Submitted by Darcy Morrissey, Youth R&R Coordinator “Off the Risers,” the first workshop collaboration between the Evergreen Orff Chapter and Washington ACDA, was a success, connecting forty-five music educators with the resourceful Saxon Inabnit, an expert in applying the Orff philosophy to the choral setting. Saxon's fresh take on the traditional choir rehearsal was innovative … Continue reading Off the Risers: Evergreen Orff and Washington ACDA
Submitted by Kela Wanyama, Communications Chair Places Dr. Lyman has lived: Cleveland, Boston, Iowa, Texas, Belgium, and currently Tacoma. Professional Positions: “I really love hard work and don’t mind working hard,” says Lyman, who is director of choral activities at Tacoma Community College, artistic director of the Seattle Bach Choir, Sine Nomine Renaissance Choir in … Continue reading Meet Anne Lyman, your new WA-ACDA President-Elect!
by Heather MacLaughlin Garbes, Lifelong Choirs Coordinator 1. Venue Rental: a. Look for a place that is reasonably quiet and has an acoustic that will work well with your ensemble and also the repertoire that you are recording. b. Early mornings and very late evenings can be the best time 2. Artist Stipends: a. On … Continue reading 10 step Quick Guide for producing a CD
by Dean Luethi, Collegiate Choirs Chair Washington State is beautiful. The varying climate areas, the topographical wonder, the purple mountains majesty. Yet let’s call a spade a spade: there is a great divide in our state between the east side and the west side. Travel difficulties can and do impede the programming of cross-state collaborations … Continue reading Overcoming the Great (Geographical) Divide
by Ailisa Newhall, Commercial Music If you have ever taught middle school choir, you know what I’m talking about. Everything is a huge dramatic deal inside a tiny bubble. It makes the emotion of the music exhilarating. It makes every other aspect of life a crazy roller coaster. One student told me, “the only reason … Continue reading Middle School Choir is Group Therapy
written by Tori Casebeer, Vice President, Central Washington University ACDA Chapter For many of us in Central Washington University’s ACDA Student Chapter, social justice is a very important topic of discussion. We know that the choral world is diverse and broad in its membership, and that people of different ethnicities, abilities, sexual orientations, and gender … Continue reading The Big Queer Concert – A Report from the CWU Student Chapter
by Dean Luethi, Chair, Collegiate Choral Music If we conductors wish our students to sing with vitality and vigor within the scope of a focused rehearsal, we must be the epitome of energy in each rehearsal and plan rehearsals that maximize learning. The efficiency of your rehearsals will allow you to produce the best from … Continue reading Energy and Efficiency in Your Choral Rehearsal
As a part of the Music of the Americas International Conductor Exchange Program, we are excited to host Susan Hernández Osés (Costa Rica) in Seattle the week of March 13-18. Susan is a director of the choral program at the Escuela de Musica Municipal de Santo Domingo, Heredia, Costa Rica We have two events planned where members can … Continue reading Welcome to ICEP Conductor Susan Hernández Osés!
by Ken Owen, Two Year Colleges Liaison When I sang with the Utah Chamber Artists, a choir of around 40 singers, I fell in love with the way they staged some of their concerts. They call it a collage concert. I took the idea and have made an annual tradition of a “Spring Collage” concert … Continue reading The Collage Concert
by Allan J. Andrews, Retired Members Liaison Ever since I took the position of the R & R Liaison to Retired Members on the WA-ACDA State Board, I have been searching high and low for an actual retired choral director. People seem quite confused when I tell them that I am retired. They immediately respond, … Continue reading A Different Look at Retirement