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Gary Weidenaar elected to President-Elect position for the NW Division, ACDAreaction

weidenaarGary Weidenaar, Director of Choral Studies at Central Washington University, Ellensburg, was elected President-Elect in close balloting between him and Paul Aitken, Boise, Idaho.

Gary will assume his new role in July, 2010.

Since 2006, Gary Weidenaar has been the Director of Choral Studies at Central Washington University in Ellensburg, where over 200 singers make up the five traditional and three vocal jazz ensembles which comprise CWU’s choral offerings.

Dr. Weidenaar has a wide-ranging background in teaching.  In 2002, he took his first college position at Northern Arizona University.  Before that,  he taught at public or private schools in Michigan, Germany, Norway, and California for a total of fifteen years.  His assignments included teaching everything from 3rd-13th grade students  in choral, general and instrumental music courses at various times. 

Weidenaar spends a great deal of time with directors and/or choirs of all levels.  He has presented workshops to directors in five states, as well as in Switzerland, Sweden, the Netherlands, Norway, and Germany. He has adjudicated, served as clinician, or conducted over 500 choirs during the past seven years. 

Dr. Weidenaar is a life member of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), where he has served in leadership roles in Kansas, Arizona and Washington,   In his words, “It’s important to me to give back to the organization that has helped me in so many ways.”  Recently, Gary was the coordinator for one of the two performance sites at the 2007 Miami National ACDA convention, and currently serves on the Northwest Division ACDA board as the Chair of Youth and Student Activities.

Richard Nance offers his congratulations to Gary Weidenaar

The results are in from the election for the next president-elect of the Northwestern division, and I am pleased to announce that Gary Weidenaar from Ellensburg, Washington and Central Washington University has been elected. 

Gary and I have become close friends through working together on the division board, and through the interaction our choirs have enjoyed.  He has been a huge help to me behind the scenes at both the Vancouver conference in 2008 and as I have been planning the 2010 Seattle conference. 

Gary is great at thinking through details, and he has a wonderful can-do spirit.  He is very organized and knows how to get people to work for him.  His student ACDA chapter at Central is incredibly strong, and his students show great pride in their work.  They were very instrumental to the success of the conference program in Vancouver.  It is obvious they are led to be professional by Gary, and they love working together and with him. 

I have all confidence that Gary will lead the division in the same way.