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Susquehanna Chorale Announces Final Auditions for 2016-2017 Season

The national award-winning Susquehanna Chorale, under the direction of Artistic Director Linda L. Tedford, has limited openings for its 2016-17 season and invites interested adults to audition.

Auditions will be held on Monday, August 15 at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 212 Cocoa Ave. in Hershey, by appointment.

This season will feature a performance of Faure’s Requiem in November with the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra. The Chorale’s Christmas concerts will feature “Fantasia on Christmas Carols” by Ralph Vaughan Williams, as well as traditional carols and songs of the season.

The Chorale’s mission is to enrich lives and communities through the transcendent power of choral singing to reflect and evoke the wealth and beauty of human experience, and one of the primary qualifications is a love of choral singing as a way of expressing and communicating ideas and emotions.

The Chorale has received critical acclaim for its work, including the Margaret Hillis Achievement Award for Excellence, the highest award of the national choral association, Chorus America. Most recently, the Chorale was named a finalist in the community chorus division of the American Prize 2015 competition.

Rehearsals are held weekly on Monday evenings in Hershey, from September to early May. Regular season concerts are held in December and early May. Additional requirements are available at the Chorale’s Web site or through the office.

The Chorale is Ensemble-in-Residence at Messiah College. The Chorale is funded, in part, by the Cultural Enrichment Fund, the capital region’s united arts fund.

For more information or to schedule an audition, contact the Susquehanna Chorale Office: (717) 533-7859 or [email protected]

Call for Papers and Presentations – Context Matters: The 6th International Symposium on Assessment in Music Education – April 18-21, 2017, Birmingham City University, Birmingham, England

The University of Florida and Birmingham City University will host the 6th International Symposium on Assessment in Music Education in April 2017 at Birmingham City University in the UK. The purpose of the symposium is to bring together music education professionals worldwide to share the latest research, thought, and practice in music education assessment. We invite primary and secondary school music educators, higher education professionals and music education researchers, national, state and local education officials from across the world to join us in Birmingham.

Key Questions. The Key Questions for this symposium fall into two strands. They are:

Strand 1: Practice  What models, designs, and practices are most successful in assessing student achievement and skill in music in diverse educational systems?  In what ways are music educators using assessment data effectively to improve music teaching and learning?

Strand 2: Assessment in Context  How is music learning assessed in local, regional, state, national, and international contexts?  In what ways are assessment data analyzed to yield meaningful information in different contexts?  What forms, tools, or processes are used to assess and/or evaluate the practice of music teaching?  In what ways are reliability and validity influenced by assessment contexts?  What unforeseen and unplanned outcomes of assessment and evaluation have been observed?

Call for Papers and Presentations. We seek submissions for research papers, posters, panel discussions, and assessment practice papers that address the symposium theme and key questions. Details of the submission process and registration are available after October 15, 2015 at Submissions are due by Friday, September 2, 2016. Proposals can be considered for session presentation or the Symposium poster session or both. All submissions will be reviewed by an expert panel of prominent music educators, and notifications will be completed by October 21, 2016. Early submissions are encouraged.

Attention Creative Individuals — We Want You!
The National PTA is currently looking for reviewers to participate in the 2015-2016 Reflections Arts Awards program. This year’s theme, Let Your Imagination Fly, has ignited amazing artwork from students around the country. and we need your help!
We are seeking creative professionals, like yourself, with a focus in the areas of:
  *   Dance Choreography
  *   Film Production
  *   Literature
  *   Music Composition
  *   Photography
  *   Visual Arts
Adjudication will take place online and will be from March 14-28. If you are interested in being a judge for the National PTA Reflections Arts Awards program, review this call for reviewers<>
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