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Important information regarding All-State
Iowa High School Choral Teachers,
As the Iowa High School Music Association announced in February, students selected for the 2019 All-State Chorus will learn the previously unknown piece at the Festival via hand-sign solfege, rather than by rote, as has been done in the past. The Iowa Choral Directors Association is committed to assisting choral educators to teach music literacy skills and knowledge to all their students and, to that end, ICDA sponsored eight workshops in four locations throughout the state during June and July. Sessions on music literacy were also offered at the July ICDA Summer Symposium.
To provide further assistance, we offer a plethora of charts and readers on the ICDA and IHSMA (coming soon!) websites:
Students selected for the All-State Chorus will need to demonstrate facility with each of these and with additional materials that will be made available to accepted students. As we continue to reiterate, students will need to be able to think and hear in solfege in order to be successful in the rehearsal process of the previously unknown piece.
Please feel free to contact Dr. Aimee Beckmann-Collier, All-State conductor (firstname.lastname@example.org), for assistance in learning how to improve your students’ music literacy skills and knowledge. We hope music literacy is part of the everyday learning process in choral rehearsals across the state. We all want Iowa choral students to become independent musicians who will find joy in lifelong singing. Making sure that they have the skills, knowledge, and affective experiences that guarantee success in school choral programs and beyond is the foundational way to make this happen. We’re happy to help you in any way, so please don’t hesitate to contact us for assistance.
Jill Wilson, D.M.A.
Associate Professor and Coordinator of Music Education
Vice-President, Iowa Choral Directors Association
Aimee Beckmann-Collier, D.M.A.
Ellis and Nelle Levitt Distinguished Professor Emerita of Conducting
Des Moines, IA 50311
In addition, here is an updated link to John Armstrong's readers:
Please understand that students struggling with the use of hand-sign solfege will not be disciplined in any way. Those students will simply find it difficult to learn the music on site and navigate the rehearsals and sectionals planned.
Executive Director, Iowa High School Music Association
Festival Director, Iowa All-State Music Festival
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We host one annual symposium, both state and district choral events, and provide many services for ICDA members, including our Mentor program for new educators.
ICDA will sponsor the thirty-fourth annual Opus Honor Choir on Thursday, November 21, 2019 at Iowa State University in Ames.
2020 Dates in Pella July 27-30
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ICDA Mentor Program
Link to Mentor Program
If you would like to be a mentor, OR if you are a beginning teacher and would like a formal mentor.
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ICDA members are choral directors at every level of learning
Iowa Choral Directors Association, Inc., ICDA, serves choral musicians in the state of Iowa by providing leadership, guidance and support, continuing education opportunities, promoting excellence in the choral art through high quality offerings and events, supporting growth beyond college graduation, and enriching and renewing the musical souls of its membership.
ICDA’s 900+ members are choral conductors at every level of learning from pre-school to adult and they make music with a wide variety of choruses. ICDA is an affiliate of the American Choral Directors Association.