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  • Thursday, June 23, 2022 2:23 PM | Hannah Miller (Administrator)


     

    Join us for the 50th Summer Conference!

    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!

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    Roger Emerson
    Summer Conference Headliner

    Friday is the last day to register for the early bird pricing! 

    Early Bird Registration Pricing

    (Early Bird prices end June 24)
     

    1 Day Conference Pass | $85

    2 Day Conference Pass | $170

    1 Day Non-Member Conference Pass | $125

    2 Day Non-Member Conference Pass | $210
     

     
    Register Now

    Congratulations and thank you to ALL of the directors who submitted recordings for the 2023 MMC Choral Hour. The Planning Committee is so excited to be holding Choral Hour next year!

     

    This year, 3 choirs were selected to perform at the Friday Choral Hour:

     

    Choralaires, Caledonia High School, Kara Stevens

    A Cappella Choir, Ann Arbor Pioneer High School, Steven Lorenz

    Chamber Singers, Stoney Creek High School, Brandon Ulrich

     

    The Saturday Choral Hour will be occupied by the MSVMA Specialized Choral and All State Jazz Concert. 



    Submitted by Sarah Stockton

    If you have questions about renewing your membership, check out our FAQ page or click here to contact the State Office.  


    2020-21 MSVMA  Annual Report 

    This is the last edition of Weekly Notes. Stay tuned as we launch a monthly publication that will bring you the information that you have appreciated in Weekly Notes and interesting, in-depth content that will be of benefit to our members. 


  • Thursday, June 02, 2022 2:30 PM | Hannah Miller (Administrator)

    State S&E & Choral Hosts Needed!


    We are in need of hosts for our South site State festivals in Spring of 2023.
    State S&E South is set for March 24 - 25.
    State Choral South is set for May 11 - 13.

    We want to ensure that State sites are spread evenly throughout the state to reduce barriers for as many participants as possible, so we would like these South sites hosted near the middle of the state south of Lansing. Please consider hosting one of these events for the 2023 year and reach out to Director of State Events, Kathy Cunningham, at kathycunningham@msvma.org.

    MSVMA State Office Summer Hours

    Monday - Thursday

    8AM - 4PM 


  • Thursday, May 26, 2022 3:38 PM | Hannah Miller (Administrator)


     

    Mark your calendars! The 2022 Summer Conference is August 3-4 at the Blue Water Convention Center in Port Huron. More information coming soon.


    Roger Emerson
    Conference Headliner 

     

    With over 900 titles in print and 30 million copies in circulation, Roger Emerson is the most widely performed composer/arranger of popular choral music in the world today. His works include the choral arrangements of Josh Groban's You Raise Me Up, Seasons of Love, from RENT, Defying Gravity from WICKED, Joyful, Joyful from SISTER ACT, Don't Stop Believin' from GLEE, as well as best selling choral arrangements, Didn't My Lord Deliver Daniel, O Sifuni Mungu, and Riversong. Mr. Emerson has been the recipient of ASCAP's Standard Award for 20 years running and his works have been performed at the White House, Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center. In addition to his work as a composer/arranger, he has appeared at numerous MENC and ACDA conferences throughout the United States and Canada and is on the teaching staff of College of the Siskiyous in Northern California where he conducts the vocal jazz program and teaches guitar.

    Registration deadline is June 1

    If you haven’t signed up to send up to 10 of your high school students to the Choral Student Leadership Conference, it’s not too late. The registration fee is $50 per student. This  fee includes all materials and lunch. For more information, visit msvma.org/CSLC/.


    Call for MSVMA College Members to serve at Mentors at the CSLC

    MSVMA college members have the opportunity to experience Dr. Arau for free by signing up to serve as a mentor for the day of the conference. MSVMA College mentors will help Dr. Arau by leading small group activities as well as being a part of a Q & A during our lunch time together. 

    If you are interested in being a mentor, email wendeewolfschlarf@msvma.org for more information.

    Submitted by Wendee Wolf-Schlarf

    We are seeking nominations of talented young jazz vocalists to participate in the 8th annual Detroit Jazz Festival Youth Vocal Jazz Competition. After the nomination process is completed, several finalists will be chosen. Each finalist will perform two jazz standards with a professional jazz trio at the event finals on Thursday, August 4th at the Dirty Dog Jazz Café (note: parents of the finalists can reserve seating by contacting the Dirty Dog).
     
    A panel of judges, including Detroit vocalist Ursula Walker and other top Detroit vocal jazz talent, along with Chris Collins (DJF Artistic Director) will select a grand prize winner and up to three runners-up. Vocalists will be judged based on artistic excellence, creativity, technique, and originality. 


    Nominations must be received by noon on July 15th, 2022

    • Grand Prize
      • $1000 cash award
      • A performance spot at the Detroit Jazz Festival
      • Additional coaching for the Detroit Jazz Festival performance (Labor Day weekend)
    • Runners-up  (Maximum of 3)
      • $500 cash award
    https://detroitjazzfest.festivalpro.com/form/JTXOLIWPJQYIKAFGJXHZ/67


    Submitted by April Tini


  • Thursday, May 19, 2022 2:11 PM | Hannah Miller (Administrator)


     

    Mark your calendars! The 2022 Summer Conference is August 3-4 at the Blue Water Convention Center in Port Huron. More information coming soon.


    Roger Emerson
    Conference Headliner 

     

    With over 900 titles in print and 30 million copies in circulation, Roger Emerson is the most widely performed composer/arranger of popular choral music in the world today. His works include the choral arrangements of Josh Groban's You Raise Me Up, Seasons of Love, from RENT, Defying Gravity from WICKED, Joyful, Joyful from SISTER ACT, Don't Stop Believin' from GLEE, as well as best selling choral arrangements, Didn't My Lord Deliver Daniel, O Sifuni Mungu, and Riversong. Mr. Emerson has been the recipient of ASCAP's Standard Award for 20 years running and his works have been performed at the White House, Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center. In addition to his work as a composer/arranger, he has appeared at numerous MENC and ACDA conferences throughout the United States and Canada and is on the teaching staff of College of the Siskiyous in Northern California where he conducts the vocal jazz program and teaches guitar.
    The MMC Planning Committee hopes to reestablish our MSVMA Choral Hour!

    We want to encourage directors to apply and prepare for this showcase event in our community.https://forms.gle/cnnJ6HuUCbayzrDM9

    Choral Hour Performance Application deadline is Friday, May 20, 2022

     
    Submitted by Sarah Stockton


  • Thursday, May 05, 2022 3:21 PM | Hannah Miller (Administrator)


     

    Vocal Solo & Ensemble Recitals - May 13

    9AM and 1PM

    Michigan State University
    Cook Recital Hall, MSU Music Building, 333 W Circle Dr, East Lansing, MI 48824


    Gala/Honors Concert - May 14

    7PM

    Michigan State University
    Fairchild Theatre, 542 Auditorium Rd, East Lansing, MI 48825


    The All-State gala and recitals are free and open to the public.


    Festival plaque order forms are due June 1.  
     

    Plaque Order Form


  • Thursday, April 28, 2022 3:58 PM | Hannah Miller (Administrator)
    The Michigan School Vocal Music Association is proud to offer one, $10,000 scholarship to an outstanding high school choral student who is pursuing a degree in choral music education. The scholarship is paid in increments of $1,250 per semester for the duration of a 4-year college degree.

    The application deadline is May 1, 2022 for the 2022-2023 academic school year. The recipient will be contacted by the middle of May and will be announced at the Summer Conference in August.

    For more information, visit msvma.org/College-Scholarship/.

     
    Scholarship Application

    LAST CALL for 2023 Michigan Music Conference Call for Interest Sessions 

    Dr. Derrick Fox from the University of Nebraska-Omaha, will be our headliner. Diversity and Inclusion in Action is our theme and will be the focal point for interest sessions being presented. Dr. Fox is a dynamic educator presenting several interest sessions. We also need our inspiring choral music educators to share their tried and true methods that inspire teachers and students alike.

    If you have developed teaching strategies or incorporated ways of instruction that focus on providing diverse experiences that include all students, we hope you will consider submitting an interest session. If the idea of presenting a session by yourself is overwhelming, why not consider teaming up with a colleague to plan and present a session together. Perhaps put together a panel of many colleagues who share their wisdom and experience to present a session.

    If you have a passion for diversity and inclusion in your choral classroom, you will definitely want to attend the 2023 MMC.The MSVMA Planning Committee hopes you will consider submitting an interest session to share your insightful practices and creative teaching techniques that will inspire all who attend. 

     


    Michigan Music Conference  2023 - Grand Rapids

    January 19, 20, & 21

     

    Interest Session Submission deadline is Sunday, May 1, 2022

     

    2023 MMC Interest Session Submission Form


     
    Submitted by Wendee Wolf-Schlarf 

    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 second Student Leadership Conference will be held at Michigan State University in the Billman Music Pavilion on Wednesday, June 22, 2022. Our clinician is Dr. Matthew Arau. Dr. Arau is not a stranger to Michigan where he has led leadership workshops for several years. For more information regarding Dr. Arau, check out: www.upbeatglobal.com

    MSVMA High School directors may send up to 10 students. The registration fee is $50/student. This fee includes conference materials and lunch. 

    For more information, visit msvma.org/CSLC/ or contact Wendee Wolf-Schlarf at wendeewolfschlarf@msvma.org.


    MSVMA Choral Student Leadership Conference REGISTRATION


    Deadline for registration is Wednesday, June 1 

     Detroit Jazz Workshop
     

    This outstanding workshop, now in its 14th year, is held in Downtown Detroit during the week of July 11-15. There is a special vocal component. It's an excellent learning and performance opportunity for aspiring solo jazz singers of all ages (middle/high school students, college, adults; amateur, semi-pro, and pro levels). The vocal component is directed this year by MSVMA member and jazz expert, April Tini. For additional information and registration information, visit www.helpwithjazz.com


  • Thursday, April 21, 2022 3:00 PM | Hannah Miller (Administrator)

    A Note of Thanks from MSVMA

     

    This week is National Volunteer Appreciation Week. While this is an important reminder for us, there is no way that all of our appreciation can fit into a single week for the tremendous work done by our army of volunteers. The Michigan School Vocal Music Association thrives due to your work at each event and meeting. MSVMA has events, festivals, conferences, and meetings on over 125 days each year, each taking immense planning and preparation, along with dozens of volunteers. No job is too large or small for Michigan's incredible teaching force and each job is appreciated. To our board of directors, district managers, program supervisors, program coordinators, site hosts, and on-site helpers at each individual event - Thank You! Incredibly difficult to track, this work likely equates to hundreds of thousands of volunteer hours and millions of dollars. Quite literally, MSVMA could not function without your help. Thank you for your support and belief in our collective vision of educating and empowering students, teachers, and audiences with the power of vocal music. We hope you continue being a part of our family and if you haven't had the opportunity yet to contribute to the success of MSVMA, we look forward to working with you next year!

    The Michigan School Vocal Music Association is proud to offer one, $10,000 scholarship to an outstanding high school choral student who is pursuing a degree in choral music education. The scholarship is paid in increments of $1,250 per semester for the duration of a 4-year college degree.

    The application deadline is May 1, 2022 for the 2022-2023 academic school year. The recipient will be contacted by the middle of May and will be announced at the Summer Conference in August. 

    For more information, visit msvma.org/College-Scholarship/.

     
    Scholarship Application

    Plans for the 2023 Michigan Music Conference are well underway, and the MMC Planning Committee hopes to reestablish our MSVMA Choral Hour!  We want to encourage directors to apply and prepare for this showcase event in our community. Applications and recordings must be received by Friday, May 20th to be considered.   

     

    Michigan Music Conference  2023 - Grand Rapids

    January 19, 20, & 21

     

    Choral Hour Performance Application deadline is Friday, May 20, 2022.

     

    Choral Hour Performance Application 
     

    Submitted by Sarah Stockton 


  • Thursday, April 07, 2022 3:51 PM | Hannah Miller (Administrator)
    MMEA is looking for additional participants in Music Education Advocacy Day at the state capitol on Thursday, April 14. Participants from MMEA, MSBOA, MSVMA, and music industry representatives will hold meetings with state representatives and senators throughout the day to advocate for our students and programs. 

    If you are interested in participating, please contact MMEA Government Relations Coordinator, Ryan Shaw, at rshaw@msu.edu.

    Skyline High School, May 5 & 6

    All high school and junior high/middle school contemporary and pop a cappella ensembles are welcome to attend!

    This is a non-adjudicated festival event that features performances of genres such as jazz, barbershop, novelty, pop, contemporary a cappella, etc. We know that your students are doing beautiful work at Solo and Ensemble and Choral Festival, but here is a way to showcase the great work that your students are doing in these alternative genres!

    Deadline for registration is April 15.

     

    Registration Form


    All-State Festival Registration Deadline | April 15

    A Cappella Festival Registration Deadline | April 15


  • Thursday, March 31, 2022 4:24 PM | Hannah Miller (Administrator)

    Skyline High School, May 5 & 6

    All high school and junior high/middle school contemporary and pop a cappella ensembles are welcome to attend!

    This is a non-adjudicated festival event that features performances of genres such as jazz, barbershop, novelty, pop, contemporary a cappella, etc. We know that your students are doing beautiful work at Solo and Ensemble and Choral Festival, but here is a way to showcase the great work that your students are doing in these alternative genres!

    Deadline for registration is April 15.

     

    Registration Form

     

    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.
     

    Registration

    High school directors may send up to ten students. Please complete the registration form and submit payment by credit card or check by June 1, 2022.

    Cost is $50 per student and will include conference materials and lunch.


    For more information, visit msvma.org/CSLC/ or contact Wendee Wolf-Schlarf at wendeewolfschlarf@msvma.org.


     

     
    Registration Form
    State Choral Festival Literature Considerations

    As you are choosing your three songs for State Choral Festival, please consider that you have 15 minutes total for your performance on stage. This includes getting on and off the stage and any other considerations such as including an instrumentalist(s). It is imperative that the schedule runs on time and you will be stopped when your time is up. Thank you so much and best wishes with your preparations. We hope to see you at State Choral Festival!

     

    Adjudicator Evaluation

    Please provide feedback on your festival adjudication experience.  

     

    Evaluation Form

    Madrigal Chorale Vocal Scholarship Competition 

    The Madrigal Chorale is pleased to announce the Twenty-seventh annual Vocal Scholarship  Competition. This is a unique opportunity for aspiring and talented young vocalists to earn  scholarship monies to further their educational studies. There are two parts to this competition.  First, eligible students must submit a recording for the preliminary judging. During this preliminary  judging, finalists will be selected and invited to participate in a live grand finale competition. The  grand finale competition will take place April 25th, 2022 at Saint Paul’s United Methodist Church in  Rochester, Michigan. There will be one (1) $1,000 Grand Prize Award, one (1) $750 Award and  one (1) $500 Award presented at this competition. 

    Interested students should submit a video recording by the deadline listed below. 

    Submissions must include: 

    • Video submission of two solo selections.  
    • Selections should be from the classical art song/aria repertoire.  
    • Musical Theatre or Popular songs are not appropriate.  
    • Recordings may be recorded using either live accompaniment or a pre-recorded piano track.  -Scanned copies of the music for adjudication purposes 
    • A completed registration form 
    • Submissions must be uploaded by April 11, 2022 to the following link:

    https://www.dropbox.com/request/VfbNwMj08nKqEKTeMi6s 

    Click here for more information.
     

    Application

    Submitted by Brandon Ulrich


    Outstanding Choir Performance Application Deadline | April 1

    All-State Festival Registration Deadline | April 15

    A Cappella Festival Registration Deadline | April 15


  • Thursday, March 24, 2022 4:03 PM | Hannah Miller (Administrator)

    Skyline High School, May 5 & 6

    All high school and junior high/middle school contemporary and pop a cappella ensembles are welcome to attend!

    This is a non-adjudicated festival event that features performances of genres such as jazz, barbershop, novelty, pop, contemporary a cappella, etc. We know that your students are doing beautiful work at Solo and Ensemble and Choral Festival, but here is a way to showcase the great work that your students are doing in these alternative genres!

    Deadline for registration is April 15.

     

    Registration Form


    Please provide feedback on your festival adjudication experience.  
     

    Evaluation Form


    Outstanding Choir Performance Application Deadline | April 1

    All-State Festival Registration Deadline | April 15

    A Capella Festival Registration Deadline | April 15


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