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December 2015 Round-Up

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

2015 Spring & Summer Events for Music Educators

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

Why Music? The Importance of Music in America

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

Training for a Lifetime of singing!

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!

#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