Developing Choirs: Laying the Foundation


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Developing Choirs:
Laying the Foundation

June 8–July 31, 2020

The term “developing choir” is broadly aimed at grades 4-9 but can be any age or grade where singers are learning to harmonize and follow choral music. Laying a solid foundation for such a group is paramount to bridging the chasm between elementary school singing and a high school choir.

In developing choirs, we must teach students to:

Sing on pitch;
Be musically literate; and
Grow into their adult voice

During this course, we will explore each of these categories and discover ways to incorporate techniques and rehearsal ideas into our everyday routine, laying the foundation for strong choral performance.

Instructor: Cathy DeLanoy

DeLanoy,_Cathy_headshot_2020Catherine DeLanoy (MMEd '97) is a musician currently living in the suburbs of Chicago. She has taught music at every grade level in the public school system and recently retired after 23 years of teaching at Westmont Junior High School, where she taught general music and directed their four choirs. WJH choirs consistently earned top scores, honors and prestigious performances under her direction. She received her bachelor's degree in music education from Oakland University in Rochester, MI. 
DeLanoy enjoyed arranging compositions for her choirs and continues to have her octavos and resource books published by Hal Leonard, Shawnee Press, Boosey & Hawkes, Bri-Lee Music and Carl Fischer. Her resource books include the best-selling Warming Up with Rounds, and more recently, 8 Steps to Harmonization.
DeLanoy has had the privilege of being the festival conductor at many ILMEA district festivals as well as other private festivals. She has taught several MECA courses at VanderCook, and also leads workshops as an elementary and middle school specialist. She continues to work as an instructor, clinician, conductor and adjudicator whenever possible.

Course Details

 Developing Choirs:
Laying the Foundation

Course Code 6820

Cathy DeLanoy

June 8–July 31, 2020

2 Graduate Credits

$700, due in full with registration

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MECA Online Course Details
VanderCook Online is powered by Schoology ( Through this learning management system, you'll be able to interact directly with your instructor, students in your classes, and members of the greater VanderCook Online community.

Summer 2020 MECA courses officially begin on Monday, June 8. Soon after you register, you'll be added as a new Schoology user. Be on the lookout for an email from Schoology with log-in instructions. Once you are given credentials, visit to login. On the morning of June 8, you'll have access to your classroom and course material.

Some courses have specific online chat meeting times while others have a flexible meeting schedule; please check individual course descriptions and details. You can expect all courses to meet together in a live online chat. If you are unable to attend the scheduled live meeting time, please consult your instructor to make alternative arrangements.

You'll have the opportunity to work at your own pace each week while completing assignments and posting responses to discussion questions. You'll constantly be interacting with your instructor and classmates online, and working through new material each week. We know how crazy school schedules can get, so our instructors try to make everything as flexible as possible!

Transcript requests can be made online using the Transcript Request Form. Any inquiries regarding transcripts should be directed to the Registrar’s Office at 312.788.1151. If you are in need a quick turn around time for your transcript please submit the request to the registrar prior to the end of your course(s).


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