fri 1:15 pm
How to Teach Syncopated Rhythm in Jazz, Pop, and Other GenresBrian Parrish, Director of Choirs and Jazz, Parkway West High School, St. Louis, MOBrian Parrish outlines a fresh, fun, and effective way to teach syncopated rhythms to choirs at any level.
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Fri PM
3E Fri 1:15 pm
Training the adolescent female voiceDr. Luke Williams, Voice/Opera Workshop, University of Central MissouriWorking with women's choirs as a male conductor. Tips, tricks, repertoire, motivation.
58
Fri PM
3E Fri 1:15 pm
Children's Choirs: Get 'Em Hooked While They're YoungBlake Richter Inman Intermediate Music Teacher Nixa, MO Focus on making before and after school choir fun and engaging. Also focus on use of technology and keeping parents informed.
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Fri PM
3E Fri 1:15 pm
Revoicing - expand your programming choicesNoel Fulkerson - Kansas City Metro Mens ChorusOften there are selections in other voicing that you might perform with a different group. Or perhaps you need to adapt to fit your needs. You can revise/revise to fit your needs, but only under special circumstances. This session will present workable solutions.
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Fri PM
3F Fri 2:15 pm
Music Technology Round Table (can be changed) Baker Purdon - Assistant Director of Choirs, Liberty High School
Melynda Jane - Director of Choirs, Pattonville High School
This session will be an open, collaborative work group discussing how we use technology in the secondary choral classroom. The session will be moderated by Melynda Jane and Baker Purdon, and participants are encouraged to prepare/bring shareable folders of their favorite tech tools to discuss with the group.
61
Fri PM
3F Fri 2:15 pm
Working with the female solo voiceDr. Aidan Soder, Associate Professor of Voice, UMKCTechnique, Repertoire, Pedagogy for the female solo voice
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Fri PM
3F Fri 2:15 pm
T/B Repertoire That WorksDustin Cates, Artistic Director, Heartland Men's ChorusDustin Cates will share T/B repertoire that works for men's choirs of all levels.
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Fri PM
3F Fri 2:15 pm
Composing and Arranging: Tricks for the Amateur and Professional Michael Engelhardt, Composer & Arranger - mikeemusic.com, St. Louis MOMichael Engelhardt shares some of the methods that have led to his successes in composing and arranging in a variety of styles.
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Fri PM
3G Fri 3:15 pm
Session Title Coming SoonCristi Cary Miller Teacher, conductor, and composerSession Description Coming Soon
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Fri PM
3G Fri 3:15 pm
Building a parent support group for your Show Choir programJeff Gemar, Vocal Music Director at Glenwood High School in Chatham, IL This sessions will discuss ways to get parents involved with helping your show choir group.
66
Fri PM
3G Fri 3:15 pm
Beyond Parking and Barking - A Guide to Enhancing Choral Music in ConcertsSam Brukhman, Artistic Director, Verdigris Ensemble, Dallas, TXA guide to making choir concerts more meaningful, connected, and fun through movement, use of space, concert programming, and modern instrument technology. Join us as we explore the application of this from the perspective of middle school to professional ensembles.
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Fri PM
3H Fri 4:15 pm
Special Masterclass
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3I Fri 5:15 pm
69
Sat AM
4A Sat 8 am
Group Bonding Ideas to Build Strong Friendships within your Show Choir groupJeff Gemar - Vocal Music Director at Glenwood High School in Chatham, ILThis session will give ideas for helping your show choir build strong friendships and promotes teamwork within your group.
70
Sat AMeEngaging Elements in Elementary Choir
Jennifer Patterson Warren Hills Elementary Music Teacher
Learn Kodaly and Orff-Schulwerk approaches to engage and excite your elementary choir.
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Sat AM4B Sat 9 amChildren's Choir in the Urban settingCorbin TrimbleThis session will include warm-ups, classroom management, and joy =)
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Sat AM
4B Sat 9 am
Go for Baroque: Developing student musicianship and artistry through baroque choral repertoireDr. Jerry Myers, Director of Choral Activities, Saint Louis Community College at Meramec and Dr. Trent Patterson, Director of Choral Studies, Webster UniversityWhat opportunities for developing students’ musical skills are inherent in baroque compositions? What are some of the most accessible baroque pieces for treble and mixed choirs? What teaching strategies are particularly effective in rehearsing these pieces? This session will present a sampling of shorter baroque selections appropriate for developing and advanced choirs from assorted publishers as well as CPDL. Teaching strategies to facilitate successful rehearsals of each selection will be emphasized. The clinicians will share their rationale for including baroque music in the curriculum and strive to empower directors to fully explore the programming possibilities of this rich body of choral literature.
73
Sat AM
4C Sat 10 am
The Formula for Success - Putting together your competition showHeath Gemar - Choreographer for Glenwood Titan FeverThis session will help others learn the best formula for putting together your competition show for your show choir.
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Sat AM
4C Sat 10 am
Choral Gems of Our Early YearsVarious Leaders of our LegacyLiving The Legacy reading session of quality literature from our early conferences that we may have forgotten or need introduction.
75
Sat AM
4D Sat 11 am
Special Performance
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