The mission of the ACDA is to inspire excellence in choral music through education, performance, composition, and advocacy.
Rebecca R. Winnie
Homestead High School Choirs (Wisconsin)
Rebecca Renee Winnie is the Choir Director at Homestead High School where she directs the three curricular choirs and a co-curricular ensemble. Before coming to the Mequon-Thiensville School District in 1988, Ms. Winnie taught high school choral music in three suburban Chicago communities: Highland Park, Evanston, and Chicago Heights. She received her Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Choral and Instrumental Music Education and completed her Master's Degree in Choral Conducting at the same institution in 1999. Ms. Winnie has served as the Wisconsin Choral Directors Association and the Wisconsin Music Educators Association in a variety of capacities including guest conducting, chairing special projects, serving as coordinator of Honor Choirs, creating state repertoire lists, writing articles, self-publishing performing editions of historical choral music, and presenting state and division convention sessions. Ms. Winnie was awarded the 2002 Civic Music Association of Milwaukee Certificate of Excellence in Choral Music Instruction, the 2003 Mequon-Thiensville Outstanding Educator Award, and the 2004 Herb Kohl Fellowship Award.
As a teacher of music, I believe it is my mission to share the power, discipline, and joy of musical expression with students. In performing ensembles, powerful musical moments are experienced together as a community and these are different from those of a soloist – for the community can create something even more precious. Indeed, there is a unique synergistic strength in an ensemble – one where we become greater together. The development of musical skills and musical understanding; the teaching of performance discipline; the study of diverse choral music repertoire of the highest quality; the in-depth look at the wonder of the art; the connections with history, culture and humanity – all of these endeavors are enhanced and made more profound by the community of the ensemble. Though aesthetic education is most certainly present in the perfect beauty of mathematics and sciences, in the expressivity of the language arts, and in the complexity of human interaction in social structures, it is in the fine arts – and specifically for my students in the choral art experience – that we encounter a special aesthetic: the beauty, the joy, and power of individual voices coming together to create something ineffable. RRW