Whether you have choirs that meet during or outside of the school day, middle school (6th–8th grade) choir directors will be able to implement the ideas and guidelines garnered from this class right away. Topics will include the adolescent voice, suitable repertoire, warm-ups with a purpose, using rounds and counterpoint to teach independent part singing, classroom management, grading, and satisfying music standards with a carefully crafted choral curriculum. Participants are asked to bring two or more pieces that have worked well with their ensembles, a few warm-ups to share, and a YouTube link that would be appropriate for inspiring young choirs.

Instructor: Cathy DeLanoy

Catherine DeLanoy is a musician currently living in the suburbs of Chicago. She has taught music at every grade level in the public school system and has recently retired from 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. 
Ms. DeLanoy enjoyed arranging compositions for her choirs and continues to have her octavos published by Hal Leonard, Shawnee Press, Boosey & Hawkes, Bri-Lee Music and Carl Fischer Inc. She received her Bachelor's Degree in Music Education from Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan.  She went on to earn her Masters of Music Education degree from VanderCook College of Music in Chicago. Her resource book, WARMING UP WITH ROUNDS (Shawnee Press), is a staple in many classrooms. Her newest release is the resource book 8 STEPS TO HARMONIZATION (Shawnee Press).
In addition to composing, she sings professionally as a member and soloist with the critically acclaimed Chicago Choral Artists.  She can be heard on many of their numerous concert CDs. Ms. DeLanoy enjoys occasionally teaching graduate classes at VanderCook College of Music. She also works as a middle school specialist doing clinics for Hal Leonard, and enjoys being an instructor, clinician, conductor, and adjudicator whenever possible.  

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