Monday, February 20, 2017

Luncheon Tickets Now on Sale!


If you are heading to Wichita for the KMEA In-Service Workshop this week, we hope you'll join us for the KCDA Luncheon. Take advantage of this opportunity to network, socialize, and get the scoop on our 2017 Summer Convention.

The Luncheon will be held at the Drury on Friday, February 25, at 11:45.  Tickets are $12 if purchased before February 24, and $13 if purchased on-site at KMEA. Please save your email confirmation or print out your ticket to show at the door.

You can check out all of the details and purchase your ticket by clicking here.

Tiffani Thompson
KCDA Webmaster

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Estill Voice Training Courses - Southwestern College

Please see the following message from Dr. Brian Winnie about the opportunity for Estill Voice Training Courses at Southwestern College.
Have a great day!
Tiffani Thompson
KCDA Webmaster
Southwestern College is proud to offer Estill Voice Training Courses; Level 1: Figures for Voice Control and Level 2: Figure Combinations for Six Voice Qualities held in Winfield, KS this coming March 19 – 23, 2017. We are honored and privileged to have Dr. Kim Steinhauer, President of Estill Voice International, coming to teach the courses during these five days. She is a world-renown voice pedagogue, researcher, scholar, and teacher and a highly sought after clinician and presenter on the Estill model. Dr. Steinhauer was one of Jo Estill’s close colleagues during her breakthrough research.
The Estill Voice Model is comprised of three operating principles:
Craft is learning how to control the various structural components of the voice.  Each structure contributes to sound and feeling of the voice. Control of these structures leads to unlimited options for changing – or maintaining – voice quality, without vocal strain. Craft is the foundation.
Artistry requires knowledge and demonstration of the stylistic elements of a performance practice. Artistry gives you the know-how to make your performance vision a reality. Commonly this principle applies to dramatic and musical endeavors, but there is also “artistry” in effective communication in a lecture, sales presentation, or customer service call.
Magic encompasses the indescribable experience of becoming one with your audience. Magical performances are breath-taking, goose-bump-raising, transformational experiences for both vocalist and audience. But these magic moments can be rare, unpredictable, and fleeting. Having a strong foundation of Craft and Artistry improves your chances of experiencing performance magic, finding that “zone” more frequently.
Benefits of Estill Voice Training™
  • Replaces mystery with knowledge
  • Reduces performance anxiety
  • Promotes confidence
  • Empowers students to make choices
  • Provides vocal variety
  • Leaves nothing to chance
  • Leads to a balance of vocal health and aesthetic freedom
What does this mean for your students?
It means you can transform your teaching into a model that has scientific validity. No longer is the voice shrouded in mystery. This workshop will give you the tools, software, exercises, and understanding of how to teach a wide variety of vocal qualities. This is especially important when teaching songs that are stylistically varied, and will encourage your singers to develop their entire instrument in a vocally healthy way. We look forward to having you with us!
You can register online through February 10th at:
Dr. Brian J. Winnie
Dr. Brian J. Winnie
Director of Choral Activities & Voice
Darbeth Bldg. Studio 4
Southwestern College
100 College St.
Winfield, KS 67156
Office:(620) 229-6302 | Cell: (747) 777-6120

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Ad Astra Music Festival Survey


Please see the following message from the Artistic Directors of the Ad Astra Music Festival and consider completing the survey linked below.

Hope you are all staying safe and warm in the ice storm!

Tiffani Thompson
KCDA Webmaster


Happy New Year from Russell!

We are working on an initiative for music teachers in western and central Kansas (though ALL are completely welcome) and would deeply value your feedback. First, if you don’t know us, the Ad Astra Music Festival is a summer music festival based in Russell that produces twelve concerts over three weekends each July. We want to involve you and other music teachers who teach part-time or full-time vocal music in central and western Kansas by inviting you to take part in the 2017 festival.

The festival has gained stability over the last three years producing professional, community, and educational music programs. With our resources, it only makes sense for us to host a place where the music education community can share ideas and address challenges unique to our area, securing a professional support system for each other. But in order to do this, we need your help. We want to know how to best include you, on your terms, in ways that are meaningful and helpful to you.

Would you take a few minutes of your time to complete the survey at the link below?

We’ll take a look at the results and reach out to you soon. If you have any questions or want to get in touch with us, feel free to do so at your convenience by email ( or give Alex a call (785.324.1410). We enjoy talking about music education in rural Kansas and how together, we can strengthen the positive impact we make on the lives of young musicians.
-John Irving and Alex Underwood
Artistic Directors
Ad Astra Music Festival

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

WCC Christmas Concert Press Release


Please see the following announcement concerning the Wichita Chamber Chorale Christmas Concert.

Have a wonderful day!


WCC Introduces 39th Concert Season with Christmas Concert “Sounding Joy”
WICHITA – Wichita Chamber Chorale (WCC) opens its 39th concert season in Wichita with its classic “Sounding Joy” Christmas Concert. This auditioned, semi-professional choir annually performs two major concerts. Each concert features the highest level of musicianship with literature spanning the entire breadth of the choral repertoire.
The theme for the Sounding Joy Christmas concert this year is “Simple Gifts”. Music over the centuries has celebrated the gift of the incarnation and the imitation that it inspires in humanity, regardless of nation or creed.  Sounding Joy will be built around one of Bach’s signature motets, and miniature gems of the high Baroque, “Jesu, meine Freude” (“Jesus, Priceless Treasure”). An array of traditional and contemporary selections evoking the notion of giving round out the program, including Alfred Houkom’s stunning “The Rune of Hospitality,” and the Midwest premiere of Canadian composer Robert Teehan’s, “O Nata Lux.”
The Wichita Chamber Chorale is the premier choral ensemble in the Wichita area. Dr. Mark Bartel is the Artistic Director and Conductor. He is also the Director of Choral Music at Friends University and Conductor of the Singing Quakers.
Performances of the Sounding Joy Christmas Concert are Saturday, December 10, 7:30pm at East Heights United Methodist Church, 4407 E Douglas Ave, and Sunday, December 11, 2016, 3:00pm at Plymouth Congregational Church, 202 S. Clifton.
Tickets are available online at, Senseney Music 2300 E. Lincoln, Wichita, by calling 316-737-7798, or may be purchased at the door.
Cost: $20 for adults, $15 for seniors and $5 for students. High School students are free.

WCC was formed in 1978 by graduates of Friends University who had been members of the Singing Quakers.  The mission of this non-profit chorale of approximately 30 singers is to champion significant choral music and perform it at the highest standards, contribute to the quality of the cultural life of Wichita and the State of Kansas, and foster music education in our communities. To learn more about WCC and upcoming concerts, visit WCC at

Monday, October 3, 2016

DEADLINE TODAY: Treble Honor Choir Auditions Close at Midnight


Please see the below message from Treble Honor Choir Chair Josh Wildin.  Today is the final day to submit students for the Treble Honor Choir.

Hope you are having a FANTASTIC Monday!

Tiffani Thompson
KCDA Webmaster


Hello everyone,
                Tonight Tonight….(thank you Kelly for the idea J) Tonight is the night.  At midnight tonight the system will lock all auditions out from being uploaded.  An invoice will be generated for you from the system tomorrow.  All deadlines have been synched with the KMEA ML Choir deadlines so that no one is confused.   Payment to Steve Miller is expected to be postmarked by the 24th of October. 
Jenni and I will be asking everyone to help with the judging process.  If you accept, you will have 3 weeks to listen to the recordings and judge them.  This is adequate time to complete this process.  We are all busy and I don’t want this to take forever so the more people that help the better. 
You will receive an invitation from the system.  You will need to accept and create a judges account.  If you can’t help with this process we understand, but please…if you do accept make sure you get the judging done.  The rubric for our event can be found in the system. 
I hope you have all enjoyed the change to this system.  For myself as a director and as the chair it has been fabulous. 
Good luck to all of your kids!
Josh Wildin

Friday, September 16, 2016

National Worship Leader Conference - Discounted Rate!


Please see the following message from Suzie Stablein about the National Worship Leader Conference in October.  Consider taking advantage of the great discount!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Tiffani N. Thompson
KCDA Webmaster


Dear Kansas Choral Directors Association Member,
We are just a little over a month until the National Worship Leader Conference – Kansas in Lenexa (Kansas City area).  We have a special 20% discount rate just for KCDA members who are on staff at their church.  That rate is good for your whole team!  Volunteer team members can come at the mentoree rate of $199 (no additional discount on mentoree or student rates). PLUS you can bring your senior pastor for free – just email us after you register with their name and email address and we will add them to your group for free.
We’re excited about going to Westside Family Church in Lenexa, KS (Kansas City area) October 5 & 6.  Our speakers and worship leaders include:  David Nasser, Zac Hicks, Laura Story, Paul Baloche, William McDowell, Tommy Walker, Todd Dulaney, Ben Cantelon, and Brothers McClurg plus more!   We have changed from 3 days to 2 to help save you with taking time off work and with travel costs – but you still will get 8 workshops to attend live PLUS get all the recorded ones afterwards (still over 70 to choose from!). And this year you can bring those traveling with you to the nights of worship for FREE!
Our theme this year is “Teach Us to Pray” and we talk about the worship leader as prayer leader.  As our publisher, Chuck Fromm has shared the following quote in the past – “He who sings, prays twice” – it gives your job a new take, as a leader of sung prayer.
We’re being very intentional this year with our sessions.  You will find a fresh approach to the classic order of worship.  Each of the diverse voices and styles at the NWLC will come together under the classic order of worship: Gathering, The Word, The Table, and Sending Out. In order to both model and lead biblical worship that is inspired by the vast spectrum of God’s glory, every artist and teacher at NWLC is invested in the liturgy of the entire event. Robert Webber wrote on this topic extensively. In a short article in the September ’06 issue of Worship Leader magazine, we can catch a glimpse of this powerful way of thinking and part of the inspiration for designing the National Worship Leader Conference liturgy.
The National Worship Leader Conference is designed to take you away from the distractions and place you in a house of worship with others like you to learn, refresh and breathe in the presence of our Heavenly Father. Musicians, pastors, worship team members, and multimedia artists gather to find inspiration and renewal. When this happens, we believe your passion will flow forth with a powerful impact on your entire worship community. This is not merely a battery re-charge, this is a time to restore and rediscover your life’s passion and calling.
To get the special 20% off have you can register online at using the following code (KCDA20)

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Treble Honor Choir Submissions Now Open!


The link to submit Treble Honor Choir auditions is now live!!

Quick directions:

  • Login or create/setup an account
  • Click "Activate New Audition" from the "Auditions" Menu at the top of the page
  • Use the event tag: GWN5XM8
  • Add students to your roster from the "Students" menu at the top of the page
  • Assign students to audition from the "Entires" menu at the top of the page
  • VOILA! Upload auditions!
  • Mail audition fee check to KCDA Treasurer Steve Miller:
    • Steve Miller
      12721 NW 60th St.
      Halstead, KS 67056
  • Auditions and registration forms (all online) are due by 11:59pm, Oct. 3, 2016
  • Checks must be postmarked (to Steve) by Oct. 24, 2016
  • The KCDA Statewide Treble Honor Choir performs as part of the KMEA In-Service Workshop and is open to all students grades 5-9 with unchanged voices.
  • Dr. Patrick Freer is the clinician for 2017.
  • Audition materials and specifications can be found at
  • Students may not audition for both the Treble Honor Choir AND the KMEA Middle Level Honor Choir

Please let us know if you have questions or any issues. Have a wonderful day!

Tiffani Thompson
KCDA Webmaster