Tuesday, July 5, 2016

KCDA Has Gone Mobile!

2016 KCDA Summer Convention: Kansas Sings!has gone mobile!

We're excited to announce we have a brand new mobile guide for you to use on Guidebook! Get the guide to access the most up-to-date information about our event, including schedules, maps, and much more.
Android and iOS users:
  1. Tap the "Download" button to download the free Guidebook app
  2. Open Guidebook and you can find our "2016 KCDA Summer Convention: Kansas Sings!" guide
See you in Topeka!

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Accompanist Openings

KCDA,
The following schools have accompanist openings for the 2016-2017 school year.  Please read the below messages from their directors and share with those who may be looking or interested.

Thanks!
Tiffani

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Topeka West High School has an opening for an accompanist for the 2016-2017 school year. For more information or to apply, please email Joshua East, choir director, at Jeast@tps501.org.

Bonner Springs HS is seeking an accompanist for their choral program. Please contact Brian J. White, director, with questions and apply by clicking here: https://www.applitrack.com/bonnersprings/onlineapp/_application.aspx?posJobCodes=631&posFirstChoice=Instructional+Classified&posSpecialty=Accompanist

Summer Convention Headliner Sessions


The 2016 Summer Convention Kansas Sings begins ONE WEEK from tomorrow! 
If you haven't registered yet, it's not too late! Click here to register today.
For more information, to book your hotel, or renew your ACDA membership, please visit www.kansaschoral.com.

CONVENTION HEADLINER SESSIONS
Dr. Kevin Fenton (Florida State University)
Sessions 1 and 2:  Conductor and Choir: Creating a Collective Story
This session will describe an approach to the rehearsal process that emphasizes the creation of a collective story related to music being prepared specifically and related to the identity of the group internally and externally.  Those in attendance will work as members of the choir to develop behaviors of a story teller, and a sense of purpose as a choral ensemble. The first session will focus on teaching techniques for expression (Storytelling) and the second session will focus on facilitating the collective story through gesture.

Dr. Ysaye Barnwell (Composer, Conductor, and Founder Sweet Honey in the Rock)
Session 1: AN AFRICAN WORLD VIEW OF MUSIC.
  This session will explore an African world view of music as an introduction to oral/aural tradition in music
Session 2: LEARNING AND SINGING IN AN ORAL/AURAL TRADITION.
This session will focus on rhythms, chant, spirituals, and other musical forms that will be taught and learned in oral/aural tradition.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Choral Director Opening: El Dorado Public Schools

KCDA,

USD 490 (El Dorado Public Schools) is seeking a Choral Director, grades 6-12, to begin in the 2016-2017 school year.  The position includes three High School Choirs, three Middle School Choirs, and assisting with the 5th and 6th Grade Elementary choir once per week.   El Dorado is a 1/1 iPad/MacBook district and will be building a new auditorium in a few years.

For more information, or to apply, please click here.

Have a wonderful day!


Tiffani N. Thompson
KCDA Webmaster

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Accompanist Opening: Eudora Schools

KCDA,

The Eudora School District is seeking a full-time accompanist.  Please see the below message from Ashley Ramirez, Director of Choral Activities at Eudora High School and Middle School, for more information. Or visit  https://eudora.schoolrecruiter.net/ to apply.

Tiffani
KCDA Webmaster
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Are you passionate about education? Do you enjoy adolescent humans? Are you a skilled and experienced piano accompanist and pianist? Well, keep reading if that is you (or you know someone that might fit this description)!! The Eudora Schools in Eudora, Kansas (7 miles east of Lawrence) are currently in search of a new full-time vocal music accompanist/choral assistant. If you know of an individual who might be interested, please pass on this information, or if you are personally interested in this fabulous (in my biased opinion) position, please contact me at your convenience. The main goal of this position is to assist the vocal music instructor in creating a positive learning environment for students. General requirements for hire include: i) High School Diploma or Certificate, ii) Experience and Skill as an Accompanist and Pianist.
Daily rehearsal/classroom activities include, but are not limited to: accompanying middle school and high school choirs and students; assisting in creating a positive learning environment for students; appropriately operating all equipment and musical instruments as required; supporting the value of education.
Physical requirements and environmental conditions include, but are not limited to: prolonged sitting or standing; occasionally requires physical exertion to manually move, lift, carry, pull, or push heavy objects or materials; occasionally requires stooping, bending, and reaching; requires travel for festivals and events; must work in noisy and crowded environments, requires additional time outside of the school day (before school, after school, and evenings).
General Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: assisting in the instruction and supervision of students in class, at rehearsals, and at performances; accompanying the choir during rehearsals and performances; tutoring students as directed in sectional rehearsals, individual sessions, and small group sessions; preparing instructional materials and supplies; supporting and accompanying elementary school choirs as needed for programs and events; supporting and accompany middle school and high school bands as needed for concerts, festivals, and events; assisting vocal music instructor with organization of choral music library and classroom materials; assisting vocal music instructor with preparation for events and activities; assisting in the maintenance and inventory of equipment and supplies; performing with students at concerts, festivals and community performances; assisting and accompany the fall musical and spring variety show; offering opinions when requested regarding musical style and interpretation; assisting substitute instructors in the absence of vocal music instructor; working effectively with students, teachers, parents, community agencies, and other groups; assisting with supervision to ensure that students observe district policies during all activities; keeping abreast of new information, innovative ideas and techniques; adhering to all district health and safety policies; performing other duties as assigned by the vocal music instructor or administrative staff.
For further discussion or questions, please contact Ashley Ramirez, Director of Choral Activities for Eudora Schools, at (785) 691-5108, ashleyramirez@eudoraschools.org, or feel free to send a private Facebook message to Ashley Kathleen Ramirez.
If you choose to apply, please complete an electronic application at the following link: https://eudora.schoolrecruiter.net/ In addition to the application, please include your resume and a cover letter.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Hotel Convention Rate Expires Tonight!



Are you headed to Topeka for the Summer Convention? Book your room at the Topeka Capitol Plaza Hotel TODAY to receive the discounted room rate of $86.  The offer expires at midnight!

Haven't registered for the convention yet?  It's not too late! Visit the website for more information, to register, book your hotel, or renew your ACDA membership.

Have a great day!

Tiffani N. Thompson
KCDA Webmaster 

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Andover Public Schools: 7-12 Vocal Music Opening

KCDA,

Please see the following message from Bob Schofer about a 7-12 Vocal Music opening in Andover.

Have a great day!
Tiffani N. Thompson

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Andover Public Schools is seeking a High School/Middle School Vocal Music Instructor, grades 7-12, for the 2016-2017 school year. You work with an amazing accompanist who is with you all day, almost everyday!!  Apply today at usd385.org, the job is going to be filled quickly.