Come join us for the 47th Annual Summer Conference at the beautiful Blue Water Convention Center in Port Huron! The Summer Conference provides relevant professional development for vocal music educators of all levels. This year's headliners are Dr. Kimberly Dunn Adams and Catherine A. Walker. Dr. Adams will share tips and tools to better your choral craft and Ms. Walker will expand your understanding of musical theatre.

Choose from breakout sessions that enhance your knowledge and your students' learning environment. Enjoy sampling repertoire in high school and middle school reading sessions, including recently added titles to the required lists and honors choir repertoire. Connect with new friends and catch up with old friends as you explore Port Huron!

Headliners


Dr. Kimberly Dunn Adams

Praised for her energetic, positive, and insightful work as a conductor and clinician, Dr. Kimberly Dunn Adams is currently the Director of Choral Activities at Western Michigan University, where she directs the University Chorale, Collegiate Singers, and Grand Chorus. She also directs the graduate program in choral conducting and teaches associated classes. Her choirs have received prizes in national and international competitions, invitations to perform at choral conventions, and recognition for their recordings. Adams was previously the Director of Choral Ensembles at Mount Holyoke College. She holds undergraduate degrees from Oberlin College & Conservatory and graduate degrees from the Yale School of Music and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


Catherine A. Walker

Catherine A. Walker is an Associate Professor of Musical Theatre at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.  Ms. Walker has worked extensively as a music director, conductor, vocal coach, pianist, educator and clinician and her students are frequently found on Broadway and regional theatres as well as film and television.  Ms. Walker is equally comfortable in both classical and contemporary vocal styles and is a specialist in contemporary vocal performance practices and techniques. Ms. Walker has certification as a Master Teacher in the Estill Voice Training Model and is in demand as workshop clinician and vocal coach.  Each year, Ms. Walker serves as a mentor, judge and vocal coach for the national Michael Feinstein Great American Songbook Vocal Academy. Additionally, she has taught at Mahidol University in Bangkok, Thailand; the American School in London; the Summer University Theatre Experience in San Francisco; and Island Centre Productions in St. Croix, USVI.  As a choral conductor, her choirs have performed at Carnegie Hall, as well as internationally including Italy, Germany, Austria and the Czech Republic.


Conference Pricing

Registration price includes: Entrance to all sessions, Music for your interest sessions* and Select meals on site, including the Thursday Evening Social Hour

Member Early Bird Pricing 

1 Day Conference Pass  $85.00

2 Day Conference Pass $170.00

3 Day Conference Pass $210.00

Member Pricing After June 15

1 Day Conference Pass  $110.00

2 Day Conference Pass $220.00

3 Day Conference Pass $275.00

Non-Member Early Bird Pricing 

1 Day Conference Pass  $125.00

2 Day Conference Pass $210.00

3 Day Conference Pass $250.00

Non-Member Pricing After June 15

1 Day Conference Pass  $205.00

2 Day Conference Pass $290.00

3 Day Conference Pass $290.00

Full-time student

$100.00


1st year MSVMA 
Membership 

$100.00

Emeriti/Retiree 

$100.00

META Member 

$125.00

*Music packets only are guaranteed for registrations received by June 15th.

Summer Conference fees are non-refundable



Summer Conference Session Submission

The Summer Conference team has created a Google Form to submit a session for the conference
MSVMA Summer Conference 
2020 Session Submission

Session Wish List - Summer Conference 2019

If you were developing the program for Summer Conference, what would you choose?  

Here is your chance to help determine the session topics. Consider topics that would help your students or you in the classroom. Is there a subject or issue that you have wanted more information about but not had time to pursue it?  

To submit a session request or idea, please contact Eric Cadena, director of Summer Conference and Michigan Youth Arts at ericcadena@msvma.org.

Call for Session Presenters  
Summer Conference 2020

Would you like to share your expertise in a specific choral/vocal music topic? Have some great warmup techniques that your students enjoy? Tips to engage/recruit students in new ways? Genre specific knowledge? Like to organize a panel to discuss a specific topic with your session participants.

This is your opportunity to become a presenter at Summer Conference. Submit your session description via Google form by November 1. Potential presenters will be advised of the status of their submission on November 15.

For information, please contact Eric Cadena, director of Summer Conference and Michigan Youth Arts.

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