Community Happenings

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Keep Singing Project

Dear Pennsylvania Choral Director Friends,

I am happy to announce a new initiative called the Keep Singing Project. One common goal among chorus teachers is to inspire their students to be life-long singers.  We all work hard to keep students singing as they transition from middle school to high school, and now there is an easy way for you to help bridge the gap from high school to college so they KEEP SINGING into adulthood!

The Keep Singing Project mission is simple: to help graduating chorus seniors keep singing when they go to college.  We accomplish this in two steps: 1) Invite high school chorus seniors to participate by completing an online form; and 2) provide their shared information to the choir director(s) at their chosen college or university who can then reach out to them about singing at the next level.  Taking part in a choir is so often initiated by a simple invitation to join!

This project began in 2014 as an initiative of the Michigan School Vocal Music Association (MSVMA). Students from all over the state expressed their desire to Keep Singing in college, and collegiate choral faculty enthusiastically welcomed the chance to reach out to interested freshmen they might otherwise not have known. As we build on the success of year one, we are inviting other states to join Michigan in 2015 to help young people continue to sing into adulthood.

You are busy, so we made this easy.  This is all you have to do help your students to KEEP SINGING:
Plan A (for HS Choral Directors):Go to this website on the computer in your classroom or office: ( Have seniors go over one at a time to enter their info.

Plan B (for anyone):Share this link on Facebook/ Twitter: ( this email to the HS Chorus Seniors you know, and ask them to follow the link and enter their info.Be sure to include a note from you about how much you would love for them to continue singing after high school (

Deadline May 29, 2015

What happens next? The senior’s contact info will be sent to the choral director(s) at the college or university they plan to attend.  The choral director will then be able to inform them about the choral programs at their schools and invite them to participate. Spread the word: You do not have to be a music major to sing in college. Thank you for your support of this project, and for all you do every day to inspire your students to be life-long singers!

Ryan Beeken
Dr. Ryan Beeken
Director of Choral Studies
Indiana University of Pennsylvania
111 Cogswell Hall
422 South Eleventh Street
Indiana, PA 15705


PASCD 65th Annual Conference (Pennsylvania Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development)

Leading and Achieving in an Interconnected World  ~ Engage, Motivate and Connect ~

Proposals for Conference Small Group Sessions are Now Being Accepted
Pennsylvania Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (PASCD) is now accepting small group proposals for the 65th Annual PASCD Conference. In keeping with the theme of “interconnectedness” we challenge our colleagues from across the Commonwealth to propose topics that will highly engage our membership to increase motivation, engagement, and connectedness in our schools.

PASCD’s membership spans from classroom teachers to school administrators, superintendents, and university professors. We are interested in curriculum, technology, educator effectiveness, and purposeful teaching strategies.  Most of all we want to engage students at such a level to impact achievement for all.

Join Heidi Hayes-Jacobs, Meenoo Rami, and David Griffith in celebrating our 65th year of providing high-quality professional development in our new venue–the Doubletree Hotel by Hilton, Pittsburgh Monroeville Convention Center!

Sunday, November 15th
Monday, November 16th
Tuesday, November 17th

Doubletree by Hilton Hotel and Monroeville Convention Center
Monroeville, Pa  15146

 *   World renowned keynote speakers
 *   Engaging and interactive format

If you are ready to join our national speakers and provide rich professional development to our membership, please complete the RFP process. RFPs will be accepted through May 15, 2015. The PASCD conference committee will review the proposals and select small group sessions. Selected speakers will be notified by June 15, 2015.

We look forward to receiving your proposals.

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Student Showcase – Call for Entries

The PASA-PSBA School Leadership Conference is presenting the popular Student Showcase, Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015, 7:30-9 p.m. in the Chocolate Ballroom at the Hershey Lodge & Convention Center. We’re turning the spotlight on the best of Pennsylvania’s public school students.

If you have an outstanding performing arts group or individual that you are proud of, from dance teams and jazz bands to orchestras and glee clubs, submit an application today so we can showcase and celebrate your talented students. We are looking for energetic, entertaining student groups or individuals to perform for 10 minutes each as part of a celebration of public school students. 

In addition to performing arts groups, we are looking for a student master of ceremonies. Do you have the next Ryan Seacrest or Kelly Rippa? If so, we’d love to invite him or her to host the show.

Please submit an application with DVD or video clip as per the performing arts application. Click here to download a copy of the performing arts application, rules and application checklist to complete before submitting your application.

View last year’s Showcase on PSBA’s YouTube channel
Questions? Contact John Bolling at or (800) 932-0588, ext. 3324.

NEH Summer Institute for Teachers:  Voices Across Time: Teaching American History Through Song

June 29-July31, 2015; (

Songs are like time capsules, filled with messages from a moment in history.  They’re also fun to sing, making them an appealing and effective tool for the classroom.   The Center for American Music at the University of Pittsburgh, in partnership with the Society for American Music (, is pleased to be offering its sixth five-week summer institute for K-12 teachers.  “Voices Across Time: Teaching American History Through Song” will be held from June 29 – July 31, 2015 at the University of Pittsburgh.  This Institute, funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), will allow 25 secondary school teachers and three graduate students who intend to pursue careers in education, to explore topics in American history through the lens of music.  A few of the comments from teachers who have attended previous Voices Across Time institutes:

“I don’t think there is a day that goes by when I don’t think of the five weeks [when] we shared a wonderful experience at the University of Pittsburgh. I know that working with all of you has made me a better teacher.”

“Voices Across Time demonstrated the appeal and power of interdisciplinary learning. The extensive curriculum developed by the Center for American Music is easily implemented at any level, with rich bibliographies to encourage further research.

“It was a wonderful experience.”

Each week during the Institute we will focus on a broad topic in American history, utilizing popular songs as primary source documents. Carefully selected field trips along with historical live performances will offer uniquely engaging evocations of an historical context.

We encourage participation especially from middle- and high-school teachers of social studies or related disciplines, including history, geography, and language arts; other grade levels and disciplines will also be considered, and music teachers are welcome. Additional information, along with application materials, is available at or email: (please indicate NEH Institute in the subject line).  More information about the NEH and its programs is available at