#Anthem200

by Julie Parsons, WA-ACDA Youth & Student Activities Chair​This year marks the 200th anniversary of Francis Scott Key's penning of "The Star-Spangled Banner." On Friday, September 12, 2014, schools across the nation are asked to hold their own events to honor "The Star-Spangled Banner" and to share these efforts online. The Star-Spangled Music Foundation, American … Continue reading #Anthem200

WA Intercollegiate Choral Festival: Rave Reviews and Repertoire

by Timothy Westerhaus, R & S Chair, College and University Choirs Five universities from across Washington State gathered in Ellensburg for the annual Washington Intercollegiate Choral Festival on April 7, 2014. Over 250 collegiate singers from Central Washington University, Gonzaga University, Walla Walla University, Western Washington University, and Whitworth University participated, conducted by Gary Weidenaar, … Continue reading WA Intercollegiate Choral Festival: Rave Reviews and Repertoire

Looking for Multi-Cultural Pieces? 10 Recommendations

Ten world music pieces for all levels recommended by Brian Hoskins, our WA ACDA multi-cultural perspectives chair 1. "Adiemus" by Karl Jenkins (SSA, Boosey & Hawkes). "Adiemus" is one of a collection of pieces by Karl Jenkins called Songs of Sanctuary. It was also featured in an airline commercial years ago. The part I enjoy … Continue reading Looking for Multi-Cultural Pieces? 10 Recommendations

Rethinking Your Bio

by Justin Raffa, R&S Chair, Community Choirs Have you ever attended a community performance, opened your program, and read a conductor’s bio that sounded something like this? American conductor, tenor, educator, composer, arranger, and Top Chef Dr. Justin Raffa, DMA, PhD, MD, ROFL has been hailed by the Tri-City Herald as “the greatest musician, human … Continue reading Rethinking Your Bio

Less Is More: Choosing Beginning Jazz Lit

by Charlotte Reese, R&S Chair for Vocal Jazz I grew up as a band kid and started singing jazz in college. I love the harmonies and singing those tight sax voicings. The trade off, however, is a load of time in the practice room pounding away at disjunct alto parts until they stick. When I … Continue reading Less Is More: Choosing Beginning Jazz Lit

Auditioning Your Choirs

by Joel Karn, R&S Chair for Women's Choruses The day I post the list of my choirs for the next school year is a day mixed with both celebration and sadness among my students. Many shed tears of joy because they've made it into the group they've longed to be in, while a few others … Continue reading Auditioning Your Choirs

Informative and fun; the WA ACDA/NKE workshop of January, 2014

by Darcy Morrissey, R&S Chair, Children and Community Youth Choirs Fifty-three choral directors attended this informative and fun workshop that centered on twenty-two unison/two part octavos by master classical composers. The workshop was held Saturday, January 19th, at the Meridian Park Elementary School in Shoreline. Presenters were Darcy Morrissey, Brad Wills, Leora Schwitters, Richard Nance, … Continue reading Informative and fun; the WA ACDA/NKE workshop of January, 2014

Bridging the Gap: Connecting Choral Communities

Timothy Westerhaus, University and 4-year College R & S Chair, Washington State As choral conductors, we strive to create and strengthen bonds of community within our choirs as we pursue musical excellence. Our ensembles thrive when each member identifies with a common cause that resonates deeply with other members. These common causes include aesthetic elements, … Continue reading Bridging the Gap: Connecting Choral Communities