Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Brahms Requiem Performance

Please see the following announcement from Dr. Julie Yu concerning the Kansas State University performance of the Brahms' Requiem at the Kauffman Center on May 3.

Have a great day!

Tiffani N. Thompson
KCDA Webmaster


The Kansas State University Grand Chorus will present Johnannes Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem in the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday, May 3, 2014 at 8pm.  In addition, KSU alumna Jan Kraybill, Conservator of the Julia Irene Kauffman Casavant organ at the Kauffman Center, will be featured in a solo performance.  

Tickets for the event can be purchased at https://tickets.kauffmancenter.org/single/SYOS.aspx?p=7360.  Proceeds provide scholarships and performance opportunities for Kansas State University students. 

Dr. Julie Yu
Associate Professor of Music
Co-Director of Choral Studies
School of Music, Theatre and Dance
Kansas State University
228 McCain Auditorium
Manhattan, KS 66506
Office: (785) 532-3815
Fax: (785) 532-6899

Monday, April 28, 2014

PML and Awards

Just a reminder that the State Large Group Required Music List is being updated this summer.  Any pieces you wish to submit for consideration are due this Thursday, May 1.  Titles and a copy of the score should be sent to Scott Hay (Haven HS).  
More info here: http://www.kshsaa.org/Public/Music/FestivalManager.cfm

Also due on Thursday are nominations for both KCDA Awards.  Find out more about each of these and access the nomination form by clicking the links below:

Finally, congrats to everyone who performed at State Solo and Small Ensemble Festival on Saturday!

Tiffani N. Thompson
KCDA Webmaster

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Job Opportunity

Please see the following announcement concerning a job opportunity in Wichita.  All inquiries should be directed to Cindy Thompson, at a440cct@fastmail.fm

Have a great day!

Tiffani N. Thompson
KCDA Webmaster


Lorraine Avenue Mennonite Church in Wichita is seeking a part-time choir director.  The primary responsibility will be directing the Chancel Choir during the choir season which runs from September through May.  
Please contact Cindy Thompson for more information:  a440cct@fastmail.fm

Wednesday, April 23, 2014


Congratulations to Dustin Cates, KCDA President-Elect, who has been chosen as the new Artistic Director of the Heartland Men's Chorus!  Dustin guest-conducted the ensemble this past spring for their performance I Am Harvey Milk, and currently serves as Director of Choral Activities at Olathe East High School.

Read the full announcement here: http://hmckc.org/announcement/

Congrats, Dustin!

Tiffani N. Thompson
KCDA Webmaster

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Upcoming Deadlines

Good Afternoon, KCDA!

Here are a few reminders as we head into the end of the school year:

Directors who have students participating in the 2014 KCDA All-State Women's Choir: registration fees and forms are due to Amy Brown by this Friday, April 25. Forms and mailing information can be found on the KCDA website under All-State Women's Choir.

Nominations for the Harry Robert Wilson and Prelude (Young Director) Awards are due May 1st.  Criteria for each of these awards and links to submit nominations can be accessed on the KCDA website, or by clicking here: 
Harry Robert Wilson Award; Prelude Award

Finally, we hope you're all planning to head to Topeka this July for our Summer Convention, InCHOIRing Minds, which features headliners Dr. Tim Seelig and Laura Farnell, as well as performances by the KCDA All-State Women's Choir and ARISE.  Additional details and registration information are available on the Summer Convention page of the KCDA Website.  Save by registering before June 1.

Happy thoughts to those who have students participating in State Solo and Small Ensemble Contest this weekend!

Tiffani N. Thompson
KCDA Webmaster

Monday, April 21, 2014

WSU Concert

Please see the following message from Dr. Tom Wine, Director of Choral Activities at 
Wichita State University, concerning a concert this Thursday evening.

Have a great week!

Tiffani N. Thompson
KCDA Webmaster


About the Concert
Join the WSU Women's Glee Club and Madrigal Singers for their final concert of the academic year!
Women's Glee Club presents a wide variety of music about the trials and tribulations of love, beginning wtih A. P. Carter's "When I'm Gone," popularized by the recent movie, Pitch Perfect.  The concert continues with three movements from Johannes Brahms' Liebeslieder Walzer and an arrangement of Bizet's Ouvre ton Coeur.  Rounding out the performance are David Child's setting of I Am Not Yours and Susan Borwick's gospel-flavored Ain't I a Woman.
In the Madrigal Singers' program, entitled "Imitation is the Sincerest Form of Flattery," the singers use their voices to create animal sounds, mimic orchestral instruments, and present images of motion.  Using the music of Eric Whitacre, the ensemble presents a series of images in Animal Crackers.  French composer Janequin wrote a delightful madrigal using nonsense syllables to create sounds of birds in the charming Chant des Oyseaux.  After songs about spinning wheels and music teachers, the concert closes with a collection of British folk songs accompanied by vocal instrumental sounds in The Humpty Dumpty Medley. 
Event Snapshot
  • Madrigals & Women's Glee Club Spring Concert
  • April 24, 2014, 7:30pm
  • Wiedemann Concert Hall
  • Adults $7, Students $3, WSU students free with ID

For more information or to buy tickets for the performance, please visit:

Wednesday, April 16, 2014


Please disregard the last CONGRATS! Update...it was intended for the Olathe East Choirs blog.  But--congrats to everyone who went to State Large Emsemble today or those who go after it tomorrow!


Monday, April 14, 2014


Please keep Marsha Moeller, Choral Director at Blue Valley High School, in your prayers after the loss of her student, Reat Underwood. Our thoughts are with all of those touched by the tragedy at the Jewish Community Center yesterday.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

All-State Women's Choir Results

The results for the 2014 KCDA All-State Women's Choir are now available online.  Thanks to all who had students audition, and congratulations to those who were selected to perform!  These 74 women, representing 21 schools, will perform as part of the annual KCDA summer convention in Topeka on Friday evening, July 11, 2014.  More information, as well as the full roster, can be viewed by clicking here.

Teachers of performers: forms and registration fees are due to Amy Brown no later than Friday, April 25. These are being mailed to you and are also available for download from www.kansaschoral.com.

Finally, a huge thank you to Women's Choir Chairs Amy Brown and Lisa Cookson for all of their hard work coordinating this project so far.  Thanks, Amy and Lisa!

Have a great afternoon!

Tiffani N. Thompson
KCDA Webmaster