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Alissa Rowe

Alissa Rowe



Inclusive, Responsible and Authentic Choral Programming

Session Description

In conjunction with Northwest ACDA’s theme “Our Voices United” this session dives into the long-standing programming traditions of choral music in the United States. Programming for our ensembles may be the single most important and yet challenging task we face as choral conductors. Visions of the "ideal" structure for a choral program have continued to evolve over the past sixty years and it is time we discuss how to unite our singers and community with creative, authentic, and inclusive programming that avoids tokenism and culture appropriation. Attendees will study sample programs and receive a database of editors and sources for programming ideas that is representative of music beyond the western choral canon.

Clinician Bio

Alissa Mercurio Rowe currently serves as Associate Professor and Galante Chair Director of Choral Studies at Louisiana State University. At LSU she conducts the renowned A Cappella Choir and teaches graduate advanced conducting and choral literature courses. She is active as an adjudicator, has given choral and vocal workshops in the Midwest and Southeastern states, and has conducted numerous All-State and Honor Choirs. She presented research on Individual Assessment in the Choral Rehearsal at the International Conference on Arts and Humanities and at the 2019 National American Choral Directors Association Conference in Kansas City, MO.

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