Weekly Notes 10/28/2021

Thursday, October 28, 2021 2:22 PM | Hannah Miller (Administrator)



Have you wanted to work toward an advanced degree or participate in a non-degree choral music institute or workshop? Does study in the areas of choral conducting, composition, with emphasis on choral/vocal music, vocal music education and church music with vocal/choral emphasis sound interesting?

For more information, visit msvma.org/CarolynLeepScholarship.

The Carolyn F. Leep Scholarship was established in 1988 in honor of Carolyn‘s service to the Michigan School Vocal Music Association. 

Scholarships are awarded to MSVMA members and must be used by the end of the next calendar year. Applicants must have at least three years teaching experience in Michigan and be able to return to MSVMA activities after using the scholarship. 

Applications will be reviewed by the Carolyn F. Leep Scholarship Committee which is chaired by the Past President Angel Gippert. Applicants may be asked to participate in a video conference interview arranged at a mutually agreeable time.

Application deadline is November 15.

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Michigan Music Conference 2022 Registration Open


MMC Registration Form


MMC is back! The Michigan Music Conference returns in person January 27 - 29, 2022. Registration is now open. The conference is held in Grand Rapids with sessions and performances being held at DeVos Place, Amway Grand Hotel and the J.W. Marriott. Inspiring presentations will be presented by our MSVMA colleagues and our headliner, Edith Copley, a regents’ professor emeritus at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff where she served as director of choral students from 1993-2021.


In addition to educational sessions we will also have musical performances from our 6-7-8-9, high school traditional and jazz honors choirs and time to gather as we celebrate the members of MSVMA with election results, 2022 MSVMA Teacher of the Year and social time to get together with friends and colleagues. More details will follow, but be sure to place these dates on your calendar and plan to join us at MMC 2022.

Submitted by Wendee Wolf-Schlarf 

Western Michigan University is hosting säje for the Jazz Masters Concert Series on Friday, November 5 at 8:00 PM in Dalton Recital Hall!

The concert will also feature WMU Advanced Jazz Ensemble, Gold Company, Western Jazz Collective, and Christian Euman.

Tickets available: https://wmumusic.ludus.com/index.php 

Submitted by Elizabeth Townsend
ACDA-Michigan chooses Virginia Kerwin as the Maynard Klein Award winner for 2021

The Maynard Klein Award for Distinguished Service to Choral Music in Michigan is presented by ACDA-Michigan in recognition of artistic excellence and a lifetime of leadership in the field of choral music. The 2021 Maynard Klein Award was given to Virginia Kerwin on October 23 at the state conference held at Central Michigan University.

Ms. Kerwin is the founding artistic director and conductor of Voca Lyrica, an adult treble choir based in Big Rapids. She taught elementary general music for 7 years (New Jersey and Michigan), secondary vocal music for 15 years (Big Rapids Public Schools) and served as adjunct professor at Central Michigan University and Grand Valley State University. Ms. Kerwin additionally served as teacher/conductor for institutions such as, Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, Michigan Ambassadors of Music, MSVMA Honors Choirs, and The University of Michigan All-State Camp at Interlochen, with presentation and performance honors from ACDA Michigan and Central Division Conferences, Michigan Youth Arts Festival and the Midwest Music Conference.

Ginny recently retired as the Executive Director of the Michigan School Vocal Music Association after serving in that position for 20 years. Ginny was instrumental in developing MSVMA’s current adjudication system. She contributed significantly to the growth and development of the Michigan Music Conference and the Michigan Youth Arts Festival having served as board chair of these organizations. Ginny also served on the ACDA Michigan Board as Northern Lower Peninsula Representative and Women’s R&S Chair (now known as the R & R chair position). She received many accolades throughout her career, but most notably, she was recognized by MMEA as Administrator of the Year and by MSVMA as Teacher of the Year. She can now add Maynard Klein Award winner to her long list of accolades. Ms. Kerwin is truly a trailblazer, mentor, an outstanding educator who inspires (still), champion of choral music, empowering leader, conductor, and amazing woman, colleague, wife, mother, daughter and friend...read more.

Submitted by Wendee Wolf-Schlarf

Regional Honors Choir/State Auditions Registration Deadline | October 29

Virtual Pre-Festival Video Submission Deadline | November 5 

6-7-8-9 Honors Choir Fees and Forms Deadline

District Festival Transfer Request Deadline | November 15


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