Weekly Notes 6/25/2020

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.


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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

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.



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! 

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
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 


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