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
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
by Darcy Morrissey, Chair of Youth Choral Music On January 14 and 15, NKE, WA-ACDA, and 35 attendees kicked off the new year with an in-depth study, “American Folksongs Arrangements for Elementary Choirs,” guided by Dr. Andrew Seifert and Darcy Morrissey. We are delighted to announce that this was the 5th Annual Elementary Workshop and … Continue reading NKE-WAACDA January Workshop
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!
“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