SCVA Newsletter (on-line version) – September 2003
Once again there were many amazing performances at the SCVA Show Choir Spectacular! Our three adjudicators were still energized at the end of the competition, even after twelve hours of judging! In spite of the weather not cooperating, everything seemed to run smoothly thanks to the directors, student hosts, and back stage crew. My students enjoy the experience of running the competition and the chance to get behind the scenes of producing an event of this type.
Serving on the SCVA board has been a positive experience. My tenure comes to an end at the perfect time as my husband and I will be having our first baby in October! I am very excited about becoming a new mom and know that there are new challenges that come with this position!
As of this writing, the date for the 2004 Show Choir Spectacular is not yet set. I have left the date for next year's competition for the new Show Choir VP to choose. At our last executive board meeting I suggested that we try to find an earlier date to avoid some scheduling conflicts with SAT's, Proms, etc. With many competitions falling in March, and Spring Break and state testing taking much of April, finding a date that does not conflict with other events is a challenge!
It was fun catching up with many of you at ECCO and the ACDA Reading Session! I hope you have had an enjoyable summer of rest and relaxation.
Mark your calendars for Friday, October 24 - The annual SCVA Fall In-Service. RICARDO SOTO will be our keynote presenter for the day which will take place at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa, beginning at 9 a.m.
The registration form is included in this newsletter. Next month's newsletter will contain a complete slate of events for the day. Spread the word about this event to others. If there are new choral teachers in your district, offer to bring them with you! We will be offering a variety of interest sessions on various topics, and a chance for you to network with other choral directors.
Directors at all levels will find the Fall In-Service informative and fun. I know the day's activities will be inspiring to all.
What a wonderful afternoon of music making for our Junior High/Middle School Honor Choir and our finalists from the Vocal Solo Competition. It was a delight to see many of our members in attendance.
As some of you may know, I have accepted an out of state Graduate Assistantship and will not be returning to the SCVA Board. Debbie Montpas, who has served in many capacities on the Board, will take over as coordinator of the Junior High Middle School Honor Choir. I know this valuable event will continue to flourish under her leadership.
It has been my pleasure to serve the members of SCVA. My best to you all.
We wish Steve Clausen, Mike D'Spain, Besty Hanger, Jeffe Huls, and Erin Terreri all our best as their service to the Executive Board comes to an end. I certainly appreciate the hard work and expertise of these dedicated individuals.
Ron Soderwall, of Woodbridge High School (and former Executive Board Member), has been appointed to fill the unexpired term as Vice President for the Men's Clinic. Also joining us by appointment is Debbie Montpas of Mesa Robles Middle School (and a former SCVA President.) She will head the Junior High/Middle School Honor Choir. Sharon Galassi, formerly of Travis Ranch Middle School, has agreed to serve as Show Choir Vice President and will appear on our official election ballot next month.
We are now in search of two members who are interested in serving on the SCVA Board as Vice President for Elementary Festivals, and Vice president for Jazz Choir. Please contact me if you are interested, or would like to recommend someone.
Greetings! I am looking forward to serving a second year as the high school festival coordinator. Last year, a total of 26 festivals were held throughout Southern California. I hope you were able to attend with at least one of your ensembles. Thank you to all who hosted festivals. Your hospitality, generosity, and commitment to our organization is very much appreciated!
We are well on our way toward completing our festival calendar. Thanks to our members' quick responses, 15 festival sites have already been scheduled. Add your site to the list be filling out the Festival Host Application on this page. Please be as specific as possible with the information you provide. (You may want to consider hosting a festival for men's or women's choirs, as we had a great need for these types of festivals last year.)
If you have not hosted a festival before, our board members will be happy to help you with any question you may have. Hosting a choral festival is fun and will be a rewarding experience for you and your students. (And your choir attends for FREE!)
It's nice to be back on the SCVA Board. I'd like to thank Jeffery Huls for all his hard work on behalf of the Junior High Honor Choir and want to extend my best wishes to him as he begins a new path on his professional journey.
I am looking forward to planning an exciting and rewarding choral experience for our young singers this spring. At this point, I would like each director at the Junior High/Middle School level to consider the following:
§ Talk to your students NOW about being a part of this year's Honor Choir. Setting their goals early will help us to find the best candidates for this choir.
§ Consider HOSTING A SITE for this year's auditions. It only takes a few hours on one Saturday and is quite simple to do. If you have at least ten students who are interested in auditioning for the Honor Choir, you should volunteer to host a site, if at all possible.
§ I am in need of some help. Let me know if you would make the time to assist with rehearsals, compiling and addressing letters, etc.
§ If you have an auditorium or church that you think would be a great place to hold the concert, please let me know as soon as possible.
I welcome any and all of you to get involved! The more volunteers and help I receive, the better the Junior High Honor Choir experience for our singers.