Teresa Slade

My name is Teresa Slade, and I am your newly elected NE ICDA Chair.  Thank you for your support and faith in me.  This year I begin my 19th year teaching in Dubuque Community Schools.  My position includes all choirs and musical theater at Stephen Hempstead High School and the Dubuque Community Schools Junior High Honor Choir.  This past year I was humbled and honored being selected a Teacher of the Year Finalist and earning the Diane Elgin D'Maio Award for Excellence in Teacher Education Mentorship from Clarke University.  In addition to teaching/directing, I play piano in three area churches, perform in local musical theater, with the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra, and the Grand Opera House Pops Orchestra.

Hempstead students consistently perform in the Iowa All State Chorus, Jazz Choir, and Opus Honor Choirs.  Hempstead Choirs have performed in Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Washington, D.C (World War II and U.S. Navy Memorials), with the Walt Disney Orchestra at Epcot Center, Florida, Music Man Square, Dubuque Area Honor Flights, with the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra, Switchback and the World Premier of Falling Water River, Five By Design and Richie Cole. 

I have served as director of pastoral music at Royal Air Force Greenham Common, England, campus minister and director of liturgy and music at Loras College, Resurrection Church,  and served on the Archdiocesan Worship Commission for six years prior to full time teaching in the Dubuque Community Schools.  I have had the honor of directing the United Nations Ambassadors Children's Choir, the Dubuque Community Schools Junior High Festival Choir, and the 600-voice Dubuque Archdiocesan Jubilee Choir and Orchestra at the Unidome.

I earned my Bachelors and Masters degrees at Loras College, studied Group Vocal Technique with Dr. James Jordan in Philadelphia, attended National Association of Pastoral Musicians Choral Directors' Institute at St. Thomas University,  Handbell Directors' Institute at Loyola University, and the Yamaha Music in Education institute in Anaheim.  As a composer/arranger I studied additionally with Jeanne Cotter at her composers' retreat house in Austin, Minnesota.  I am a member of Jazz Educators of Iowa, Iowa Composers Forum, the American Choral Directors Association and the Iowa Choral Directors Association.  Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns.  I look forward to serving you and your students.  Have a great school year!

Teresa Slade
Northeast District Chair



Northeast District Events 2014-15


September 13

Pre-All-State Rehearsal
8:30 a.m. noon
Location: Williams Performing Arts Center, Oelwein High School  
Host: Darci Fuelling
Director: Dr. Lee Nelson, Wartburg College
Fee:  $25 per school for ICDA members $35 per school for non-ICDA members

Adobe PDF File Pre-All State Info


October 25

All-State Auditions


November 8

2014 Fall Symposium for Iowa First Year Arts Educators
Location: Iowa Central Community College, Fort Dodge, IA
Contact:  Leon Kuehner
and Liz Fritz


November 20

OPUS 2014
Opus Honor Choirs are available to all singers in grades 5-9.  Online auditions will be accepted from Sept. 6 -25.  Additional information and audition instructions are available on the OPUS web page
Location: C.Y. Stephens Auditorium; Iowa State University, Ames


November 21-22

All-State Music Festival and IMEA Convention
Iowa State University Campus, Ames



Feb 25-28, 2015

ACDA National Conference
Salt Lake City, UT
Visit  for more information


April tba

All-State Jazz Choir Auditions
Location: tba
Contact: Meg Byrne 


April 21

7th and 8th Grade Honor Choirs
Location: Williams Performing Arts Center, Oelwein High School
Host Tara Baumgartner
Contact: Allison McIntyre from Starmont
Concert: 7:00 p.m. Performing Arts Center


April 28

5th and 6th Grade Honor Choir
Location: Williams Performing Arts Center, Oelwein High School
Host Tara Baumgartner
Contact: Aaron Hansen at Washington Irving Elem in Waverly  
Concert: 7:00 p.m. Performing Arts Center


July 27-30

Annual ICDA Summer Symposium
NIACC Campus, Mason City, IA