Dear Michigan Choral Friends,
I hope that you enjoyed a wonderful, relaxing summer, and before we all get busy with the new academic year and concert season, I would like to remind you to mark your calendars to attend our State Fall Conference. We are in our final stages of preparation for a truly exciting conference that will offer exceptional choral performances, interest and reading sessions, discussions, and conducting master classes. Our headliners are SIMON CARRINGTON, Yale University Professor Emeritus, and EMILY ELLSWORTH, Artistic Director of ANIMA (Young Singers of Greater Chicago). We will see both of them conducting on stage, as well as presenting interest sessions and teaching undergraduate and graduate student conductors.
For the first time our state will feature a State Collegiate Honor Choir, conducted by Simon Carrington. Over 170 students from different colleges and universities across the state will come together for a full day of rehearsals and a concert performance of great literature on Friday night.
Among the rest of the wonderful performing choirs are East Grand Rapids HS (James Borst), Saginaw Valley College Cardinal Singers (Kevin Simons), Stoney Creek HS Chamber Singers (Brandon Ulrich), Ann Arbor Pioneer HS A Cappella Choir (Steve Lorenz), Western Michigan University Cantus Femina (Dee Gauthier), Dakota HS Varsity Choir (Todd Moses), Van Hoosen MS 7th and 8th Grade Choir (Thomas Blue), Grosse Ile Community The Parker Chorale (James Parker), and Kalamazoo Singers (Richard Phelps).
“Choral Singing as Story Telling,” “The Choral Conductor/Voice Instructor,” “The Adolescent Brain/Voice,” “Renaissance Music and Why It Is So Important” and “The Music of Polynesia” are only some of the interest sessions that will be offered at the convention.
We are excited to also offer an open discussion session for our constituency to meet our state board members and conference clinicians, ask questions on different choral topics, discuss choral experiences, hear about the National ACDA conference in Salt Lake City in February 2015, and also learn about new national initiatives and programs of the organization.
As has become our tradition, we will announce the 2013 recipient of the Maynard Klein Award, given by the Michigan board in recognition of artistic excellence and a lifetime of leadership in the field of choral music, at the final concert on Saturday at 4 pm. We will close the conference with the performance of our guest choir, the Chicago Children's Choir, Anima, directed by Emily Ellsworth.
Please do not miss the opportunity to attend, recharge, and enrich yourself this fall at our state conference. Spread the word to your students and choral friends, and encourage them to come too. Let’s bring our state choral family together for an exciting weekend of singing and learning! I hope to see you in Flint on October 24-25, at the beautiful First Presbyterian Church.
In the meantime, best wishes for a wonderful year of choral music making!