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!
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
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
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
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
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
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!
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