Middle School Choir is Group Therapy

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

Mentorship Pods forming now!

by Aly Henniger, Student Representatve Mentoring is beneficial for people at every level of choral experience. In order to incorporate all Washington ACDA members, Jason Saunders and I are creating Mentor Pods. These Pods will connect members of the profession at every level—from students to retirees—in an effort to share experiences and advice. The Pods … Continue reading Mentorship Pods forming now!

An Overview of the UW Baltic Choral Library

“Where can I find that beautiful Ēriks Ešenvalds, Veljo Tormis or Vaclovas Augstinas score?” by Dr. Heather MacLaughlin Garbes, Chair of Lifelong Choral Music With the popularity of Baltic choral music continuing to grow, many of the sighs of happiness after hearing those compositions turn to sighs of frustration about trying to find the scores … Continue reading An Overview of the UW Baltic Choral Library

Fostering Mutual Respect with Your Choir Members

By Ailisa Newhall, Commercial Music R&R Coordinator Our choir members bring a rich culture of music with them from the first day they step into our rehearsal.  To encourage singers to share their own music, we need to foster a safe and supportive rehearsal environment.  All music, from classical to commercial, must be held equally … Continue reading Fostering Mutual Respect with Your Choir Members

Middle C – A Singer Chronicles His Gender Transition

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

Safe Spaces for Transgender Voices

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

Workshop THIS Saturday!

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!

Great Music Set to Great Poetry: NKE and WA-ACDA Winter Workshop

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

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

#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