Joy Paffenroth


Online Registration for the 2017 Convention is NOW OPEN.

WCDA has arranged a block of discounted rooms at the beautiful Jefferson Street Inn.  Please call them directly to reserve your room at 715-845-6500 or 1-866-855-6500, and ask for Group 3859 (WI Choral Directors Association) to get our discounted rate.

2017 Convention Schedule - Wausau!

Thursday, January 5

6:30-8:00 p.m.       Convention Registration                                FP Cloak Room

6:30-9:30 p.m.       WCDA Board Meeting                                    First Presbyterian (FP) Church                                                                                                                                                                                               

6:30-8:30 p.m.       Conducting Competition                                Wausau West High School

Friday, January 6

8:30-9:30 am         Convention Registration                                              FP Cloak Room

9:30-10:15 Reading Session #1 (Simultaneous)

A: Elementary/Middle 3rd Floor Classroom

B: Advanced HS/College/Church FP Sanctuary

10:15-11:00 Reading Session #2 - Men’s/Women’s FP Sanctuary

11:05-12:00 Lecture Recital: FP Sanctuary

                  Mass of Two Worlds: The Transformative Process of a Composer

                  Eduardo García-Novelli, Ariel Quintana, and Carthage Choir

12:00 – 1:30 Lunch (On Your Own)

1:30-1:55 Welcome and General Assembly FP Sanctuary

2:00-2:50 Interest Session #1 FP Sanctuary

                   Practical Approaches for Achieving Unified Singing (Matthew Ferrell)

3:00-3:25 Waterford High School Madrigal Singers FP Sanctuary

    Derek Machan, director

3:30-3:55 Waukesha North High School Concert Choir FP Sanctuary

Joey Hyland, director

4:05-4:55 Interest Session #2 (Simultaneous)

     A: Going for Baroque: Inspiring Creativity through Performance Practice (Elizabeth Fisher) FP Room 203

     B: Building Better Solo Voices with Group Instruction (Sarah Parks) FP Fellowship Hall

     C: Finland Awakens: Using Sibelius as a Gateway to Scandinavian Choral Repertoire (John Guarente)  FP Chapel

5:00-5:30 Collegiate All State Choir FP Sanctuary

             Andrew Megill, director

5:30-7:45 Dinner (On Your Own)

7:45-9:45 Headliner performance - Cantus The Grand Theater

10:00-? Social Gathering Jefferson Street Inn

Saturday, January 7

8:30-10:00 am       Roundtable breakfast                                                  The Grand Theater Great Hall

8:30 – 9:00 breakfast and fellowship

9:00-9:20 Meet and greet the board and nominees

9:20-9:40 Meet and greet by district

9:40-10:00 Strategies for successful tours, sponsored by Bob Rogers Travel

10:25-10:50 The John Muir Middle School Pop/Jazz Choir FP Sanctuary

Karen Zuidema and Jody Hettinga, directors

10:55-11:20 McFarland High School A Cappella Choir FP Sanctuary

Nate Mendl, director

11:25-11:50 University of Wisconsin Milwaukee Concert Chorale FP Sanctuary

Dr. Zachary Durlam, director

12:10-1:30 Lunch banquet Jefferson St. Inn

1:30-2:00 All-State Vocal Jazz Choir Jefferson St. Inn

2:15-3:10 Interest Session #3 (Simultaneous)

                A: What Do You Mean Vowels Have Pitch? (Alexa Doebele) FP Chapel

B: Game of Tones: Creative Ways to Build Choral Sound (Zachary Durlam) FP Fellowship Hall

3:15-3:45 Director’s Choir FP Sanctuary

4:00-6:30 All-State Concerts The Grand Theater

  4:00-4:30 – Middle Level

  4:40-5:10 – High School Men

  5:20-5:50 – Children

  6:00-6:30 – High School Women


Auditioned Choirs Rehearsal Schedule

Friday, January 6 (First Pres Sanctuary)

9:30-10:15            Carthage Choir

12:15-12:45          Waterford HS Madrigal Singers

12:50-1:20            Waukesha North HS Concert Choir


Saturday, January 7 (First Pres Sanctuary)

8:30-9:00               John Muir MS Pop/Jazz Choir

9:05-9:35               McFarland HS A Cappella Choir

9:40-10:10            UW-Milwaukee Concert Chorale


Save the date for January 6-7, 2017 for our state convention and all-state festival!

Thank you to all who submitted interest session applications and performing ensemble applications. All submitted applications are currently under review.

All State Choirs

The All-State Choirs will perform at the stunning Grand Theater, directed by:

Andrew Megill (University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign)
High School Men
Lee Nelson (Wartburg College)
High School Women
Rhonda Fuelberth (University of Nebraska-Lincoln)
Middle School
Mark Johnson (Minnesota Boychoir)
Emily Ellsworth (Glen Ellyn Children's Chorus/Anima)
Vocal Jazz
Greg Jasperse (Western Michigan University)

Our headliner concert will feature Cantus!

Mark the dates now and submit your applications for sessions and performances by June 10. I'm looking forward to seeing you in the center of our state!

-- Steve Sieck - WCDA President-Elect, 2017 Convention Chair