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2011 Summer Honor Choirs Information

2011 Summer Honor Choirs
Saturday, August 6 – Monday, August 8, 2011
Penn State University, School of Music
State College, PA
Intergenerational Honor Choir
Dear Colleagues,

The American Choral Directors Association of Pennsylvania are proud to announce a new Intergenerational Honor Choir opportunity as part of our annual summer conference from August 6-7 at Penn State University. We are offering two gender choirs for
women's voices (SSAA) and men (TTBB).

During 2008, 2009, 2010 ACDA-PA sponsored similar Honor Choir ensembles during summer conferences and they were very successful endeavors. However, in the past participation was limited to high school student & college students, and their directors.
This year we are opening up the experience to ALL singers, high school age and older, as well as their directors. This means that adult singers in community choruses, church choirs or synagogue choirs are also welcome to join in the fun. These groups
will also learn two SATB selections, one directed by each of the 2 conductors and sung by the combined ensembles.

Our conductor for the Women's Honor Choir will be Dr. Mary Goetze, conductor, author, composer, and retired Professor of Choral Music Education from Indiana University, Bloomington, and the Men's Choir's conductor will be Ethan Sperry, Director of Choral Activities at Portland State University. The biographical paragraphs and photos for both individuals are attached. All necessary forms and information regarding these two Honor Choirs are also attached to this email. The registration fee per singer is $125. There is no registration fee for participating directors who will sing with the group.

The postmarked deadline for registration is May 18, 2011. We hope to hear from you soon!

Thank you,

Joseph Ohrt (ACDA-PA Men’s Choir R&S Chair)
Craig G. Cannon (ACDA-PA Women’s Choir R&S Chair)
Mary Goetze’s professional activities have centered around choral music, multiculturalism, teacher education and children’s singing. As a clinician, author and conductor, she has educated teachers about children’s voices, and through her synthesis of research, musical composition and choral work, she played a role in the spread of children’s choirs across the country. Her numerous compositions and arrangements can be found in the Mary Goetze Choral Series published by Boosey & Hawkes. She is the co-author of a recent publication--Educating Young Singers: A Choral Resource for Teacher-Conductors, two series books, Share the Music and Spotlight on Music, and on-going series of DVDs entitled Global Voices. In 2007,Dr. Goetze retired from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music where in addition to teaching, she founded the International Vocal Ensemble (IVE) and the University Children’s Choir. She holds degrees from Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Indiana University, and the University of Colorado.
Her dissertation entitled "Factors Affecting Accuracy in Children's Singing" was named Outstanding Dissertation of 1985 by Music Educators National Conference and Council for Research in Music Education. She was named Outstanding Hoosier Musician by the Indiana Music Educators Association and Outstanding Educator of the Year by the Organization of American Kodaly Educators. She has received a Distinguished Teaching Award from Indiana University as well as a Distinguished Alumnus Awards from the University of Colorado College of Music and Oberlin Conservatory of Music, and was assumed the R. L. Jones Distinguished Professorship at East Carolina University School of Music for the Fall semester of 2005.
Born in New York City, Ethan Sperry began studying conducting at the age of eight, cello at the age of twelve, and singing at the age of eighteen. He has earned a bachelor's degree in Philosophy from Harvard College and Masters and Doctoral degrees in Choral Conducting from the University of Southern California. Ensembles under his direction have toured to Bermuda, Canada, China, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Guadeloupe, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Korea, Luxembourg, Puerto Rico, Russia, and Taiwan, and have performed at major venues in the United States including The Hollywood Bowl, The Kennedy Center, The Washington National Cathedral, St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City, The Nassau Coliseum, Cincinnati’s Music Hall, Boston’s Symphony Hall, and the United Nations. Sperry is also a frequent collaborator with film composer AR Rahman and has appeared as a guest conductor for him numerous times including at Bollywood Night at the Hollywood Bowl and the 2008 Filmfare Awards, the Indian equivalent of the Oscars. He also serves as a consultant for the KM Music Conservatory in Chennai, the first classical music school in India, which opened in 2009.
Currently Sperry is Director of Choral Activities at Portland State University where he conducts numerous choruses and teaches undergraduate and graduate conducting. From 2000-2010 Sperry served on the faculty of Miami University in Ohio where he conducted the Men’s Glee Club, Collegiate Chorale, and Global Rhythms ensembles, and from 2000-2006 he was the Artistic Administrator of the Arad Philharmonic Chorus in Arad, Romania. An enthusiastic cook, Sperry has won awards for his baking and his recipes have been printed in Bon Apetit magazine and the Cincinnati Enquirer.



Junior-High Honor Choir to Perform at Summer Conference

The Junior-High Honor Choir will again be a part of the ACDA-PA Summer Conference at Penn State University on August 7th and August 8th, 2011. We are extremely pleased to announce that the conductors for this year’s honor choir are Randy Swiggum and Margaret Jenks, co-conductors of the Madison Youth Choirs.
The choir has openings for 120 singers currently in grades 7, 8, or 9 from schools, church choirs, and community choirs. Students will rehearse at Penn State University. Registration will begin at 2:00PM on July 31st and the festival will conclude with the concert at 3:00PM on August 7th.
Application forms, a $3.00 application fee per singer and a ranking form must be postmarked by April 1st, 2011. The registration fee for students who are selected for the festival is $100.00. This registration fee will include: adult chaperones, dinner on Sunday, breakfast and lunch on Monday, conductor, accompanist, use of rehearsal/concert facility, sheet music for the festival, a performance CD, and a great musical experience! |
Please note: In accordance with a new ACDA policy, student housing is no longer part of the student registration fee. ACDA-PA will reserve rooms in the Days Inn-State College, for the event, but individual students will be responsible for an additional $22 towards their hotel accommodations.
We encourage you to recommend your singers for this exciting event. If you have further questions, please contact festival host Christie McKinney ( or 717-761-1865).
MargaretJenks, originally from Holland, Michigan, is a summa cum laude graduate of the Lawrence University Conservatory of Music, with degrees in Music Education and Vocal Performance.Her teaching and performing career has taken her from Freiburg, Germany to Eagan, Minnesota and Waukesha, Wisconsin, where she taught at Butler Middle School and North High School. While at Butler, Margaret created the Bridge Ensemble, an innovative choir which gained attention for its unique approach of pairing cognitively disabled and gifted and talented students. The Bridge Ensemble appeared by invitation at the Wisconsin Choral Directors State Convention in a moving and memorable performance.Margaret has performed extensively as soprano soloist in such works as the Bach Magnificat, Haydn's Creation, and Handel's Messiah.
Presently, Margaret designs and teaches the Introductory Choir programs of the Madison Youth Choirs, Tallis (for boys) and Colla Voce (for girls).She also conducts Purcell and Holst, two of MYC’s performing boychoirs.Holst, which she founded and co-directs with colleague Randal Swiggum, is an advanced choir for middle school age boys who are moving through their voice change. The choir performs treble as well as SATB repertoire. As a member of the Wisconsin CMP (Comprehensive Musicianship through Performance) Team, she helps teach a summer institute for teachers, focusing on a deeper rehearsal experience for young musicians. Margaret serves as the WCDA Boychoir Repertoire & Standards Chairperson and especially enjoys the challenge of finding unexplored choral works for elementary and middle school boys.A frequent guest conductor, she recently directed the APAC Choral Festival in Seoul, Korea and worked with music teachers from across southeast Asia in a CMP workshop.Last year she co-conducted the first-ever Middle School Boys SATB Honor Choir at the Central Division ACDA Conference in Cincinnati.
Margaret lives in Madison with her husband Andy, and their own lively boys, Nathaniel, 9, and Simon, 6, both of whom think singing in a boychoir is the coolest thing ever.Margaret loves to read, bike, hike and climb, cook without recipes, and create puzzles and scavenger hunts for boys.
Contact Margaret at
Randal Swiggumis conductor of Britten and Holst, the two top choirs of the Madison Boychoir.He is also in his thirteenth season as Music Director of the Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestra, and serves as Associate Conductor for the Elgin Symphony Orchestra, designing and conducting their extensive education concerts. He was Artistic Director of the Madison Children’s Choir from 1996-2000, and has also taught at Whitefish Bay High School, UW-Milwaukee, and Lawrence University.
A frequent guest conductor of orchestral and choral festivals, Randy conducted the Pennsylvania All-State Junior High Choir, the Singapore American Schools Choral Festival, MENC All-Northwest Honor Choir in Portland, American Mennonite Schools Orchestra, Northern Arizona Honors Orchestra, the APAC Orchestra Festival in Seoul, and both the Wisconsin Middle Level Honors Choir and Orchestra, as well as the Mansfield (PA) Choral Festival, New York City Interschool Choral Festival, St. John’s Boys’ Choir, and various festivals in Michigan, Illinois, Minnesota, and Pennsylvania.Last year he was in Edinburgh to conduct the Scottish National Youth Symphony and in Savannah with the Georgia All-State Orchestra.He continues his association with The Florida Orchestra in Tampa, conducting twenty education concerts each season.He and colleague Margaret Jenks co-conducted the 2010 ACDA Central Division Young Men's Honor Choir in Cincinnati, and will conduct a similar honors choir for middle level boys at the 2012 North Central Division ACDA conference in Madison.
A passionate advocate for a richer learning experience in the rehearsal, Randy serves on the Wisconsin CMP (Comprehensive Musicianship through Performance) Project, now in its 35th year. He has addressed the Pennsylvania MENC on "The Art of Rehearsing," as well as the Minnesota ACDA, Iowa ACDA, Illinois ACDA, Maryland MENC, the ACDA North Central Division and Eastern Division, the Texas Orchestra Directors Association, and MENC National Conventions in Phoenix and Kansas City.He often works with music teachers in workshops and in-services across the U.S.
Swiggum has led concert tours throughout Europe, Canada, and the Americas including the first international tour for the Madison Children’s Choir to Brazil in 1998. He has music directed over thirty stage works including the 1991 premiere of the Theatre X opera, Liberace. He created the music for celebrated director Eric Simonsen’s new production of Moby Dick for the Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, named by TIME magazine as one of the 10 Best Theatrical Productions of 2002. He is author of Strategies for Teaching High School Chorus (MENC 1998), and co-author of Shaping Sound Musicians (GIA 2003). He is currently a Ph.D. candidate in musicology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
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