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Dan Davison and Judy Herrington, two Washington composers/directors write pieces for national honor choirs; songs to be performed at Chicago national conference

Two of Washington's composers, Dan Davison and Judy Herrington, will have their compositions performed during the national ACDA's Chicago conference in March, 2011.

Jdavisonudy Herrington, conductor and founder of the Tacoma Youth Chorus and a music teacher at Charles Wright Academy in Tacoma, wrote a song to be sung by the National ACDA Children's Honor Choir at the national conference in Chicago, March 10, 2011.

Dan Davison, director of choral music at Ballou Junior High School in Puyallup, Washington joins Judy in having a composition performed at the Chicago conference. Dan was commissioned to write for the Middle School/Junior High Honor Choir.

Henry Leck will conduct the children's honor choir and Judy's work. Rollo Dilworth will direct the middle school group and the piece by Davison.

Judy's piece is entitled "With the Earth I Am One." She says, "This was a piece I wrote in honor of the Indianapolis Children's Choir's 25th anniversary. Their organization and Henry Leck have been long-time friends and instrumental in the growth of the Tacoma Youth Choherringtonrus." Judy says she was a bit overwhelmed when Leck called to say he would be programming the piece in Chicago. She counts it a real honor. "With the Earth I Am One" is from the poem "A Winter's Run" by the American poet, Amy Lowell. It is scored for soprano and alto with cello. Judy describes it as "a spunky piece with mixed meter." It'll soon be available through Henry Leck's "Creating Artistry Series," and published by Hal Leonard.

In addition to the work being performed in Chicago, Judy was commissioned last summer to write a piece for the TCDA's Elementary Honor Choir. "Born in a Symphony" is scored for SSAA and has a text by Tacoma poet (and a former student of Judy's), Bianca Chamusco. It is available through Pavane Publishing.

Dan Davison's commissioned piece is called "Vamos A Bailar!" Dan says he got a call in the spring of 2009 from Gretchen Harrison, the ACDA's national R & S Chair for middle school choirs. Rollo Dilworth had placed Dan as first on his list to write a commissioned piece. He wanted something in Spanish with a Latin beat similar to another Davison composition called "Ritmo." Dilworth's "theme" was "Music in Motion." The text, naturally, is about dancing..."Vamos A Bailar," meaning "let's dance."

When he was asked to do the commission, he said, "Of course I accepted," "But then I started to panic...that's a lot of pressure." The work is done and it's currently in the hands of the engraver at Walton Music. The aim is to get it in the hands of the singers by December.

On top of his composition being performed during the Chicago conference, Dan was also asked to present an interest session at the event.

The honors and excitement for Dan hasn't really stopped. In addition to being named WA-ACDA's Choral Director of the Year at the Summer Institute in July, he recently got a call from Dianna Jarvis, the middle school/junior high R&S chair for the Texas Choral Directors Association. Another commission! This one to be performed by the Texas boys honor choir at their summer conference in July, 2011. Dan decided to write in hoedown style. It's called "Show-Down." It, too, will be out soon through Walton Publications.