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Summer Institute 2016
Summary

The 2016 Schedule

 

WEDNESDAY, JULY 20

 

8:00 - 9:00 REGISTRATION

 

9:00 - 10:00 Welcome and General Session

 

 

 

10:15 - 11:15 Reading Sessions

 

SATB (HS level) – Matt Johnson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Children/Elementary – Meg Stohlmann

 

11:30 - 12:30 Reading Sessions

 

Music in Worship – Alison Askeland

 

Tenor/Bass Choirs (Men’s Choirs) – Max Mendez

 

12:30 - 1:45 Roundtable Lunch

 

1:45 - 2:45 Interest Sessions

 

Illuminating the Common Thread in Thematic Concert Programming – Georgina Philippson - Sharing music in all disciplines and age levels is about being relevant, dynamic and engaging. If this is true, then the story arc of picking and presenting literature should be guided within a concert context. Connect with your musicians and audience from an added value perspective of storming and webbing your concert experience. Plan what you want their response to be from file cabinet to full house.

 

ICEP Program – Giselle Wyers - The International Conductors Exchange Program has been facilitating international conductor exchanges since 2010. Dr. Wyers will share what she learned about Swedish repertoire, techniques, and culture as an ICEP conductor. She will also talk about the process and possibilities for becoming an ICEP conductor.

 

3:00 - 4:00 Reading Sessions

 

SATB (2-year College Level) – April Duvic

 

SAB/SA(T)B – Monika Tabor / Jaci Cummings

 

 

 

4:15 - 5:15 Interest Sessions

 

Inclusivity in Voicing – facilitated by a group of experts on transgender voices - Following up on the WA-ACDA western winter workshop, our panel will share specific pedagogies for those whose voices are in transition or don't fit a traditional section. This session will focus on the needs of transgendered persons, but is applicable to all who work with changing voices of youths and elder singers

 

The Folder—Brian Mitchell and Alison Askeland - The Folder is a nuts and bolts daily notebook—“everything" we use in class. Sight reading materials, solfege, theory worksheets, permission slips, exit slips, staff paper, reflection and anaylsis assignments, TPEP assessments, CBPA, articles, etc. Two experienced teachers share how they keep themselves and their programs organized.

 

5:30 - 6:00 Announcements/Awards (See awards story below.)

 

 

6:00 - 8:00 Salmon Dinner

 

8:00 - 10:00 Student Session - Male Ensemble Northwest will sing a few songs for you, student members, but more importantly…they will answer your questions. Mine these educators for all their wisdom at this special session just for students.

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THURSDAY, JULY 21

 

6:30 Run With Rhonda - Rhonda Slinkard will be leading runners on a beautiful morning run. Meet outside Trimble Hall, ready to go at 6:30.

 

8:00 - 9:00 REGISTRATION

 

8:00 - 9:00 CD Sale - In past years, DJ Records has provided us an opportunity to shop their excellent choral CD selection. Doug and Janet have retired, so it's up to us! If your ensemble(s) have a CD, please bring a supply to sell during this one-hour celebration of Washington’s finest choral recordings. Note: each “vendor” must have their own means to take payment. There are several online options, and it's quick to sign up!

9:00 - 9:45

Headliner sessions

Sequencing in the Choral Rehearsal

Whether you are working with beginning or advanced choristers, this session will offer a step-by-step process for teaching vocal/choral musicianship skills and repertoire over the course of a rehearsal period.

 

11:00 - 12:00 Headliner reading packet 1

 

Choral Imprinting

Choral imprinting involves the communication of choral concepts related to posture, breathing, vocal production, vocal color, vowel color, pitch, rhythm, form, and all expressive elements to singers through imitation of the ensemble leader’s personal vocabulary of gestures (both standard and non-standard). This session will address specific choral concepts (with repertoire examples) and how they can be used for imprinting.

 

12:00 - 1:30 Lunch (on your own)

 

1:30 - 2:30 Reading Sessions

 

Vocal Jazz - Daisy Li Emans / Jon Stenson

 

Treble Choirs (Women’s Choir) - Morna Edmundson

 

2:45 - 3:45 Interest Sessions

 

NW Composers - Conversations regarding desires and needs for church musicians. Your choir make-up, needs, strengths, limitations and what you'd like to see from local composers. (We're even considering facilitating a commission consortium. Come with ideas, notepads, and business cards!)

 

Mentoring - Try your hand at speed dating…or rather speed mentoring! There are many young conductor looking for experienced professionals to help guide them through their first years of teaching, and many experienced professionals looking for ways to pass on what they have learned through their careers. A fun and fast way for these groups to meet! Bring your contact cards!


4:00 - 5:00 Reading Sessions

 

SATB (Community level) - Justin Raffa

 

Unison/2-part (All levels) - Julie Parsons

 

5:00 - 5:15 National Conference Announcement

 

5:15 - 7:15 Dinner (on your own)

 

7:30 - 9:00 Masterclass

 

9:00 - 10:30 Beer Choir

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FRIDAY, JULY 22

 

6:30 Run With Rhonda

 

8:30 - 9:00 REGISTRATION

 

9:00 - 10:45 Headliner sessions

Contemporary Issues in Choral Music

This session will explore current topics discussed in the choral field, including teaching philosophy, programming of repertoire, recruitment and retention, diversity and inclusion, collaborative rehearsal strategies, and critical thinking.

 

11:00 - 12:00 Headliner reading packet

 

 

 

Washington ACDA  Awards for 2016

 

 




WA ACDA presents four awards on Wednesday evening of the Summer Institute. The winner of this year's Emerging Director Award which is given to a choral director with ten or fewer years experience, is Kasey Eck (left in the photos). Kasey will be in her third years as full-time Director of Choral and Vocal Activities at Steilacoom High School. Her previous position, which she held for one year, was at Cashmere High School. (See full information below.)

 

Vijay Singh, who teaches at Central Washington University, was named this year's Outstanding Choral Director by WA ACDA. Vijay is a graduate of Willamette University, Portland State University (Masters in Choral Conducting/Vocal Performance), and has rapidly gained international attention for his compositions as well as his conducting and performing. He oversees the vocal jazz program at CWU. (See his full information below.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The organization's Spiritus Award was created in 2012 to honor an individual, business, or organization who/which has made a significant contribution to choral music in the state. This year's recipient is The Greater Seattle Choral Consortium, an

organization dedicated to making a significant contribution to the art in a number of way. Scott Kovacs is the current president of GSCC. (Full information below.) Karen Thomas  (right in the photos) accepted the award on behalf of the GSCC.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Washington ACDA Leadership and Service Award

 

This year's recipient of the ACDA Leadership and Service Award is Lori Wiest, Director of Choral Activities and Washington State University. Lori embodies the qualities associated with this honor as a conductor of outstanding choirs, programmer of a wide variety of high quality literature, an inspiring and effective clinician and adjudicator, an effective communicator, and as a person

 

who has contributed loyalty and service to ACDA at all levels. (See Lori's full information immediately below.)

 

Texts of the speeches of introduction given by President Brian Mitchell on Wednesday, July 20, as he presents winners of the four awards given by the organization:


Outstanding Emerging Choral Director Award

The Outstanding Emerging Choral Director Award is given to a choral director with 10 or fewer years of experience, is a current and active ACDA /WAACDA member, and maintains high performance and literature standards.


This year’s award recipient is Kasey Eck, Washington ACDA Outstanding Emerging Choral Director Award. For the school year 2016‐2017 Kasey will be in her third year as full‐time Director of Choral and Vocal Activities at Steilacoom High School. Her previous position, which she held for one year, was at Cashmere High School.


Kasey is a graduate of Western Washington University where she studied conducting with Tim Fitzpatrick and Leslie Guelker‐Cone. She is tirelessly energetic while teaching yet treats her singers with high respect and caring. She has extremely high standards musically and personally for her students. She has an unusual knowledge of vocal fundamentals and technique especially for someone at this stage in her career. Her choirs have a core sound that is mature, powerful yet flexible, and clean with great sense of pitch and intonation. She has a knowledge of cadential dramatic timing and subtle phrasing that is quite incredible. The result of this combination is a classroom atmosphere completely devoid of stress, and the singers’ focus and discipline is among the best that I have ever observed in my career.There is an intangible quality of artistry and expressiveness that is mature beyond the singers’ ages. She uses only the highest quality literature covering many stylistic periods and genres.


Active in ACDA and WMEA, Kasey attended the ACDA National Conference in 2015 in Salt Lake City as well as the Northwest Division Conference in Seattle in 2016. I first met Kasey at the ACDA Summer Institute in 2014. I introduced her to as many colleagues as possible. She impressed everyone who met her with her courtesy and grace. She is blessed with humility but also a gentle confidence that is infectious. She creates a choral culture in her room where students feel safe, are kind and welcoming. They are hard‐working and focused.


For two years the Steilacoom singers have dominated the WMEA Mountain Region, winning eight solo and ensemble categories in 2015 and seven in 2016. This kind of success is rarely achieved by a single school in the Mountain Region contest given the high level of performance throughout the region. After winning at the regional level both years, the Chamber Choir finished in second place at the WIAA‐WMEA State Ensemble Contest in the Mixed Large Ensemble category in 2015, and had only one step left to climb and they did it, becoming State Champions in 2016! For two years running all three of Steilacoom’s entries in the Mountain Region Large Group Choral Contest received Superior (I) ratings from all adjudicators (no minuses). No other school in the region can match this stellar achievement.


Congratulations to Kasey Eck!

keck@steilacoom.k12.wa.us

 

 

Outstanding Choral Director Award

The Outstanding Choral Director Award is given to a choral director with 10 or more years of experience, is a current member of ACDA/WAACDA, participates in ACDA/WAACDA activities, maintains high performance and literature standards, and promotes choral music in his/her community.


This year’s recipient, Vijay Singh, is the Director of Choral Activities at Central Washington University. A graduate of Willamette University (B. M. Ed/Clarinet & Voice) and Portland State University (Masters in Choral Conducting/Vocal Performance), he has been rapidly gaining international attention for his eclectic musical compositions, performances, workshops, and conducting appearances. Vijay’s teaching experiences have included work at public secondary schools, community college, and university levels. He currently teaches voice, choral arranging, jazz pedagogy, directs the University Chorale, and award‐winning CWU Vocal Jazz 1, and oversees the vocal jazz program (3 jazz choirs).

 

Vijay’s student ensembles at CWU have been honored as some of the finest in the nation with invitations to perform at prestigious national IAJE, MENC, and ACDA conventions. Vocal Jazz 1 performed at the national ACDA conference in Chicago, IL March 11, 2011, and most recently, at the 2013 national Jazz Education Network (JEN) conference in Atlanta, GA. As a composer, Vijay writes for all levels in both the classical choral and jazz idioms. His compositions (over 170 currently in print) are widely available from a number of publishers and he often writes on commission for some of North America’s finest ensembles. Vijay’s “MASS with Orchestra” received it’s world premiere at Lincoln Center in New York City May 30th, 2011.

 

An active performer, Vijay has appeared as featured bass‐baritone soloist with such notable groups as Male Ensemble Northwest, Choral Cross Ties, the Oregon Symphony, the Robert Shaw Chorale, David Byrne (Talking Heads), Clark Terry, the Disciples of Groove, and as a member of the award‐winning a cappella jazz quartet Just 4 Kicks. He has appeared in professional opera and musical theatre productions, and maintains an active career in oratorio, recital, and contemporary music.

 

Vijay served 4 years as National Repertoire and Standards Chair for Jazz Choirs in the American Choral Director’s Association and is in demand as a guest conductor of All‐State and Honors choirs. He has conducted All‐State choirs in over twenty‐five states and has the distinction of conducting both All‐State Concert Choirs and Jazz Choirs within the same year. Vijay has served as adjudicator/jurist at international festivals in Canada, the Netherlands, Germany, and the United States. The recent recipient of a thirteenth ASCAP Composer’s Award, Vijay is also a member of ACDA, MENC/NAfME, ASCAP, JEN and the National Association of Teachers of Singing.

 

 

Spiritus Award

The Spiritus Award we created in 2012 to honor an individual, business, or organization who/which has made a significant contribution to choral music in Washington State.


This year’s recipient is The Greater Seattle Choral Consortium, dedicated to making a significant contribution by providing annual scholarships to music education programs in need.


Arranging annual sing‐along opportunities of master choral works conducted by local masters for community members.


Supporting Community events by organizing and connecting community choirs with performance opportunities at events such as the Folk Life Festival, SeaFair and Christmas Boats Festival.


Creating the Bi-Annual Seattle Sings Festival at St. Mark’s Cathedral, a three day event featuring the performances of local choirs. 2015’s festival featured 34 area choirs.


Providing advocacy, outreach, resources and support for community choirs.


Congratulations to the GSCC, our 2016 Spiritus Award recipient.

Scott Kovacs is the current President of GSCC: jscottkovacs@gmail.com

 

Washington ACDA Leadership and Service Award

The recipient of the Washington ACDA Leadership and Service Award embodies the qualities associated with this honor: the conductor of outstanding choirs, programmer of a wide variety of high quality literature, an inspiring and effective clinician and adjudicator, an effective communicator, demonstrated loyalty and service to ACDA at the local, state, division, and national levels, and a model of strong character and integrity.


This year’s nominee continues to present artistic choral music with her choirs at WSU, through thoughtful and creative programming that is most worthy of consideration for national or regional ACDA conferences. Her touring choirs have performed regionally, nationally and internationally, with superb results.


Many of her former students have gone on to careers in the choral arts as teachers and performers and leaders in our ACDA organization. The quality of their commitment to teaching, singing and providing leadership reflect the outstanding training that they have received.


Lori remains active as a clinician and adjudicator in both NAfME and ACDA, in demand as an adjudicator as her colleagues know she will provide positive, clear insights and valuable strategies for improvement.

Dr. Lori Wiest recently finished six years’ service on the executive board of Washington State ACDA, in addition to service at national. She is a natural and effective leader, cultivating diplomacy through clear and timely communication, collaborative problem solving and a warm and gentle disposition. She has been innovative in her service and creative in the programming and organization of conferences. When she speaks, people listen. They know she will be kind and on the mark.

Please join me in congratulating Lori, the 2016 recipient of the Washington ACDA Leadership and Service Award.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Washington ACDA - A Chapter of the American Choral Directors Association
Brian Mitchell, WA ACDA President

 

 

Headliner sessions




WA ACDA presents four awards on Wednesday evening of the Summer Institute. The winner of this year's Emerging Director Award which is given to a choral director with ten or fewer years experience, is Kasey Eck (left in the photos). Kasey will be in her third years as full-time Director of Choral and Vocal Activities at Steilacoom High School. Her previous position, which she held for one year, was at Cashmere High School. (See full information below.)