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The 2015 ACDA National Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah will feature the interest session:
INNOVATIVE WARM-UPS FOR THE VOLUNTEER CHOIR: CREATIVE CONCEPTS TO IMPROVE CHORAL SOUND (Michael Kemp, clinician)
 
Directing volunteer choirs necessitates building choral sound, solving vocal problems, enhancing musicality, and motivating singers. But how should we get started? This session will introduce Michael Kemp’s new book, Innovative Warm-Ups for Volunteer Choirs, which provides a stimulating approach to building choral skills with volunteers, with twenty-two innovative warm-ups, each with useful presentation ideas for directors. “Rev Up and Cool Down Canons” will add beauty and intrigue to the opening and closing of rehearsals and provide procedures for developing specific choral skills such as open throat singing, staggered breathing, and agogic delays.
 
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Appearing in concert during the 2015 ACDA National Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah:
AMERICAN RIVER COLLEGE VOCAL JAZZ ENSEMBLE
 
This year marks the eighteenth year in which the American River College Vocal Jazz Ensemble has been in existence under the direction of Arthur Lapierre. The Ensemble is the advanced-level vocal group in a two-year jazz degree comprising courses including jazz choir, jazz/pop styles, jazz history, jazz theory, jazz improvisation, jazz piano, and applied lessons. The Ensemble performs regularly at school functions and at local high schools and community events. In 2005 the Ensemble recorded their self-titled CD and won a DownBeat Award. Ensemble students regularly participate in festivals and have been featured performers for ACDA, IAJE, and JEN. American River College is located in Sacramento, California.
 
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Appearing in concert during the 2015 ACDA National Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah:
WAUKEE HIGH SCHOOL A CAPPELLA
 
A Cappella is an auditioned ensemble open to all students in grades 10-12 who demonstrate advanced musical skill, thus providing an intensive and highly rewarding musical experience. They frequently perform at various festivals and events and have worked with the King Singers, Cantus, and international opera star Simon Estes. The group has earned division I ratings at the IHSMA Large Group Festival for the past twenty-five years. They perform an annual Festival of Peace Concert, frequently record CDs, and tour biennially. A Cappella appeared previously at the 2005 National ACDA Conference in Los Angeles and the 2007 and 2010 North Central ACDA Conferences in Omaha and Minneapolis, respectively. Their high performance standards and awards have earned them a reputation as one of the top high school ensembles in the United States.
 
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The 2015 ACDA National Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah will feature the interest session:
SERVICE-LEARNING, UBUNTU, AND CHORAL MUSIC: TRANSFORMATIVE MUSIC EDUCATION (Alicia W. Walker & James M. Meader, clinicians)
 
The African word Ubuntu conveys the interdependency of humans on one another. It is at the heart of what we understand to be “community.” Choral music, because of the humanness of the voice and the nature of singing together, is an embodiment of this principle. This session draws upon the shared strengths of choral singing, Ubuntu, and service learning to offer a transformative approach to the training of choral music educators. The goals of this approach are: 1) to equip conductors to teach effectively and learn graciously in underserved communities; and 2) to facilitate choral music education in settings where it is either unavailable or inadequately supported.
 
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