Tuesday, June 18, 2013

KU Summer Workshop

See the message below regarding a free learning opportunity for KCDA members at KU!

Dustin Cates
KCDA Webmaster

MEMT 791:  Contemporary Topics in Choral Pedagogy Summer 2013

Monday, June 24 – Tuesday, June 25

Murphy Hall 575


Featured Guest ProfessorsDr. Tim Sharp, Executive Directorof the American Choral Directors Association, and Dr. Charles Robinson, UMKC






SESSION ONE (9:00 – 11:50 a.m.)


What, How, Whom and Why: The many important choices wemake as choral music educators

Dr. Charles Robinson, University of Missouri-Kansas City


This session will focus on topics in choral pedagogy including:

Choosing the right piece for the right group at the right time
Teaching musical mastery and guiding personal growth in the context of time
Finding the right place for every person to contribute and benefit in music
What is really important and why are we here in the first place?



SESSION TWO (1: 15 - 3:50 p.m.)


Where We Came From and Where We are Going

Dr. Tim Sharp, Executive Director American Choral Directors Association


This session introduces the culture of amateur choral music making in the US, and explores a singer's use of serious leisure time in the pursuit of the choral art.



SESSION THREE (6: 15 - 8:50 p.m.)


Mentoring in Ensemble Arts: Helping Others Find their Voice

Dr. Tim Sharp, Executive Director American Choral Directors Association


This session explores what a singer is looking for in a choral director, along with the musical and extra-musical desires of the choral performer.






SESSION FOUR (9:15 - 11:50 a.m.)


Collaboration in the Ensemble Arts: Working and Playing Well with Others

Dr. Tim Sharp, Executive Director American Choral Directors Association


This session investigates the need for arts collaboration toward achieving an organization's goals and objectives.



SESSION FIVE (1:15 - 3: 50 p.m.)


Tried and True Choral Literature Reading Session

Dr. Dwayne Dunn, Lawrence High School

Melissa Grady, KU Ph.D. Student



Tim Sharp is Executive Director of the American Choral Directors Association. Dr. Sharp pursues an aggressive agenda of progressive initiatives to keep ACDA energized and relevant in the 21st century, inspiring ACDA’smembership to excellence in choral music performance, education, composition, and advocacy. Before coming to ACDA, Sharp was Dean of Fine Arts at Rhodes College, Memphis, where he conducted the Rhodes Singers andMasterSingers Chorale. Earlier, he was Director of Choral Activities at Belmont University where he conducted the Belmont Chorale and Oratorio Chorus.


Sharp’s publications include Mentoring in the Ensemble ArtsPrecision ConductingUp Front! Becoming the Complete Choral ConductorAchieving Choral Blend and BalanceMemphis Music Before the BluesNashville Music Before CountryJubilate! Amen!, Collaborative Creativity, and a variety of articles, essays, and CD liner notes. His most recent publication is the historical-critical edition Johannes Herbst: Hymns to be Sung at the Pianoforte. Published compositions and arrangements include his own choral series through Gentry Publications, and A High Lonesome Bluegrass Mass, in which he regularly performs as a guest banjo player.


Charles Robinson conducts the Conservatory Concert Choir at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and teaches a variety of courses in choral music and music education at both graduate and undergraduate levels. He earned bachelor's and doctoral degrees in choral music education from Florida State University and the master's degree from California State University, Long Beach. Dr. Robinson is an active conductor/clinician for honor choruses throughout the United States, and is often invited to provide workshops for music educators. Robinson's music research has focused on choral performance evaluation, music preference, and choral conducting.


Dwayne Dunn is Director of Choral Activities at Lawrence High School and recipient of the 2011 Outstanding Music Educator Award presented by the Kansas Music Educators Association.


Melissa Grady is a Ph.D. student in choral pedagogy at the University of Kansas and formerly Director of Choral Activities at Derby High School.


Vocal music educators and KU students may audit any or all of these sessions free of charge.  If you plan to audit,please email Dr. Jim Daugherty (jdaugher@ku.edu) so that we can have sufficient handouts and materials on hand.  Graduatecredit (1-2 hours) is available; if interested in graduate credit email Dr. Daugherty for details on Easy Admit            prior to Thursday, June 20.  

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