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North Central ACDA Conference Schedule

Wednesday, February 8

IMMERSION DAY 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

 Full Day Presentation: Bel Canto Solfeggio—Why Settle for Half a Singer?

• Clinicians: John Armstrong, Kristin Zaryski
• Demonstration Choir:  Dallas Center-Grimes (IA) High School; Natalie McDonald, conductor

Conference Opening Concert 7:30 – 9:00 p.m.

• Clerestory (San Francisco, CA)

Thursday, February 9

Middle Level Boys, Middle Level Girls, and High School Mixed Honor Choirs begin rehearsals at 3:00 p.m.

7:30 – Exhibits open

Concert Session 1  8:45 – 10:40 a.m.

• Welcome
• University Singers, University of Nebraska-Lincoln; Pete Eklund, conductor
• Bel Canto, Lawrence Academy Girl Choir (WI); Karen Bruno, conductor
• TOM Talk: Tim Sharp, Executive Director of ACDA
• Isthmus Vocal Ensemble, Madison (WI); Scott MacPherson, conductor

Interest Session 1  11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. 

• Imagine What Lies Beneath: Mining for Jewels in the Choral Ensemble; Brad Holmes
• Teaching Historical and Cultural Context through Choral Music; Paul Caldwell and Sean Ivory
• The Wonder Years; Randal Swiggum and Margaret Jenks with Holst Boychoir from Madison Youth Choirs
• Building an Ensemble; Clerestory
• Introduction to Bel Canto Solfeggio; John Armstrong and Kristin Zaryski

Concert Session 2  1:15 – 3:00 p.m.

• Chamber Choir, Creighton University (NE); A. Barron Breland, conductor
• The St. John’s (MN) Boys’ Choir; André-Louis Heywood, conductor
• TOM Talk: Carol Stewart (IA)
• Concert Choir, University of North Dakota; Joshua Bronfman, conductor

Reading Session 1  3:15 – 4:05 p.m.

• Elementary; Diane Skrobis (WI) and Barbara Sletto (IA)
• Middle Level; Kathy Gedler (IA) and Marcia Russell (WI)
• Advanced High School/College; Rebecca Winnie (WI) and Phillip Swan (WI)

Interest Session 2  4:15 – 5:30 p.m.

• The Bridge to Somewhere: Using Performance Repertoire as a Vehicle to Develop Music Reading Skills; Angela Broeker
• Building Literacy and Musicianship Skills into the Choral Rehearsal: TAKADIMI and Beyond; Carol Krueger
• From Start to Finish: Developing Artistry; Wes Hansmeyer and Annette Mitchell
• A Community That Sings: New Arrangements of America’s Classics, Songbook Volume II; Kevin Meidl
• Process in Practice: Honor Choir Observations

Evening Concert  7:30 – 10:00 p.m.

• Czech Boys Choir; Jakub Martinec, conductor
• Awards and Recognitions
• Kansas City Chorale; Charles Bruffy, conductor

Friday, February 10

Middle Level Boys, Middle Level Girls, and High School Mixed Honor Choirs continue rehearsals;
Children’s Honor Choir rehearsals begin at 10:00 a.m.

7:30 – Exhibits open

Interest Sessions 3  8:45 – 10:00 a.m.

• Genesis and Structure of “To Be Certain of the Dawn;” Stephen Paulus, Michael Dennis Browne, Father Michael O’Connell, Rabbi Joseph Edelheit
• Integrating the Art with the Science; John Armstrong and Kristin Zaryski
• BodySinging: Moving Singers Toward More Expressive Choral Performance; Therees Hibbard
• Behind the Scenes with the Czech Boys Choir; Jakub Martinec
• New Choral Frontiers: Cuba, ACDA, and the International Conductor Exchange Program; David Puderbaugh

Concert Session 3  10:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

• Concert Choir, North Dakota State University; Jo Ann Miller, conductor
• Belle Chanter, Stillwater High School (MN); Angela Mitchell
• TOM Talk: Patty Trump (IA)
• Magnum Chorum, Minneapolis (MN); Christopher Aspaas, conductor

Interest Sessions 4  1:15 – 2:30 p.m.

• The Architecture of Sound: The Music of Stephen Paulus; Stephen Paulus
• Building Literacy and Musicianship Skills Into the Choral Rehearsal: Tonal; Carol Krueger
• Process to Product: Demystifying Score Study and Energizing Your Rehearsals; David Rayl
• When Music Meets Theologies; Kyle Lechtenberg and panel
• Igniting Imagination in Rehearsal; Patricia Cahalan Connors
• Process in Practice: Honor Choir Observations

Concert Session 4  2:45 – 4:15 p.m.

• Concert Choir, Armstrong High School (MN); Stephanie Trump, conductor
• Aurora, Luther College (IA); Sandra Peter, conductor
• Chamber Choir, Drake University (IA); Aimee Beckmann-Collier, conductor

Reading Session 2  4:30 – 5:20 p.m.

• SAB/Accessible SATB; Cathy Britton (SD) and Natalie McDonald (IA)
• Middle Level (repeat); Kathy Gedler (IA) and Marcia Russell (WI)
• Music in Worship; John Albrecht (WI) and Greg Zielke (WI)

SPECIAL EVENT  8:00 – 9:30 p.m.

To Be Certain of the Dawn, Lee Nelson, conductor

• Concert Choir, Minnesota State University; David Dickau, conductor
• University Singers, Nebraska Wesleyan University; William Wyman, conductor
• Wartburg Choir, Wartburg College (IA); Lee Nelson, conductor
• Britten and Capriccio Choruses of the Madison Youth Choirs; Randal Swiggum and Lisa Kjentvet, conductors
• Madison Youth Symphony Orchestra; James Smith, musical director; Randal Swiggum, guest conductor

• Virginia Sublett (ND), soprano
• Ann Cravero (IA), mezzo-soprano
• Brian Pfaltzgraff (IA), tenor
• Dennis Willhoit (MO), tenor
• Brandon Hendrickson (SD), baritone

Saturday, February 11

Honor choir rehearsals continue, beginning at 9:00 a.m.

7:30 – Exhibits open

Collegiate Repertoire Choir  9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

• David Rayl, Michigan State University
• Bruce Becker, ACDA of Minnesota
• Cathy Britton, O’Gorman High School, Sioux Falls SD
• Jason Rausch, Decorah (IA) High School
• Cheri Helmer-Riensche, Papillion-La Vista South (NE) High School

Concert Session 5  9:00 – 10:05 a.m.

• Castle Singers, Wartburg College (IA); Jane Andrews, conductor
• TOM Talk: TBA
• Great Northern Union (MN); Peter Benson, conductor

Reading Session 3 10:30 – 11:20 a.m.

• SAB/Accessible SATB (repeat); Cathy Britton (SD) and Natalie McDonald (IA)
• Elementary (repeat); Diane Skrobis (WI) and Barbara Sletto (IA)
• Vocal Jazz; Matthew & Shelly Armstrong (IA)

Interest Session 5  11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

• Developing Musicianship in the Digital Age through the Use of the iPad and Other Technologies; Christopher Russell
• Making Music Meaningful--Intentionally; Roger Henderson
• Building Literacy and Musicianship Skills into the Choral Rehearsal: Melodic; Carol Krueger
• Why Are You Here?  Planning for What Really Matters; Patricia Trump
• Get Out of Their Way: Enabling Singers to Be Independent Musicians; Paul Carey

Honor Choirs Concert  2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

• Middle Level Boys Honor Choir; Randal Swiggum and Margaret Jenks, conductors
• Middle Level Girls Honor Choir; Paul Caldwell and Sean Ivory, conductors
• High School Mixed Honor Choir; Brad Holmes, conductor
• Children’s Honor Choir; Angela Broeker, conductor