Guest clinicians and schedule for the 2015 Summer Reading Conference July 27-29

Professional Development Booklet for 2015 HERE

 

This information is for the 2015 conference. It has been left online for reference. The 2016 Summer Reading Conference information can be found HERE.

Arkansas ACDA's 2015 Conference Information for your reference has been left here.
Schedule of Events HERE
Conference Handouts and Powerpoints HERE
Conference Surveys (one for each day) Day 1 HERE - Day 2 HERE - Day 3 HERE
Presenter information - Charlotte Mizener - Gretchen Harrison -
Elizabeth Hogan McFarland
2015 ArACDA Professional Development booklet HERE

Elementary Sessions PresenterAustin Hotel


MizenerCharlotte Mizener is a professor of music education at Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas, where she teaches undergraduate and graduate music education courses and applied harp. She also serves as the coordinator of music education and the graduate advisor. She previously taught elementary music in grades kindergarten through six. She received the Bachelor of Music Education degree and Master of Music in harp performance degree from the University of North Texas and the Ph.D. in music education from the University ofTexas at Austin.Dr. Mizener’s research interests include the elementary school-aged singerand children’s attitudes toward music and singing as well as music educator preparation. She has presented research in these areas at music education conferences at the state, regional, and national levels. Her work has been published in the Journal of Research in Music Education, General Music Today, Texas Music Education Research, and the Texas Music Educators Conference Connection. She is the chair of the research division of the Texas Music Educators Conference.

Conference Headline Presenter

HarrisonGretchen Harrison has been teaching middle school or junior high choral music since 1987. She is currently responsible for the vibrant choral program at Frontier Trail Middle School in Olathe, Kansas, which serves students in grades 6-8. In addition to her work in the public schools, she also is an Assistant Director in the Allegro Community Children’s Choir program based in Overland Park, Kansas. 877-623-6697

Harrison considers her commitment to students of primary importance, followed closely by her commitment to serving colleagues and developing leaders in the choral music profession. She has served as ML Choral Chairperson for Kansas Music Educators, KCDA Chairperson for Repertoire and Standards for JH/MS, and (currently) the National Chairperson for American Choral Directors Association Repertoire and Standards for Junior High and Middle School Choir.

She has been recognized by Who’s Who Among American Teachers and has twice received the Outstanding Middle Level Music Educator Award presented by her KMEA district. Her choirs consistently earn top ratings at festivals and have appeared at KMEA.

Harrison earned her BME from Wichita State University and her MME from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She is an active clinician, presenter, and adjudicator.

A child of excellent choral and keyboard musicians, she and her high school band director husband are the parents of two very musical children.

 

 

 

 

Honor Choir Director

McFarlandElizabeth Hogan McFarland is Deputy Director of the St. Louis Children’s Choirs. The Children’s Choirs was recently awarded a Social Impact Grant from the St. Louis Regional Arts Commission to implement a new program called Music Made Together, which seeks to connect students and teachers in underserved areas of St. Louis with resources in choral music.

Elizabeth earned her M.M. from Michigan State University in Choral Conducting, her BS in Education from the University of Missouri, and her Artist Teacher Certificate through the Choral Music Experience Institute. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Learning, Teaching and Curriculum withemphases on choral conducting and vocal pedagogy at the University of Missouri.

Ms. McFarland taught vocal and general music in Parkway and Lindbergh SchoolDistricts. She previously taught courses in the areas of music and education and supervised student teachers at the University
of Missouri, Webster University and the University of Missouri–St. Louis. At the University of Missouri, Ms. McFarland directed the MU Women’s Chorale.

An active singer, clinician, adjudicator and coach, Ms. McFarland brings a passion for helping people discover beauty in themselves and the world around them through the study of music. She has conducted honor choirs in Missouri and Arkansas, and she serves as the SWACDA Repertoire and Standards Chairperson for Youth and Student Activities. Her research interests include school and community partnerships involving choral music middle school and junior high singers, and choral music for women’s voices.

 

Highlights of the ArACDA Conference

Hot Springs, Austin Hotel, July 27-29
Schedule subject to change
Register online HERE

 

Conference Schedule  
  Monday , July 27th  
  Time Session Place Presenter  

9:30 AM

Registration

Mezzanine

Amber Holden

9:30-10:30

New Directors Meeting

Pageant Room

Tom Street

10:30-11:30

ArkCDA - Judging All-Region Auditions

DeSoto Ballroom

Tom Street

12:45

Opening Session

Desoto Ballroom

Mark Langley

1:00-1:50

Reading Session: SATB/SAB 1

Desoto Ballroom

Dr Stephen Caldwell

2:00-4:00

Challenge Issued: Find Your best "Excellent" in Teaching

Desoto Ballroom

Gretchen Harrison

4:00 - 4:50

R&S Rountable Sessions

 

R&S Chairs

MS/JH (DeSoto) - Senior High (Pageant) - Men's (tri-lakes) - Womens (Mt. Tower)  - Worship (Board Room) - Vocal Jazz/Show Choir (Hotel Suite)

8:00-10:00

Soiree

Austin Suite

J&B Music

       

Tuesday, July 28th

     

Time

Session

Place

Presenter

8:00

Registration

Mezzanine

Amber Holden

8:30-9:55

ArkCDA Region Meetings

 

Region Chairs

Central - (Desoto), Northeast - (Tri-Lakes), Northwest - (Board Room), Southeast - (Hotel Suite) , Southwest - (Mountain Tower), West Central -(Pageant)

10:00-11:50

Finding Excellence in the Middle

Desoto Ballroom

Gretchen Harrison

12:00

Lunch

   

1:30-2:20

Reading Session: Treble Voices

Desoto Ballroom

Carrie Taylor

2:30-3:20

Effective Warm-Ups and Rehearsal Techniques

Desoto Ballroom

Dr. Ryan Fox

3:30-4:20

Reading Session: Christmas Holiday

Desoto Ballroom

David Willard

4:20-5:10

R&S Rountable Session

 

R&S Chairs

MS/JH (Desoto) - Senior High (Pageant)- Men's (Tri-Lakes) - Womens (Mt. Tower) - College University (Board Room)- Ethnic and Multicultural (Hotel Suite)

6:30-7:00

Honor Choir Concert

FBC - Hot Springs

Emily Guadagnini/Keith Reeves

       

Wednesday, July 29th

     

Time

Session

Place

Presenter

8:00

Registration

Mezzanine

Amber Holden

8:30-8:55

AR ACDA General Business Meeting

Desoto Ballroom

Mark Langley

9:00-9:50 

Reading Session: Unison/2pt Reading Session

Desoto Ballroom

Suzanne Callahan

10:00-10:50

Beginning Sight-Reading and Teaching Methods for Young Singers

Desoto Ballroom

Keith Reeves

11:00-11:50

Reading Session: SATB/SAB 2 

Desoto Ballroom

Gaye McClure

12:00-1:15

LUNCH

   

1:30-2:20

Project Based Learning in the Choral Classroom

Desoto Ballroom

Suzanne Callahan

2:30-3:20

Reading Session: Male Voices

Desoto Ballroom

Matt Foy

3:30-5:00

ArkCDA General Business Meeting

Desoto Ballroom

Carrie Taylor, ArkCDA President

       
Wednesday, July 29th especially for elementary music specialists

8:00

Registration 

Mezzanine

Amber Holden

8:30-8:55

AR ACDA General Business Meeting

Desoto Ballroom

Mark Langley

9:00-9:50

Reading Session: Unison/2pt Reading Session

Suzanne Callahan

Suzanne Callahan

10:00-10:50

Elementary Roundtable

Pageant Room

Christine Graham

11:00-11:50

ArkMEA Reading Session

Pageant Room

Christine Graham

12:00-1:15

LUNCH

   

1:30-2:20

Managing for an Effective, Efficient, and Fun Classroom

Pageant Room

Dr. Charlotte Mizener

2:30-3:20

Getting to the Core of English Language Arts Through Music

Pageant Room

Dr. Charlotte Mizener

3:30-5:00

Singing Counts! Songs and Activites that Reinforce Common Core Standards For Mathematics

Desoto Ballroom

Dr. Charlotte Mizener