Wednesday, February 19, 2014

ChorTeach Winter Issue

Dear Alaska Choral Directors, Please see below from the ACDA National Office.  ChorTeach is such a great resource for us to use!  You must log in to the ACDA website to view the ChorTeach articles.  Please let me know if you have any trouble with that. Please also send me a quick email to let me know which article from this edition you liked best. - Laura Blackwood

Hello ACDA Colleagues,

The winter issue of ChorTeach is now online.  

ChorTeach is filled with wonderful articles and ideas. Take a few minutes and enjoy some great reading! 

Go to the national ACDA site, log in, and click on the "Publications" link. 

Our thanks to Dr. Terry Barham, Editor of ChorTeach
Terry is Adjunct Professor of Music at University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance. You may contact him HERE.

Sunday, February 9, 2014

2014 Northwest ACDA Division Conference and Honor Choirs

In just over a month, choral directors and students from the six northwest division states will be traveling to Seattle, Washington, March 13-16 for the 2014 NWACDA "Connection" Divisional Conference.  Clinicians from around the country have planned sessions to meet the needs of choral directors ranging from children's chorus directors through collegiate level.  

This is a wonderful professional development and networking opportunity.  Sessions by clinicians from around the country range from practical how-to's, theory of music education, working with volunteer choirs, and - my favorite - reading sessions.  I would encourage you to make plans to attend if at all possible.  Airfare from Anchorage to Seattle is decent this time of year, and what a great way to start your Spring Break!


Representing the great state of Alaska at this conference are 40 students, ages 6th to 12th grades. The students submitted auditions for the Children's Honor Choir, Youth Honor Choir, Men's Honor Choir, and Women's Honor Choir.  Unlike other divisional Honor Choir contests, there are no set state quotas for selecting students.  So these 40 are among the top ranking students auditioning from a six state area.  Congratulations and good luck to the honor choir students and directors from Grace Christian School, Kenai Middle School, Kenai Central High School, Ketchikan High School, Kodiak High School, Palmer High School, and Sitka High School!