2022 ICDA Summer Conference:
A Place for All Voices
Marian University June 27-29
Welcome to the 2022 Summer Conference.
Below you will see the schedule and session information for our conference.
We will be using two buildings on the Marian University campus for our sessions.
Thank you for joining us!
2022 SESSION SCHEDULE (EDT)
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MONDAY, JUNE 27Eastern Daylight Time (EDT)
8:00 am Check-inFoyer of Marian Hall Chapel (Building 21 on map)
9:30 am ExhibitsPaul J. Norman Center 222 (Building 25 on map)
2:15pm Interest Sessions
TUESDAY, JUNE 28Eastern Daylight Time (EDT)
9:45am Interest Sessions
10:45am Interest & Reading Sessions
3:15pm Reading Sessions
7:00pm ConcertIndiana All-State Vocal Jazz Marian Theatre
WEDNESDAY, June 29Eastern Daylight Time (EDT)
9:45am Interest Sessions
10:45am Interest Sessions
11:30am Interest Sessions
Monday's Session Descriptions
Rehearsal Techniques: Setting Goals and Improving Efficiency
Classroom Management through Relationship Building and Restorative Justice
Discipline - Classroom Management - Redirecting Behavior No matter what term you use, we need tools to navigate the management aspect of our teaching positions. Upon reflection of my teaching career, it has all come down to relationship building for me. This session I will share strategies that I have implemented and developed over 30 years of teaching Middle and High school choirs. Our time together will include scenarios that can be discussed so that ideas can flow from participants as well. If you are at the beginning of your teaching career or a veteran teacher, this session can allow for open sharing of questions, concerns, experiences, and supportive dialogue.
Cancer, COVID, Choir, & Coping - Strategies for Healing, Motivation & Self-Improvement
We are real people, and things happen both to us and for us. In this age of COVID, choral musicians have become masters of overcoming and adjusting. What happens when you are at the end of your "rope" and cannot take anymore? From my personal experiences citing expert teachings, I discuss coping techniques and self-care that can be vital to keeping your love of choral music.
Rehearsal Techniques Throughout the Show Choir Season: Keeping Your Group Moving Forward
Rehearsal tips and strategies for the Beginning, Middle and End of the season. Let’s discuss ways to improve your rehearsal time and possibly reduce some of your work load.
Voice-Charting Your Young Men Why, How, and What to Listen For
In this session we will discuss why voice-charting is imperative to a successful choral program. With the help of some young men, I will walk you through, step by step, how I voice chart the men in my classroom. You will be able to hear, first hand, what to listen for as you are voice-charting the young men in your choir. You will also see how I use the Chart as a tool to help your young singers advocate for themselves as musicians.
The Choir in Contemporary Worship Services
We will explore how the church choir can be an integral part of the band-driven, contemporary worship service. We will look at solo repertoire, ideas for congregational praise songs, and reasons why the church choir is still a viable ministry avenue no matter what the worship style.
Everything Old Is New Again: Using Free, Online Resources to Find New Performance Materials
The Choral Public Domain Library (CPDL) is a boon to choir programs in need of accessible repertoire that does not require a large budget. However, the sheer volume of music on the site, combined with its open-source platform, can make navigating its resources difficult. In this presentation, I will discuss effective search techniques for using CPDL and review curated lists of printable music appropriate for middle school, high school, church, or community choirs. I will also discuss editorial practices for evaluating scores and creating your own new editions.
The Choral Director's Guide to Self Publishing. Current trends and new technologies are transforming the ways music is created and distributed, creating opportunities for composers to work directly with ensembles at all levels like never before. This session will offer suggestions of best practices that will help conductors find and evaluate music from non-traditional sources—including how to engage with and support composers directly. It will also provide information about self-publishing, copyright, and business practices for music educators who wish to self-publish their own music.
The Artist Within: Rehearsal and Conducting Techniques for Elementary/Middle School Choirs
During this session we will look at the role of the conductor and how our conducting plays a pivotal role in our rehearsals, their effectiveness and the overall sounds of our singers.
Monday Evening Concert
Marian Hall Chapel 7:00 pm
MANAGING DIRECTOR: Brenda Iacocca
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR: ROBERT BOLYARD
Guest Choral Concert
A Choral Sampler
VOCE is a small semi-professional vocal ensemble in the Carmel, IN area. VOCE gives those who love singing, an opportunity to work with and perform with others who are passionate about vocal music and improving their craft. VOCE believes in the power of great performances to make a difference in the world and lives of those around us, by fostering human connections at a deep emotional level that only music can reach. VOCE provides training, collaboration, solo, smaller and larger group ensemble opportunities for our singers. VOCE enjoys designing program for specific events and exploring many languages and musical genres.
Tuesday's Session Descriptions
Melissa Ai-Ling Walsh
Strategies and Tools for Assessment and Engagement
Have you wanted to regularly assess the progress of the musical skills of individual singers in your ensemble? Do you want each singer to develop personal accountability for their preparedness on the choir's repertoire? Do you want every singer to be invested in the process of learning and growing as a musician? Do these goals seem overwhelming given the number of singers you would need to individually assess? This session discusses strategies and activities for accomplishing those goals. Although it is geared towards classroom choir instructors, other choral directors may also benefit from the ideas shared.
Kayla Smith & Milo Ellis
Culturally Affirming Pedagogy in the Choral Classroom
Culturally affirming pedagogies have seen a huge leap in development over the last few years, and the choral field is no exception. In this session, we will explore how to develop students’ identities, how to build connections to themselves and each other, and how to do that all while preparing for their next performance. Choral music is a beautiful place to dive into the things that make our students global citizens and lovers of themselves and of music.
Elly Moore & Lynne Woolsey
Small but Mighty Choir
Often times the small choir can seem limiting to the choral director and singers. We will discuss practical ways to embrace leading a small choir without compromising musicianship, community, and opportunity. Whether stepping into a small choir setting or re-starting a choral program, we will offer insight and encouragement into effective tools we have used in the school, church, and community choir settings.
Young Exceptional Singers: Beginning Choral Techniques and Shaping the Young Choir Experience
This session will equip participants to go beyond curriculum and strategies for teaching the basics, and move forward with the vocal technique, the engaging classroom environment, and the artistic experience in the beginning choir classroom.
Vivaldi Meets Vygotsky: The Student-Led Sectional and How to Make Them Meaningful
Breaking an ensemble up for sectionals rehearsals and small group work is a strategy used by many choral directors. These breakout sessions can be hugely beneficial for both musician and director alike. However, this is an area not often studied from a theoretical perspective in our field. In this session, we will look at various theories and approaches that can help today's choral directors facilitate and run a successful sectional rehearsal and small group program. We will find and apply practical solutions to enhance this area of leading a choral program.
Masked and Distanced": COVID Protocols as a Vehicle for Enhancing Choral Musicianship
In this session, I explore this phenomenon while presenting ways in which the seemingly "limiting" factors associated with choral singing during COVID-19 can actually facilitate more expressive singing and heightened musicality. The session will focus on the following items, while revealing techniques for incorporating each within the "post-COVID" rehearsal.
1. Use of the facial mask as a vehicle for developing singer's resonance
2. Physical distance: developing independent musicianship and balancing the reference/feedback ratio
3. Breathing with the arms: gestural expression for the masked conductor
Place, Space, and Song: How the Pandemic Helped Us Recognize Our Communities
While the pandemic, in many ways, forced us into a virtual space, it also gave us the gift of looking at our very local communities. Our specific places all had individual gifts, needs, restrictions, and opportunities. This session will explore the unique ways we can engage communities and their needs through creative programming, cross-discipline collaboration, and innovative use of space. How can we thinking differently about the concert space, the method of communication, and the content of our repertoire. How did the pandemic teach us to use creative spaces to our advantage? How were we encouraged to see what is unique about our communities and places? How can our programming continually speak to our specific communities during a time when we need connection with those around us? How can we broaden AND deepen our collaboration with those around us? This session will offer examples of how this took shape in one place, and will also involve creative brainstorming for participants to think about creative use of their spaces, people, resources, and programming.
Madlen Batchvarova & Galina Stanisheva
From Bulgaria With Love – Choral Music Intercultural Pedagogy
Live Streamed from Bulgaria with the "Dobri Hristov" Children's Choir
The practice of musically educating students in music as a cross-cultural endeavor is gaining speed in the choral rehearsal room. This session will offer a culture bearers' practical approaches to the principles of teaching and learning that are becoming essential for all contemporary conductors. Those principles encompass avenues for building musical skills using intercultural music material, acquiring cultural knowledge, and developing a sensitivity to music from a distant land.
Tuesday Evening Concert
Marian Hall Theatre 7:00 pm
CONGRATULATIONS ALL-STATE STUDENTS!
Dr. Cedric Dent,
Wednesday's Session Descriptions
GUEST HEADLINER SESSION
Choosing the Best Jazz Music for Your Choir
Almost all choir directors have a good sense of how to pick choral music for their choirs. Picking out the correct music for your jazz performance may be more difficult. This session will discuss figuring out what your students likely can, and can’t do. It will also discuss how to choose a jazz “set” of music for ISSMA contest or your school's jazz/pop performance. Concepts will be compared and contrasted to the choosing of choral music in order to make it more accessible to those that are newer to jazz, while being helpful to those that are more experienced.
Motivational Techniques Aimed at Musicianship
In this session, we will cover warm-ups and engaging activities to keep the kids engaged and singing.
Community, Connection and Collaboration: Communication Strategies to Promote & Expand Your Choral Organization
Explore ways to identify and optimize opportunities to build a community presence for your choral ensembles. We will spend time evaluating how you are currently connecting and collaborating to build a community presence, reflecting on areas of potential growth, and exploring tools and strategies to consider as you make plans for the fall. Examples from school, church, and community ensembles will be shared.
Entering Uncharted Territory: Re-Mapping Our Understanding of the Female Voice
In this session we will study the changes the female voice goes through during puberty, pregnancy, menopause, and beyond. We will discuss the impact that hormones and the pelvic floor can have on singers and how to address these changes in healthy ways with your singers/students of all ages.
Who's Afraid of Gregorian Chant
Elementary Choir Reading Session
Choral Singing & Wellbeing – Healing Capacity of Music
Pathway to Success: Helpful Hints for the Civic Arts Pathway