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The 2015 ACDA National Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah will feature the interest session:
COORDINATING VOCAL COLORS IN WOMEN’S CHORUSES (Philip Silvey, clinician)
 
As members of an equal voice ensemble, singers in women’s choruses have the potential to collectively create vibrant sonorities. While disparities between voice size and color can make a unified sound elusive, conformity to a single tonal model may produce a generic quality that sacrifices the vitality of individual voices. Varied musicianship skills, personality types, learning styles, and life experience also impact ensemble unity. Teaching singers to coordinate (rather than blend) vocal colors encourages them to shade and integrate these unique timbres instead of neutralizing them. The importance of mindfulness, relatedness, position, and part distribution all come into play.
 
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Appearing in concert during the 2015 ACDA National Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah:
THE REAL GROUP
 
The Real Group is a groundbreaking vocal group based in Sweden made up of members: Emma Nilsdotter, Katarina Henryson, Anders Edenroth, Morten Vinther, and Anders Jalkéus. With the voice as their sole instrument, they have created a unique musical expression in the field between jazz, pop, and Nordic European choir music. The group has been touring the world for almost three decades. In 1989 the group graduated from the Royal Academy of Music in Stockholm with the highest degree, and since then they have often been asked to perform at prestigious offi cial events along with their regular concerts, such as the Swedish queens birthday when they performed the Abbaclassic ”Dancing Queen” together with the former Abba member Anni- Frid Lyngstad. The group also sang at the opening of the Fifa World Cup in South Korea and Japan. Their wide repertoire has made it possible for the group to collaborate with symphony orchestras, jazz groups, pop bands, and artists such as Barbara Hendricks, Toots Thielemans, and Sir George Martin. The Real Group has made seventeen CDs and produced their own concert tours, TV programs, and been artistic directors for an A Cappella Festival in Seoul, South Korea. In 2008, the Real Group initiated and hosted “The Real A Cappella Festival” and in 2012 “The Real Group Festival” with visitors from more than twenty countries. They are in the process of developing the online educational site “The Real Group Academy.” In 2012 and 2013 the group toured as ambassadors for the charity program Star For Life in Sweden and South Africa. The Christmas album A World for Christmas was released in 2012 on Universal Music.
 
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Appearing in concert during the 2015 ACDA National Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah:
ANÙINA
 
Anúna was founded in 1987 by Dublin composer Michael McGlynn with the aim of defining and developing a choral expression for his ancient and richly cultural homeland. Much of the group's repertoire explores the relationship between traditional choral ideas and McGlynn's particular  compositional voice. Anúna's name, originally An Uaithne, derives from the term for the three ancient types of Irish music: Suantraí (lullaby), Geantraí (happy song), and Goltraí (lament). Repertoire includes original works set to early texts, traditional arrangements, and works that explore aspects of ritual dating back to the earliest emergence of the Christian churches. Anúna can slip easily between  musical genres from the classical ethos of the BBC Proms to creating the hugely successful, unmannered vocal sound of the original Riverdance. They have appeared on two Grammy Award-winning albums, featured on multiple Billboard Charts, including the Hot 100.
 
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The 2015 ACDA National Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah will feature the interest session:
VOCAL PERCUSSION IN CONTEMPORARY CHORAL MUSIC (Justin Glodich , clinician)
 
The session will focus on vocal percussion and its place in contemporary vocal music. The importance of rhythm, steady beat, tempo, and form will be discussed. A demonstration will include basic percussion sounds using a variety of consonants, learning a variety of styles (swing, jazz, rock, pop), microphone technique for vocal percussion, and the use of throat microphones. Notation for vocal percussion will also be addressed. Sponsored by the A Cappella Education Association.
 
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The 2015 ACDA National Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah will feature the interest session:
CHORAL GEMS IN THE MUSICAL THEATRE CANON THAT FIT YOUR PROGRAM (William Sauerland & Brandon Adams, clinicians)
 
There is a treasure chest of choral gems in the musical theatre canon that remain fairly unknown. This session will highlight some off-the-beaten-path musical scores by musical greats such as Gershwin, Previn, and Kern that are appropriate for student singers. We will also present a rubric that can be used as a tool for you to look deeper into your program to assess quantitatively and qualitatively which musical score may be your optimum fit. The repertoire covered is viable for fully staged, semi-staged, or concert formats and is appropriate for junior high, high school, college, and university programs.
 
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Appearing in concert during the 2015 ACDA National Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah:
MILLER MIDDLE SCHOOL ADVANCED CHOIR
 
Established in 2002 under the direction of Anthony E. Arnold, the Miller Choral Music Department is a group of young men and women dedicated to the principle of excellence, striving to do the right thing all the time. Since 2005, the Advanced Choir of the Miller Choral Music Department has not scored any less than unanimous superior ratings at any choral festival they have attended. Highlights include a June 2014 Spotlight Performance  at Carnegie Hall for the Choirs of America Invitational Choral Festival; 2013 First Place, Highest Scoring, and Best Overall Middle School Choral Group at the Heritage Presidential Inauguration Festival in Washington DC; 2012 Gold Award and second-place finish in the Open Division Mixed Choir Category at the 7th World Choir Games in Cincinnati, Ohio.
 
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