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CANDIDATES FOR STATEWIDE AND DISTRICT ELECTIONS PRESIDENT Thomas Hassig is in his twenty-third year at Prior Lake High School in Savage. He serves as music department chairperson and director of the Varsity Men’s Choir, Women’s Chorale, Choralaires, Concert Choir, and small select ensembles. Prior to his work at Prior Lake, Tom taught at public schools in both South Dakota and Iowa. He holds a BA from Gustavus Adolphus College and an MA in Music Education from the University of Minnesota.

Dr. P. Bradley Logan is Professor of Music, and Director of Choral Activities at Bemidji State University. He has served on the faculties of the University of Montevallo, Louisiana College, California State University, Long Beach, and Pelham High School. Dr. Logan holds his B.S. in Vocal Music Education from North Dakota State University, his M.A. in Choral Music from California State University, Long Beach, and his D.M.A. in Choral Conducting and Literature from the University of Illinois.

Hassig was the 2010 ACDA-MN Director of the Year, the 2004 MMEA Educator of the Year, a 2006 state finalist for Minnesota Teacher of the Year, and in 2010 received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Prior Lake Patrons of the Arts and Activities. He is a recipient of the ISD 719 Secondary Teacher of Excellence Award and has also been recognized as Outstanding Advisor of the Year. He is immediate past State Secretary for ACDA-MN and now serves the FMC Endowment Committee as the Recording Secretary. Mr. Hassig annually coordinates the ACDA-MN Men’s/Women’s Festival involving approximately 1,000 singers from fifty high schools and a dozen colleges. His choirs have been selected to perform at the Morton Lauridsen Festival (2010), the UW-Eau Claire Choral Festival (2005), the ACDA-MN Fall Conference (2003), and the Dorian Choral Invitational at Luther College (2003).

Dr. Logan has been an active participant in the American Choral Director’s Association, most recently serving as North Central Division R&S Chair for Youth and Student Activities. Other ACDA service includes State President, Treasurer and College/University Chair in both Alabama and Louisiana. Dr. Logan’s collegiate choirs have performed at state ACDA and MENC conventions in Alabama, Louisiana, Minnesota, and North Dakota. ACDA division convention performances include 1992 in Savannah, GA, and 2002 in Des Moines, IA. National Conventions include 1993 in San Antonio, and 2003 in New York City. On the international scene, Dr. Logan conducted The Bemidji Choir at the Third International Festival of Choirs in Siena, Italy, June 2001. In May of 2005 Logan served as conductor of the Röthenburg Choral Festival in Röthenburg, Germany. During the choir’s 2008 tour of England and Scotland, Logan conducted the choir in St. Giles Cathedral (Edinburgh), York Minster Cathedral, Coventry Cathedral, Christ Church Cathedral (Oxford), St. Paul’s Cathedral (London), and Westminster Abbey (London).

Mr. Hassig says, “I’m so proud to be an ACDA-MN member. ACDAMN colleagues are the people who have inspired me to be better and more involved choir director; I’m still amazed and honored every day to be amongst them. At heart, I’m still just a simple Minnesotaraised farm boy. But ACDA has expanded my world beyond what my farm background would have given a clue as being possible. ACDA members and events have inspired me, taught me, and uplifted me time and time again. The organization has given me so much; it’s time I gave something back. And I encourage you to join, find your spot to get involved, tap into your colleagues’ expertise and use the incredible ACDA resources that are available. ACDA-MN will continue to improve and expand the events and activities it offers to members; I’m excited at any chance to be part of helping you find out what ACDA-MN can offer you.”

Dr. Logan says, “ACDA is a brother/sisterhood that walks with me in my journey as a choral conductor. WE are an invaluable support system for each other – friends across the country with whom WE can consult, pick their collective brains, and serve as equal colleagues. Through performances, interest sessions, reading clinics, workshops, and both social and professional networking, my participation in ACDA has made me a better conductor and communicatot. Thanks, in part, to thirty-nine years in ACDA, I am a much richer person.”

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NORTHEAST DISTRICT CHAIR Joe Osowski is the Associate Director of Choral Activities at Anoka High School. At AHS, Mr. Osowski conducts two ensembles and teaches classroom music. In addition to these duties, he serves as the Tidigns choir director at Zion Lutheran Church in Anoka and is a member of the Minnesota Chorale. Mr. Osowski is on staff at the René Clausen Choral School at Concordia College, Moorhead. Prior to his appointment at AHS, Mr. Osowski was Director of Choral Activities at Worthington High School. While at WHS, he directed two curricular choirs, three extracurricular choirs and taught AP Music Theory as well as classes in guitar. During his time in Worthington, Mr. Osowski also served as the Worthington Chamber Singers, a community choir, and the Chancel Choir at First United Methodist Church. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from North Dakota State University and will finish a Master’s degree from the same institution in December of this year. Mr. Osowski says, “ACDA-MN has played a critical role in my development as a choral professional and choral arts advocate. ACDAMN and its members continue to freely give of their time and talents to provide mountain top experiences for the students and audiences they serve. I have benefitted on numerous occasions both as a singer and as an educator because of these experiences and treasure the opportunity to continue my involvement in an organization that is so invested in all areas of choral music education.”

Marcia VanCamp is presently choir director at East High School and Woodland Middle School in Duluth. She was the choir director at Duluth Central High School for ten years, and prior to that taught grades 7-9 at DCHS. She is assistant director, music librarian, and member of the Arrowhead Chorale, the Northland’s semi-professional choir. Ms. VanCamp completed BM and MM degrees from the University of Minnesota-Duluth in 1997 and 2003, respectively. She is active in music ministry at her church, Lincoln Park Community. Prior to her tenure in Duluth, VanCamp lived in Wisconsin, South Dakota, and the Twin Cities. Ms. VanCamp says, “ACDA is and has been the most influential professional organization in my career. I have never missed a conference because they are a source of inspiration, information, and encouragement. Much of that encouragement is a result of the genuinely caring and collaborative nature of the warm and wonderful people I have met at those events. It’s amazing to see how already busy people volunteer their talents time to provide honor choirs, conferences, publications and other events for singers and conductors in Minnesota. My students and I have been the beneficiaries of those services directly and indirectly. Thanks, ACDA!”

ANNUAL ELECTION BALLOT QUESTIONS 1. Shall ACDA-MN adjust the district boundaries to add a new Central District of 18 counties? 2. Shall District Chairs be elected for a term of three years beginning with the 2012 election cycle: a. Beginning in 2012 and continuing in rotation thereafter – Metro East & Northwest b. Beginning in 2013 and continuing in rotation thereafter – Metro West, Southwest & Northeast c. Beginning in 2014 and continuing in rotation thereafter – Southeast & Central 3. Shall the Executive Board of Directors (President, President-Elect, Vice President, Secretary, and Executive Director) be granted the authority to act on behalf of the State Board in all matters that require immediate action between regularly scheduled meetings of the State Board?


Star of the North • Winter 2011

METRO WEST DISTRICT CHAIR Bryan Fisher is in his eighth year teaching choir at Burnsville High School. In his current position, Bryan directs six curricular choirs, two extra-curricular choirs, an annual variety show and annual musical, in addition to overseeing numerous other activities. Before entering the teaching field, Fisher sang for six years with the Dale Warland Singers and served as the singers’ representative to the board of directors. He also sang for two years with The Singers: MN Choral Artists and has done extensive solo and studio work. Bryan holds a bachelor’s degree in K-12 Vocal Music Education from Northwestern College, and as a graduate student studied choral conducting and voice at the University of Minnesota. He also holds a M.Ed from St. Mary’s University of Minnesota. Previously, Fisher spent two years directing choirs and teaching private voice at Crown College. Bryan currently directs and sings in Deviated Septet, a professional septet, and works as an occasional vocal/choral adjudicator and clinician. Before teaching Bryan worked as a full-time church musician for seven years. He is in his ninth year as part-time director of music at Mizpah United Church of Christ in Hopkins. Mr. Fisher says, “Having been a member of ACDA for many years, it is only in the past few years that I have begun to take part in the life of ACDA-MN as a conductor. Over the years I have attended national and regional conferences and have had the privilege to perform at numerous conferences as part of collegiate ensembles and with the Dale Warland Singers. But currently, my involvement in ACDA has gone from a place to sing and be heard to a place to learn and to re-fuel. To be honest, I have become quite dependent on ACDAMN. I have found it to be the single most valuable organization for me as a choral director. The 2007 MN state conference in Duluth left me changed for many reasons. The multi-cultural immersion day changed my perspective and gave me new ideas to implement in the classroom. Getting to know conductors that year connected me with colleagues with which I will collaborate for a lifetime – both personally and professionally. As a member of ACDA-MN, I am not only inundated with a ridiculous amount of applicable resources for my teaching, but I truly feel as though I found my community – my people. I return from EVERY conference, dialogue and workshop refueled for the next round of concerts, ready to conduct and reminded of the joy and art of choral conducting.

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Paula Holmberg has directed choirs at Minnetonka High School since 1994. Previous teaching experience includes eight years at Robbinsdale-Cooper High School and three years in the Watertown-Mayer Public Schools. Having been raised in the northwest corner of North Dakota, Ms. Holmberg earned a bachelors degree at Minot State University and holds a Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting from the University of Minnesota. Ms. Holmberg is a nine-time honoree “acknowledged for excellence as a distinguished educator” in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers. She was honored by the Minnesota Music Educators Association as the 1999 Music Educator of the Year. The American Choral Directors Association of Minnesota selected Ms. Holmberg as the 2005 Choral Director of the Year. Under Ms. Holberg’s direction, MHS choirs have performed in the Allegro Festival, the Dorian Invitational Festival, St Olaf Choral Festival, the Concordia Choral Festival and the Northstar Choral Festival. Performance partnerships include collaborations with Vocal Essence, CANTUS, with The Dale Warland Singers, The Edina Chorale, World Voices, the Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies and with the choirs and orchestras of the Music Association of Minnetonka. Ms. Holmberg says, “How do I love thee, ACDA? Let me count the ways… Sustaining relationships with both casual and close friends. Regular opportunities for growth and renewal. Support of my students through various honor choirs and student programming. Regular opportunities for growth and renewal. Online resources – state, regional, and national levels. Regular opportunities for growth and renewal. Printed resources – choral journal, newsletters, etc. Regular opportunities for growth and renewal. A directory of colleagues – resources that are just a phone call or an e-mail away. Regular opportunities for growth and renewal. The honor and privilege to serve the organization and to give back.”

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SOUTHWEST DISTRICT CHAIR Greg Aune is Associate Professor of Music at Gustavus Adolphus College and is in his sixteenth year as conductor of the Gustavus Choir. In addition to his work with the college’s touring choral ensemble, he directs the Chamber Singers and the St. Ansgar’s Male Chorus. As a member of the Music faculty he teaches classes in conducting and choral literature and serves as music director of the annual Christmas in Christ Chapel program. Dr. Aune’s extensive resume includes significant work in the realm choral/ orchestral masterworks. This experience lead to a brief tenure as interim conductor of the Gustavus Symphony Orchestra during the 2009-2010 school year. A 1976 graduate of Concordia College, Moorehead, he holds graduate degrees from the University of Iowa, including a DMA awarded in 1987. His postgraduate experiences include study and performance with the Robert Shaw Choral Institute sponsored by Carnegie Hall, New York. Choirs under his direction have twice appeared at conventions of the North Central American Choral Directors Association, as well as at conventions of the Kansas Music Educators Association and the Minnesota Music Educators Association. Aune was also appointed to direct the Wisconsin School Music Association High School Honors Mixed Choir at the 2010 fall convention of the Wisconsin Music Educators Association. Dr. Aune says, “Minnesota ACDA is a multi-faceted resource and support organization that is continually refining its outreach and philosophy. I have found it to be an excellent way to stay connected with my choral colleagues, and have particularly benefitted by observing and learning at the various conventions that occur throughout the entire year. In recent times I have observed that the organization has given particular attention to engaging and mentoring choral conductors and teachers that have recently entered the profession, and I commend the Minnesota ACDA leadership for its vision and commitment to this particular aspect of the organization – a vital component to insure a bright future for choral music in the Land of 10,000 Choirs!”

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Aaron R. Olson has served as the director of vocal music at Waconia High School in Waconia, MN since the Fall of 1998. Aaron directs four curricular concert ensembles. In addition to these four choirs he also teaches Applied Voice as well as Music Appreciation and Music Theory. He also directs Power Company, Waconia High School’s “High Voltage” Show Choir and assists with The Current the Junior Varsity show choir at Waconia. Both of these ensembles are offered as co-curricular ensembles. Prior to teaching in Waconia, he taught middle and elementary schools in Superior, Wisconsin for seven years. Aaron is a member of MMEA and ACDA, having served as the ACDA-MN Repertoire and Standards Chair for Show Choirs. Aaron is active as a judge and clinician at competitions and festivals in Minnesota and Iowa and has also served as a Tenor section coach for the Minnesota All-State Mixed Choir. In addition to his work at Waconia High School, he is also the director of the Faith Choir at Faith Lutheran Church in Waconia. Originally from Bloomington, Mr. Olson received his Bachelor of Music Education degree in 1991 from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and his Masters Degree in Music Education at the University of Minnesota 2002. Mr. Olson says, “I was first introduced to ACDA in the summer of 1998 when I attended my first Dialogue after moving to Minnesota from Wisconsin. The people that I met that summer have had a huge impact on my life and career. You have served as mentors, as supporters, and as friends. I have learned so much by listening to your ideas, watching you work in mini rehearsals and dialoguing with you at lunch. I have been moved by your performances and inspired to be a better director for my own students. In addition to Summer Dialogue, there are so many amazing projects that ACDA-MN sponsors, from The Honor Choirs projects, to the Fall Convention, to the World Music Symposium, they have all shaped my teaching in one way or another. In the end though the most valuable resource that I have found in ACDAMN is you, the people of ACDA-MN, you are what makes this organization so invaluable.

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ACDA Winter 2011 Elections  

Information on candidates for the Winter 2011 Elections.

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