Questions or additional information can be obtained by contacting:

Wendee Wolf-Schlarf
MSVMA Choral Student Leadership Coordinator

July 30 & 31, 2019

Blue Water Convention Center
Port Huron, Michigan

Hotel rate is $109 per night for
single or double occupancy.

Group discount code - 9MS

Discount ends - 7/8/2019

Click here for online reservations.

Payment for SLC Conference

The fee of $100, must be paid via credit card according to instructions high school directors and college members will receive via email upon acceptance.  All payments are due by June 15, 2019.

Student leadership in the choral classroom provides the opportunity for emerging leaders to set the pace musically, organizationally and inspirationally within their choir community. Recognizing the potential of young people early offers them time to consider the type of leadership style that fits with their values and beliefs. Consciously considering the leadership styles that they are experiencing in their daily lives creates an awareness of effective leadership and its impact.

MSVMA has created a conference experience designed to encourage and develop the leadership skills and knowledge of our high school and college student leaders.  Our first Choral Student Leadership Conference will be held prior to the MSVMA Summer Conference.


Provide an inspirational and educational experience for high school and college students focused on examining, developing and enhancing leadership skills. Kelly Miller, University of Central Florida will provide a presentation focused on the importance of developing leadership skills. MSVMA members will serve as facilitators for related sessions.


Conference cost/person $100

Registration Deadline - June 15, 2019

High School directors may register up to four high school students per MSVMA school for the Conference. If specific students are not able to be identified by name at the time of registration, directors may register “TBD student(s)” to reserve spots. Registration fees include SLC Conference materials along with Tuesday evening dinner and Wednesday lunch.

MSVMA college members may register as attendees and will include SLC conference materials and the option to attend the MSVMA Summer Conference at no additional cost.

MSVMA college members also have an opportunity to be a part of the SLC leadership team as mentors. College members who wish to be considered for mentors should complete the college registration. Selected mentors will have hotel and registration costs covered.  

Once the conference has reached registration capacity, a waitlist will be established. Directors will be contacted should cancellations occur.

Registration will be on a first come, first serve basis. Directors will be notified by email of student’s status.

MSVMA Choir Director/School Responsibilities

Directors/Schools are responsible to provide one chaperone for up to four students attending.   

All attendees are responsible for travel, hotel and other expenses not included in the registration fee.

As indicated above, students and chaperone(s) are expected to provide their own housing. While attendees are not required to stay at the hotel connected to the convention center, a special conference rate is available at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Port Huron. If interested in booking at the DoubleTree, here is the information:

Phone:  810.984.8000

Room Rate for Single/Double occupancy:  $109

Group Rate Code: 9MS

Headliner: Dr. Kelly Miller,University of Central Florida

Kelly A. Miller is Associate Professor and Coordinator of Music Education at the University of Central Florida where she conducts the SoAl Women’s Chorus and Ensemble, and Men’s Chorus. She teaches introduction to music education, secondary choral methods I and II, music learning theory and assessment, conducting, music and the student with exceptionalities, and graduate classes in music education, while coordinating and supervising student teachers through their junior and senior internships. Prior to her appointment at UCF, Miller taught at Western Illinois University as Assistant Professor of Choral Music Education, where she conducted the Concert Choir and Vocal Jazz Ensemble. She conducted the Women’s Glee Club at Michigan State University for three years and taught choral music at the high school level for thirteen years in Michigan, Florida, and Nebraska. While in Orlando, Dr. Miller founded the choral/vocal program at Timber Creek High School, served as District 8 Chair for the Florida Vocal Association, and received her National Board Certification in secondary choral music. Before directing choirs, Miller was a concert band director for grades five through twelve and instructed marching and jazz bands, music theory, and elementary general music in Nebraska.  

In addition to her choral directing and teaching, she has maintained a private voice studio and is in demand to lead choral workshops on the choral/instrumental director as voice teacher, choosing choral repertoire and running effective rehearsals, leadership, creating artistry, student ownership, and team building. Dr. Miller frequently serves as a clinician and festival adjudicator. She has been invited to conduct regional and state honor choirs and present conference sessions in Ireland, Hawaii, Arkansas, Tennessee, Pennsylvania, New York, Missouri, Iowa, Illinois, Nebraska, Florida, and Michigan. Dr. Miller has performed at both divisional and national conventions of the American Choral Directors Association and at the Nebraska Music Educators Association Convention. She is currently a member of the professional women’s ensemble, mirabai and the semi-professional mixed choir, Voci del Cuore.

Miller holds the D.M.A. degree in choral conducting from Michigan State University, the M.M. degree in music education from the University of Nebraska at Omaha, and the B.A. degree in music education from the University of Nebraska at Kearney.

As innovative leaders in vocal music education, we provide experiences to inspire our diverse community.
Our vision is to reach the hearts of all people through song.

The MSVMA Offices are located in the Timme Building on the campus of Ferris State University, Big Rapids, Michigan.

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