Weekly Notes 11/11/2021

Thursday, November 11, 2021 3:11 PM | Hannah Miller (Administrator)

MSVMA will implement a mask mandate for all festival events for the remainder of the 2021-2022 school year. The expectation is that teachers of individual schools will inform students and parents that all participating choirs, directors, and spectators will be required to mask.

MSVMA Choral Festival Repertoire Policy

For the 2021-2022 Festival Season, the required repertoire lists are now "suggested repertoire". There is now a song in the scheduler titled "DIRECTOR CHOICE" that can be used for the required piece if a director is choosing to sing something that is not on either required list. There is no sight-reading level attached to this song; directors will simply tell the adjudicator which level and voicing you are choosing to sing when you walk into the sight-reading room. 

MSVMA Choral Festival Minimum Participants

For the 2021-2022 school year, the Choral Festival minimum of 17 participants will be removed. The normal full choir payment rates, grading, and sight reading procedures will apply, regardless of ensemble size at choral festival.

These updates, guidelines, and policy changes were carefully proposed and discussed by your colleagues and will best serve our great organization. Please do not hesitate to reach out with questions or clarifications on any of the changes.

There is a bill proposed in the Michigan legislature that would have extreme consequences for arts education organizations like MSVMA who are partially funded by school membership dues. Bill 5424 in the Michigan Legislature is currently hearing testimony and seeks to prohibit the use of public funds for organizational membership dues. The bill is targeted at large organizations such as the Michigan Association of School Boards and the Michigan Association of Secondary School Principals, but the ramifications of its passing would doom dozens of organizations that provide resources and educational opportunities for Michigan teachers and students.

MSVMA works with the Cultural Advocacy Network (CAN), Kelley-Cawthorne lobbyists in Lansing, and the Cultural Caucus within the Michigan Legislature and is rallying all possible support to oppose this bill. We need your help and support! We urge you to use a few minutes to write to your local and state legislators. We must flood inboxes with opposition to this bill that would remove so many opportunities for Michigan students. Visit this link for an advocacy toolkit from CAN that can help you write an effective letter - https://www.canmichigan.org/resources
Find your Legislator - https://www.canmichigan.org/find-your-legislator

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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District Festival Transfers 

To request a district festival transfer, complete the steps outlined in the link below. The deadline to submit a district transfer request is November 15.

Transfer Request Guidelines

State Festival Transfers 

For the 2021-2022 school year you may choose the site that is most convenient for your school without a transfer request. You will be able to make the selection when registering for the state festival.

The Verdi Opera Theatre of Michigan is pleased to announce that plans for its 2022 annual Italian Songs and Arias Vocal Competition for Michigan High School Students are up and running. As prepared each year at this time, all the pertaining information for eligible students to participate in this exciting event can be accessed through the Verdi Opera's website:
www.verdioperatheatre.com .
Submitted by John Zaretti

Leep Scholarship Application Deadline | November 15

District Festival Transfer Request Deadline | November 15

HS All-State Jazz Registration Deadline | November 19


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