by Aimee Mell, Multicultural R & R Chair Every July I look forward to the Washington ACDA summer institute at University of Puget Sound. Some years I feel ready to consider the year ahead, while others I feel as though I’m still recovering from the school year I’ve just completed. After coming to the SI … Continue reading Standing on the Mountain Top: Why I Love the Summer Institute
by Linda Moore, Secretary and Membership Chair “Sharpen the Saw” is habit 7 in Stephen Covey’s book The 7 Habits of Highly Successful People. This habit of self-renewal is the habit of attending to your physical, social/emotional, mental and spiritual needs. For most of the past 9 years, I have set aside time to attend … Continue reading Sharpening the Saw
Thanks to WNYC'S podcast Snap Judgement for playing this moving audio documentary of a man's gender transition heard through his singing. It was recorded in 2010 by Tristan Whiston, the singer, and Carma Jolly of the CBC. The 26 minutes are well worth a listen. Middle C: A Singer's Audio Diary of His Transition … Continue reading Middle C – A Singer Chronicles His Gender Transition
Did you miss the February WA ACDA workshop on creating Safe Spaces for Transgender Voices? See the links below for audio recording and notes from the session. Creating Safe Spaces for Transgender Voices, Part 1 Creating Safe Spaces for Transgender Voices, Part 2 WA – ACDA Transgender Workshop Notes Notes submitted by Dr. Heather MacLaughlin … Continue reading Safe Spaces for Transgender Voices
Submitted by Heather MacLaughlin Garbes, Western Liaison My Voice: Questions and repertoire for embracing transgender singers in your ensemble This workshop will share up-to-date research and personal insights of transgender singers, give suggestions about logistics and repertoire and allow participants to ask questions and discuss topics that they are experiencing in their own ensembles. Presenters … Continue reading Workshop THIS Saturday!
Submitted by Darcy Morrissey, R&S Children and Community Youth Choirs On January 15 and 16, NKE, WA-ACDA, and 53 attendees kicked off the new year with an in-depth study, “Great Music Set to Great Poetry for Children’s Choirs,” guided by Pacific Northwest power-house composers Judith Herrington and John Muehleisen. On Friday night we were privileged … Continue reading Great Music Set to Great Poetry: NKE and WA-ACDA Winter Workshop
All we can say is "WOW!" Great performances all across the NW division this month! Congratulations to you all. We would like to call your attention to two of our marvelous northwest choirs...one 'cause all of you can hear/see them on public television. The other 'cause...well, keep reading! PLU's Choirs presented concerts early this month … Continue reading December 2015 Round-Up
Hello Elementary Choir Educators, Happy New Year! As your elementary choir R&S Chair for WA state, I want to let you know about upcoming events/workshops that you should check out for 2015. Please keep in touch and have a terrific school year! Sincerely, Darcy Morrissey WA-ACDA Children’s & Community Youth R&S Chair JANUARY WHAT: A cappella … Continue reading 2015 Spring & Summer Events for Music Educators
by Brian Mitchell, President-Elect, WA-ACDA When I try to explain the importance of a choral experience, I find my mind fires off like a lightning storm, shooting around from thought to thought. It bounces from all of the amazing new brain research to the encouraging information coming from the National Endowment of the Arts on … Continue reading Why Music? The Importance of Music in America
Or, no one can avoid getting older, but everyone can prevent premature vocal aging by maintaining vocal and physical conditioning. April Brookins Duvic, Presenter - Vocal Music Program Director - Clark College Music Department Four years ago I presented a session entitled, "The Aging Voice – We've All Got One! (Or will someday, if we … Continue reading Training for a Lifetime of singing!