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Senior High School Choirs

Below is the list of Interest Sessions, many of which are applicable to conductors of Senior H.S. choirs:
 
INTEREST SESSIONS
Interest Session 1
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
1:00 – 2:00pm
 
Jazz Styles and Improvisation for Choirs!
Russell Robinson, presenter
Continental Ballroom, Hilton
       
Breaking the Code: Small Ensemble Rehearsal Techniques for Choirs of all sizes
Simon Carrington, presenter, The University of Louisville, demonstration choir
Grand Ballroom, Hilton
                                     
It’s a Good Thing! Embracing Technology in the Choral Classroom
Marie Palmer, presenter
International Ballroom South, Hilton
           
Transforming Conducting: Conducting for Transformation
Weston Noble and Geoffrey Boers, presenters
International Ballroom North, Hilton
           
Expanding the Repertoire: Uncovering a Neglected American Music Genre: Black composers writing for Women's Voices
Mary Hopper,presenter
Waldorf Room, Hilton
           
Beyond Singing: Blueprint for the Exceptional Choral Program
Stan McGill, presenter
Empire Room, Palmer House
           
The Margaret Hillis Collection in the Rosenthal Archives
CherylFrazes Hill and Frank Villella, co-presenters
Ganz Hall, ChicagoCollege of PerformingArts, RooseveltUniversity
430 Michigan Ave., Chicago, Illinois 60605-1394
 
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
2:30 – 3:30 pm
Masterclass, Chanticleer, presenter
Empire Room, Palmer House
 
Interest Session 2
Thursday, March 10, 2011
8:00 – 9:00 am
Boys' Changing Voice:Tips and Techniques
Dan Davison, presenter
Continental Ballroom, Hilton
 
Performance Practices in the Classical Era
Dennis Shrock, presenter
Demonstration Choir: University of Missouri, Paul Crabb, conductor

Choral Directors are from Mars and Voice Teachers are from Venus: Sing from the Diaphragm and other Vocal Misstructions
Allen Henderson, Sharon Hansen, Brenda Smith, Donald Simonson, Scott McCoy presenters
International Ballroom South, Hilton
          
Comprehensive Choral Musicianship
David Conte, presenter
International Ballroom North, Hilton
          
Hear Ye: Announcing a National Symposium on American Choral Music, Washington, D.C., 2012
John Silantien, presenter
Marquette Room, Hilton
         
The Interpretation of Latin American Music
Oscar Escalada, presenter
Waldorf Room, Hilton
         
Interest Session 3
Thursday, March 10, 2011
3:00 – 4:00 pm
 
Resources for Choral Directors at the Center for Black Music Research
Sharon Gratto and Sharon Flandreau, presenters
Continental Ballroom, Hilton
          
Explore the Chinese Cultural Treasures Through Choral Music: Chinese Choral Repertoire and Interpretation
Karl Chang, presenter, TheCrystal Children’s Chorus, demonstration choir
Grand Ballroom, Hilton
          
Choral Directors are from Mars and Voice Teachers are from Venus Top 10 List - Complaints from BothSides of the Aisle
Allen Henderson, presenter
International Ballroom South, Hilton
          
Conversation with Helmuth Rilling about "Elijah"
Helmuth Rilling, presenter
Demonstration choir, Texas StateUniversity, Joey Martin,director
International Ballroom North, Hilton
 
What Makes Research Valuable?
James John, presenter
Marquette Room, Hilton
         
Conducting Technique,Breath and Center as Rehearsal Technique
James Jordan, presenter
Waldorf Room, Hilton
     
Choral Music in Germany,1928-1948
Nick Strimple, presenter
Spertus Institute ofJewish Studies
610 South MichiganAve.
          
Friday, March 11. 2011
7:00 -7:45 am
 
Singing Tiger,Expressive Dragon: Tai Chi for Conductors
Amelia Nagoski, presenter
International Ballroom North
         
Interest Session 4
Friday, March 11, 2011
2:00 – 3:00 pm
 
Writing for the Choral Journal
Carroll Gonzo, presenter
Williford Room, Hilton
 
Problems in Conducting: Recitative
Ann Howard Jones and Scott Jarrett, presenters
Continental Ballroom, Hilton
        
GOT CHORALOGRAPHY?,
Yvonne and Larry Farrow, presenters
Grand Ballroom, Hilton
 
Implementing a SMARTChoral Rehearsal: Enhancing Instruction Using SMARTtm Technology
Ryan Fisher,presenter
International Ballroom South, Hilton
           
Singing with Intention: Bringing Vitality and Beauty to Choral Tone
Sandra Snow, presenter
International Ballroom North, Hilton
        
The ACDA International Archives for Choral Music: A Dynamic Choral Research Resource
Marvin Latimer and Christina Prucha, presenters
Marquetteroom, Hilton
         
Teaching through Repertoire: A Choral Conductor's Guide
Heather J. Buchanan and Matthew W.Mehaffey, presenters
Waldorf Room, Hilton
        
Undergraduate Conducting Masterclass
Rodney Eichenberger, presenter
Empire Room, Palmer House
 
Saturday, March 12, 2011
9:00 – 10:00 am
 
Interest Session 5
Saturday, March 12, 2011
10:30 – 11:30 am
          
Nutrition for theVoice and Soul
Timothy Seelig, presenter
Continental Ballroom, Hilton
 
Melodies thatSing:  "We love to sing this song" with Joyful Noise
Allison Fromm and Alice Parker, presenters,
Joyful Noise, demonstration choir
Grand Ballroom, Hilton
          
Using Music Selection to Drive Artistic Growth
Anthony Trecek-King, presenter
International Ballroom South, Hilton
   
Vocal Health: From the Choir Classroom to the Voice Clinic
Sarah Blakeslee, Kevin Blakeslee, and Maia Braden presenters
Waldorf Room, Hilton
          
Saturday, March 12, 2011
10:30 – 11:30
 
Choral Orchestral Masterworks, Duaine Wolfe, presenter
Empire Room, Palmer House

Saturday, March 12, 2011
4:00 – 5:00 pm
 
Major Works with Minor Resources
Greg Hobbs, presenter
First United Methodist Churchat the Chicago Temple
 
          
 
Are you planning on coming to the National Conference in Chicago, March 9-12?  Here are some of the offerings for Senior H.S. Directors that will be available:
 
Roundtable 2
Thursday, March 10, 2011
12:00 pm
 
Senior High Choirs - Williford C
Title:  Examining Adolescent Choral Singers’ Social Development within School Music Ensembles:  Suggestions & Implications for Choral Educators
Presiding:  Amy Johnston Blosser, National Chair
Leader:  Elizabeth Cassidy Parker
Description:  Adolescents develop socially through the choral experience, forming important ties to peers as well as their choral teacher.  This roundtable will focus on discussing the results of several choral studies which address adolescent social development.  The goal is to offer suggestions and inspire dialogue within the choral community.
 

Reading Session 2
Thursday, March 10, 2011
1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Senior High Choirs – International Ballroom North