WCDA State Convention

January 10-11, 2014
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

A letter from WCDA President, Matt Wanner:

Dear WCDA Members,

Greetings! It is with great pleasure that I invite you to meet in Milwaukee for the 2014 WCDA State Convention, January 10-11! This is truly one of my favorite events of the year, because it provides just the right boost to help get me through the doldrums of winter. Sharing ideas, hearing great performance, and socializing with colleagues from across the state is energizing and rejuvenating; it helps to keep me centered in the midst of all of life’s demands.

Our headlining performing ensemble for 2014 is The Millikin University Choir, under the direction of Brad Holmes! This choir has been recognized nationally, in part, for their six invitations to perform at national and divisional ACDA conferences. Their performance will take place Friday evening in the visually and acoustically stunning Basilica of St. Josaphat! On Saturday, Brad Holmes will present a general session titled, How Fierce the Transports or “This Concert Gives Me Heartburn” where he will talk about his approach to concert creation from the perspective of the audience member.

In addition to our headlining choir, we welcome seven auditioned choirs representing middle school through community choirs and everything in between. Most of these choirs will perform at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church located only minutes away from the convention headquarters in downtown Milwaukee.

We are taking an eclectic approach to our interest session offerings this year. Our colleagues from across the state will lead us in presentations focusing on vocal technique, the choral “spiritual”, building community within your choir, and starting a vocal jazz ensemble. Responding to the changing landscape of our educational institutions, we are also excited to offer sessions on Google Apps for choral educators and standards based assessment in the choral classroom. Finally, don’t miss the reading sessions on Friday morning! They will cover gender choirs, middle level choirs, and mixed voicing for all skill levels.

Included in your two-day registration is the annual WCDA Awards Luncheon. You will not want to miss this opportunity to celebrate the successes and contributions of our members. In a volunteer organization like ours, it is important that we recognize all of the people who have given so much to make our choral community a vibrant place.

Also included with your registration is a ticket to see the WCDA All-State Choirs. The Collegiate Choir will perform on Friday afternoon at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church while the High School Men’s and Women’s, Middle Level, and Children’s Choirs will perform at the historic Pabst Theater adjacent to the convention headquarters. With conductors like Dr. Mary Hopper, Dr. Keith Hampton, Dr. James Rodde, Michael Ross, and Dr. Robert Sinclair, we are surely in for a spectacular performance! Many thanks to Judith Kirby, who is in her second year as All-State Coordinator!

It has been particularly enjoyable to feel the groundswell of new faces at recent WCDA events. I am especially grateful for the contributions of so many members of our community that make our state convention great. We are an inclusive community. We believe that we are stronger, smarter, and more effective when all of our voices come to the table. Our state convention provides us the perfect opportunity to live out those words.

I’ll see you in Milwaukee!