(Reprinted by permission)
First and foremost, the membership of the Northwestern Division ACDA needs to thank Mike Frasier for his tireless work as president to make the 2006 Portland Convention a success. Mike spent countless hours both in La Grande and Portland chasing down buses, working with the Hilton Hotel staff, and herding this Northwest officers and board to make the convention one of the most successful in our history. Over 400 attendees, 27 choirs and people such as parents, teachers and chaperones who came to the convention and had a great experience singing together and hearing great groups. Thanks to all the board members who put in time and also to Jeffrey Thyer and Steve Brooks for making all of our folks feel at home. Special mention needs to be made of Honor Choir General Chair Christopher Silva and his crew, Linda Berg, Deanna Swenson, Mia Savage, Molly Fazio, Karen Bohart and Sue Schreiner. My personal special thanks go to Debbie Glaze and her students from Portland State University who did a fantastic job at 1st Congregational Church as site organizers. There are so many more who deserve our thanks, I just can’t list them all here.
So where do we go from here, and how can we top that? The theme for our next convention will be “A New Destination” and it will be held in Vancouver, B. C., from February 20 – 23, 2008. The reference is intended to be both figurative and literal. In choosing Vancouver, I wanted to do something different and to go to a place we had not been before. I am very excited about the possibilities of being in a new location for our convention. While there will be difficulties going to Canada, hopefully, with adequate preparation and accurate information, we will be able to keep them to a minimum.
I hope you will plan to attend the 2008 convention which will be held at the Vancouver Hyatt and the Fairmont Hotel which are right across the street from each other and close to fine restaurants and shopping. We have already heard that ACDA members from across the nation and Canada are planning to attend.
Thanks to all of you for supporting ACDA. Please encourage your colleagues who don’t belong to join up and take advantage of all ACDA has to offer.
See you in Vancouver!
Are you acquainted with the choral composition “I Have Had Singing”? This song by Steve Sametz (published by Alliance) has an inner core that may be obscure, because the text came from Fred Mitchell, an 85-year-old laborer and horseman from Akenfield, England who had evidently lived a very harsh life.
Yet Mr. Mitchell wrote:
Music itself is a potent symbol
of identity; like language. In fact, a survey of members of choral societies
and community choruses revealed as many good socializing attributes as
musical or artistic reasons. Whether the study really answered
the question as to what makes people sing together, it was clear that
collective singing is, after all, a basic human need. People need to
sing, because they come to know that it is a source of some of life’s
deepest rewards. This is no small matter, given the universal need for
such satisfaction and its rarity in human life.
If we play “our
songs” to our children or grandchildren, they would gaze at us in despair
hearing recordings of Rosie Clooney, Patti Page or Bill Haley! Wave after
wave of generations march toward the cliff, each to its own tunes - Margaret
Whiting, Bing Crosby, Dick Haymes, Judy Garland, Elvis Presley, Patsy Cline,
the Grateful Dead, the Doors, Michael Jackson, Britney Spears.... Can you imagine
that in the year 2056, when your teenybopper daughter gets to age 70, she will
still be singing Britney’s songs?
Throughout his many
decades of making music, Shaw was an absolute model of continued growth!
High school choral conductors completing their first or second year may apply for free tuition at the René Clausen Choral School to be held July 22-26, 2006 on the campus of Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota.
"We wanted to create an opportunity to reinforce
new conductors and
provide them with collegial inspiration from the Choral School
One of last year’s scholarship recipients Joshua Shank of Prior Lake High School, Minnesota commented that the Choral School “allowed me to gain insight on music philosophies from the choral professionals around me and Dr. Clausen. I would attend again in a heart beat."
In addition to presentations and rehearsals by Dr. Clausen, Weston Noble and Rollo Dilworth will participate as guest clinicians. Lectures, rehearsals and presentations will focus on the theme "Inspire your Musical Mind & Soul."
Now in its ninth year, over 650 choral conductors from 45 states and four countries have participated in the René Clausen Choral School.
As opposed to a workshop format, Dr. Clausen has specifically created
For complete information including registration forms