Weekly Notes 4/22/2021

Thursday, April 22, 2021 2:48 PM | Hannah Miller (Administrator)

Choral Hours have been “Reimagined” for MMC 2022


During discussions for the 2022 MMC, the planning committee is fully aware that this year has held endless challenges! In spite of that, MSVMA members have been resilient and have tremendous success stories! In order to support our membership, we have reimagined what choral hours might look like for 2022. We are seeking groups that will continue to showcase excellence. Does this mean you can still submit recordings of traditional choral ensembles? Of course! But it also opens up the opportunity for featuring a multitude of other performance styles: Do you have an outstanding quartet, a show stopping musical theatre number, a video project that interacts with live singing,  or a “Joe Miller inspired” creative program?  Have you always wanted to collaborate with another colleague or maybe with a collegiate ensemble and haven’t had the opportunity? These are only a sampling of ideas we hope to be programming, but by no means the limit. Let your creativity thrive!


So how do you apply? On the MSVMA web page under Professional Development, click on “Michigan Music Conference”, there you will find the Performance Proposal form. On this form you can submit your written performance plan and upload evidence to show the capabilities of your ensemble or small group. Describe what your 15 - 20 minute performance would look like. Include any information that would be helpful for the committee to know such as, repertoire selections, scene selections, curricular goals and outcomes of your performance. Also, include your desired impact on the audience, is it to educate, entertain, inspire, or possibly bring awareness to something? The evidence can be audio or video, but must reflect the excellence of the ensemble. The submission deadline is June 15.

While we are all yearning to hear students perform again, we are also realistic in knowing that this year and “traditional” are words that rarely go together.  Please take some time to consider how your ensembles could share with us their talent and passion, in either a traditional or uniquely artistic way. 


Submitted by Gail Worden, MMC Planning Committee

Be sure to talk with your students about the Honors Choir Intensive at the virtual Michigan Youth Arts Festival on May 15th. Invitations have been sent to those who participated in the Virtual Honors Choir videos last winter. This is an exciting opportunity for students to work with industry professionals from around the world! For more information, visit www.msvma.org/MYAF-21/.

Saturday events include:

"Multisensory Intonation: The Magic of Harmony"
 Blake Morgan of VOCES8

 "Alto and Soprano Sectional and Vocal Tech"
 Arianne Abela of Audivi and Kaleidoscope Vocal Ensemble

"Bass and Tenor Sectional and Vocal Tech"
 Andy Van Allsburg of Chanticleer

"Full Group Rehearsal with Dr. Jason Max Ferdinand"
The Aeolians of Oakwood University
 The Jason Max Ferdinand Singers

Participation Fees:
$30 - Invited soloists and ensembles who only wish to submit a video for an evening performance
$50 - Individuals who would like to participate in the Saturday workshops

**Note** Individuals from an invited ensemble may choose to participate in the Saturday events, but they each must register and pay the $50 workshop participant fee.
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Choral Music Education Scholarship Available

Is one of your students pursuing a degree in choral music education? Please share the following opportunity for a $10,000 scholarship paid in increments of $1,250 per semester for the duration of a 4-year college degree.    

Eligibility requirements include the following which must be met or maintained:

  • Applicant must graduate from a MSVMA member high school.

  • Applicant must be enrolled in choral music education at an approved school (Click here for list of schools)

  • Scholarship recipient must maintain a 3.0 GPA and remain in good standing in their program as a full-time student.

 Encourage the next generation of choral music educators to take full advantage of this opportunity. Application deadline is May 1, 2020 for the 2021-2022 academic school year. The recipient will be contacted by the middle of May and will be announced at the 2021 Summer Conference.

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