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  • Thursday, August 20, 2020 2:28 PM | Hannah Miller (Administrator)

    2020 Membership Update

    We understand this is an uncertain time for schools, students, and teachers and want to ensure that MSVMA continues to be a valuable resource. Our goal is to be able to keep every member connected to our MSVMA community. 

    To assist schools that are facing challenges this year, we are offering  a 50% membership discount. To apply this discount to your invoice, enter the code MSVMA2020 when you renew or join.

    For information on how to renew your membership and use the discount, click here.
    If your school is in need of further assistance, you can apply for our assistance program here. The deadline to apply is September 15.
    Are you being asked to prepare virtual/online lessons for a hybrid learning format? MSVMA has developed a 38+ lesson curriculum that can be used for in-person, hybrid, or fully virtual learning environments. Visit http://www.msvma.org/MembershipApplication to join.

    For members that would like more information about the lesson curriculum, visit 
    http://www.msvma.org/Curriculum.
    To lean more about MSVMA's resources for teachers during the COVID-19 Pandemic, visit http://www.msvma.org/COVID-19-Resources.

    Please direct any questions or concerns about MSVMA’s Community Well to Adam Wurst: WurstAda@APSFalcons.net.


  • Friday, August 14, 2020 4:00 PM | Hannah Miller (Administrator)
    Did you know? MSVMA has employment opportunities listed on the website. Visit msvma.org/joblistings for more information. 

    If you have a job opening that you would like to post on the website, email hannahmiller@msvma.org
    For information on how to renew and use the membership discount, click here.
    Even though the Summer Conference has ended, you can still attend all of the sessions! The sessions and material are available to you until the end of the school year. For more information, check out our Summer Conference FAQs.

    You can register for the Summer Conference at
     http://www.msvma.org/event-3856885.
    Are you being asked to prepare virtual/online lessons for a hybrid learning format or if we are forced to return to school online? MSVMA has developed a 38+ lesson curriculum that can be used for in-person, hybrid, or fully virtual learning environments. With a 50% membership fee for the 2020-2021 year, this curriculum is accessible to school members for only $192.50 and available to Associate Members for only $80. Visit http://www.msvma.org/MembershipApplication to join. Don't spend the last few weeks of your summer stressing over virtual lesson plans!

    For members that would like more information about the lesson curriculum, visit 
    http://www.msvma.org/Curriculum.
    To lean more about MSVMA's resources for teachers during the COVID-19 Pandemic, visit http://www.msvma.org/COVID-19-Resources.

    Please direct any questions or concerns about MSVMA’s Community Well to Adam Wurst: WurstAda@APSFalcons.net.


  • Friday, August 07, 2020 2:26 PM | Hannah Miller (Administrator)

    Summer Conference 2020 – The Virtual Edition

    Congratulations to the Summer Conference Committee led by Director of Summer Conference Eric Cadena and staffed by coordinators Helen Hansens and Amy Blevins for re-envisioning Summer Conference to provide an outstanding professional development opportunity. Appreciative acknowledgement of IT Manager Hannah Miller for her leadership, expertise and creative challenge resolution skills in our transition to a virtual event. 

    Thank you to our dynamic presenters for adapting their sessions to our new format and working with us throughout the process to help ensure effective content delivery. We are grateful for everyone who attended and helped make this a meaningful learning and networking opportunity. Attendance for the event increased by 68% and feedback from attendees confirmed the decision to continue our Summer Conference tradition in the best way in these challenging times. 

    Highlights included:

    • Superb Headliner sessions with Dr. Amanda Quist, Director of Choral Activities, University of Miami and Paul Smith, VOCES8 Foundation CEO/Co-Founder and Barnaby Smith, VOCES8 Artistic Director/Co-Founder/Performer 

    • Exceptionally interesting and diverse breakout sessions 

    • Inspiring and thought-provoking remarks by Kevin Cornwall, our Teacher of the Year

    • Generous and continuing support from Musical Resources 

    • Great fun at the social activities including the Evening with the Ericks mixer with special thanks to our talented featured performers The Three Divas - Rebecca Selvidge, Katherine Rohwer and Carrie VanDenburgh and The Ericks – Eric Cadena, Eric Floetke and Erik Jacobson  

    • State Continuing Education Clock Hours (SCECH) certified programming

     

    Make plans now to attend Summer Conference 2021 during the last few days of July at the Blue Water Convention Center. 

    We want to hear from you! Complete the survey below. 

    Summer Conference Survey
    ARTS FIRST! 2020 has gone virtual and free! Zoom with your colleagues on discipline-specific days for wonderful, professional development workshops, especially for K-12 Visual Art, Theatre and Music educators. A full overview of all the presenters, times and their topics is available at https://tinyurl.com/ArtsFirst2020.

    To register - when you click on the discipline-specific link (below), it will take you to an Event Management screen with all the info. Look at the very top of that screen – in the dark blue box, it says, “Register Online Now”. Click on that link which will take you to the actual registration. 
    August 10, 2020 – 
    Arts First! ART & THEATRE 
    August 11, 2020 - Arts First! MUSIC  
     
    Submitted by Sheryl Hauk
    Are you being asked to prepare virtual/online lessons for a hybrid learning format or if we are forced to return to school online? MSVMA has developed a 38+ lesson curriculum that can be used for in-person, hybrid, or fully virtual learning environments. With a 50% membership fee for the 2020-2021 year, this curriculum is accessible to school members for only $192.50 and available to Associate Members for only $80. Visit http://www.msvma.org/MembershipApplication to join. Don't spend the last few weeks of your summer stressing over virtual lesson plans!

    For members that would like more information about the lesson curriculum, visit 
    http://www.msvma.org/Curriculum.
    To lean more about MSVMA's resources for teachers during the COVID-19 Pandemic, visit http://www.msvma.org/COVID-19-Resources.

    Please direct any questions or concerns about MSVMA’s Community Well to Adam Wurst: WurstAda@APSFalcons.net.


  • Tuesday, July 28, 2020 3:03 PM | Hannah Miller (Administrator)
    Join us for the 48th Summer Conference! For the first time offered online, attendees will enjoy professional development sessions designed for vocal music educators of all levels. 
    In the video above, MSVMA member Dusty Morris shares why you should be a part of the 2020 Summer Conference.
    This year we are offering 25 SCECHs! Session videos will be available for one year and you can complete them at any time.
    To register for SCECHs, click here. You will need your personal identification number to complete your registration. To locate your PIC, login at https://mdoe.state.mi.us/moecs/login.aspx.
    If you are still asking yourself “Why should I attend our Virtual Summer Conference?” Take one minute and watch this video. Our conference begins July 29th, details and the link for registration is at msvma.org/summerconference.

    If you can't attend July 29th-31st, still go ahead and register, then watch the recordings the following week. You'll continue to have access to the content for the whole school year over in Whova. Contact Eric Cadena, Director of Summer Conference if you have any questions at 
    ericcadena@msvma.org.
    Summer Conference starts next week! If you have already registered for the conference, you can now login to the event using the link below.
    https://whova.com/portal/webapp/msvma_202007/

    Check out the social and networking features before the event starts. For the full conference experiance, download the Whova event app today!

    Android
    IOS
     

    Registration Fees

    Conference Pass $100

    Student  $65

    Retired/Emeritus  $65

    1st Year Teacher  $65
     

    For more information, visit http://www.msvma.org/summerconference.

     

    Register Now
    Our Virtual Summer Conference will include the first ever ‘Evening with the Ericks!’ Just like we spent time together in person at Wings, Etc and the Lansing Brewing Company, ‘Evening with the Erick’s’ will be a virtual happy hour on Thursday July 30th from 6-7pm.

    You will still get your chance to come up to the mic and give us your best performance! However, this year we will need your song submitted prior to the conference so the virtual concert can be put together beforehand. We will watch the premiere together that night!

    If your video is complete (no mixing/editing required) share it directly with Erik Jacobson,
     erikjacobson@msvma.org, by 5pm on Monday July 27th.
    Need an accompanist? Text Todd Schreiber, 419-343-5286, so he can help. 

    We would love your participation! There have been so many wonderful performances in the past and we’d love to keep the tradition going.
    To lean more about MSVMA's resources for teachers during the COVID-19 Pandemic, visit http://www.msvma.org/COVID-19-Resources.

    Please direct any questions or concerns about MSVMA’s Community Well to Adam Wurst: WurstAda@APSFalcons.net.
    Getting to know your MSVMA Colleagues...
     
    MSVMA is many different things to many different people. That being said - we are ONE community comprised of talented and passionate people who value the art of choral music education. Because we come from all over the state of Michigan, it's difficult to get to know our colleagues. "Getting to know your MSVMA Colleagues" will feature various members as they share their stories in an effort to bring names and faces together within our community...remember Together We Can.


    This week we hear from 34 year member Thomas Blue from Rochester Hills.

    https://flipgrid.com/763dc3fe


    Submitted by Wendee Wolf-Schlarf


  • Friday, July 03, 2020 1:49 PM | Hannah Miller (Administrator)
    Giveaway Registration
    Join us for the 48th Summer Conference! For the first time offered online, attendees will enjoy professional development sessions designed for vocal music educators of all levels.

    Registration Fees

    Conference Pass $100

    Student  $65

    Retired/Emeritus  $65

    1st Year Teacher  $65
     

    For more information, visit http://www.msvma.org/summerconference.

     

    Register Now
    I was a “band kid”, I came into the choral world very late in the game and always felt I had so much to learn and catch up on. My first choir festival experience was during my student teaching, I had never heard of state honors choir and could barely survive behind the piano. I had so much work to do! I realized very early in my career I needed to seek out mentors, and I found the most amazing ones through MSVMA! Read more...

    Happy one year anniversary to Executive Director Erik Jacobson! 

    Enjoy this brief Q&A to get to know him a bit and check out his bio at http://www.msvma.org/Executive-Director.

    Q: What has been you favorite MSVMA moment in the last year?
    A: The conferences have definitely been my favorite part of MSVMA. Summer Conference in my first month and MMC last January were amazing experiences to be in the same place with all the wonderful members at one time. Being able to have meaningful and fun conversations about music for days straight and simply hang out to get to know everyone was special.

    Q: What has been your least favorite/hardest thing about MSVMA in the last year?
    A: COVID. Was that actually a necessary question?

    Q: What do you do when you're not working for MSVMA?
    A: Well, I have a few other jobs that occupy my free time. I am the General Manager of The VOCES8 Foundation, adjunct Professor of Vocal Jazz at Kalamazoo College, and Artistic Director of the Kalamazoo Male Chorus. Sooo...when I'm not working I'm basically working. Outside of work, I have a wonderful girlfriend, love to play sports (baseball/softball and golf most often), sing and/or play piano or guitar with friends, participate in local theatre, and hang out with my 9-month old Schnoodle pup, Ares.

    Michigan has made some important decisions in the last week regarding schools, both for the current year and in planning for the upcoming school year. Decisions in the attached "FY 2020 Budget Agreement" solve some financial issues from the current school year. The state laid out it's reopening plan in the "Return to School Roadmap" that will help inform decisions over the next month by local administrations and state organizations such as MSVMA."

    Budget Agreement

    Return to School Roadmap

    Legislation and Advocacy Update

    This past week brought some great new resources for music educators, as well as some more insight for returning to school in the fall. 

    • ACDA made it’s report available, “COVID-19 Response Committee Report (June 15, 2020). It outlines Instructional Models for choral professionals in secondary, post-secondary, collegiate, community choirs, and music in worship. While it is a comprehensive report that may feel a bit overwhelming at first, it contains excellent information to use when communicating with your district leadership.

    • The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS), in association with the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), released its “Fall 2020 Guidance for Music Education” document to provide guidance for PreK-12 schools during the COVID-19 pandemic. This document is an excellent complement to the ACDA report and can be a great resource for district leaders planning for the fall.

    • Michigan legislators unveiled a plan to “Return to Learn”, which proposes securing federal funding to aid schools and teachers.  Governor Whitmer also announced next steps for school reopening in the fall. There is a planned announcement for Tuesday, June 30 that details “Michigan’s Return to School Roadmap” to provide details on what will be required and recommended for schools. Governor Whitmer has pledged to continue working closely with the Return to Learn Advisory Council and leaders in health care for ensuring safe practices.

     

    MSVMA’s Community Well committee regularly collects up to date resourcespertinent to vocal music education. You are invited to visit MSVMA’s “A Community Well” page, as well as advocacy resources page for use in communicating with your district leaders.

    Please direct any questions or concerns about MSVMA’s Community Well to Adam Wurst: WurstAda@APSFalcons.net.

    https://acda.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/ACDA-COVID-19-Committee-Report.pdf

    https://www.nfhs.org/articles/fall-2020-guidance-for-music-education/

    Submitted by Adam Wurst
    You are invited for a time to connect with other MSVMA members! Each Monday, we would like to meet together to talk about whatever is on your mind about your program, what inspired recently, questions about...well, anything! MSVMA has always been a great place for community and supporting one another as vocal music teachers. It’s important that we maintain our community in this time of change. Head over to the MSVMA Discussion Group on Facebook for the link that will be posted each Monday! Hope to see you there! 
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/844079995661076/    

    If you have any questions, please email Adam Wurst (WurstAda@APSFalcons.netor Kathy Cunningham (kathycunningham@msvma.org).

    Submitted by Adam Wurst 
    "A Community Well" Choral Rubric Curriculum

    TOGETHER, our goal is to have 48 ready-made lessons for the Fall, addressing the rubric topics of Tone, Rhythm, Pitch, Diction, Interpretation, and Presentation. Now that school is out, we have begun receiving submissions, and they are GREAT! EVERYONE has something to offer. Please click on the graphic to submit a lesson idea that you’ve used in your classroom!
    For more information, click here.

    If you have any questions, please email Adam Wurst (WurstAda@APSFalcons.net) or Sarah Stockton
     (sarahstockton@wlcsd.org).
    Submitted by Adam Wurst


  • Friday, June 26, 2020 3:00 PM | Hannah Miller (Administrator)
    Join us for the 48th Summer Conference! For the first time offered online, attendees will enjoy professional development sessions designed for vocal music educators of all levels.

    Registration Fees

    Conference Pass $100

    Student  $65

    Retired/Emeritus  $65

    1st Year Teacher  $65
     

    For more information, visit http://www.msvma.org/summerconference.

     

    Register Now

    Kelvin Moon Loh currently stars on Broadway in Beetlejuice the musical as Otho. Also on Broadway, he’s been in SpongeBob Squarepants, The King and I, and the revival of Side Show. Off Broadway he’s been in Pacific Overtures (Classic Stage Co.) and Here Lies Love (The Public). He was in the first national tour of Green Day’s American Idiot. Kelvin grew up on Long Island, NY and studied vocal performance at New York University.

    Interviewer: Ryan Dawley
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qv9d5UvCR8c&feature=youtu.be

    Submitted by Holly Israels

    Legislation and Advocacy Update

    This past week brought some great new resources for music educators, as well as some more insight for returning to school in the fall. 

    • ACDA made it’s report available, “COVID-19 Response Committee Report (June 15, 2020). It outlines Instructional Models for choral professionals in secondary, post-secondary, collegiate, community choirs, and music in worship. While it is a comprehensive report that may feel a bit overwhelming at first, it contains excellent information to use when communicating with your district leadership.

    • The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS), in association with the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), released its “Fall 2020 Guidance for Music Education” document to provide guidance for PreK-12 schools during the COVID-19 pandemic. This document is an excellent complement to the ACDA report and can be a great resource for district leaders planning for the fall.

    • Michigan legislators unveiled a plan to “Return to Learn”, which proposes securing federal funding to aid schools and teachers.  Governor Whitmer also announced next steps for school reopening in the fall. There is a planned announcement for Tuesday, June 30 that details “Michigan’s Return to School Roadmap” to provide details on what will be required and recommended for schools. Governor Whitmer has pledged to continue working closely with the Return to Learn Advisory Council and leaders in health care for ensuring safe practices.

     

    MSVMA’s Community Well committee regularly collects up to date resources pertinent to vocal music education. You are invited to visit MSVMA’s “A Community Well” page, as well as advocacy resources page for use in communicating with your district leaders.

    Please direct any questions or concerns about MSVMA’s Community Well to Adam Wurst: WurstAda@APSFalcons.net.

    https://acda.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/ACDA-COVID-19-Committee-Report.pdf

    https://www.nfhs.org/articles/fall-2020-guidance-for-music-education/

    Submitted by Adam Wurst
    You are invited for a time to connect with other MSVMA members! Each Monday, we would like to meet together to talk about whatever is on your mind about your program, what inspired recently, questions about...well, anything! MSVMA has always been a great place for community and supporting one another as vocal music teachers. It’s important that we maintain our community in this time of change. Head over to the MSVMA Discussion Group on Facebook for the link that will be posted each Monday! Hope to see you there! 
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/844079995661076/    

    If you have any questions, please email Adam Wurst (WurstAda@APSFalcons.netor Kathy Cunningham (kathycunningham@msvma.org).

    Submitted by Adam Wurst 
    "A Community Well" Choral Rubric Curriculum

    TOGETHER, our goal is to have 48 ready-made lessons for the Fall, addressing the rubric topics of Tone, Rhythm, Pitch, Diction, Interpretation, and Presentation. Now that school is out, we have begun receiving submissions, and they are GREAT! EVERYONE has something to offer. Please click on the graphic to submit a lesson idea that you’ve used in your classroom!
    For more information, click here.

    If you have any questions, please email Adam Wurst (WurstAda@APSFalcons.net) or Sarah Stockton
     (sarahstockton@wlcsd.org).
    Submitted by Adam Wurst

    Choral Student Leadership Online Opportunity July 29-30, 2020

    As we are aware, the MSVMA Choral Student Leadership Conference was unfortunately canceled for the summer of 2020. We are planning to have an exciting conference in the summer of 2021 led by Dr. Matthew Arau, who was to be our headliner for 2020.

    If you are looking for an opportunity to inspire your student leaders for this upcoming 20-21 school year, Dr. Arau is providing an online Upbeat! Virtual Leadership Academy (July 29-30, 2020) to reach students during this uncertain time. More details are available at Dr. Arau’s website: www.upbeatglobal.com 

    Dates for the 2021 MSVMA Student Leadership Conference are: July 27 - 28 in Port Huron. 

    Submitted by Wendee Wolf-Schlarf 


  • Friday, June 19, 2020 1:37 PM | Hannah Miller (Administrator)
    This month, the Board of Directors was challenged to reflect on the value of MSVMA in their lives. Treasurer and scheduling guru Julia Holt shares her thoughts this week. Read More...
    Join us for the 48th Summer Conference! For the first time offered online, attendees will enjoy professional development sessions designed for vocal music educators of all levels.

    Registration Fees

    Conference Pass $100

    Student  $65

    Retired/Emeritus  $65

    1st Year Teacher  $65
     

    For more information, visit http://www.msvma.org/summerconference.

     

    Register Now
    Volunteerism is the lifeblood of the Michigan School Vocal Music Association. Our vast network of volunteers continues to ensure the success of our festivals and student opportunities. MSVMA is in need of the following positions for the upcoming school year:

    Supervisor for State Choral Festivals
    Host and Host schools for April 23-24 South State S&E
    Host and Host schools for April 28, 29, 30 South State Choral Festival
    Hosts and Host schools for May 10, 11 Central State Choral Festival 

     

    If you are interested in volunteering for any of these positions, please email Kathy Cunningham at kathycunningham@msvma.org
    Registration is open now at https://bit.ly/TheatreWorkshops For full details, visit https://oakland.edu/smtd/community-engagement/
    Questions? Email smtdadmissions@oakland.edu.

    Subbmitted by Michelle Tschirhart

    Submitted by Will Nichols
    You are invited for a time to connect with other MSVMA members! Each Monday, we would like to meet together to talk about whatever is on your mind about your program, what inspired recently, questions about...well, anything! MSVMA has always been a great place for community and supporting one another as vocal music teachers. It’s important that we maintain our community in this time of change. Head over to the MSVMA Discussion Group on Facebook for the link that will be posted each Monday! Hope to see you there! 
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/844079995661076/    

    If you have any questions, please email Adam Wurst (WurstAda@APSFalcons.netor Kathy Cunningham (kathycunningham@msvma.org).

    Submitted by Adam Wurst 
    "A Community Well" Choral Rubric Curriculum

    MSVMA members are working together to create a curriculum resource that can be used to teach the MSVMA Choral Performance Rubric in a variety of learning environments: In the classroom, online, or a hybrid model. You are invited to share your ideas for teaching Tone Quality, Pitch, Rhythm, Diction, Interpretation, and Presentation. Below is a great introduction video by Sarah Stockton (Walled Lake Western HS)! For more information, click here.


    If you have any questions, please email Adam Wurst (WurstAda@APSFalcons.net) or Sarah Stockton
     (sarahstockton@wlcsd.org).
    Submitted by Adam Wurst


  • Friday, June 12, 2020 2:58 PM | Hannah Miller (Administrator)
    Join us for the 48th Summer Conference! For the first time offered online, attendees will enjoy professional development sessions designed for vocal music educators of all levels. 

    Registration Fees

    Conference Pass $100

    Student  $65

    Retired/Emeritus  $65

    1st Year Teacher  $65
     

    For more information, visit http://www.msvma.org/summerconference.

     

    Register Now

    Ben Henri Wins Jeopardy Teachers Tournament

    Ben Henri earned the title of Champion of the Jeopardy Teachers Tournament competing against two music teachers and taking home a check for $100,000. After taping the finale in February, he had to keep the outcome a secret--no easy feat with his inquisitive choir students. His middle school singers kept trying to trip him up with questions like “Did they give you a room to change your clothes in between games?” but Ben held his ground.  It made it easier when the stay-at-home order was issued. And the Jeopardy staff provided him suggested responses to those trying to find out the results of the game. Read more...

     

    Congratulations, Ben!  You made us all proud!  We will look forward to watching you in the Tournament of Champions!


    Submitted by Member Emeritus Wendy Treacher

    You are invited for a time to connect with other MSVMA members! Each Monday, we would like to meet together to talk about whatever is on your mind about your program, what inspired recently, questions about...well, anything! MSVMA has always been a great place for community and supporting one another as vocal music teachers. It’s important that we maintain our community in this time of change. Head over to the MSVMA Discussion Group on Facebook for the link that will be posted each Monday! Hope to see you there! 
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/844079995661076/    

    If you have any questions, please email Adam Wurst (WurstAda@APSFalcons.netor Kathy Cunningham (kathycunningham@msvma.org).

    Submitted by Adam Wurst 
    "A Community Well" Choral Rubric Curriculum

    MSVMA members are working together to create a curriculum resource that can be used to teach the MSVMA Choral Performance Rubric in a variety of learning environments: In the classroom, online, or a hybrid model. You are invited to share your ideas for teaching Tone Quality, Pitch, Rhythm, Diction, Interpretation, and Presentation. Below is a great introduction video by Sarah Stockton (Walled Lake Western HS)! For more information, click here.


    If you have any questions, please email Adam Wurst (WurstAda@APSFalcons.net) or Sarah Stockton
     (sarahstockton@wlcsd.org).
    Submitted by Adam Wurst


  • Friday, June 05, 2020 2:39 PM | Hannah Miller (Administrator)
    Join us for the 48th Summer Conference! For the first time offered online, attendees will enjoy professional development sessions designed for vocal music educators of all levels. Headliner Dr. Amanda Quist, Director of Choral Activities for the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami, will be presenting live with opportunities to interact with other attendees.   
     

    Registration Fees

    Conference Pass $100

    Student  $65

    Retired/Emeritus  $65

    1st Year Teacher  $65
     

    For more information, visit http://www.msvma.org/summerconference.

     

    Register Now

    MSVMA Member Participates in Jeopardy! Teachers Tournament

    Ben Henri, choir director at Grosse Pointe North High School, faces two contestants on June 4 and 5, for the Teachers Tournament Finals. The total dollar winnings are added together for each contestant from the two days and then the winner is named. Ben will compete with another music teacher (band and choir) and a drama teacher.

    Wendy Treacher conducted an interview with Ben about his Jeopardy game experience. Read more...

    Be sure and tune in tonight and Friday night at 7:30 pm and cheer Ben on!

    Submitted by Wendy Treacher, MSVMA Emeritus

     

    Lisa Helmi Johanson grew up in the Virginia suburbs of Washington D.C. studying musical instruments. Community theater and one year of choir in high school led her to pursuing a double major in college, a BM in Vocal Performance and a BA in Musical Theater at Christopher Newport University, VA. She immediately moved to NYC and made her Off-Broadway debut one month later as an actor/musician in a classical play called Women Beware Women with Red Bull Theater. It led to her next Off-Broadway show with the Classical Theater of Harlem's production of Three Sisters, also as an actor/musician. These opportunities allowed for her to watch the rehearsal technique of seasoned Broadway actors, some of which have gone on to win Tony awards. She then booked the non-union National Tour of Avenue Q as Christmas Eve which she toured with for almost two years. Upon returning to NYC, she auditioned to be a vacation swing for the then Off-Broadway company of Avenue Q which got her into the Actor's Equity Association. She then went on to do The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee as Marcy Park at Merry-Go-Round Playhouse and her first play, 4,000 Miles at St. Louis Repertory in the role of Amanda. While there, Lisa was offered the full-time position of Female Ensemble and understudy for Christmas Eve, Kate Monster/Lucy, and Mrs. T/Girl Bear in Avenue Q Off-Broadway and gratefully had that job for two years. During her time there her violin skills came back to use in a John Doyle workshop of a new musical, August Rush and her newly developed puppetry led to multiple productions of another puppet-led musical, Rescue Rue. Lisa left Avenue Q to do a gender-swapped actor-musician version of Taming of the Shrew at Virginia Stage Company and the co-production of a new Maltby and Shire musical, Waterfall, out at Pasadena Playhouse and 5th Avenue Theater, her first fully original production. Another co-production followed of Priscilla Queen of the Desert with Gateway Playhouse and Ogunquit Playhouse where she was dual-cast as a Diva and the role of Cynthia. Lisa then went back out on tour with Fiasco Theater Company's adaptation of Into the Woods as Little Red Riding Hood and Rapunzel for which she learned trumpet during callbacks. She then did a production of Rent with the National Theater of Aruba as Alexi Darling and booked her first episode of TV on Law and Order: SVU. Things shifted a bit for her into a more dramatic theater direction as she went on to book her first lead role in a play called Vietgone at the Denver Center in the role of Tong, followed by Hope Harcourt in Anything Goes at Arena Stage in Washington D.C., and straight to Milwaukee Repertory theater to tackle a two-person play and another lead role in The Chinese Lady for which she won a local award for best actor in a lead role. Violin came back into the game for a production of Once as the role of Reza at the Cape Playhouse followed by finally working back in NYC again in the Off-Broadway premiere of the new musical Einstein's Dreams based on the best-selling book. Leading up to the present, she did a production of the play The Drowning Girls in the role of Alice with The Drama League this January and went straight up to Syracuse Stage in the role of Constanze in Amadeus. She is now grateful to reminisce her career thus far while hunkered down in NYC and self/co-producing digital projects for online consumption. Diverse representation in casting and telling American stories as an American is a huge soapbox for Lisa as is incorporating grace into all interactions, beginning with herself.

     

    Interviewer: Nancy Lewis

     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zhs-0ikSpLs&feature=youtu.be


  • Thursday, May 28, 2020 10:17 AM | Hannah Miller (Administrator)
    As we continue to hear reports of our ever-changing world in which we live, I find myself and others struggling to accept these changes. But then I’m reminded of the resilience of our MSVMA members and I find comfort and inspiration from my colleagues.  I’m constantly in awe of what you all bring to the world of choral music and education...Continue Reading

    Congratulations to 2020 Leep Scholars James Pecar and Jamie Steinman!

    The 2020 Carolyn F. Leep Scholarship has been awarded each of whom will receive $1,000.00 to support their pursuit of advanced degrees. 

    “On behalf of the MSVMA Board, I'd like to offer congratulations to our recipients of the Carolyn Leep Scholarship, James Pecar and Jamie Steinman!  I hope this award helps fuel the fire of your passion for choral music education!”  Mark Krempski, Past President and Leep Scholarship Committee Chair.

    James Pecar

    Chippewa Valley High School and Macomb Community College Children’s Chorus

    James is the director of choirs and vocal/music director of his school’s musicals.  He also directs two choirs in the Macomb Community College Macomb Children’s Chorus program. In his 7th year at CVHS, James collaborates with professional groups, directors and musicians to provide his students with unique learning opportunities that inspire them. A graduate of Stetson University in DeLand, Florida, he has completed one summer of the Michigan State University Summer Masters in Choral Conduction program and is completing online classes through Stephen F. Austin State University. James will use his Leep Scholarship for tuition as he pursues master’s degrees in choral conducting and music education.

     

    “My philosophy in education is to inspire young people to be whole people; this involves building cultural sensitivity and awareness of others, exploring the skills to think critically, modeling and expecting professionalism, developing an effective work ethic, getting involved in our community, and practicing simply being kind. We use music to do this.” James Pecar
     

    Jamie Steinman 

    Holland Public Schools

    Jamie began her teaching career at Holland Public schools four years ago. She has been the middle school choir director for the past two years. For the first time, the Holland Middle School 8th Grade Choir participated in District and State Choral Festivals where they received the highest ratings. This successful middle school experience is resulting in an increase in singer retention rates and more students continuing their study of vocal music in her school’s high school program. Jamie graduated from Hope College and will use her Leep Scholarship as she attends Liberty University in pursuit of a Master of Music Education degree.
     

    “I already have seen how my increased knowledge from my first classes has improved, impacted and enhanced my teaching. My instruction of music theory concepts, as well as my approach to preparation for teaching repertoire, has become more efficient and predictable for my learners.”  Jamie Steinman 

    The Carolyn F. Leep Scholarship is made possible through generous donations of individuals and MSVMA districts.  If you are interested in making a gift to the Leep Scholarship or to the Leep Scholarship Endowment, please contact Debra Jacks at debrajacks@msvma.org or visit msvma.org/donate.

    Telly Leung is New York City native. His Broadway & national touring credits include Aladdin in Disney's Aladdin, In Transit, Allegiance (with George Takei & Lea Salonga), Godspell, Rent (final Broadway company), Wicked (Boq, original Chicago company), Pacific Overtures, Flower Drum Song. In 2010, he starred as Angel in RENT at the Hollywood Bowl opposite Wayne Brady, directed by Neil Patrick Harris. Television audiences will remember him as Wes the Warbler on “Glee", as well as his guest star appearances on "Instinct", “Odd Mom Out,” “Deadbeat” and “Law and Order: Criminal Intent.” Tellyis featured on many original Broadway cast recordings and he has released two solo albums - I’ll Cover You (2012) and Songs for You (2016) on The Yellow Sound Label. BFA Carnegie Mellon University. Website: www.tellyleung.com. Twitter / Instagram: @tellyleung

     

    Interviewer: Kathy Cunningham
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1r4EGzSdP5A&feature=youtu.be

     


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