• Thursday, July 15, 2021 3:51 PM | Hannah Miller (Administrator)

    Join us for the 49th 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. 

    Conference Agenda

    Registration Fees

    Conference Pass $100

    Conference Pass + SCECHs $130

    Student  $65

    Retired/Emeritus  $65

    First Year Teacher  $65

    First Year Teacher + SCECHs $95

     

    Register Now

    Summer Conference is offered virtually within Whova and in-person at our conference hubs, Aquinas College and East Lansing High School. 
     

    MEME - Michigan Educators Male Ensemble announces auditions for two spots for 2021-22

    1st Tenor
    Baritone or Bass

     

    MEME was created in 2013.  We are a 10-voice semi-professional TTBB ensemble made up of vocal music educators from around the state.  At the start of each academic year, we meet for an opening retreat to work on repertoire for the year, then complete 3-4 performances per year, either concerts, workshops or conventions.  We do not meet regularly for rehearsal throughout the year, but we do meet occasionally for refresher rehearsals as the performance calendar dictates.  Singers in the group are reimbursed for mileage and other travel-related expenses.  Past performances have included the Battle Creek Symphony, Intercollegiate Men’s Choruses National Seminar, at Bay View Festival, MSVMA Summer Workshop, Michigan Music Conference, with the U.S. Army Chorus and as an opening act for Take 6.

     

    In order to audition, you must be involved as a music educator in the state of Michigan (K-12, collegiate, church, or private instruction.). To download an application form, click here.  To download the audition material, click here.

     

    For audition requirements, see the attached application. You can find more about us at our website: http://www.michiganmeme.com.

     

    For questions, please contact:

    Clayton Parr

    (517) 629-0251

    cparr@albion.edu

    If you have questions about renewing your membership, contact the State Office or check out our FAQs


  • Thursday, July 08, 2021 2:38 PM | Hannah Miller (Administrator)
    Submit a short video telling us what MSVMA means to you and you will be entered to win a pass to the 2021 Summer Conference!


    Submit your video to flipgrid using the link below
    with the guest password MSVMA2021.

    https://flipgrid.com/cb4e6df3

    Submit your video by July 15.

    Join us for the 49th 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. 

    Conference Agenda

    Registration Fees

    Conference Pass $100

    Conference Pass + SCECHs $130

    Student  $65

    Retired/Emeritus  $65

    First Year Teacher  $65

    First Year Teacher + SCECHs $95

     

    Register Now
    If you have questions about renewing your membership, contact the State Office or check out our FAQs


  • Thursday, July 01, 2021 3:58 PM | Hannah Miller (Administrator)
    Welcome to the Board of Directors!

    Sarah Stockton | President Elect
    Matthew Callaghan | Secretary
    Pam Pierson | Director of Adjudication
    Emily Verdonk | Director of Honors Choir


     
    Thank you and best wishes for continued success to the Board members
    who have completed their terms! 

    Mark Krempski | Past President
    Dennis Ryans | Secretary
    Dr. Brandon Ulrich | Director of Adjudication
    Eric Floetke | Director of Honors Choir
    Submit a short video telling us what MSVMA means to you and you will be entered to win a pass to the 2021 Summer Conference!


    Submit your video to flipgrid using the link below
    with the guest password MSVMA2021.

    https://flipgrid.com/cb4e6df3

    Join us for the 49th 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. 

    Conference Agenda

    Registration Fees

    Conference Pass $100

    Conference Pass + SCECHs $130

    Student  $65

    Retired/Emeritus  $65

    First Year Teacher  $65

    First Year Teacher + SCECHs $95

     

    Register Now
    If you have questions about renewing your membership, contact the State Office or check out our FAQs

    The State Office will be closed on Monday, July 5.



  • Thursday, June 24, 2021 2:43 PM | Hannah Miller (Administrator)
    Submit a short video telling us what MSVMA means to you and you will be entered to win a pass to the 2021 Summer Conference!


    Submit your video to flipgrid using the link below
    with the guest password MSVMA2021.

    https://flipgrid.com/cb4e6df3

    Join us for the 49th 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. 

    Conference Headliner Sessions
    Dr. Allen Hightower  
    Director of Choral Studies at the University of North Texas 


    Let’s Talk about You: Successes and Failures as a Choral Conductor
    July 28, 2021     1 - 2:30pm

    Let’s Talk About Phrasing: Score Study and Effective Rehearsal Techniques
    July 29, 2021     10:30am - 12pm

    Let’s Talk About Choral Tone
    July 29, 2021     1 - 2:30pm

     

    Registration Fees

    Conference Pass $100

    Conference Pass + SCECHs $130

    Student  $65

    Retired/Emeritus  $65

    First Year Teacher  $65

    First Year Teacher + SCECHs $95

     

    Register Now
    If you and your school are able to be a Summer Conference hub, please complete the form below. 
     
    Host a Conference Hub
    If you have questions about renewing your membership, contact the State Office or check out our FAQs


  • Thursday, June 17, 2021 3:32 PM | Hannah Miller (Administrator)

    Congratulations to 2021 Leep Scholars Anna Doering and Caleb Sinclair!

    “On behalf of the MSVMA Board of Directors, congratulations to our recipients of the Carolyn Leep Scholarship, Anna Doering and Caleb Sinclair!  I hope this award helps fuel the fire of your passion for choral music education!”  Mark Krempski, Past President and Leep Scholarship Committee Chair

    Anna Doering
    Bangor Township Schools
    John Glenn High School and Christa McAuliffe Middle School

    Anna is the director of choirs and music director of three school musicals and conducts the pit orchestra for two of these musicals.  She also leads the elementary youth choir at the Midland Center for the Arts. In her 7th year of MSVMA membership, Anna became an active MSVMA volunteer in her sophomore year of university as a founding member of the MSVMA Student Advisory Board. This group organized the first MMC collegiate student breakfast and worked to increase collegiate membership. Additionally, she was part of the MMC sessions “The 10 Things They Don’t Teach You in College” presented in 2016. A graduate of Michigan State University, Anna has completed one summer of the Michigan State University Summer Masters in Choral Conduction program and will use the Leep Scholarship to continue in this program. 

     

    “It is an honor to receive the Carolyn F. Leep Scholarship. My goal is to create a classroom where all students feel welcome and valued. Teaching choir is more than just teaching music, it is shaping the whole person. Students have a unique opportunity to be successful as they create music and learn who they are as human beings. As we move toward normal, choir will be an even greater place for healing and self-expression.”  Anna Doering 

    Caleb Sinclair
    Capac Community Schools

    Caleb is the director of choirs and general music teacher at Capac Community Schools. He recently served as the director of music at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Troy. An advocate for musical theater, Caleb has served as lead and vocal director for Fiddler on the Roof, Mary Poppins and Annie. In his 5th year of MSVMA membership, Caleb graduated from Calvin University with a major in K-12 choral music. He is pursuing a master of music degree in choral conducting at Oakland University and will use the Leep Scholarship to support this goal.

    "Thank you to MSVMA for this incredible honor. I am so proud to be part of this dynamic organization that not only supports students in their pursuit of vocal excellence, but directors like myself as well. This is an awesome help to me, and I am eternally grateful!"  Caleb Sinclair 


    The Carolyn F. Leep Scholarship is made possible through generous donations of individuals and MSVMA districts. If you are interested in making a gift to the Leep Scholarship or to the Leep Scholarship Endowment, please contact Debra Jacks at debrajacks@msvma.org or visit MSVMA.org and click on the Donate tab.
    If you have questions about renewing your membership, contact the State Office or check out our FAQs

    Registration is open!

    Join us for the 49th 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. 

    Conference Headliner
    Dr. Allen Hightower  
    Director of Choral Studies at the University of North Texas 

    Registration Fees

    Conference Pass $100

    Conference Pass + SCECHs $130

    Student  $65

    Retired/Emeritus  $65

    First Year Teacher  $65

    First Year Teacher + SCECHs $95

     

    Register Now
    If you and your school are able to be a Summer Conference hub, please complete the form below. 
     
    Host a Conference Hub

    2022 Michigan Music Conference Call for Interest Sessions 

    You still have time to submit your interest session for the 2022 Michigan Music Conference. Your MSVMA/MMC Planning Committee is looking for interest sessions that will inspire MSVMA members to Rebuild, Restore, Reinforce. With 2020-2021 being anything but normal, many programs will be rebuilding during the 2021/2022 school year with foundational skills. Share your tired and true practices with colleagues attending MMC 2022.

    We are planning with great optimism we will be able to meet together in Grand Rapids for the 2022 conference. 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. 


    Be sure you have the MMC 2022 dates marked on your calendar - January 27, 28 & 29, 2022. 


    Interest deadline is Wednesday, June 30, 2021

     

    MMC 2022 Interest Session Submission
     

    Submitted by Wendee Wolf-Schlarf 


  • Thursday, June 10, 2021 1:13 PM | Hannah Miller (Administrator)

    Registration is open!

    Join us for the 49th 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. 

    Registration Fees

    Conference Pass $100

    Conference Pass + SCECHs $130

    Student  $65

    Retired/Emeritus  $65

    First Year Teacher  $65

    First Year Teacher + SCECHs $95

     


    Session information to follow!

    We are looking to fill the following volunteer positions:

    Supervisor for State S&E 
    Site for State S&E South

    Please contact 
    kathycunningham@msvma.org for more information.

    This camp is designed for high school juniors and seniors who love choir and may be considering a career as a choir director and music teacher. Conducting lessons and master classes will be taught by Dr. Will Nichols, voice lessons will be taught by Prof. Vicki Walker. Curriculum will include basic conducting patterns and gestures, cueing, and choral leadership skills. Enrollment is limited to 16 students.  Any student recommended by their high school conductor will qualify for a $100 scholarship to help with camp expense.  

     Alma College choral conducting camp registration

    Submitted by Will Nichols


  • Thursday, June 03, 2021 2:42 PM | Hannah Miller (Administrator)

    Conference Headliner
       Dr. Allen Hightower  
    Director of Choral Studies at the University of North Texas 

    Biography

    With the virtual content, MSVMA would still like to create a plan for an in-person component. Connecting with friends and colleagues from around the state is one of the best things about Summer Conference. We would like to establish a few "Conference Hubs" at schools around the state where members could travel and 'attend' the Summer Conference together in smaller pods. We are looking for schools willing to host. Members could choose to travel to a distant hub, go to the nearest hub, or simply enjoy the conference from home.

    If you and your school could be a conference hub, please let us know by filling out this form


    Host a Conference Hub
    It was our hope to hold the 2nd MSVMA Choral Student Leadership Conference this summer with an in-person format. After careful consideration, it was determined that holding the SLC with students coming together was not yet possible. Holding a virtual conference was considered but it was determined it would not be the best format.

    Plans are being developed for the summer of 2022. Information will be shared with the MSVMA membership as soon as dates and the location are secured.

    Thank you for your interest and support with the Choral Student Leadership Conference. It will be back, but not until 2022.
    Submitted by Wendee Wolf-Schlarf


  • Thursday, May 27, 2021 3:49 PM | Hannah Miller (Administrator)


    Host Sites Needed!


    As we plan for an in-person 2021-22 festival season, host schools are needed for Honors Choir events and District Festivals.

    Can you help? Please contact your District Manager if you can host a District Festival. Contact Eric Floetke (
    ericfloetke@msvma.org) and Emily Verdonk (emilyverdonk@msvma.org) if you can host an Honors Choir event. 

    2022 Michigan Music Conference Call for Interest Sessions 

    Now is the time to get your interest sessions submitted for the 2022 Michigan Music Conference. In addition to the sessions the MSVMA headliner,  Dr. Edith Copley from Northern Arizona University, will present, the planning committee is looking for interest sessions that will inspire MSVMA members to Rebuild, Restore, Reinforce. With 2020-2021 being anything but normal, many programs will be rebuilding during the 2021/2022 school year with foundational skills. Share your tired and true practices with colleagues attending MMC 2022.

    We are planning with great optimism we will be able to meet together in Grand Rapids for the 2022 conference. 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. 


    Be sure you have the MMC 2022 dates marked on your calendar -  January 27, 28 & 29, 2022. 

    Interest deadline is Wednesday, June 30, 2021

     

    MMC 2022 Interest Session Submission

    Subbmitted by Wendee Wolf-Schlarf

    State Office Summer Hours 
    Monday - Thursday
    8am - 4pm 


  • Thursday, May 13, 2021 3:30 PM | Hannah Miller (Administrator)
    Join us for the first Virtual Michigan Youth Arts Festival! Audience registration is free and open to the public. 


    Welcoming Celebration Concert
    Thursday, May 13
    7 - 8 PM


    Gala Concert 
    Friday, May 14
    7 - 8:30 PM

     

    The MYAF Welcoming Celebration Concert and Gala Concert will be available on demand.
     
    MYAF Registration
    Concert Program

    Students still have time to register for the MSVMA Honors Choir Intensive. Don't miss the opportunity to work with Dr. Jason Max Ferdinand of The Aeolians of Oakwood University and The Jason Max Ferdinand Singers and professional choral singers, Arianne Abela of Audivi, Blake Morgan of VOCES8 and Andy Van Allsburg of Chanticleer!


    Saturday events 

    "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

     


  • Thursday, May 06, 2021 3:11 PM | Hannah Miller (Administrator)
    The MSVMA Vocal Solo and Ensemble Recital is an annual event at the Michigan Youth Arts Festival featuring soloists and large and small ensembles adjudicated to be the very best in the State. In the past, soloists and ensembles were considered based on their adjudicated event score at one of five geographically located MSVMA State S/E festivals for the honor to be chosen for this recital. Our adjusted format was different in two ways: one festival was held state-wide and video recordings were submitted for consideration.

    Congratulations to the following ensembles and soloists who will be featured in either the 'Welcome' or 'Gala' concerts at the virtual Michigan Youth Arts Festival on May 13 and 14.

    Ensembles

    Advanced Women’s Ensemble
    Grand Haven High School
    Juli Dick, Director

    Chamber Choir
    Allendale High School
    Emily Verdonk, Director

     

    Chamber Choir
    Dewitt High School
    Meghan Eldred-Woolsey, Director


    Sweet-Her Harmony
    Grand Haven High School
    Juli Dick, Director


    Soloists
     

    Jillian Armstrong - Milford High School        
    Rachel Braun - South Lyon East High School
    Kathleen Donahue - St. Francis High School    
    Maren Doughty - Marquette Senior High School    
    Micah Huisman - Unity Christian High School    
    Olivia Kane - Traverse City West High School
    Maggi Kernan - Traverse City Central High School
    R.J. Kilcher - Chippewa Valley High School    
    Aaron King - Jackson Northwest High School    
    Mariah Latoszewski - Jackson Northwest High School    
    Matthew Neal - Ann Arbor Pioneer High School
    Marisa Redding - Ann Arbor Huron High School
    Julia Salvati - Milford High School        
    Campbelle Stencel - Grosse Pointe South High School
    Sophia Stiles - St. Francis High School    

    Teacher Appreciation Week 2021


                                                                                                  

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