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1 W am 8:30 - 4 pm
All Conference
CPH BallroomsHonor Choirs in Rehearsal4/5/6, 7/8, 9/10, Show Choir, Vocal Jazz EnsembleMultipleMultiple
1 W am 8:30 - 5 pm
All Conference
CPH AtriumRegistration
Kathy Bhat, MCDA Membership Secretary
x1 W am 9 - 1 pmMSHSAACPH Kansas CityMSHSAA Adjudication Training
Sandy Cordes, MSHSAA Adjudication Trainer
1 W am 9ACADEMYCPH Lincoln
Connect, Grow, Succeed: Reaching Students In a Diverse Classroom, School, and Community
Great programs are built one interaction at a time, but our differences can make connecting with students a challenge. Diversity in today's classroom encompasses differences in ethnicity, cultural backgrounds, race, religion, gender, family income, sexual orientation, and more. This session will give new teachers easy to implement techniques, proven strategies, and a guiding philosophy on how to make meaningful connections in a diverse classroom, school and community.
Ryan Main, Youth Chorus of Kansas City
x1 W am 10ACADEMYCPH Lincoln
From Student to Teacher: Thriving in the First Five Years
Tips for beginning teachers from Nathan Cook and Morgan DeClue and their first five years of teaching.
Nathan Cook - Choir Director, Parkview HS, Springfield, MO.; Morgan DeClue - Choir Director, Bolivar HS, Bolivar, MO
x1 W am 10
Interest Session
CPH St. Louis
Assessment in the performance based classroom
Professor Pam Grooms, Lindenwood University
x1 W am 11
Interest Session
CPH St. LouisTesting with Tech - Time Saving Assessments
Creation and implementation of digital assessments for music theory (ear training and more) for the secondary vocal music classroom. Guide to use Google Forms, Garage Band, Youtube and more to create lasting and modifiable assessments with ease!
Baker L. Purdon, Assistant Director of Choirs, Liberty High School, Liberty MO
1 W am 11ACADEMYCPH Lincoln
Using Technology - How To Become An Administrator's Best Friend
In this session, we will focus on different music technology resources that you can use to engage your students in your music classroom. We will also look at how we as music educators can use some other useful apps/websites that are used by teachers of all content areas.
Blake Richter, Music Teacher, Inman Intermediate School, Nixa, MO
x1 W pm 12HeadlinerCPH CarnegiesSong Writing 101: Everyone Can Do it!
This session is information for anyone wanting to compose or arrange music for their choirs or to publish.
Rosana Eckert, Senior lecturer of Jazz Voice, University of North Texas, Denton TX
1 W pm 12-1:50 pm
Academy Lunch
CPH LincolnChandler Cooper, Pam GroomsN/A
1 W pm 12:15
Student Conductors
CPH SpringfieldPractice for select student conductorsJason Huneycutt
x1 W pm 1
Interest Session
CPH St. LouisArranging Spirituals
The clinician has many arrangements of spirituals in print. Highly acclaimed for his expertise in bringing new vitality and excitement to these beloved pieces, they have reached a wide range of choirs both internationally and in the U.S. Clinician will discuss how to choose a good arrangement of a spiritual and his process of doing arrangements himself.
Mr. Stacey V. Gibbs, composer and arranger, Detroit, Michigan
Jonathan Owen
1 W pm 2ACADEMYCPH LincolnPractical Programming
Practical strategies for programming at all levels. Join 3 master teachers as they share tips and tricks to make your concert season a success.
Amy Krinke, Director of Choirs, Lee's Summit West High School; Heidi Williamson, Nixa Middle School, Stephen Rew, Raymore-Peculiar School District
x1 W pm 2
Interest Session
CPH St. LouisMusic Appreciation
This session will cover how to create a semester curriculum for a generic (non-singing) music appreciation without purchasing a textbook. This is relevant for grades 6-12, and can be altered to fit any grade level by changing assignments to be age group appropriate. Will give examples of a curriculum for American Music beginning at the Revolutionary War all the way to current times, including resource books and websites to use.
Danaya Roller, Vocal Director, South Valley Middle School- Liberty Missouri
x1 W pm 3
Reading Booklet 5
CPH Lincoln
MCDA Booklet 5: Tried & True Music for Developing and Intermediate Voices
MultipleShea Twenter
1 W pm 5:30 - 7:30
CPH BallroomsMissouri Youth Honor ChoirsMultipleMultiple
x1 W pm 8:30NetworkingCPH AtriumMCDA Welcome MixerWilliam T Grega, MCDA PresidentN/A
2 T am 7:15 - 5 pm
All Conference
CPH AtriumRegistration
Kathy Bhat, MCDA Membership Secretary
x2 T am 7-8 am
MP Breakfast
CPH Missouri
x2 T am 8HeadlinerCPH Capitol
Building Choral Tone and Technique in the Warm-Up
This interactive session will explore the unique technical and aesthetic challenges of singing in a choral setting and offer a sequence of exercises and techniques to help our singers – both amateur and trained – contribute beautifully within the ensemble. Exercises for focus, breath activation, onset, ring & resonance will be offered, as well as an examination of choral tessitura, the vowel triangle, and basics of diction that can help cultivate vibrant, well supported singing.
Dr. Daniel Bara, University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia
x2 T am 8 HeadlinerCPH Jefferson
Chords and Conversation: The Music of Andrea Ramsey
This session would be part-reading session, part story-telling. We will sing Andrea’s music and she will share personal insight behind her works and stories and meaning about their structure. Repertoire will be considered through a reverse-lens, viewing through the eyes of the composer. The packet would include 8 selections and provide ample time for discussion of pedagogical considerations in repertoire as well as any questions attendees may have. Target audience: elementary through college teachers
Andrea Ramsey, Associate Director of Choral Studies, University of Colorado Boulder, Boulder, CO
Christy Shinn
x2 T am 9
Interest Session
CPH CapitolVocal Jazz "Secrets"
Vocal Jazz "Secrets" is intended to give all educators of vocal jazz from novice to experienced, quick and simple ways that can improve you and your ensemble's knowledge, technique, style, and performance of this wonderful American art form. With over three decades teaching vocal jazz, David will give advice you can use right away in achieving vocal jazz tone and style, choosing the right music for your group, and many ways to give your group success with vocal jazz.
David Cannon, Director of Choirs, Kirkwood High School, Kirkwood MO
x2 T am 9
Interest Session
CPH Jefferson
Superb Solutions for Smaller Choirs and Training Choirs
Join Lightfoot in this exciting reading session and explore creative choral pieces from Sing! in a variety of styles and voicings for smaller to medium-sized choirs and training choirs. Participants will receive a complimentary music packet or booklet.
Mary Lynn Lightfoot, Founding Editor: Sing! educational choral line, Choristers Guild
Cheryl Nichols
x2 T am 9
Interest Session
CPH TrumanA Toast to Tosti!
Tired of Sebben Crudele? Heard Vittoria mio core too many times? Is it time to put the 24 Italian war horses out to pasture? Then the art songs of Paolo Tosti are the tonic for your woes. This session will introduce you to the man and his music. Many of his art songs are accessible for high school students and a few are even easier than the 24 Italian Art Songs.
Ron Sayer, Music Arts Coordinator and Voice Instructor, State Fair Community College, Sedalia, Missouri
x2 T am 10 amACADEMYCPH TrumanA Conversation with Andrea Ramsey
Learn from master composer and teacher Andrea Ramsey in this Q&A and discussion.
Andrea Ramsey, Associate Director of Choral Studies, University of Colorado Boulder, Boulder, CO
x2 T am 10
Reading Booklet 3
CPH Jefferson
MCDA Booklet 3: New Music for Progressing Voices
High School, 2-year college, Men's, Women's, Multicultural
Shea Twenter
x2 T am 10 amHeadlinerCPH CapitolBen Eklund 1 of 2TBD
Ben Eklund - freelance choreographer - Lincoln, NE
x2 T am 10 - 1 pmEXHIBITSCPH AtriumExhibits are open in the AtriumJordan Cox, Exhibitor ChairN/A
x2 T am 11HeadlinerCPH Capitol
Conducting Gesture: Turning the Basics into Music
Or, "Remembering the gestural basics I forgot to remember(!) and why the basics actually make musical sense!” This session will offer a rapid review of gestural basics and their musical underpinnings, while offering strategies for cultivating and expanding arsenal of a clear, beautiful, and musical gestures that support good singing (and playing.)
Dr. Daniel Bara - University of GeorgiaN/A
x2 T am 11HeadlinerCPH Truman
Imagination, Metaphor, and Play: Conductor’s Crash Course
This session will explore the conductor’s use of imagination, metaphor, and play in rehearsal to elicit changes in sound and deeper contextual meaning for singers. While technical directives are certainly valuable, teachers may stir greater passion in singers, and create improved sounds through the employment of imaginative approaches. Providing our choirs with opportunities to be playful, contribute to the process, and engage their imaginations can further shape the connections they form with one another, create more enjoyable rehearsals, and inform more contextually integrated performances. In this session, attendees will function as the “ choir” and experience firsthand these rehearsal applications. A complimentary packet will be provided. Target audience: JH/MS and HS teachers
Andrea Ramsey, Associate Director of Choral Studies, University of Colorado Boulder, Boulder, CO
Christy Shinn
x2 T pm 12 pmMP LunchCPH Missouri
x2 T pm 1
Interest Session
CPH Capitol
Creating an LGBT-friendly rehearsal environment addressing Title IX
A discussion of rehearsal and classroom management strategies to foster an LGBT-friendly rehearsal environment including Title IX expectations, and how our behavior as leaders and mentors impact student growth, development, and safety.
Robert Stumpf, Artistic Director, Gateway Men's Chorus of St. Louis; and Dr. James Croft, Asst Leader, Ethical Society of St. Louis
x2 T pm 1
Interest Session
CPH LincolnReading Session for Young Voices - Walton
Danny Gutierrez will lead a reading session of quality literature for young voices from beginning to advanced.
Susan LaBarr, Editor, Walton Music, Springfield
x2 T pm 1
Interest Session
CPH TrumanFrom Paper to Powerful
It is the fundamental experience of a director: You're given a piece of sheet music and a performance date (which is always too soon). Your job is to turn that ink on a page to transformative experience for an audience. This session will explore dynamic, practical, and time-efficient strategies for navigating your way through score study, the rehearsal process, and , ultimately, the curtain.
Jim Henry, Director of Choral Studies, University of Missouri - St. Louis
x2 T pm 2
Interest Session
CPH TrumanSight-Singing Superstars in Six Minutes
A demonstration choir will illustrate various tools, strategies, and methods for building independent and self sufficent sight-singers in less than six minutes a day. (Grades 7-12)
Amy Krinke, Director of Choirs, Lee's Summit West High School, Jacob Lowry, Beth Files
x2 T pm 2
Interest Session
CPH CapitolMusicals in the Middle
This session could offer strategies for setting up a successful music theater program at the middle school level. Topics discussed could include: musicals appropriate for intermediate levels, how to structure auditions and casting, organizational tools, innovative costuming ideas, accompaniment short cuts, using technology as a rehearsal tool and a question and answer session. Information packets and musical examples will be shared.
Shea L. Twenter (Director of Vocal Music, Ray-Pec East Middle School) and Pam Schnake (Director of Theatre Studies, Ray-Pec East Middle School)
x2 T pm 2
Reading Booklet 4
CPH Lincoln
MCDA Booklet 4: New Music for Advanced Voices
Large High School, College/University, Men's, Women's, Multicultural
MultipleTim Hercules
2 T pm 2 - 4:30 pm
EXHIBITSCPH AtriumExhibits are open in the AtriumJordan Cox, Exhibitor ChairN/A
x2 T pm 3
Interest Session
CPH Lincoln
Preparing Your Students for a Collegiate Music Audition
Cameron LaBarr and Jerry Myers will moderate a panel discussion in which they and other collegiate directors will discuss the best ways to prepare high school students for their collegiate music audition.
Dr. Cameron LaBarr, Assistant Professor of Music, Missouri State University and Dr. Jerry Myers, Professor of Music, St. Louis Community College at Meramec
x2 T pm 3 pmHeadlinerCPH TrumanMaking Your Minutes Count
Every day teachers walk into rehearsal with a finite number of minutes to get everything accomplished. How we as teachers manage that time is of utmost importance as we get past the paperwork responsibilities, past the notes and rhythms, and really get to the heart of the music. This session explores proven strategies that make every minute of every rehearsal give 110 percent.
Dr. Andrew Last - Director of Choral Activities - Luther College
x2 T pm 3 pm
Interest Session
CPH Capitol
Your Elementary Choral Toolkit: Technique, Technology, and Transformation!
Discover exciting new techniques for developing vocal independence in your students through a combination of solid pedagogy and the integration of engaging technology. Who says you can’t teach an old song with new tricks? Participants will unpack a variety of folk songs, partner songs, canons and more as they learn to target the variety of skill levels in an elementary choir and walk away with a printed Octavo and sample access to adaptable rehearsal tools they can use in their classroom right away from the engaging and educational world of QuaverMusic.com.  Quaver Choral Resources equip Elementary Music Specialists to cover a vast breadth of musical concepts, vocal techniques, and transferable skills to take their singers into middle school and beyond!
Alayna AndersonN/A
x2 T pm 4 pm
All Conference
CPH TrumanState of Missouri - MCDA Updates
William T. Grega, MCDA President, Springfield
x2 T pm 4:45 pm
All Conference
VariousDistrict Meetings (all membership) District RepresentativesN/A
2 T pm 5-7:15 pm
Executive Board
CPH SpringfieldExecutive Board Meeting
William T. Grega, MCDA President, Springfield
2 T pm 6:30-10:30
EXHIBITSCPH AtriumExhibits are open in the AtriumJordan Cox, Exhibitor ChairN/A
2 T pm 7:30 pm
CPH Jeff/MissAll State Vocal Jazz Ensemble & Show ChoirMultipleMultiple
2 T pm 8:30 pmNetworkingCPH AtriumMoonlight Madness Exhibitor EventJordan Cox, Exhibitor ChairN/A
3 F am 7:15 - 5 pm
All Conference
CPH AtriumRegistration
Kathy Bhat, MCDA Membership Secretary
3 F am 7:30 - 12pm
EXHIBITSCPH AtriumJordan Cox, Exhibitor ChairN/A
3 F am 8 am
Interest Session
CPH CapitolBeth Fritz Rehearses Vocal Jazz
Beth Fritz will rehearse a demonstration ensemble of your friends an colleagues!
Beth Fritz, Director of Choirs, Fort Zumwalt West High School, O' Fallon MO
3 F am 8 am
Interest Session
CPH Jefferson
MusicSpoke Reading Session for Younger Vocies
MusicSpoke Reading Session for Younger VociesAndrea Ramsey or TBAKurk Knecht
3 F am 8 am
Interest Session
CPH Truman
Strategies, Tricks, and Tools for Eliciting Quality Tone From Young Treble Voices
Do you struggle to get your middle schoolers to sing with resonance and clarity? Three of Missouri's finest are hear to help. Tracy Baker, Jamie Hudson, and Chelsea Ayres will share their ideas for bettering the sound of young treble singers.
Tracy Baker, Pattonville School District, Jamie Hutson, Lindbergh School District, Chelsea Ayres, Mehlville School District
3 F am 9 amHeadlinerCPH CapitolBen Eklund 2 of 2TBD
Ben Eklund - freelance choreographer - Lincoln, NE
3 F am 9 am
Interest Session
CPH TrumanChildren's Choirs Roundtable
Discussion of audition procedures (song choices, judging, do we audition or not? etc.) or repertoire choices for the 5/6 choir students(introducing the classics but also introducing new repertoire. Additional talking point: non-auditioned/auditioned choirs in rural schools.
Kristin Chisham (moderator) N/A
3 F am 9 am
Reading Booklet 7
CPH Jefferson
MCDA Booklet 7: New Music for Church and Community Choirs
Church Choirs and Community ChoirsMultipleCathy Boemler
3 F am 10 amHeadlinerCPH Jefferson
Vocal Improvisation: Letting Rhythm Lead the Way
Rosana Eckert talks about how to improvise in a vocal jazz style
Rosana Eckert, Senior Lecturer, University of North Texas, Denton TX
3 F am 10 am
Interest Session
CPH TrumanCreating a Culture, Building a Program
This session will guide teachers in self reflection and help them recognize how to use the strengths and weaknesses of their students, their program and themselves to create a culture that attracts, creates, and retains excellent singers and musicians.
Erin Buffum, Director of Choral Activities, Baldwin Junior High and High School, Baldwin City, KS
3 F am 10 am
Interest Session
CPH CapitolProgramming Session with R. Paul CrabbDescription TBD
Paul Crabb, Director of Choral Activities, University of Missouri-Columbia
3 F am 11 am
Interest Session
CPH TrumanLearning Music Through Handbells or Chimes:
This session will address the benefits of beginning a handbell or handchime choir as part of your church or school activities. The session will cover aspects such as the benefits of a handbell/chime ensemble, set-up, materials, getting started, how to ring, etc. This session would overlap for Elementary/general music as well as worship.
Joshua Chism, Music Director, Richland Elementary, Richland First Baptist Church, Richland MO
3 F am 11 am
Interest Session
CPH CapitolYour Voice for Life
We all have been given a wonderful instrument. It's ours for life and will serve us well as we age if it is taken care of. Over time these instruments are exposed to change, abuse, chemicals and drugs that all take their toll on its once vibrant and free performance. Many of us work with adult singers who are in the same boat as ourselves. It is time that we address the future of our voices and explore what we can do to keep them functioning throughout our golden years.
Ron Sayer, Music Arts Coordinator and Voice Instructor, State Fair Community College, Sedalia, Missouri
3 F am 11 am
Reading Booklet 2
CPH JeffersonNew Music for Intermediate VoicesMiddle, Small High School, Men, Women, MulticulturalMultipleJan Ward
3 F am 11:15 amSPECIAL
124 E High St, Jefferson City, MO 65101
Collegiate Luncheon
The collegiate luncheon is open to all 2-year and 4-year college/university choral directors. NOTE: I'm working on getting this sponsored to be off-site similar to summer 2016.
3 F pm 1-2:20 pmEd Camp
CPH Multiple Rooms
MCDA Fast and Furious (1)
We are excited to include the EdCamp model in our conference.
Multiple - N/A
3 F pm 1:30 pm
Interest Session
CPH TrumanAnthems that Work
The best of the best in church choral music. Andy Waggoner and Kevin McBeth will bring perusal copies of their tweny favorite anthems for a reading session-type interest session. They will also discuss worship planning ideas and resources.
Andy Waggoner, Concord Trinity - Worship Arts Director, St. Louis
Pam Grooms
3 F pm 2-4 pm
District/State Coordinators
CPH Springfield
District and State Coordinators must attend this session
Beth St. John, Janice BradshawN/A
3 F pm 2:30 pm
Reading Booklet 6
CPH Lincoln
MCDA Booklet 6: Tried & True Music for Progressing and Advanced Voices
MultipleCathy Boemler
3 F pm 2:30 pm
Interest Session
CPH TrumanDemystifying Sight Reading part 2.5
Building on a session presented 2 years ago, adding new insight and practice ideas for sight reading in all levels of choral education
Patrick Dell, Hermann School District, Hermann, MO
3 F pm 3:30 pmHeadlinerCPH Truman
Things They Forgot to Teach or Were Afraid You Would Find Out
Many of us received extraordinary educations but not much practical job training. Most of it dealt with conducting. Sometimes we are lucky if that is 10% of our time. This session will cover all the rest.
Dr. Tim Seelig, Artsitic Director of the San Fran Gay Men's Chorus, published author
3 F pm 3:30 pm
Reading Booklet 1
CPH LincolnNew Music for Beginning VoicesMusic for Children, Middle, Men, Women, MulticulturalMultipleWarner Bailey
3 F pm 6:30 pm
All Conference
CPH Grand Ballroom
C/C Honor Choir & Conference Awards Banquet
William T. Grega; Kevin McBeth, Keynote
4 S am 8HeadlinerCPH Truman
Boys to Men: Navigating the Transitions of Our Male Singers
Whether you are teaching at the middle school or collegiate level, transitions specific to our male singers occur. Not only will this session discuss the challenges of working with the changing male voice, but it will also lay out strategies to walk the male singers of our program through their life journeys from boys to men.
Dr. Andrew Last - Director of Choral Activities - Luther College
4 S am 8
Interest Session
CPH CapitolThe Hawaiian Shirt Guys (We're Back)
This session will be a followup to our successful session from a few years ago. We will be presenting active and engaging strategies to help any choir or general music class. You will be up and moving the entire time and you will leave with so much to use in your classroom.
Caleb Zustiak and Stephen RewN/A
4 S am 9
Interest Session
CPH CapitolLife-Changing Rehearsals
Directors often charge the chorus with the task of changing the lives of the people we sing for. This session is designed to help directors change the lives of the people they direct. Here's a new approach to weekly rehearsals that will inspire and revitalize your chorus, add power and purpose to your weekly rehearsals, strengthen the bond between members, give meaning to your music, make your singers want to come back every week (and bring their friends), and more effectively accomplish the primary goal to change the lives of the people we sing for.
Jim Henry, Director of Choral Studies, University of Missouri - St. Louis
4 S am 9
Reading Booklet 8
CPH Jefferson
MCDA Booklet 8: New Music for Show and Jazz Choirs
MultipleWarner Bailey
4 S am 10HeadlinerCPH Truman
The Music Within
Discovering the Joy – Again.
One Man’s story – Everyone’s Journey.
As children, we all knew the joy of singing, dancing, painting, laughing – to the top of our lungs and outside the lines. Along the way, our joy and creativity were muted by those around us.
This session will help you rediscover the “creativity volume knob” and turn it way back up!
Dr. Timothy Seelig, Artistic Director of the SAN Fran Gay Men's Chorus, published author
4 S am 10
Interest Session
CPH CapitolSmall Schools, Mighty Responsibilities!
A panel discussion about the joys and frustrations of teaching K-12 music in small schools.
Kimberly Boothe Guilford, Vocal Music Teacher, Sturgeon R-5 School District will head up a panel of experienced K-12 Directors
4 S am 11
Interest Session
CPH JeffersonHeartland Men's Chorus Performance and Clinic
The Heartland Men's Chorus will perform selections and have a clinic with Dr. Tim Seelig.
Dustin Cates, Artistic Director and Conductor of the Heartland Men's Chorus
4 S pm 12 noon
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