Virtual Choirs: Why and How
with Joyce Click and Donny Mori
Tuesday, June 30 at 2:00pm (EDT)
Wanting to give the virtual choir route a shot? Not sure how to complete a project as monstrous as this? Don’t worry! In this session you will have the chance to see how to get your kids excited for a project like this, create clear expectations, and the in’s and out’s of putting a project like this together! This session will focus on how to create a virtual choir using iMovie, but will have other suggestions for those that do not have an apple product. By the end of this session, you may not be ready to produce Eric Whitacre’s next virtual choir, but you will feel more comfortable with taking on your very first virtual choir!
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ABOUT THE PRESENTERS
Joyce J. Click is a graduate in Music Education from Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana and holds a Master of Music Education from Butler and a Master of Science degree from Indiana University with a certification in Special Education. She also is Indiana’s first Nationally Board Certified Teacher in Music and serves as a mentor for NBPTS.
Mrs. Click has taught all 42 years in the Metropolitan School District of Washington Township on the north side of Indianapolis. She has taught music at all levels K-12 and has served as an adjunct college professor at Butler University and Depauw University.
In 2016, Mrs. Click was named Horace Mann Hoosier Educator of the year and an NEA Foundation California Casualty Outstanding Educator. In 2015, she was named in the top 25 Music Teachers in the country out of 5000 nominees by the Grammy Foundation as a semi-finalist for the Grammy Music Educator Award. Other past awards include Washington Township Teacher of the Year, Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching, Shining Star Award and winner of two Lilly Creativity Fellowships. She has written more that 100 grants for her school district.
Mrs. Click serves as Area 6 Chairperson for the Indiana Choral Directors All-State Choir. She currently teaches at North Central High School in Indianapolis where she directs five ensembles including the King’s Court Singers madrigal choir and the North Central Handbell Ensemble. Her choirs have received Gold Medal and Superior ISSMA ratings throughout the years and have been named as State Finalists and Choirs with Distinction at ISSMA Festivals.
Mrs. Click is married to Steve and they have two adult children, one who lives in Portland, Oregon and one in Sacramento, California.
Donny Mori is the choir director at Seeger Memorial Jr/Sr High School. During his tenure at Seeger, Donny has taught all grades from kindergarten to high school seniors. In addition to teaching all levels, he doubled the size of his concert choir within his first year, added a show choir, reinstated an auditioned chamber choir, and continues to promote an atmosphere of excellence.
His program boasts receiving the ISSMA All-Music Award for two consecutive years. In addition to teaching his choirs, Donny enjoys being a clinician for regional choirs and bands, teaching color guard, coaching volleyball, and choreographing for show choirs and color guards. Donny is an active member of the Indiana Music Education Association, National Association for Music Education, and the Indiana State Teachers’ Association.