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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

To Sum It Up: The 2013 Summer Institute

By Howard Meharg "Another amazing session filled with inspiration, plenty of learning opportunities, and the fun of seeing friends and colleagues again...that describes it for me," said a Summer Institute attendee regarding the 2013 conference. Attendance remained high with 220 people registered for this, the 18th year for Washington ACDA's main event, held again on … Continue reading To Sum It Up: The 2013 Summer Institute

Washington Groups Selected for ACDA Regional Conference, March 13-16, 2014

Congratulations to these choirs and directors; groups from Washington who will be singing at the NW ACDA regional conference March 13-16, 2014 Ballard High School Concert Choir - Courtney Rowley, Director - Seattle (Ballard High School) Celebration - Thomas Almli, Director - Bellevue (Bellevue College) Canonici: Consort of Voices - Anne Lyman, Director - Tacoma … Continue reading Washington Groups Selected for ACDA Regional Conference, March 13-16, 2014

Interview with Lynne Gackle: Finding Ophelia’s Voice (Part 1 of 2) ACDA WA Summer Institute Headliner

Aimee Mell, Unison Editor AM: You are a specialist on the adolescent female voice and your book Finding Ophelia's Voice, Opening Ophelia's Heart: Nurturing the Adolescent Female Voice has brought this conversation to the forefront. What led to your focus on this topic? LG: Back in 1980 I was a young teacher in Miami, I … Continue reading Interview with Lynne Gackle: Finding Ophelia’s Voice (Part 1 of 2) ACDA WA Summer Institute Headliner

A Year in REVIEW: Lori Wiest reports on the state of Washington ACDA 2012-2013

At the end of each year, the state ACDA president completes an annual report which is shared with the national office.  As I reflected on the past year, I was certain that the members of Washington ACDA would enjoy knowing the many activities and membership updates that have taken place this year.  I will condense … Continue reading A Year in REVIEW: Lori Wiest reports on the state of Washington ACDA 2012-2013