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!

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

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

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