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Volume 35 Number 1


Official Publication of the Texas Choral Directors Association

Spring 2018

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63 rd Annual TCDA Convention


Henry B . Gonzalez Convention Center San Antonio, Texas

July 26 - 28 , 2018

Tesfa Wondemagegnehu Headliner Convocation Speaker

Ruth Dwyer, Conductor Elementary Honor Choir

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Dr. David Rayl Headliner College Division

Mary McDonald Headliner Worship Service

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Volume 35 • Number 1

Spring 2018

2017-2018 Officers:


President Dr. Pam Elrod Huffman, Dallas

TCDA Takes to the Road............................................................. page 2 by Sharon Lutz, TCDA Executive Director

Past President Kari Gilbertson, Garland

Bon Appétit!.................................................................................. page 3 Greetings from the President - by Dr. Pam Elrod Huffman

College/Community Vice President Dr. Carolyn Cruse, Lubbock High School Vice President Jason Dove, Pasadena Middle School/Junior High Vice President Christina Chapman, Murphy Elementary Vice President Debra Johnson, Belton Church Vice President Dan Baker, Amarillo Secretary/Treasurer Carisa Niemeyer, Dallas Executive Director Sharon Lutz, Austin

Candidates for the 2018-19 TCDA Board.................................... page 4 63rd Annual TCDA Convention Highlights................................... page 8 Clinicians by Division................................................................... page 14 Convention Schedule.................................................................. page 22 Conductors/Accompanists/Student Conductors....................... page 24 2017 Convention Offerings by Division....................................... page 26 Clinics to Energize, Motivate and Keep Teaching Relevant! Thank You Exhibitors.................................................................. page 28 Past Presidents of TCDA.............................................................. page 30 In Memoriam.............................................................................. page 31 THANKS...to the Advertisers......................................................... page 31 2018 TCDA General Business Meeting Minutes........................... page 32 Committee Chairs....................................................................... page 33 TCDA Membership & Convention Form..................................... page 34 Hotel Reservation Form............................................................... page 35 Hotel List and Map...................................................................... page 36

Texas Sings! Editor: Beverly Schlegel Layout and Design: Mary Byrd Official Publication of the Texas Choral Directors Association 7900 Centre Park Drive, Suite A Austin, TX 78754 512-474-2801 www.tcda.net 2018 Texas Choral Directors Association No part of this publication may be reproduced without the permission of the Executive Director. TCDA is an affiliate of ACDA.

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Renew or Join TCDA • www.tcda.net Pre-register for the convention on-line by July 1 and save $20! First-year teachers joining TCDA receive 50% convention discount. Make housing reservations by June 22 for contract rates (hotel selections on page 36). All Active and Retired members are eligible to vote (per TCDA bylaws). On-line voting opens in May. Please vote! 1

TCDA Takes To The Road by Sharon Lutz, TCDA Executive Director In my first year as Executive Director of TCDA, I quickly learned that what happens in choral music in the state of Texas is incredibly special. Seven years later, this realization is even more profound, as I see the talent our convention attracts every year. I am including our choral directors in this pool of gifted individuals, as well as the inspirational talent we bring in every single year! TCDA is truly something special. To that end, your TCDA Board in the last few years has made a conscious decision to offer workshops outside of convention to members and prospective members. These outside offerings serve a number of useful purposes: they are a way to showcase the exceptional talent of in-state and out-of-state music educators; offer members continuing education credits; provide an opportunity to interact with colleagues outside of convention; and give high school students an opportunity to learn about TCDA. We must always recruit for new members! You may recall that in March 2017, TCDA partnered with the Dallas Children’s Chorus on a workshop by Dr. Sandra Snow, Professor of Choral Conducting at Michigan State University. Dr. Snow held a Conducting Master Class Workshop for Elementary and MS Choral Directors in Dallas. It was well attended. Also last

year, we held two additional High School Student Leadership Day events, one in the DFW area, and one in Lubbock, also very well attended. This year we were very excited to announce a very special workshop given by Josh Habermann, Director of the Dallas Symphony Chorus and Music Director of the Santa Fe Desert Chorale, entitled “An Afternoon with Josh Habermann.” It was held Saturday, April 28th at Lake Highlands High School in Dallas. This workshop featured a discussion on programming multicultural music and included a reading session of music from Asia, Polynesia and the Pacific Rim. Joshua also discussed performance practice of Latin American music with practical tips on how to perform this music with singers of any background. Also important to note, this year we will NOT hold a High School Student Leadership Day at convention. However, TCDA is planning to hold this popular all day workshop in four different Texas locations in 2018. So stay tuned and check the website for more information as we finalize these dates, and encourage your students to take advantage of this opportunity. Lastly, we want your ideas for future offerings. Please contact a board member, or feel free to send your suggestions directly to me at Sharon@tcda.net. We hope to continue these offerings, and expand on them as well, but we need your help to make this a consistently successful effort. Thanks for your support, and see you in July.

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Bon Appétit! Greetings from the President by Dr. Pam Elrod Huffman Last year, a friend sent me a link to an article by composer Nico Muhly entitled, “Why Choral Music is Slow Food for the Soul.” (The link is listed below.) I was particularly struck by the following sentence: “We live in a time of chaotic global ever-availability: I was served asparagus on a plane in January and, in the same month, saw depressinglooking corns on the cob in a rural Icelandic grocery store.” What we do as choral conductors is so foreign and, in some respects, antiquated in today’s world of immediacy. I need more paper towels, so after a couple of clicks on my iPhone, Amazon will deliver them to me the next day. Someone texts me while I’m driving, and I can’t stop myself from asking Siri to read me the message. I remember the days when you left the house (to go to the store to buy paper towels) and knew that if someone called you (dear young friends – we had these things called landlines….), that person would call back until he or she reached you after you had returned home. Technology is awesome. I’m fortunate to live in a world of such incredible convenience. But within that world is my real world – a world without quick, easy answers and prompt delivery of the product. The world of choral music. It’s a world of beauty, process, timelessness, and relationships. It’s a slow cooker in a world of microwaves. How lucky I am – we are – to be a part of that world! And how lucky we are that there is an organization whose sole existence is devoted to our unique world. An organization that provides us with three intense, joyful, and inspirational days of delicious choral food every summer. Your Board has been cooking the 63rd Annual TCDA Convention for almost a year – and this banquet is going to be scrumptious! I can’t wait for you to sample the interest sessions, the reading sessions, the exhibits, the worship service, the rich learning opportunities that our headliners will offer, and of course, the beautiful performances that will be presented by The Dallas Street Choir and mirabai. It’s a slow-cooked feast for the soul, and I look forward to sharing it with you! Bon Appétit!

Dr. Carolyn Cruse

Jason Dove

Christina Chapman

Dan Baker

Debra Johnson

Carisa Niemeyer


Middle School/Junior High


High School



https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/01/arts/music/ nico-muhly-andrew-gant.html

Kari Gilbertson Past President

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Sharon Lutz

Executive Director 3

Candidates for the 2018-19 TCDA Board TCDA presents 3 candidates for president-elect Dr. Randall Hooper Dr. Randall Hooper is the Director of Choirs and Vocal Activities at Texas A&M UniversityCommerce. He conducts the Men’s Chorus, the Chamber Singers and Chorale, oversees the master’s program in conducting and teaches undergraduate courses in conducting. Randy also taught high school choral music in Texas, and choirs under his leadership have performed in many venues including Carnegie Hall and SWACDA, as well as touring internationally. A composer and editor, Randy’s edition of the Sweelinck Psalm 100 is published by Carl Fischer Music, and he is a contributing author to the book Anthony Burgess and Modernity. In 2012 Randy was a guest conductor at the Festival Internacional de Música de Campina Grande in Brazil, and the following year, the A&M Commerce Chorale performed as the festival’s guest choir. Most recently, Randy conducted the A&M Commerce Men’s Chorus in a performance for SWACDA in Kansas City, MO. He is currently the Director of Music at Kavanaugh UMC in Greenville, TX. Randy served as the TCDA Vice President for the College/Community Division (2012-2014), and is a member of TCDA, TMEA, ACDA and NCCO. Randy earned a BME degree from Texas State University, a MM degree in choral conducting from Baylor University, and a DMA degree in choral conducting from LSU. If elected… I have been attending TCDA conventions for 29 years, and for all of these years the value of TCDA has been obvious to me. Its membership is connected through a common passion for creating art and instilling the next generation of musicians. TCDA is at the core of binding us together through this common goal. Each year I return home excited about new music, new ideas and teaching strategies, and with a renewed motivation and wholeness that comes from being around my colleagues. All that I gain from each convention is reliant on the membership. Through a formal reading session, a workshop, a concert or informal conversations with colleagues, the “take away” from TCDA is based solely on its members. We make TCDA what it is, and the greater value we place on the relationships fostered through TCDA, the greater value it has for us as individuals and as an organization. If elected, I will work to ensure that future choral conductors are guaranteed 4

Thomas Rinn the same benefits I have been afforded through TCDA. The responsibility of the board is to usher TCDA into the future without losing sight of its greatest purpose: to educate, support and inspire ourselves, the Texas Choral Conductors.

Dr. Mark Rohwer Dr. Mark Rohwer is the Director of Choral Activities at Flower Mound High School in Flower Mound, Texas. Mark has been at FMHS since its opening in the fall of 1999. Under his direction, Flower Mound High School choirs have received consistent Sweepstakes Awards at UIL Concert and SightReading Evaluations. In addition, choirs from FMHS have been invited to perform at the TMEA Convention three times, as well as at both Divisional and National Conventions of the ACDA. Mark holds degrees in music education from Northwestern University, the Eastman School of Music, and The Ohio State University. If elected… TCDA has always been a mirror of the profession that I feel called to, and of the people I hold in the highest professional regard. Nothing inspires me more than seeing thousands of choral directors from all over the state showing genuine enthusiasm for finding new ideas for the rehearsal room, new music to add to their repertoire, and new colleagues with which to connect and brainstorm. Times change, and with it TCDA and the methodology the organization uses to reach its members needs to change, too. The next years will be clearly challenging, as technology and communication evolves so quickly that one can hardly keep up. Just because an idea or innovation is new, however, does not mean that a particular idea or innovation is good; the pace of the world often means that we jump on to the next big “thing” quickly in fear of missing out. I can’t say for certain that I know what challenges we will need to overcome, or go around, or rethink. I can say unequivocally, however, what I think the “soul” of the TCDA is: a group of passionate choral directors wanting to find the best choral music to give to those in our care, the best new ideas to fulfill our calling even better than before, and a cohort of like-minded colleagues and friends to lift us up and support us. This is who we are. And it means everything to me.

Thomas Rinn is currently in his 17th year of teaching choral music in Texas. He serves as Director of Choirs at Colleyville Heritage High School in the Grapevine-Colleyville ISD and is Director of Music at St. Alban’s Anglican Church in Arlington. Choirs under his direction receive consistent accolades at local and regional festivals and have performed as invited ensembles at TMEA in 2010 and 2018 and at SWACDA in 2018. Thomas happily strives to give back to the organizations that serve music education, having served as the TCDA High School VP, TMEA Region 5 Vocal Chair, UIL Choral Sight-Reading Committee Chair, and in numerous volunteer positions as a section leader and organizer for TMEA groups. Thomas is a frequent choral clinician, adjudicator, and presenter of teacher training nationwide with engagements most recently in Texas, Michigan, Florida, Tennessee, and Colorado. He holds a BME degree, magna cum laude, from the University of Texas at San Antonio, and a MM degree from Florida State University. If elected… Having recently completed my term as the High School Vice President of TCDA, I have a clear and detailed understanding of the issues facing TCDA. The organization is in a time of transition as it seeks to be relevant and useful to a new generation of teachers while also upholding the strong traditions of its past. If elected President-Elect, my primary goal during my term will be to increase the relevancy of the organization to its membership. The role of TCDA must continue to evolve from that of a yearly new music reading clinic to a resource that supports the professional development of our membership year round. It is only through this increased engagement of current membership and outreach to the choral community not currently involved in TCDA that the organization can remain both financially sound and effective. I believe I hold the unique ability to bridge the traditions of the past with the needs of our future, and can help transform TCDA into an invaluable resource that will serve future generations of Texas choral directors.

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TCDA presents 3 candidates for College/Community Vice President Dr. Joni Jensen

Dr. Jeb Mueller

Dr. Michelle Roueché

Dr. Joni Jensen is the Director of Choral Activities at Texas Woman’s University (TWU) in Denton, Texas. She conducts two TWU choirs and teaches voice and conducting. Joni is an active conductor, clinician, and arranger. The TWU Concert Choir, under her direction, has enjoyed several prestigious performances, most recently at the National Collegiate Choral Association Conference in 2017. Joni has published several pieces with Walton Music, including “El Vito,” a Texas All-State piece in 2014, and she is the editor of a new series at Hal Leonard for advanced women’s choral music. Joni is the Associate Musical Director of Millennial Choirs and Orchestras (MCO), a multi-location community organization. They released their album “Amazing Grace” in 2016, peaking at third on the Classical Album Billboard Chart. Joni earned a BME degree in vocal performance and pedagogy and a MM degree in choral conducting, both from Brigham Young University, and a DMA degree in choral conducting from the University of Arizona.

Dr. Jeb Mueller serves as Associate Director of Choral Studies at the University of Houston Moores School of Music where he conducts three choirs, teaches choral music education courses, and maintains a graduate conducting studio. Jeb is an active clinician, adjudicator, and conference presenter with engagements throughout the U.S. He recently conducted the Louisiana Men’s All-State Choir, and Alliance Music published his arrangement of Handel’s Scherzano sul tuo volto. Jeb’s choirs have been described as “stellar,” “inspired,” and singing with “mature line and a beautiful, vibrant tone.” Under his direction, UH’s Concert Women’s Chorus performed at the 2016 ACDA Southwest Division Conference in Kansas City, Missouri. Jeb taught high school choral music in the Houston area for six years, and his choirs consistently earned superior ratings at contests and were twice chosen the Overall Best Choir at state and national choral festivals. He holds degrees from The University of Miami, The University of Texas at Austin, and Texas Tech University.

Dr. Michelle Roueché is the Director of Choral Studies at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor. Her choirs have been invited performers for several Georgia Music Educators conventions, two Southern ACDA conventions and the 2014 Southwestern ACDA convention. An active clinician and choral arranger, Michelle is represented by Walton Music and Treble Clef. Her compositions have been featured at ACDA and All-State conventions, and premiered by choirs across the globe. She has performed in Carnegie Hall under the baton of Robert Shaw and appeared as an Artist-in-Residence at North Carolina State University. Prior to UMHB, she served on the faculties of Brenau University (Georgia), Waldorf College (Iowa), and Arizona State University. Michelle also serves as the Director of Music at Woodway First United Methodist Church in Waco. She holds music degrees from Texas Tech, the University of Illinois, and Arizona State University, where she studied accompanying with Pavarotti’s accompanist, John Wustman, and conducting with Donald Bailey.

If elected… For many of us, TCDA is crucial to keeping our passion for choral music alive, bringing lasting friendships and keeping us relevant in our trade. What would we do without it? I would like to express gratitude to all who have served TCDA. Their immense efforts have enriched our membership and given us support, knowledge, and guidance. If elected Vice President of the College/Community Division, I will consider it an honor to follow such leadership, and keep the TCDA tradition thriving! It will be important to seek out the concerns of the membership to ensure that my efforts create the greatest benefit possible. Although in a position of leadership, I would consider myself a servant to you, the membership, to help you achieve your goals and perhaps even enrich your vision. Our work is that important! My involvement in both collegiate and community choral settings will inform me of the needs and trends in each arena, and assist us in finding opportunities for growth. Collaboration and communication are central to our success. Working together, I know we can positively impact our choral community.

If elected… My admiration for the people and mission of TCDA runs deep, so I feel strongly about contributing to its ongoing success. If elected College/Community Vice President, I will work with my fellow board members to celebrate TCDA’s past while positioning it for a thriving present and future. The best teachers constantly re-evaluate their work in order to meet their students’ needs, and I believe the same concept should guide TCDA’s efforts. Innovation and flexibility will play critical roles in our longterm success, especially given the world’s rapid digitalization. Therefore, I want to focus our convention’s interest sessions on experiences that cannot be Google-searched or found on a publisher’s website. Since choosing to run for office, I have sought the opinions of numerous TCDA members; while they express respect and gratitude for TCDA, many feel our summer convention would benefit from some fresh ideas. They want more social gatherings that allow our membership to network with their colleagues, so I would explore that as well as other possibilities that would meet their needs. TCDA plays an important role in our profession, and if elected, I will work determinedly to ensure its continued leadership.

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If elected… After living and teaching in various parts of the country, I was eager to come home to Texas! We are blessed with an extraordinary legacy of choral excellence unlike any other place I’ve seen. First, I would like to use this opportunity to acknowledge my high school choir director, Dr. Richard Watkins, and my beloved mentor, Dr. Donald Bailey, for providing me with such an outstanding foundation. I am so grateful for my Texas training and for TCDA! As Social Media (or perhaps anti-Social Media) tends to isolate us from the real world, TCDA provides a crucial opportunity to build community, grow strong relationships, and replenish our musical souls. If elected Vice President for the College/ Community Division, I will strive to give back to the organization that has given me so much. I want to help promote music that we are excited to share with our students, explore strategies that make our teaching responsibilities more manageable, and continue the wonderful legacy established by all the previous TCDA officers.


TCDA presents 2 candidates for Church Vice President Sid Davis

Robert Stovall

Sid Davis is the Director of Music and Fine Arts at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in Houston, where he oversees a program including music for children, youth and adults as well as the Rotunda Theatre and Art Gallery. Sid is a published composer/arranger and a Melodious Accord Fellow, studying under Alice Parker, as well as having toured with Fred Waring’s Pennsylvanians as a soloist and instrumentalist. He enjoys traveling as a clinician for choral workshops around the country. Sid graduated from Centenary College of Louisiana and did graduate work at the University of North Texas.

Robert Stovall has devoted thirty-three years to the Texas Public School System as well as four years in the Private Education arena. Robert is a Past President of TMEA. He is in his third year as the Director of Music and Worship Arts at First United Methodist Church in Fort Worth. While in the education field, his choirs were awarded UIL sweepstakes, festival grand champions, and convention performance invitations, including five invitations to perform at the TMEA convention. In 2015, Robert was recognized by his peers with the TCDA Choral Excellence Award. He has served his profession in several capacities, including TCDA, ACDA, TMEA, TMAA, and most recently, the Texas Music Administrators Conference. He is an active adjudicator, speaker, clinician, and conductor on the state and national levels. His responsibilities at FUMCFW include conducting four of the many performing ensembles provided in the music department. This includes the parent ensemble, Choral Union. A native of West Texas, Robert graduated with BME and MME degrees from Angelo State University.

If elected… I am honored to be nominated for the office of Church Vice President for TCDA. I would like to offer my congratulations to Dan Baker and other members of the board as they have worked diligently to keep Texas the foremost choral state in the nation. If elected, I will strive to bring together ensembles from all walks of choral music - church choirs, college and university, as well as public and private school, so that singers of all types can benefit from shared knowledge about this unique musical and community building art that we enjoy. I would hope we can continue to move away from compartmentalizing into “school choirs” or “church/ synagogue choirs” or even professional vs. amateur organizations, and work to “cross-pollinate” so that everyone learns from everyone. Choirs who lead worship in churches and synagogues form the grass roots of our art, both in terms of bringing people into music and creating life-long supporters of choral music in all its forms. If elected, let’s work together and do all we can to support faith-based choral organizations.

On-line Voting Opens in May!

If elected… Through the years, TCDA has experienced many challenges and meaningful changes, and our organization has expanded into a most impressive assembly of educators and musicians. I am extremely honored to be considered for the Church Division Vice President of TCDA. Many before me have served in this capacity and given us wonderful experiences due to their devotion to church music and the importance it serves in our organization. If I am elected, I too, will pledge my time and devotion to our organization. There are discoveries to be made concerning our full-time church musicians as well as directors who take on church responsibilities in a part- time role. If elected, I look forward to exploring these opportunities and sharing with the membership new ideas that can be beneficial in developing meaningful worship experiences. Bringing fresh and appropriate ideas to TCDA is the key to providing an uplifting and meaningful worship experience. While providing appropriate music and curriculum in our churches is a challenge, it is my goal to provide our members with these assets. Working with the board and the membership, we will strive to better equip our church musicians and educators by providing supportive activities, music, and experts in the field of worship and music. Giving our membership an opportunity to gain experience in optimum and appropriate worship is a worthy goal, and I pledge to provide such an experience. I look forward to the challenges and am grateful for the opportunity to serve.

All Active and Retired Members are encouraged to vote. A privilege of membership is electing Board members to ensure a strong future for TCDA. Please review the candidates in this issue and vote on-line, or use the enclosed form.

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TCDA presents 2 candidates for Elementary Vice President Angela Brill

Katy Flowers

Angela Brill is an Elementary Music Teacher with over 35 years’ experience in both public and private schools. She returned to public school teaching after 29 years and is currently a K-4 music teacher in Conroe ISD at Powell Elementary in the Woodlands. Angela began her career at Barbers Hill Elementary, where she taught for six years before moving to St. John’s School in Houston. Her choirs and students performed twice as an invited Elementary Honor Choir at TMEA. In addition, her students performed in a classroom demonstration and have been placed in TCDA, ACDA, and OAKE Honor Choirs. Angela presented a workshop at TCDA in 2013, “It’s All About the Singing.” She holds memberships in TCDA, ACDA, TMEA, and OAKE. She earned an undergraduate degree in Music from Hardin Simmons University and a MM degree with Kodály certification from Sam Houston State University

Katy Flowers is an Elementary Music Specialist for Midway ISD, where she is in her second year teaching 5th grade music at River Valley Intermediate School. Prior to that, she taught K-4th grade music at South Bosque Elementary School for 10 years. A music educator for 26 years, Katy has experience at all levels, elementary through high school, in districts throughout Central Texas. During her years in Midway ISD, she has been awarded grants from the Midway Education Foundation to bring innovative technologies to her classroom, and she was a member of the first Midway Wired cohort for technology. Katy has coached UIL Music Memory for many years, and served as both Campus and District Coordinator for the Elementary UIL Academic Meet in Midway. Katy also serves as the Associate Director of Music and Worship for Woodway First United Methodist Church, where her responsibilities have included directing choirs for children and youth, handbell ensembles for all ages, and coordinating weekly worship services. She is a member of TCDA and TMEA, and holds a BME degree from Texas Tech University.

If elected… I am excited and honored to be nominated for the office of TCDA Elementary Vice President. I love teaching music and bringing the joy of singing to my students. I have attended TCDA conventions for many of the last 30 years. In addition to finding new music for my choirs, I have grown as a musician by attending honor choir rehearsals and other workshop sessions. How boring our teaching would be if we were to teach the same songs with the same techniques every year. If elected, I want to encourage music teachers to attend TCDA. It is one of the best ways that we can learn and grow in a different atmosphere. A former student wrote to me, “When I first came to this school I wanted nothing to do with singing, but as you can tell, now 80% of my life is singing, dancing and acting. By next year it will probably be 110% of my life. I have never had a voice lesson, but you have changed my life so much.” I wish for us to have this effect on all of our students. If elected, I will concentrate on sessions that offer meaningful ideas for bringing the love of singing to the elementary music classroom and to our elementary choirs. I would be honored to serve as your TCDA board member.

If elected… A second-generation music educator, I had the privilege of seeing my father, Nick Boltz, serve as President of TCDA many years ago, and I am so very honored to be nominated for office in the same organization he served with such pride. I have many fond memories of attending TCDA conventions as I grew up, and I learned early on that the summer conventions are crucial times for renewing connections with colleagues, brushing up on skills for the coming year, and getting excited by new music and new ideas. If elected Elementary Vice President, I will gladly accept the challenge of working alongside the other board members to continue to offer innovative and excellent experiences for the membership of the Elementary Division.

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63 rd TCDA Annual Convention HIGHLIGHTS TCDA Registration Hours Thursday, July 26 10 am – 6:30 pm Friday, July 27 7:30 am – 5:00 pm Saturday, July 28 7:30 am – 10:00 am

New Teacher Academy

Thursday, July 26 • 8:30 am – 6:00 pm New to Texas, beginning your career, or just want to brush up on skills? Then this workshop is for you! Informative, engaging, and relevant, this all-day workshop includes classroom management, student motivation, communicating with administrators, social media, and much more. And, first-year teachers receive a 50% discount on convention fee!

Join us for the Sing-In Thursday, July 26 • 5:30 – 6:30 pm

Gabriel’s Fauré’s Requiem with Dr. Kenny Sheppard, conductor; Stacey Brandenberger, accompanist

TCDA Soiree

Thursday, July 26 • 6:30 – 9:30 pm ONE Complimentary Drink Ticket Lots of Food and Fun!

Performance by mirabai Dr. Sandra Snow, Conductor Friday, July 27 * 4:30 – 5:30 pm

This professional level alumna choral ensemble-in-residence at the Michigan State University College of Music was founded by Artistic Director Dr. Sandra Snow, Professor of Choral Conducting and Music Education. At Michigan State University, Snow interacts with undergraduate and graduate students in the areas of conducting, choral pedagogy, and choral singing. A project-based ensemble, mirabai seeks to enhance artistic expectations of women’s choral singing by connecting powerful music of women, past and present, and performing, commissioning, and recording new and innovative music that expresses the rich emotional terrain of a woman’s life. Repertoire from the inaugural recording, “All I Was Doing Was Breathing,” will be featured at the TCDA Convention. Dr. Sandra Snow

Complimentary Childcare Professional childcare provided at NO cost Children age 12 and under are welcome • Rooms 209 & 211 Thursday 10 am – 10 pm Friday 7:30 am – 10 pm Saturday 7:30 am – 6 pm


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JULY 26-28, 2018 • San antonio, Texas WORSHIP SERVICE

Friday, July 27 Church Service 7:00 – 8:00 pm

Dr. Allen Hightower

Composer, Artist, Clinician, and former sacred music editor for the Lorenz Corporation in Dayton, Ohio, Mary McDonald will lead the congregation at this year’s Worship Service with some of her most beloved anthems, including “God of Our Fathers.” Joining Mary will be our friend Dr. Allen Hightower, University of North Texas, and the orchestra from San Antonio’s University United Methodist Church, with Mary McKay, Director of Traditional Worship & Music.

Mary McKay

About Mary McDonald by Beverly Schlegel A lifelong resident of Knoxville, Tennessee, multi-talented musician Mary McDonald has composed over 1000 published choral anthems, Christmas and Easter cantatas, and numerous keyboard collections. Her unique blend of heart, hands and humor, combined with a wide-range of writing and performing styles, keeps her in constant demand as a composer, arranger, producer, pianist and organist. In 2011, Mary answered a new calling after serving as Editor of Sacred Choral Music for twenty years at Lorenz Corporation. She took her tremendous passion and love for music-making directly to churches as an independent artist, and she stays in demand in churches across the nation for Composer Weekends, and as host for top Choral Music Dealer conferences in the country. No stranger to glass ceilings, Mary’s energy and charisma served her well when she became the first woman President of the Southern Baptist Church Music Conference in 2000. But whether serving as accompanist for the Tennessee Men’s Chorale, her local church, or receiving prestigious composition awards for artistic merit like the John Ness Beck award, her desire remains the same: “to give God glory for the songs He has allowed me to compose. He alone, is the true Creator behind my pen.” Mary is looking forward to participating in the TCDA convention, when she will lead the congregation in singing, “God of Our Fathers.” “I am truly honored and humbled to be the guest composer for the sacred sessions at this summer’s conference. To have this opportunity to share my heart and the inspiration behind the music with those who may sing it, is a moment to treasure. Looking forward, with great anticipation, to our time together in San Antonio.”

Exhibit Hall Hours

Friday, July 27 - 9:00 am – 6:00 pm Saturday, July 28 - 9:00 am – 4:00 pm A list of the more than 600 exhibitors can be found on page 28.

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63 rd Annual TCDA Convention HIGHLIGHTS (cont.) TCDA Closing Convocation Saturday, July 28 • 10:15 am

tesfa Wondemagegnehu

Tesfa Wondemagegnehu, Director of Choral Ministries at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Minneapolis, will lead our Convocation. (See page 11.)

Dallas Street Choir

Dr. David Rayl, Headliner College/Community Division

Dr. David Rayl, Director of Choral Programs and Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Research at Michigan State University College of Music, will present two clinics entitled “Reasonable Romantic Repertoire for Voices and Instruments” and “Gesture Matters: Communicative Conducting for More Effective Rehearsals and Better Performances.” A mentor and principal conducting teacher to doctoral students and master’s students, under his baton MSU’s University Chorale appeared at the National and Central Division conferences of ACDA (2006, 2007) and the National meeting of the College Music Society (2002). Rayl holds a BM degree in voice from Illinois Wesleyan University, a MM degree from the University of Oklahoma, and a DMA degree from the University of Iowa.

The Dallas Street Choir will perform during the TCDA Closing Convocation. Dr. Jonathan Palant, founder and conductor of the Dallas Street Choir, will be accompanied by pianist Scott Ayers, for a unique performance at this year’s TCDA Convention. The Dallas Street Choir offers a musical outlet for those experiencing homelessness and disadvantage. Through community Dr. Jonathan Palant engagement and performance, the choir improves the way society views homelessness; and a creative, engaging, safe environment better equips these individuals to find a job, housing, and improve their overall lifestyle. In addition to presenting concerts, the group has performed at the Winspear Opera House, the George W. Bush Presidential Library, the Dallas City Performance Hall, and Carnegie Hall. Dr. Palant is on the faculty at the University of Texas at Dallas and is founder and conductor of Credo.

Dallas Street Choir


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63 rd Annual TCDA Convention HIGHLIGHTS (cont.) About Tesfa Wondemagegnehu by Beverly Schlegel TCDA members are in for a real treat at this year’s convention. Joining us will be Tesfa Career: Wondemagegnehu, current Director Tenor Soloist, Conductor, Clinician, of Choral Ministries at Westminster Lecturer Presbyterian Church in Minneapolis (Tesfa has accepted a new Employment: position beginning Fall 2018 • Director of Choral Ministries, teaching voice and a Westminster Presbyterian Church, “Music and Social Justice” Minneapolis, MN (August 2016class at St. Olaf College in June 2018) Northfield, MN). At our upcoming • Former Conductor of the American convention, Tesfa will present a Public Media (APM) Radio Choir & clinic open to all divisions entitled Manager of the Choral Works Initiative, “Performing to IMPRESS vs. SINGING St. Paul, MN (July 2014-August 2016) to inspire.” He will also deliver this year’s • Choral Stream Producer, APM Convocation remarks, tentatively titled, “Relevance (November 2013-July 2014) in the 21st Century Choir,” a fitting topic to Tesfa’s viewpoint of music and ways to draw the circle wider in music’s availability and enjoyment by as many • Assistant Artistic Director, VocalEssence people as possible. (June 2013-July 2014) A tenor soloist, Tesfa’s career trajectory has been somewhat non-traditional. • Educator, Freedom HS, Orlando, FL He got his start in music after the ninth grade. To the dismay of his mother, he was suspended for selling stolen pagers, and she forced him to audition Education: at a talent-based performing arts school. That experience turned Tesfa into BME, University of Memphis a “choir addict.” He taught at Freedom High School in Orlando, was named MM, Florida State University Orange County Public School Teacher of the Year (2013) and received the Macy’s National Magic of Teaching Award (2013). Tesfa’s choirs performed at ACDA state conventions (2010 & 2012) and at the Florida Music Educators’ Association (2011). After teaching in Florida, Tesfa moved to the Twin Cities to the chorus-crazy scene in Minnesota, as the first-ever representative of Classical Minnesota Public Radio’s Choral Stream and manager of the station’s Choral Works Initiative. The goal was to bridge and integrate on-air, on-line and outreach efforts by featuring recorded and live concert performances from around the country and the world, and according to Tesfa, “to make the art form more relevant to a larger demographic, such as bringing live performers into schools.” Through Choral Stream, a 24-hour, 7-day week on-line stream, Tesfa interacted with listeners, singers, composers and conductors, through blogging, social media, community-building, outreach and education. When Tesfa took the helm at Westminster Presbyterian Church in 2016, he continued to “think outside the box” as a music educator. He began The Justice Choir, a choir that sings songs about peace, freedom, courage, love, resilience, human rights and taking a stand. Its collection of songs is available as a free download for anyone, anywhere: other choirs, congregations, families, schools, and communities. In Tesfa’s words, “good singing is good singing. Period.” Tesfa believes choral music will continue to explode, and that music should never be boxed in. “To hears groups like Pentatonix say, “it all started in a choir, is exciting.” He attributes YouTube with more groups creating music. “Allow music to resonate whichever way it decides to touch people.” We are excited to welcome Tesfa to this year’s Convention! TEXAS SINGS! • Spring 2018


63 rd Annual TCDA Convention HIGHLIGHTS (cont.) TCDA Elementary Honor Choir

Honor Choir Section Leaders

Saturday, July 28 • 4:30 – 5:30 pm

This year’s Honor Choir features the internationally recognized treble and children’s choir specialist Ruth Dwyer, Conductor and Director of Education with the Indianapolis Children’s Choir for 29 years. Her ensembles have performed for the Indiana Music Educators Association, the AOSA National Conference, New York City’s Carnegie Hall and Avery Fisher Hall, across the U.S., and throughout Spain and Central Europe. Dwyer has prepared ensembles for performances with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, the Butler Nutcracker, the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic, the Indianapolis Opera, and other organizations. Her career includes being a public school music educator in Indiana for 19 years, where she taught at all levels of music from three-year old children to post-graduate students. Dwyer’s awards include the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic Golden Baton Award, the IMEA Elementary Music Teacher of the Year, the Hoosier Musician Award and the Indianapolis Public Schools Rising Star Award. She is an accomplished choral composer, arranger, and editor of the Ruth Dwyer Choral Series with Colla Voce Publishers. Dwyer is a graduate of Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. Mrs. Dwyer will be accompanied by Jimmy Baas, choral composer and Assistant Choir Director at Arlington High School in Arlington, TX.

TCDA wishes to express special thanks to our 2018 Honor Choir Section Leaders:

Sean Mann Alto Section Leader Addison Pattillo Soprano Section Leader Ren Robertson Honor Choir Organizer Deborah Barrick Honor Choir Assistant Debbie Pilgrim Assistant Soprano Section Leader Jonathan Pilgrim Soprano Accompanist Section Leader Samuel Davis Assistant Alto Section Leader

Jimmy Baas

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2018 CHORAL WORKSHOPS Network with peers, learn from clinicians, and embrace the joy of singing!

Classroom Resources / Elementary Choral Music Collections, activities, movement and musicals for the general music classroom. Unison and 2-Part music for young, developing choirs. FEATURING: Breakout sessions

Middle School / High School Choral Music

The Joy of Worship Choral music in a variety of voicings for every sacred setting, varying from traditional to contemporary worship styles, this session provides a multitude of choral resources for enriching your worship!

3-Part Mixed, SSA/TTB, SAB, and SATB music and movement for middle school and high school groups.

FEATURING: Breakout sessions



Joy of Worship Clinicians

Christine Bass

Lynn Brinckmeyer

Emily Crocker

Rollo Dilworth

Manju Durairaj

Roger Emerson

Greg Gilpin

Patti Drennan

Bradley Ellingboe

Judith Herrington

Mac Huff

John Jacobson

Cristi Cary Miller

Jonathan Palant

Sophia Papoulis

Audrey Snyder

Brad Nix

Heather Sorenson

Joseph Martin


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Minneapolis, MN July 18-19


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July 23-24 July 26-27

Columbus, OH August 2-3

Exact schedule and clinicians vary by site and are subject to change without notice. Visit our website for specific location details.

Clinicians for the College/Community Division Dr. Cory Mastronardi Ganschow is Associate Director of Choirs and Coordinator of Music Education at Western Connecticut State University. Prior to WCSU, Ganschow taught choir in the Texas and Illinois public schools, and served as a facilitator of music in the adolescent behavioral health community. Ganschow is active as an adjudicator and clinician for All-State and All-Region choirs. She has sung professionally in the Simon Carrington Chamber Singers, Voce, and Spire, and is a published researcher and presenter in the areas of leadership, choral rehearsal approaches and engagement. President-Elect of the Connecticut Chapter of the ACDA, Ganschow received a BME degree from Millikin University, a MME degree from Illinois State University, and a Ph.D. degree in music education and curriculum and instruction from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance.

Dr. David Rayl (see page 10)

Dr. Sandra Snow (cross-listed with HS and MS/JH; see page 8)

Tesfa Wondemagegnehu will present a clinic open to all divisions (see page11).

Continuing Professional Education TCDA is approved by the State Board for Education Certification as a Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Provider, CPE #500293. Workshops, Reading Sessions, Performances and Product Showcases are eligible for Staff Development credit. CPE Forms will be emailed to attendees after convention. Handouts will be posted online and in Guidebook during the convention, and will also be available after convention.


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Clinicians for the High School Division Dr. Chris Aspaas (cross-listed with MS/JH). Aspaas is Associate Professor and Director of Choral Activities at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, TX. He served on the faculties of St. Olaf College, Central Washington University, and Mount Holyoke College. At TCU, Aspaas leads the Concert Chorale, TCU’s flagship mixed ensemble, and FrogCorps, TCU’s premier male vocal ensemble. He teaches basic conducting, choral conducting, choral literature, advanced choral conducting, and oversees the graduate choral conducting program. A guest conductor, clinician, adjudicator and lecturer, Aspaas led the All-Northwest Mixed Choir in 2015 and the ACDA Southern Division Men’s Honor Choir in 2016. His latest commission premiered at the 2017 National Conference of ACDA. Aspaas earned a BM degree in vocal performance from St. Olaf College, a MM degree in choral conducting from Michigan State University, and a Ph.D. degree in choral music education from the Florida State University. Wesley Davis is Director of Choral Activities at Marcus High School in Lewisville ISD. In 2011, he founded the female A Cappella group, Fusion, and led them to consistent top finishes at the International Competition for High School A Cappella (ICHSA). In 2015, Fusion won the Southwest semi-finals and competed as one of twelve finalists in the national finals in New York City. Fusion is

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featured on both the Best of High School A Cappella 2018 and WACA Vol. 5 (Women’s A Cappella Association) albums. Choirs under his direction consistently receive Sweepstakes at UIL and Best-in-Class and Grand Champion recognitions at festivals throughout the U.S. Davis is the recipient of the TCDA Young Director of Distinction Award. He received a BME degree from Oklahoma City University. Joe Nidever (crosslisted with MS/ JH). Nidever is the Choir Director at Grapevine Middle School in GrapevineColleyville ISD. Prior to Grapevine, he taught three years in Lovejoy ISD as the Assistant Choir Director at Willow Springs Middle School. He also taught 5th grade General Music and was a Director of Lovejoy Children’s Chorus, the district elementary honor choir. Prior to teaching, Nidever served four years as the Music Director at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church in Houston, and later at St. Alban’s Episcopal Chapel in Baton Rouge. He directed annual concerts with choir and orchestra, worked with the adult and children’s choirs, and planned weekly services. He also serves as the Associate Music Director at Christ United Methodist Church in Plano. Nidever earned a BME degree in vocal performance from Sam Houston State University and a MM degree in choral conducting at Louisiana State University. He completed post-graduate work at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ and will soon complete his Kodály Certification from Portland State University.

Melissa Smith (cross-listed with MS/JH). Smith is Assistant Director of Choirs at Friendswood High School. Previously she was the sole choral director at Friendswood Junior High (2003-2013) and head choral director at Clear Creek Intermediate (2013-2017). Her choirs are consistent Sweepstakes and Superior ratings recipients at UIL contests, and each year an impressive number of students place in the TMEA All-Region Choir and TCDA State Honor Choir. In her second year of teaching in FISD, Smith was honored with the “Making a Difference” Award. In 2010, she was voted Friendswood Junior High Teacher of the Year and at the district level she was honored with the 2010 Friendswood ISD Secondary Teacher of the Year. Under her direction, the Friendswood Junior High Varsity Treble Choir performed at the TMEA Convention in 2010. Smith is a judge and clinician for UIL and Region contests, and has taught in-service sessions for statewide conventions and school districts. She participated in the TMEA Summer Dialogue in 2009 and is in her third year of service to the UIL Prescribed Music List Committee. She served as the Region XVII JH/MS Vocal Chair and Coordinator, and was a TCDA clinician in 2014 with husband Brian Smith. She served as Alto Section Leader of the TCDA Honor Choir and was the recipient of the Bev Henson Past President Scholarship. Smith earned a BME degree with choral/ vocal emphasis at the University of Houston Moores School of Music.


Clinicians for the Middle School/ Junior High School Division Sarah Bayles is in her sixth year of teaching in Carrollton-Farmers Branch and her seventh year of teaching in Texas. The 2017-18 school year marks her first year as Head Choral Director at Blalack Middle School (where she served five years as associate director). She is in her fourth year as director of the Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD Elementary District Honor Choir. Bayles previously served as head choral director at Tennyson Middle School in Waco. She currently serves as the Region 31 MS/ JH Vocal Division Treasurer. Choirs under her direction consistently receive Superior ratings at UIL Concert and Sight-Reading Contests as well as Superior, Best-inClass, and Grand Champion awards at local choral music festivals. Her students frequently place into All-Region and TCDA Honor Choirs, and receive Superior ratings at Solo & Ensemble festivals. In 2017 her Elementary Honor Choir was selected to perform at the TMEA Convention. Bayles graduated from St. Olaf College, where she studied with Dr. Anton Armstrong, Dr. Sigrid Johnson and Dr. Chris Aspaas.

Jocelyn Epley is in her 17th year of teaching and her 10th year as the Head Director at Boles Junior High. She previously taught at Nichols Junior High as the Assistant Choir Director for seven years. Choirs under her direction have consistently earned Sweepstakes awards at UIL and Best-in-Class at the Hurricane Harbor Contest. Her choir program at Boles has over 250 7th and 8th grade students. She has seven performing groups and six of them compete each year at the UIL contest. The other performing group, the Boles Show Choir, has won Grand Champion at the Hurricane Harbor Festival multiple times and was invited to perform at the MS/JH National Conference for Choral Music in 2012. Epley is a product of Arlington ISD, and credits her career choice to her mother, Vicki Keller, a music educator. Epley was given the PTA Lifetime Member award and was named Who’s Who Among American Teachers. She also serves as Department Head at Boles Junior High, is a PBIS Coach and serves on the PBIS team. Epley’s professional affiliations include TMEA, TCDA, and TMAA. She received a BME degree from Stephen F. Austin State University.

Clinton Hardy is the Head Choral Director at Trinity Springs Middle School in Keller ISD, where he directs several choirs and is Head of the Fine Arts Department. His choirs consistently earn Sweepstakes awards for Superior ratings at the yearly UIL Concert and SightReading Contest. His choirs have been invited as the select performing Honor Choir for the National Cambiata Institute Convention, were named Grand Champion at the annual Seasons Music Festival, and Best-in-Class at the American Classics. The Keller Honor Choir, under the co-direction of Hardy, was invited to perform at the 2017 TMEA Convention, after only three years of being a select ensemble in Keller ISD. Hardy had the honor of conducting the Region 1 and Region 29 MS/JH Region Treble Choirs in 2017, and serves as the Region 30 MS/JH Coordinator and lead Middle School Choir Director for Keller ISD. He is a frequent clinician/conductor for AllRegion, All-City Choirs, and Honor Choirs, and has twice been named Teacher of the Year. This past year Hardy was named a top finalist for Secondary Teacher of the Year for Keller ISD, and in 2014 was a recipient of the TCDA Young Director of Distinction Award. He is a member of TMEA, TCDA, TMAA & ACDA, and earned a BME degree from Texas Christian University.

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Clinicians for the Middle School/Junior High School Division

Dr. Sandy Hinckley is the newly appointed Coordinator of Music Education and Associate Director of Choral Activities at Sam Houston State University. Hinkley taught choral music in Florida for 20 years at both the middle and high school levels. Ensembles under her direction have performed at ACDA State, Southern Division, and National Conferences. She has presented sessions at FMEA, TMEA, and NAfME Conventions, and at ACDA State, Southern Division, and National Conferences. An active clinician and adjudicator, Hinckley’s research interests include vocal pedagogy, developmental repertoire, music literacy and assessment, and teacher retention. She received a BME degree from Florida State University, a MME degree from the University of Central Florida, and a Ph.D. degree in choral conducting and music education from the Florida State University.

Dorrie Seamans has directed choral music for fifteen years, the last eight as the Head Choir Director at Cockrill Middle School in McKinney ISD. Prior to McKinney, she taught choral music at Burnett Junior High in Wylie ISD. Choirs under her direction have received consistent UIL Sweepstakes, Best-in-Class and Grand Champion awards at local competitions. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, Seamans served as the TMEA Region XV Middle School Vocal Coordinator-Elect in 2014-2015 and the Vocal Coordinator in 2015-2016. She holds memberships with TMEA, TCDA and TMAA, and received a BME degree with honors from Arkansas Tech University.

Clinicians for the Elementary School Division Ruth Dwyer (see page 12)

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Michele Hobizal is a retired elementary music teacher with 31 years’ teaching experience in Texas. She is a past conductor of the Katy ISD District Elementary Honor Choir with performances at the 2007 and 2011 TMEA conventions. Hobizal served two terms as the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) Elementary VP, is a Past Elementary VP for the Texas Choral Directors Association (TCDA), and a cadre member of the Center for Educator Development in Fine Arts (CEDFA). She is an experienced clinician throughout Texas and served on the 2013 Fine Arts TEKS Review Committee for Kindergarten through 2nd grade music. Hobizal is a very proud Quaver Teacher Trainer and is now the Texas Account Manager for Quaver! Hobizal earned a BME degree from Texas State University.

Katherine Johns has been an Elementary Music Teacher in Floresville, Texas for the past 20 years. The grade levels she has taught vary from beginning music, 3rd grade to 6th grade, to her current position teaching pre-K (ages 3 and 4 and Life Skills) through 5th grade. With over 900 students in the school, Johns is the only music teacher on the campus. In 2011, Johns was named “Teacher of the Year” for Floresville South Elementary and the district. She is a member of “Pourparler,” a group of dance teachers led by Sanna Longden. Currently, Johns is assisting Patricia Moreno with the Kodály Certification Program at Texas State University. She received her Level I Orff certification at SMU, and attended Kodály Certification at Texas State from 19982000. Johns earned a BME degree from Stephen F. Austin University and a MM degree from Texas State University. 17

Clinicians for the Elementary School Division

Cecile Johnson retired in 2012 as the Elementary Music Specialist at Woodrow Wilson Elementary School in Denton, TX, after teaching there 25 years. Johnson has 39 years’ teaching experience in Massachusetts, Iowa and Texas. She was given the Organization of American Kodály Educators (OAKE) Outstanding Educator of the Year Award at the 2012 Phoenix National OAKE Conference. She is a recipient of the TCDA Choral Excellence Award and was selected twice as the North Texas Metroplex Children’s Choir Teacher of the Year. Johnson was awarded The Lifetime Achievement Service Award from the Kodály Educators of Texas at the 2016 TMEA Convention. Founder of the awardwinning Woodrow Wilson All-Star Choir (three times as a TMEA Elementary Honor Choir), she served on the National Board of the Organization of Kodály Educators and was Past President of Kodály Educators of Texas. She is the proud teacher of more than 50 singers who have sung in the OAKE National Honor Choirs. Johnson taught music pedagogy to college classes, was a mentor and supervisor for many student teachers, and a trainer of teachers in Kodály certification programs. A frequent clinician, Johnson received a BME degree from the University of Lowell in Massachusetts and a MM degree from the University of Northern Iowa. She completed her National OAKE Certification in Kodály Studies at the University of North Texas.


Phyllis King is a retired educator who spent the majority of her 31-year career as an Elementary Music Specialist. She lived a year in Hungary, studying at the Franz Liszt Academy in Budapest during the school year and then spending a summer at the Kodály Institute in Kecskemet. King has been a featured clinician for state and national level conventions and a conductor for many Elementary Honor Groups. She served as the TCDA Elementary VP in 2011-12. Retired, King stays quite active as she loves to travel and volunteer at the local historical museum. She enjoys sharing ideas with fellow music educators during convention sessions, and during in-service training. King earned BME and MA degrees from Sam Houston State University.

Angela Leonhardt teaches K-5 music in San Antonio, and teaches Orff Level I courses in the summer. She also serves as an adjunct professor on the music education faculty at UTSA and Trinity University. Leonhardt served on the Board of Directors of the Central Texas Orff Chapter and on the Curriculum Oversight and Review Committee for AOSA. Her service to NAfME-Texas includes President, the Council of Chairs for K-12 Music and Music in Our Schools Month. Publications have been included in The Southwestern Musician, TMEC Connections, and General Music Today. She has also served on the editorial review board of General Music Today, a NAMfE publication. Leonhardt holds master’s degrees in music education and administration, and earned her Orff certification from Trinity University.

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Clinicians for the Elementary School Division

Cyndie Lowry completed her 13th year as General Music Teacher and Choir Director at Mitchell Intermediate School in Conroe ISD. She organizes the District-Wide Intermediate Honor Choir Concert for Conroe ISD and coordinates a summer music camp for incoming 4th, 5th and 6th grade students. She taught elementary music in Klein ISD for five years before taking time off to raise her sons, and during her 21 years away from public schools, Lowry taught part-time at her church’s Mother’s Day Out program and PreSchool. She also sang with an A Capella group, “Adoration,” and performed at conventions, workshops and churches, recording 15 CDs with “Adoration.” She directed children’s church choirs and recorded/produced children’s CDs. She is an active member of TCDA and TMEA. Lowry had the honor of a choir performing at TMEA Conventions in 2008, 2013 and 2017, and has presented workshops at TCDA, TMEA and at local in-service trainings. She recently began serving with honor choirs around the state of Texas and Louisiana. Lowry received a BME degree in Music Education/All Levels and her Kodály Certification from Sam Houston State University.

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Lindy Perez is in her 33rd year of teaching in Richardson ISD, and her 20th year as the Director of Choral Activities at Richardson High School where her choirs consistently earn Sweepstakes awards at UIL Concert and Sight-Reading Contest. She directs the A Cappella Choir, Varsity Men’s and Women’s Choirs, and Legacy, the show choir. Perez received the UIL Sponsor of Excellence Award in 2014, and was selected four times as the Most Influential Teacher by top ten graduates at RHS. She received the PTA Honorary Life Membership Award in 2010. Perez teaches vocal music for the RHS annual musical, and under her leadership, “Anything Goes,” won best musical direction at the Dallas Summer Musicals HS Awards Program in 2012. Perez is the director of the Richardson All District Elementary Choir (ADEC), a 100-voice auditioned chorus representing 40 elementary schools district-wide. By invitation, ADEC performed for the TMEA Conventions in 2003 and 2015. Prior to teaching at Richardson, Perez was the Choral Director at Westwood JH for 13 years. Under her leadership, the Westwood Chorale performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., and was honored to sing for the TMEA Convention in 1991. Perez earned a BME degree from Southern Methodist University.

Dr. Julie Scott is Professor of Practice and Chair of Music Education at Southern Methodist University, where she has taught for 13 years. Prior to the college level, Scott taught elementary music and choir in Texas schools for 17 years and served as Elementary Music Coordinator for Richardson ISD for two years. She has served as director of children’s choirs and as a children’s choir clinician for over 25 years. She directed the 100-voice Lewisville ISD 5th Grade Honor Choir for eight years, and the choir was invited to perform for TMEA in 2012 and in 2004. Scott is a past president of the American Orff-Schulwerk Association. She is Director of Music Educators Workshops at SMU and has taught summer OrffSchulwerk courses at eight universities over the past 25 years. Scott has presented over 200 conference sessions and workshops at national conferences, state music educators associations, school districts, and Orff chapters throughout the US, as well as sessions in Scotland, Greece, Australia, China, Italy, and Thailand. Scott earned a Ph.D. degree from Eastman School of Music, where she was Assistant Professor of Music Education for one year.


Clinicians for the Church Division Nick Boltz taught choral music and served as a fine arts administrator in Texas schools for 32 years. He began his teaching career as a Junior High Choral Director in Richardson, taught choral music at Killeen High School for 20 years, and was Fine Arts Coordinator for Killeen ISD. He served as Director of Fine Arts in Round Rock ISD before retiring from public education in 1999. Boltz gained statewide recognition for his work with the choral music program in Killeen, where his choirs gained recognition at regional, state, and national levels. He has conducted choral clinics, all-region choirs and workshops, and judged choral contests and festivals throughout the state. Boltz served as TMEA Vocal Vice President and President of TCDA. A charter member of TMAA and with committee service for UIL, TMEA, TEA, and others, he works with school and church choirs as a mentor, clinician, and adjudicator. Boltz served in seven churches in the Dallas and Central Texas areas, and since 2000, he and his wife Julie have directed the Music Ministry of Hope Presbyterian Church in Austin. He earned BM and MMEd degrees from the University of North Texas. Mary McDonald (see page 9)


Dr. Robert Pendergraft is Assistant Professor of Church Music at the University of Mary H a r d i n - B a y l o r. He joined Mary Hardin-Baylor in Fall 2016 after seven years in full-time church ministry. He sits on the Steering Committee of the Biblical Worship Section of the Evangelical Theological Society and the Executive Council of the Baptist Church Music Conference. An active researcher, Pendergraft publishes and presents on intergenerational worship. He received BME and MME degrees from Samford University, and a Ph.D. degree in church music from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Dr. Todd Prickett has led University Christian Church’s comprehensive music ministry since 2016. As Choirmaster, he recently conducted performances including Mendelssohn’s “Elijah” and Ola Gjeilo’s “Sunrise Mass.” Prickett also conducts multiple bell choirs and provides oversight for the children’s choir program. He previously served congregations in Tuscaloosa, AL; Fayetteville, AR; Lansing, MI; and Arlington, TX. As affirmation of his ministry at UCC, he was recently commissioned as a minister by the Area Committee on Ministry. Prickett earned BME and MM degrees from Texas Christian University, and a DMA degree from Michigan State University.

Dr. Blake Simpson (cross-listed with Coll/Comm). Simpson is Director of the University of Texas Voice Center and a Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. He has been in practice in San Antonio since 1996 and specializes in the treatment of voice and upper airway disorders. Simpson received his undergraduate degree at Austin College and earned his medical degree at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. Todd Wilson has served as Pastor for Worship and Music at First Baptist Church in Abilene for over 16 years. Before coming to Abilene, Wilson served at First Baptist Church in Henderson, TX for over six years, and served full-time as Minister of Music in First Baptist Church, White Settlement; First Baptist Church, Grapevine; and First Baptist Church, San Marcos. He is a conductor with Singing Men of West Texas and Assistant Conductor with the Centurymen. Wilson received a BS degree in music education from William Jewell College and a MM degree in church music from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

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63rd Annual Convention July 26-28, 2018 • San Antonio


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Thursday, July 26

7:00 am – 7:00 pm 7:00 am 8:30 am – 6:00 pm 9:00 am 10:00 am – 10:00 pm 10:00 am – 12:00 pm 10:00 am – 1:00 pm 10:00 am – 6:30 pm 10:45 am – 11:45 am 11:00 am – 11:30 pm 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm 12:30 pm – 4:00 pm 1:15 pm – 2:15 pm 1:15 pm – 2:15 pm 1:15 pm – 2:15 pm 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm 3:45 pm – 4:45 pm 3:45 pm – 4:45 pm 3:45 pm – 4:45 pm 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm 4:45 pm – 5:15 pm 5:15 pm – 6:45 pm 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Exhibitor Set-up TBA/TCDA/TODA Fun Run Exhibits Open: New Teacher Academy Friday: 9 am - 6 pm Golf Tournament Saturday: 9 am - 4 pm Childcare Available (no meals provided) TMEA Vocal Region/Area Chairs Brunch & Training TMAA Executive Committee Registration/Hospitality Open Sing-In CLOSED Rehearsal TCDA Ways & Means Committee Reading Session 1: MS/JH/HS – Holiday/Seasonal Reading Session 2: CH – Sacred Seasonal TMEA Elementary Region Chair Luncheon & Training Elem Honor Choir Registration Workshop 1: MS/JH/HS – What the Google? Workshop 2: Coll/Com – Gesture Matters: Communicative Conducting for More Effective Rehearsals and Better Performances Workshop 3: EL – Choral Singing the Orff-Schulwerk Way Legal Concerns for the Music Educator Reading Session 3: HS/Coll/Com - Advanced SATB Workshop 4: MS/JH – From Zero to Hero Workshop 5: EL – Building a Community through Folk Dance Reading Session 4: MS/JH/HS Tenor-Bass Workshop 6: CH – Perfect Arranging for Imperfect Choirs Workshop 7: EL – Follow the Yellow Brick Road to the Wonderful World of Technology TMAA Vocal Workshop Elem Honor Choir Sectionals College Student Conductor Information Meeting College Student Conductor Rehearsal Fauré’s Requiem Sing-In (families and guests welcome) TCDA Soiree mirabai CLOSED Rehearsal

Friday, July 27

Wed., July 25

TCDA will have no scheduled activities on Sunday, July 29 TENTATIVE Abbreviated Schedule – Please visit our website for additional details.

7:30 am – 6:00 pm 7:30 am – 10:00 pm 8:00 am – 9:00 am 8:00 am – 9:00 am 8:00 am – 9:00 am 8:00 am – 9:00 am 8:00 am – 10:00 am 8:30 am – 11:30 am 9:00 am – 6:00 pm 9:15 am – 10:15 am 9:15 am – 10:15 am 9:15 am – 10:15 am

Registration/Hospitality Open Childcare Available (no meals provided) Introducing the TMAC Individual Student Music Assessment of Knowledge and Skills Reading Session 5: MS/JH/HS Pop/Jazz Reading Session 6: CH Sacred Children’s/Youth Workshop 8: EL – Harmony in Sequence: Sight Reading Made Easy TMAA Committee on Standards of Adjudication & Performance Practices Elem Honor Choir Rehearsal Exhibits Open Reading Session 7: HS – Tried and True Workshop 9: MS/JH – Tried and True: These Are For You! Workshop 10: CH – How to Choose Repertoire for the Church Choir: 3 Secrets to Success

Childcare Available: (no meals provided)

Thursday: 10 am - 10 pm Friday: 7:30 am - 10 pm Saturday: 7:30 am - 6 pm

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Friday, July 27 Saturday, July 28 Sun., July 29

9:15 am – 10:15 am 10:15 am – 11:45 am 10:15 am – 11:45 am 10:15 am – 11:45 am 11:45 am – 12:45 pm 11:45 am – 12:45 pm 11:45 am – 12:45 pm 11:45 am – 12:45 pm 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm 1:15 pm – 4:15 pm 2:15 pm – 3:15 pm 2:15 pm – 3:15 pm 2:15 pm – 3:15 pm 3:15 pm – 4:30 pm 3:30 pm – 4:15 pm 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm 5:00 pm – 6:15 pm 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Workshop 11: EL – A Story, A Song, A Performance is Born ALL – VISIT THE EXHIBITS mirabai CLOSED Rehearsal College Student Conductor Rehearsal Reading Session 8: CH – Sacred General Reading Session 9: MS/JH Treble Workshop 12: HS – Reinforcing Musicianship through Contemporary A Cappella Workshop 13: Coll/Com – College Student Session: TCDA and Networking Workshop 14: ALL – Performing to IMPRESS vs SINGING to Inspire Elem Honor Choir Rehearsal Reading Session 10: EL – Unison/SA Workshop 15: MS/JH/HS – Conducting I Workshop 16: Coll/Com – Reasonable Romantic Repertoire for Voices and Instruments ALL – VISIT THE EXHIBITS mirabai Closed Rehearsal UIL PML Committee TMAC General Business Meeting mirabai PERFORMANCE TMEA State Board Training ALL – VISIT THE EXHIBITS College Student Conductor Rehearsal Worship Service

7:30 am – 10:00 am Registration/Hospitality Open 7:30 am – 6:00 pm Childcare Available (no meals provided) 8:00 am – 9:00 am Workshop 17: MS/JH/HS – Conducting II 8:00 am – 9:00 am Workshop 18: CH – Playing with Power, Passion, & Purpose and Serving in the Trenches Workshop 19: Coll/Com – seen and heard: meet the women of mirabai 8:00 am – 9:00 am 8:00 am – 9:00 am Workshop 20: EL – Classroom to Chorus: Vocal Development and Singing Games TMEA Audition Tabulation Training 8:00 am – 9:00 am 8:30 am – 11:30 am Elem Honor Choir Rehearsal 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Exhibits Open 9:00 am – 10:00 am ALL – VISIT THE EXHIBITS 9:00 am – 10:00 am Dallas Street Choir Closed Rehearsal 10:15 am – 12:15 pm TCDA Convocation & Dallas Street Choir Performance (attendees eligible for drawings) 12:15 pm – 1:00 pm ALL – VISIT THE EXHIBITS 12:15 pm – 1:15 pm College Student Conductor Dress Rehearsal Advanced JH/HS Training 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm Past Presidents Luncheon 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Workshop 21: MS/JH - Motivating the Middle School Singer: Some Assembly Required Workshop 22: CH – Bridging the Great Divide: Moving Toward Multigenerational Worship 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Workshop 23: Coll/Com – Peak Experience: A Triptychal Approach to Transformative Rehearsals Workshop 24: EL – Panel Discussion: Take Your Honor Choir to the Next Level 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm 1:15 pm – 3:15 pm Elem Honor Choir Closed Rehearsal 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm Reading Session 11: HS Treble 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm ALL – VISIT THE EXHIBITS Reading Session 12: MS/JH/HS – Advanced JH/HS 2:45 pm – 3:45 pm 3:15 pm – 4:15 pm Workshop 25: CH – The Aging Voice: Strategies for Success 3:30 pm – 4:00 pm Elem Honor Choir – students please take this time for pictures with family and teachers 3:45 pm – 4:45 pm TMEA High School Region Meetings 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm TMEA JH/MS Band, Choir, Orchestra Coordinators Meeting 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm Elem Honor Choir PERFORMANCE 7:30 am – 12:30 pm

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2018 TCDA Convention

Karen Andrews Jason Brown First United Methodist Coke Stevenson MS Church, Boerne TX San Antonio TX

Dianne Brumley Emeritus Univ TX at Brownsville TX

Edie Cooksey Madison HS San Antonio TX

Mary Cowart Reagan HS San Antonio TX

Jeremy Crozier Haltom HS Haltom City TX

Nathan Dame Burnett JH Wylie TX

Sheila Donahue (Retired) Killeen ISD Killeen TX

Shannon Duckett Deer Park JH Deer Park TX

Russell Farnell First Presbyterian Church, Arlington TX

Dr. Monte Garrett Weatherford HS Weatherford TX

Nora Henson SMU Meadows School of Arts, Dallas TX

Kara Kasberg Cedar Park MS Cedar Park TX

Courtney Patten Kerr MS Fort Worth TX

Pauline Sexton Robert Vela HS Edinburg TX

Dr. Kenny Sheppard Southwestern Univ Georgetown TX

Lindsey Spitsberg Lubbock HS Lubbock TX

Dr. Elisa Fraser Wilson Univ of TX El Paso El Paso TX

Jason Womack Cypress Woods HS Cypress TX

Dr. Alan Zabriskie Texas Tech University Lubbock TX


Jimmy Baas Arlington HS Arlington TX

Jeremy Bowen Grandbury ISD Granbury TX

Judy Boyter Private Instructor Spring TX

Jane Haas (Retired) San Antonio TX

Georgia Kornegay TAMU Commerce TX

Hanna Lee Texas Tech Univ Lubbock TX

Stacey Brandenberger Pam Elam Georgetown HS Central United Georgetown TX Methodist, Waco TX

Sandra Mattson Killeen HS Killeen TX

Dr. David Means UT Rio Grande Valley Edinburg TX

Keith Dixon Spring Woods HS Spring Branch TX

Karen Eychaner Univ of TX Permian Basin, Odessa TX

Sue Neff Kelly Pfaffenberger Andrew Steffen Hyde Park Schools Women’s Youth Chorus Richland HS Austin TX Dallas TX North Richland Hills TX

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Stefanie Stephens Cook MS Houston TX

Catherine Stevenson Coronado HS Lubbock TX

Debbie Talley DPISD Deer Park TX

Manahara Virasinha Piano Reflections Inc San Antonio TX

David Ward Keller ISD Dallas TX

Justin West Jennifer Zaccagni Northway Christian (Retired) Ronald Reagan HS, San Antonio TX Church, Dallas TX

Student Conductors

Jazmin Almendarez UT Arlington

Kelly Bird Lamar University

Garrett Dunaway Texas A&M-Commerce

Julia Durbin SMU

Carlos Flores UT Rio Grande Valley

Anissa Garcia Texas Tech Univ

Greg Goedecke Univ of Houston

Robin Harrison Houston Baptist Univ

Joseph Herron UT San Antonio

Oscar Lara Texas A&M-Kingsville

Grant Peterson Stephen F. Austin

Oliver Rodriguez Abilene Christian Univ

Gabrielle Sanchez Texas State Univ

Savannah Sepulveda Mary Hardin-Baylor


Brooke Grall Sloan Creek Int Fairview TX

Azalea Gonzalez Nakita Harris Texas Woman’s Univ West Texas A&M Univ

Nash Turbeville Univ of North Texas

Sarah Weaver Baylor Univ

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2018 Convention Offerings by Division Energize, Motivate and Keep Teaching Relevant! Elementary by Debra Johnson Hold on to your hats – it’s going to be a wild ride this year with relevant sessions for the seasoned choir director and the classroom music teacher in search of inspiration for both classroom and PTA programming! The amazing Ruth Dwyer is our featured clinician and conductor of the 2018 Elementary Honor Choir. Ruth will lead the choir through a variety of exciting music, and I promise this concert will be amazing and inspirational! Ruth will also share her knowledge through her session Harmony in Sequence: Sight-Reading Made Easy. Want to get your students up and moving? Be sure to attend Katherine Johns’ Building Community Through Folk Dance – great for starting off class or after-school choir in a fun way. Take Your Honor Choir to the Next Level features a panel discussion with esteemed directors Cecile Johnson, Cyndie Lowry and Lindy Perez, as they share tips, tricks, and advice to reach the next level of choral artistry. Follow the Yellow Brick Road to the Wonderful World of Technology with Michele Hobizal explores apps to help with assessment, student-centered activities, and a plethora of tech ideas for you and your students. Angela Leonhardt’s A Story, a Song, a Performance is Born will guide you through weaving together a performance ready show using children’s literature as a base. Think Orff Schulwerk is just instruments? Then attend Julie Scott’s workshop Choral Singing the Orff Schulwerk Way and learn four choral octavos using elements commonly used in the Orff Schulwerk approach beginning with melodic line, movement, and improvisation – and YES, there will be packets for early birds! Gain confidence in the classroom with singing games and a warm-up routine to train your future choir members in vowel shaping, breath control, and pitch matching with the dynamic Phyllis King leading Classroom to Chorus: Vocal Development and Singing Games. And enjoy exploring new repertoire as Sheila Donahue directs us in the Unison/SA/Holiday Reading Session. TCDA convention is a great place for shopping the exhibits, visiting with friends old and new, and finding inspiration for the new school year! Y’all come!

Middle School/Junior High by Christina Chapman This summer’s 2018 convention is not one you want to miss!! Clinicians Jocelyn Epley, Dorrie Seamans and Sarah Bayles will present a session highlight this year, entitled Tried and True: These are for You! Each clinician will take you through five of their favorite pieces for MS/JH and beginning HS, and you will leave with a list of over 115 choral favorites from these conductors. Sandy Hinkley will give you tips on Motivating the Middle School Singer, exploring topics about the developing voice, choosing functional repertoire, avoiding struggles in classroom management, and more. Are you a Google Classroom user? You have to use Google in your choral classroom, so now what? Hate grading papers? Tired of collecting hundreds of t-shirt order forms? Clinician’s coming, but you have the flu? Then you’ll want to hear What the Google? with Melissa Smith and Joe Nidever. Wanna know how to go From Zero to Hero as a super-star MS/JH teacher? Join Clinton Hardy (King of the Bow-tie) as he takes you on a journey to build and maintain your choral music program with social events, fundraising activities, mini-boot camps, choir officers and ways to connect to the entire campus. And don’t miss Conducting Workshops with Christopher Aspaas and Sandra Snow to sharpen your choral conducting skills, in these two separate sessions on technique! Last but not least, our reading session conductors will be Jason Brown, Nathan Dame, Shannon Duckett, Kara Kasberg, and Courtney Patten. See you in July!


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High School by Jason Dove We are looking forward to a great convention in 2018. The High School and Middle School Divisions are combining forces to offer sessions to reconnect us to the art of conducting. Dr. Sandra Snow, Michigan State University, and Dr. Chris Aspaas, Texas Christian University, will each offer a conducting session to hone members’ skills and enjoy the fellowship of singing together. Also, Nora Henson and Keith Dixon are teaming up this year and bringing their best game to our Tried and True Session. Need help with the ever-changing world of technology? We are offering a useful session for both MS/HS directors entitled What the Google? with Joe Nidever and Melissa Hall Smith. And don’t miss Wes Davis presenting Reinforcing Musicianship through Contemporary A cappella. Last but not least, in addition to these energizing and exciting opportunities, we are looking forward to our fantastic reading sessions (HS Treble; Tenor-Bass, Holiday/Seasonal, and Pop/Jazz are shared with JH/MS; and Advanced SATB is shared with College). There is something for everyone! See you at the 2018 convention.

College/Community by Carolyn Cruse The 2018 TCDA Conference will include engaging sessions and musical events for the College/ Community Division. Our Headlining Clinician is Dr. David Rayl, Director of Choral Activities at Michigan State University, leading two informative sessions: Gesture Matters: Communicative Conducting for More Effective Rehearsals and Better Performances, and Reasonable Romantic Repertoire for Voices and Instruments. Another highlight will be Dr. Cory Mastronardi Ganschow (Western Connecticut State University) presenting Peak Experience: A Triptychal Approach to Transformative Rehearsals. A convention tradition will feature student conductors from colleges/ universities across Texas, where the students will take the podium to conduct the Advanced Junior High/High School Reading Session. Coaches will include Dr. Dianne Brumley (Emerita, UT Rio Grande Valley) and Dr. Alan Zabriskie (Texas Tech University). Dr. Elisa Wilson (UT El Paso) will serve as the Conductor for the Advanced SATB Reading Session, a session combined with the HS Division that will include repertoire appropriate for advanced high school and collegiate-level ensembles. Accompanists include Karen Eychaner (UT Permian Basin) and Hanna Lee (Texas Tech University). We will have two Round Table Sessions—one specifically for our college/university student members; the second will feature a “Power Panel” of women conductors-teachers (members of mirabai) in a Q&A regarding contemporary issues encountering women in our profession. It is an honor to welcome mirabai and conductor/artistic director Dr. Sandra Snow as our featured invited ensemble during TCDA 2018. The concert will include repertoire from their debut album release, including works of contemporary American composers Abbie Betinis and Andrea Ramsey, rediscovered seventeenthcentury works by women composers, and David Brunner’s Ecstatic Songs. You will not want to miss this incredible opportunity during TCDA—Friday, July 27, 4:30 pm in the Hemisfair Ballroom!

Church by Dan Baker This summer’s headliner for the Church Division is composer/arranger, organist and pianist, Mary McDonald. Mary’s wealth of experience, compositional expertise, and energetic personality will be the backbone for multiple workshops and the annual Worship Service. We’ll pack in at Travis Park UMC where the “congregational choir” – that’s YOU, will worship together with a service including some of Mary’s most beloved anthems, all accompanied by the orchestra from San Antonio’s University United Methodist Church, with Mary McKay, Director of Traditional Worship & Music. UNT’s Dr. Allen Hightower will assist at the podium while Mary McDonald is at the keyboard. We are in for a glorious hour of worship together. Playing with Power, Passion, and Purpose and Serving in the Trenches tops the list of Mary McDonald’s sessions for directors, music ministers, and keyboardists. In addition, Todd Prickett will lead How to Choose Repertoire for the Church Choir: Three Secrets to Success, while panelists Todd Wilson, Dr. Robert Pendergraft and Mary McDonald will lead an open conversation on multigenerational worship issues, entitled Bridging the Great Divide. Finally, Dr. C. Blake Simpson, Department of Otolaryngology at the UT Health Science Center, and staff from the UTSA Voice Center, will lead The Aging Voice: Strategies for Success, with Nick Boltz, moderator. We continue to tweak the reading sessions for the Church Division to give you quality literature for the church year. Our conductors are Russell Farnell (Sacred Seasonal–Christmas/Easter rolled into one), Monte Garrett (Sacred General), and Karen Andrews (Sacred Children’s/Youth). They will be accompanied by Justin West, Georgia Kornegay, and Pam Elam.

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Thank You Exhibitors Plan to visit the Exhibit Hall with over 600 industry-related booths. The Exhibits will be open on Friday, 9:00 am – 6:00 pm and Saturday 9:00 am – 4:00 pm. Please thank our exhibitors for supporting TCDA. We could not exist without them! Abbott-Ipco/The Poinsettia People Academic Travel Services Adventure Percussion Alamo Music Center Algy Allen Organs Allied Powers LLC AMC Music, LLC American Band Accessories American Classic Tours & Music Festivals Antigua Winds Inc Antonio Strad Violin Arlington CVB Artistically Yours by Kim Hebert Atlantic Strings Violin Shop Backun Musical Services Band Shoppe BandDirectorsTalkShop.com Bates etc Travel Bob Rogers Travel Bocal Majority Double Reeds Branson on Stage Live Brent’s Uniform Factory Brightspark Events/Brightspark Travel BriLee Music Brittain Insurance Agency Brook Mays/H&H Music Buffet Crampon USA Buzzzmaster by David O’Neill Carl Fischer Music Cash Cow Fundraising, LLC CCIS Travel Century Resources Charms/Connexeo Cherrydale Farms Fundraising LLC Club’s Choice Fundraising Conn-Selmer Cormack Music Festivals and Tours Cousin’s Concert Attire D’Addario & Company, Inc. Dan Ryder Field Drills Dance Sophisticates Deanan Gourmet Popcorn DeMoulin Brothers & Company Dennis E. Meyer Music Director’s Assistant Director’s Choice Tour and Travel Director’s Showcase Int. Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede Dinner Attraction Dynamic Designs Eastman ECS Publishing Group Educational Enterprises Recording Company 28

Educational Travel Adventures Edwards Instrument Company Embassy Suites DFW South Fanbooks, LLC Feat Travel Festivals of Music/Music in the Parks Field & Floor FX Fine Arts Travel First Class Tours Fishburn Violin Shop FJH Music Company Inc. (The) Foundation for the Advancement of String Education Fox Products Corporation Fred J. Miller Inc Front Page Photography, LLC Fruhauf Uniforms Inc. Fundraising with Simply Sheets Gandy Ink Screen Printing and Embroidery Genesis Marketing Group Getzen Company Inc. GIA/Walton Music GL Custom Batons Gon Bops Graceland Attractions Grand Mesa Music Publishers Graphics Store Green Light Group Tours Gristmill River Restaurant & Bar Hal Leonard LLC Hampton Inn & Suites Farmers Branch Heritage Music Press Howard Core Company LLC Hunter Music Instrument, Inc. id Screen Print Innovative Percussion Inc Irving Convention & Visitors Bureau It’s A Hoot! Jarvis Industries Inc Java Joes Fundraising JOHANNUS Organs US Juguzzi/Fritz Chair Jupiter/Mapex/Majestic-KHS America JW Pepper & Son, Inc. Katy Violin Shop Kendor Music, Inc. KIS Jewelry Lisle Violin Shop Luck’s Music Library Luke McMillan Music Co. MakeMusic, Inc. Marching Show Concepts, Inc. Marching USA, LLC Maredy Fundraising, Inc

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Spurs Sports & Entertainment StageRight Corporation Stanbury Uniforms Inc. staySky Hotels & Resorts Straight A Tours and Travel Summit Tour and Travel Swicegood Music Co Tarpley Music Company, Inc Tatum Music Company, Inc. Tempo Press Texas Music Educators Association Texas Private School Music Educators Association The Gift Solution The Midwest Clinic The Starlite Theatre The Tuba Exchange Titanic Museum Attraction TMF Tours and Travel Tote Unlimited Tough Carts, Div of Uniform & Drum Carts Tour-Rific of Texas Track Family Fun Parks Troubadour Consultants, LLC Tuxedo Wholesaler Tyler Junior College Ultimate Drill Book Unique 4 U LLC/ DBA Rockin Feet Unique Travels & Tours, Inc United States Air Force Band of The West University of Our Lady of the Lake US Integrity Touring Co USA Fundraisers USBands Varsity Spirit Vater Percussion Inc. Veritas Instrument Rental Inc Wenger Corporation WGI Sport of the Arts Wingert-Jones Publications Winter Guard Tarps/Digital Performance Gear Winter Park Ski Music Festival Wm S. Haynes Co Woodwind and Brasswind World View Travel WorldStrides OnStage Yamaha Corporation of America You Name It! Personalized Keepsakes Zildjian

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West Texas Choral Workshop July 9-11 ✔ Repertoire ✔ Conducting ✔ Rehearsal Pedagogy, ✔ Voice ✔ $50.00 Registration Fee ✔ Continuing Education/Graduate Credit ✔ Housing Available ✔ All Singers Welcome

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The University of Texas of the Permian Basin is a part of the University of Texas System, one of the nation’s largest systems of higher education and has been recognized by U.S. News and World Report and Washington Monthly. The MUSIC PROGRAM at UT Permian Basin strives to offer advanced musicianship and artistry to the next generation of exceptional music educators. Our distinguished faculty attracts and trains the finest talent and resources for K-12 schools and professional music organizations. As a result, our scholars, educators, and performers offer lasting standards of excellence for the many we serve.

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Past Presidents of TCDA TCDA salutes its past presidents and thanks them for their devoted leadership and service.

Earl Tom Keel

Bev Henson

Jack Glover

James Ramsey



Carroll Barnes

Mike Johnstone



Cloys Webb

Karl Hickfang



Rosemary Heffley



Ken Fulton

Jim Shephard

Melva Sebesta



Jim Casey




Nick Boltz

Loyd Hawthorne

Glenda Casey

Bobbie Douglass



Debbie Helm–Daniel

Randy Talley

Marsha Carlisle

John Hemmenway

Donald Bailey

Michael O’Hern


Danny Detrick





Bob Horton




Amy Allibon




Jeff Rice



Jan Juneau


Billy Talley

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In Memoriam TCDA appreciates your submissions of deceased colleagues. Many of these individuals made significant contributions to the choral profession, and changed the lives of countless students. In an effort to acknowledge deceased TCDA members as well as non-members, we will provide a listing of every individual reported to us in this issue of Texas Sings! (the deceased acknowledged in a previous issue are not included in this listing). If the deceased was a TCDA member, a brief acknowledgement will be included; if not a TCDA member, the name/city/ employer/title/date of death will be noted. Please keep in mind that a donation to TCDA may be made in memory or in honor of the deceased through member registration, or at any time at tcda.net (Giving Opportunities). In addition, details to set up a TCDA Endowed Scholarship may be found on the website, or call Sharon Lutz, Executive Director, at 512-474-2801, for more information. TCDA scholarship funds provide a critical resource to assist future music educators with their career objectives, and is a wonderful way for a choral director’s legacy to live on in perpetuity.

Thank you for remembering these dedicated music educators: Robert Hyatt Albright, San Antonio TX. Choir Director North East ISD Bradley MS, Lee HS and Churchill HS; Director Fine Arts Southwest ISD and San Antonio ISD. DOD 3/19/2017. Paula A. Boylan, Fredericksburg TX. Choir Director Jefferson HS in San Antonio. DOD 10/19/2016. Danny S. Hart, Flower Mound TX. Choir Director MacArthur HS Irving, TX. DOD 1/7/2017. Grace Ladehoff, Amarillo TX. Choir Director at Ascension Academy and Western Plateau Elementary. DOD 4/2/2016. Aaron Barry Patterson, Texas City TX. Music teacher Houston, Pasadena, and Texas City ISD. DOD 3/28/2017. Harold Kendall “Bill” Rucker, Gatesville TX. Choir Director Copperas Cove ISD. DOD 7/30/2017. Dr. Robert Scott, Kingsville TX. Professor of Music, Texas A&M Kingsville. DOD 7/13/2015. Maria Magdelena Silva, Temple TX. Music Educator Belton ISD; taught Elementary Strings Wichita Falls School District. DOD 1/22/2016. Bobbie Noles Sumerlin, Sealy TX. Choir Director Cooper HS Abilene. DOD 3/2016. Mariana Larson Walker, Alvin TX. Alvin JH Choir Director. DOD 10/5/2016. Dr. David A. Wehr, Baltimore MD. Director of Music FUMC, Houston; Professor of Music and Director Choral Studies Houston Baptist University. DOD 5/9/2013.

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2018 TCDA General Business Meeting Minutes Thursday, February 15, 2018 • Grand Hyatt Texas Ballroom President Pam Elrod Huffman called the meeting to order at 5:33 pm. She referred members to the Spring issue of Texas Sings! for minutes of the previous meeting. The TCDA Mid-Year 2018 Financial Report will be printed in the TCDA convention guide, and the Third Quarter TCDA 2018 Financial Report will be included in the Fall issue of Texas Sings! Pam addressed unfinished business: • Nominees were presented for TCDA board positions: President-Elect, and College/Community, Church, and Elementary Vice President positions. Results will be announced at the Summer Convention. All voting is now online. Voting will open May 1 and remain open through the close of Convention registration. Pam highlighted upcoming offices for future board candidates. If interested in High School Division VP, MS/JH Division VP, or Secretary/Treasurer in the 2019 elections, members may submit their name to Jennifer Gallagher, the nominating committee chair. Pam presented SWACDA details: • The event dates are March 7-10 in Oklahoma City, OK. Pam cited the number of TCDA members presenting or presiding over interest sessions during the conference this year, and noted that ten Texas choirs are performing. She extended thanks to Stan McGill, SWACDA Site Chair. Pam shared highlights of the upcoming 63rd TCDA Convention: • Convention dates are July 26-28 in San Antonio (Thursday thru Saturday) with sessions held until the closing of the Honor Choir Concert. • Our fabulous Elementary Honor Choir will be under the direction of the amazing Ruth Dwyer. Audition information is on the TCDA website. • Don’t miss a performance by mirabai, an extraordinary new professional women’s ensemble under the direction of Dr. Sandra Snow. • A Worship Service on Friday, the 27th will be held at Travis Park UMC, and will feature Mary McDonald, the Church Division headliner. The entire congregation will be the choir this year. • This year’s “Sing-In” piece will be Gabriel Faure’s Requiem with conductor Dr. Kenny Sheppard. • Dr. David Rayl from Michigan State University will be the College/Community Headliner. Dr. Rayl will present two sessions entitled “Reasonable Romantic Repertoire for Voices and Instruments” and “Gesture Matters: Communicative Conducting for More Effective Rehearsals and Better Performances.” • Tesfa Wondemagegnehu, Headliner, will lead a session entitled “Performing to IMPRESS vs. SINGING to Inspire” open to all divisions. Tesfa will also be our Convocation speaker on Saturday, July 28 (following the business meeting). His theme will focus on “drawing the circle wider” and feature a cameo appearance by the Dallas Street Choir. • New music reading sessions will be streamlined this year with 11 new music reading sessions and two Tried and True sessions. • Interest sessions are going to be filled with great ideas and inspiration, including a 2-part conducting track with Dr. Sandra Snow and Dr. Christopher Aspaas. • Our Fun Run and Golf Tournament will both be held on Thursday, July 26.


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• Survey Results. Pam thanked those who completed the survey which was on the TCDA Facebook page and sent to TMEA Region chairs. Four names were selected and announced: Amanda Vanzandt and Ashley Tillerson are winners of a free TCDA membership; Grace Tucker and Vanessa Crixell are winners of a free TCDA Convention fee. Contact Sharon Lutz via the TCDA website to collect prizes. • High School Student Leadership Day will not be held during convention this year. Multiple workshops will occur throughout the state this year. Check the website for details. • New Teacher Academy will be held Thursday, July 26th in conjunction with TBA and TODA. Those new to the profession are encouraged to sign up for this all-day workshop of useful information from inspiring leaders.

Committee Chairs Thanks to the TCDA 2018 Committee Chairs: HOSPITALITY COMMITTEE Alyssa Guerra, Co-Chair Heather Sharp, Co-Chair Bo Shirah, Co-Chair

• Scholarships are available for college students and choral directors. Application deadline is March 31. All information is on the website.

NOMINATING COMMITTEE Jennifer Gallagher, Chair

• TCDA Awards. Pam encouraged members to visit the TCDA website to nominate colleagues for the Choral Excellence Award and the Young Director of Distinction Award. Deadline for nominations is April 15.


• Membership & Convention Registrants for 2018 were thanked. Online pre-registration for the convention will continue until July 1. Pam encouraged everyone to renew membership and register for Convention before arriving in San Antonio. • Mentor a Colleague? Consider becoming a mentor for a colleague new to the organization. If interested, click the box on the registration form. TCDA will follow up. • TCDA Resources Page is now available with information on programming, curriculum development, lesson planning templates and more. • Outside Workshop Offering with Joshua Habermann (conductor of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra Chorus and Artistic Director of the Santa Fe Desert Chorale) will be held Saturday, April 28, from 1-5 pm at Lake Highlands High School in Dallas. Featuring a discussion on programming multicultural music and a reading session of music from Asia, Polynesia, and the Pacific Rim, Joshua will also discuss performance practice of Latin American music, with practical tips on how to perform this music with singers of any background. Members can register on the TCDA website. Pam thanked Derrick Brookins and the meeting adjourned at 5:48 pm.

WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE Mary Jane Phillips, Chair LOGISTICS COMMITTEE Will Chandler, Chair Interested in Board service, committee service, or want to volunteer at convention? Contact Sharon Lutz at Sharon@tcda.net or call 512-474-2801.

TCDA Future Convention Dates JULY 25-27, 2019 JULY 23-25, 2020

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Texas Choral Directors Association Membership & Convention Registration Form 2018

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News You Can Use Pre-register for convention by July 1. Save $20. Fun Run Thursday 7:00 am. Sponsored by TBA. On-site registration for members/guests. Golf Tournament Thursday at Republic Golf Club. Register on-line. First-year teachers joining TCDA receive 50% convention discount No door prize boxes in Exhibit Hall this year! Draw for great prizes at Business Meeting. Handy TCDA program guide returns this year. Sessions start EARLIER this year, on Thursday the 26th at NOON! NO High School Leadership Day at convention this year! Check www.tcda.net for other locations in Texas for HS Student Leadership Day. Schedule builds in dedicated time in Exhibit Hall. Please visit our exhibitors!

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