Surviving & Succeeding as a High School Choir Director


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Are you a high school choral director? Are you hoping to take your program to the next level, or are you just hoping to have enough students NOT to teach study hall again? Are you managing a multitude or trying to find music that suits a choir of 37 girls and 3 boys? Are you losing your best singers because the counselors can’t figure out how to keep them in choir and meet graduation requirements?  
This MECA targets the high school choir director who is searching for answers and solutions to common issues. Topics of discussion will be: recruiting techniques, choosing appropriate literature, classroom management suggestions, student engagement ideas, creative warm ups, teaching music literacy, making your budget dollars stretch and much more!
Monitored by Stan McGill, this MECA will be spent discussing options, suggestions and proven ways to help you become a better high school choir director, targeting topics that are vital in all high school choirs. 

Instructors: Stan McGill, Dr. Jeffery Redding, Jeffe Huls & Amy Blosser


Stan McGill taught secondary choral music education in Texas and Missouri for over 30 years. His professional positions include Texas Music Educators Association Vocal Chair, and president of both TMEA and the Southwest American Choral Directors Association. He has served on numerous TMEA, TCDA and ACDA committees including the program chair for the 2009 and 2013 National ACDA Conferences, and is active as an adjudicator, speaker, director and clinician throughout the United States. He is one of four authors for the Warner Brothers publication Music Expressions for Secondary Choirs, and co-author with Dr. Morris Stevens of 90 Days to Sightreading Success and Another Sightreading Success, both available through AMC Publications. Their middle school sightreading methods book, 18 Lessons to Sightreading Success, is available through Hal Leonard. His choral methods book Beyond Singing, co-authored with Elizabeth Volk, is also published by Hal Leonard. His choral arrangements are available through Shawnee Press as well as the Stan McGill Choral Series with Hal Leonard.
McGill has had extensive leadership service with ACDA and his articles have been published in the Southwestern Musician, Common Times, Choral Journal, and Texas Sings. He has directed numerous honor choirs including all state choirs in Alaska, Arkansas, Connecticut, Kentucky, New Mexico, Oklahoma and South Carolina. He has directed ACDA Honors Choirs including the 2008 SWACDA 8-10 Boys Honor Choir in Kansas City. His choirs have performed nine times for TMEA, SWACDA and National ACDA Conventions and have made three European tours. A native of Sikeston, MO, McGill graduated from William Jewell College and received his master's degree from Arizona State University. 
In 2014, McGill received the Choral Excellence Award from the Texas Choral Directors Association, based on his contributions to choral music in Texas, mentorship and inspiration to colleagues and students, and continued advocacy for the future of choral singing.


getPart[1]Dr. Jeffery Redding, Director of Choral Activities at West Orange High School in Winter Garden, FL, has led his choirs in performances at state, regional and national conventions of the American Choral Directors' Association (ACDA). West Orange choirs have earned first place awards at Heritage Festivals of Gold in California, Chicago, New York and at the Festival of Spirituals in Washington D.C. While participating in the International Music Festival in Verona, Italy, West Orange received the Gold Award for best choir, with Dr. Redding honored as top director.
Previously the Director of Choral Activities at West Virginia University (WVU), Dr. Redding has been featured as guest conductor at Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Kennedy Center, and Orchestra Hall on numerous occasions. He was also honored to give the prestigious TEDx Talk. Recognized for his achievements and service in the profession, Dr. Redding was awarded the R. Wayne Hugoboom Distinguished Service Award for dedicated service, leadership and excellence by the Florida Chapter of ACDA in November 2015, and was also a 2017 and 2018 quarterfinalist for a Grammy Award for Music Education.
Dr. Redding is founder and Artistic Director of the Garden Community Choir in Winter Garden, Florida. Formerly with the Moses Hogan Singers, he remains active as a singer in the professional male singing group Brethren. The Jeffery Redding Passion and Purpose Choral Series is a compilation of new choral music by various composers, published by Cola Voce Music, Inc. Nationally, Dr. Redding is in demand as a guest conductor and lecturer. He has conducted the ACDA National High School Honor Choir, the Central Division ACDA Honor Choir, the North Central Division ACDA Honor Choir, the Eastern Division ACDA Honor Choir and All-State and Honor choirs in 27 states. In 2014, he was the only American adjudicator at the International Choral Festival, Verona, Italy, and most recently, he conducted at the TAISM Festival of Choirs in Muscat, Oman. He is also one of the conductors for Disney's Candlelight Processional at Epcot.
Dr. Redding holds a Ph.D. in Choral Conducting/Music Education and a Master of Music Education degree, both from the Florida State University, and a B.S. in music education from Florida A&M University. He is a member of ACDA, NAfME, FVA, NATS and Chorus America. In the Florida Vocal Association, he has served as District 8 Chairperson. In the Florida ACDA, he has served as State R&R Chair for Ethnic Music/Multicultural Affairs, Co-Chair for the High School Mixed Honor Choir, and Youth/Student Activities. Currently, he is the State R&R Chair for High School Mixed Choir for Florida ACDA and R&R Chair for Community Choirs, Southern Division ACDA.
Jeffe_Headshot_a_(1_of_1)Subject of the acclaimed documentary Big Voice, which details a year in the life of a high school choir, Jeffe Huls just completed his 13th year as Director of Vocal Music at Santa Monica High School in Santa Monica, CA. He is a recent recipient of the coveted BRAVO Arts Educator Award from the Los Angeles Music Center. From 2009-17, Huls was director of the Concert Chorale at Santa Monica College. While director of the choirs at Lincoln Middle School from 1997-2003, he was awarded the Young Educator Award from the City of Santa Monica.
Huls received his bachelor's degree in music education from California State University, Long Beach, where he studied voice with noted tenor Jonathan Mack and sang under the baton of Dr. Lynne Bielefelt. Huls received his master's degree in choral conducting in 2005 from Western Michigan University, where he conducted the Concert Choir, assisted with the choral program, and studied with Joe Miller (now of Westminster Choir College). Huls has performed with the Westminster Choir College Summer Chamber Choir in Princeton, NJ, where he has also served on the faculty of the High School Vocal Institute. Under his direction, the Santa Monica High School Choirs has received unanimous superior ratings at area festivals, toured internationally, and has had a large number of students accepted into regional and state honor choirs. He continues to teach voice, is in demand as an adjudicator throughout the region, and gives well-received workshops on choral music literacy. A passionate advocate for the arts in public schools, Huls has served on the board of the Southern California Vocal Association and is currently the Summer Conference Chair of the California Choral Directors Association. He believes in choral music's unlimited potential to build community and bring people together.
AJB_photoAmy Johnston Blosser is the National Chair for Repertoire and Resources for the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA). Prior to this position, she served as the National Repertoire & Resources Chair for Senior High School Choirs and for the Central Division. As R&R Chair, Blosser has been active in planning Division and National Conferences in Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami, Oklahoma City, Dallas, Salt Lake City and Minneapolis. Blosser has also served on the R&R Committee Structure Task Force which reported to the national leadership conference in 2010 and spearheaded the Restructuring of the existing R&R committee. Blosser is also a member of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME).
Now in her 15th year as Choral Director at Bexley High School in Columbus, OH, Blosser conducts six choirs grades 7-12, serves as music director for annual musical productions, and is the Fine Arts Department Chair. Under Blosser’s direction, the Bexley High School Vocal Ensemble has performed at state conferences of ACDA in 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014 and 2017, as well as at NAfME conferences in 2009, 2011, 2013, 2016 and 2018. In March 2012, they performed at the ACDA Central Division Conference in Fort Wayne, IN, and in February 2016 in Chicago. Her choirs have toured throughout the U.S. and Europe, performing in notable locations such as Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall and St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City; St. Mark’s in Venice; St. Nicolas in Prague; St. Stephen's Basilica in Budapest; St. Stephen’s Cathedral in Vienna; Canterbury Cathedral in England; Notre Dame in Paris; and St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin.
Blosser holds a Master of Music degree in choral conducting and Bachelor of Music Education degree from The Ohio State University in Columbus, OH, where she studied with Hilary Apfelstadt and James Gallagher. She was named Educator of the Year for Bexley Schools in 2011 and was selected to serve as one of 14 Conducting Fellows for the 2015 International Conductors Exchange Program to Sweden. In addition to her work as a high school choral educator, Blosser has been a presenter, adjudicator and guest conductor throughout the U.S., and is the Artistic Director of the Bexley Choral Society and the Director of Music at Bexley United Methodist Church.

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Surviving & Succeeding as a High School Choir Director

Course Information
Instructors: Stan McGill, Dr. Jeffery Redding, Jeffe Huls & Amy Blosser
3 Graduate Credits
Tuition: $1,020, due in full at registration  
Course Code: 6828
Dates: June 25-29, 2018
Location: VanderCook College of Music
3140 S. Federal St. Chicago, IL 60616
Room: TBD

VanderCook College of Music

3140 South Federal Street
Chicago, IL 60616-3731
(312) 225-6288

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