Community Happenings

To submit your community happenings announcement for consideration, please email details Joshua Gibson at [email protected]. Please send information at least two weeks in advance of the event.


British composer and pianist Will Todd will be in residence with VOX PHILIA Chamber Choir from May 20-22, 2016.  Todd is best-known for his choral works, among them The Call of Wisdom, commissioned for HM Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee, and the Mass in Blue, which has been performed over 100 times throughout the world since its 2003 premiere. He has worked with award-winning choirs The Sixteen and the BBC Singers, and given performances at the Royal Opera House, the Lincoln Center in New York, London’s Barbican, and with Welsh National Opera.

We would welcome your attendance and participate in any of the following events – for more information, please write [email protected] and visit our website, www.voxphilia.org for updates.  All events take place at Immanuel UCC, 99 S. Waverly St., Shillington, PA 19607. Click the link below for more information

Weekend with Will Todd


Got talent?

The PASA-PSBA School Leadership Conference is presenting the fourth-annual Student Celebration Showcase, Oct. 13, 2016, 7:30-9 p.m. in the Chocolate Ballroom at the Hershey Lodge & Convention Center. We’re turning the spotlight on the best of 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.Applications are due by June 15, 2016. Selected groups notified by July 12, 2016 (get the application here).


The Fulbright Scholar Program offers teaching, research or combination teaching and research awards in over 125 countries for the 2017-2018 academic year. Opportunities are available for college and university faculty, administrators as well as for professionals, artists, journalists, scientists, lawyers, independent scholars and many others. 

 

This year, the Fulbright Scholar Program is offering over 65 awards in the field of Art, including all specializations: Architecture, Art History, Dance, Drama/Theater, Film Studies, Music, as well as the Visual and Performing Arts. Opportunities include:

 

  Canada: Research Chairs in Arts and Humanities
  China or Europe: Fulbright-Terra Foundation Award in the History of American Art 
  Egypt: Visual and Performing Arts
  Guinea: Open to All Disciplines, with a preference for scholars in the Visual Arts and Dance
  Nepal: All Disciplines

 

For additional awards in the field of Art, please visit our discipline highlights webpage. There you will find award highlights and examples of successful projects in the Arts, as well as scholar testimonials which highlight the outcomes and benefits associated with completing a Fulbright Scholar grant.

 
For eligibility factors, detailed application guidelines and review criteria, please follow this link: http://cies.org/program/core-fulbright-us-scholar-program. You may also wish to register for one of our webinars or join our mailing list, My Fulbright, a resource for applicants interested in receiving program updates and application tips.  Applicants must be U.S. citizens and the current competition will close onAugust 1, 2016.

Please contact Beth Anderson at [email protected] or reach any of our regional program staff for more information. We are happy to answer any questions you may have on applying.

 

The Fulbright Program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, is the U.S. government’s flagship international exchange program and is supported by the people of the United States and partner countries around the world.


 

Dear Pennsylvania Choral Director Friends,

I am happy to announce a second year of 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! Last year Pennsylvania had the second highest response rate in the country! Thank you for helping make that happen; let’s build on last year’s momentum!

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, university, or community choir 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):

1.     Go to this website on the computer in your classroom or office:  http://www.keepsinging.info/?page_id=26 (https://imail.iup.edu/Redirect/EDEB7EA5/www.keepsinging.info/?page_id=26(http://www.keepsinging.info/?page_id=26 (https://imail.iup.edu/Redirect/EDEB7EA5/www.keepsinging.info/?page_id=26))

2.     Have seniors go over one at a time to enter their info.

Plan B (for anyone):

1.     Share this link on Facebook/ Twitter:  http://www.keepsinging.info (https://imail.iup.edu/Redirect/EDEB7EA5/www.keepsinging.info)

2.     Forward this email to the HS Chorus Seniors you know, and ask them to follow the link and enter their info.

3.     Be sure to include a note from you about how much you would love for them to continue singing after high school.

http://www.keepsinging.info (https://imail.iup.edu/Redirect/EDEB7EA5/www.keepsinging.info)

Deadline June 1, 2016

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: Let’s Keep EVERYONE Singing!

Thank you for your support of this project, and for all you do every day to inspire your students to be life-long singers!


 

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 http://reg.conferences.dce.ufl.edu/isame. 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.


 

The College Band Directors National Association HS/MS Band Event March 11th All middle school and high school band directors are invited to join members of the Eastern Division of the College Band Directors National Association conference at the United State Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut on Friday, March 11, 2016. Further information can be found via the links below.

CBDNA Secondary Registration Form

CBDNA-E Announcement for Junior high and high School Band Directors

Friday CBDNA-East Conference Schedule


Penn State School of Theatre is proud to announce S.T.A.T.E.!

An intensive two-week musical theatre summer program for high school students entering 10th – 12th grades in the Summer of 2016.

DATES: JUNE 26 – JULY 9, 2016
COST: $1850 (Covers instruction, housing, food, program materials, field trips, and activities)

HIGHLIGHTS:

For more information, visit http://theatre.psu.edu/summer


The Dalcroze Society of America welcomes you to its 2016 National Conference and PreConference Symposium on Flow in Performance. We are pleased to announce that online registration is now open for this event, which will take place at Westminster Choir College, Rider University, in Princeton NJ the week of June 20 – 24 this summer. The theme for this year’s event is: FLOW IN PERFORMANCE: THEORIES/PRACTICES. For more information, please click on the information tab. DSA Conference Information


 

A one day intensive workshop where the nation’s foremost clinicians guide students to realize their potential and develop their skills and perspectives July 8, 2016 North Hills High School Pittsburgh, PA Check-in 8:30 to 9am Session from 9am to 1pm Reserve Space online at www.vivaceproductions.com or by calling 800-264-1121 T-Shirt and Workbook included with registration; directors attend free Call about Group rates for with 10 or more students. For more information click here


 

Applications are now open for the 2016 College Board Award for Excellence and Innovation in the Arts.
Awards are given in three categories: This annual award, for programs that serve students in grades 6–12, recognizes and celebrates the achievements of arts initiatives that promote learning and creativity in exemplary and inventive ways.

Arts Integration: For a program that uses an innovative approach to cross-curricular study, drawing connections between arts-based learning and the themes, content, and ideas of other subjects.

Equity Through Arts: For a program that uses the arts as a tool for increasing academic engagement among underrepresented students.

Civic Engagement/Professional Partnerships: For a program that uses art experiences as vehicles for engagement with local arts professionals and/or nonprofit organizations.

An award of $5,000 will be given to a winning school in each category. Among the three winning schools, one will be named the national winner and will be awarded an additional $2,500.

Visit our website for further details and full application instructions, including eligibility criteria. Email [email protected] with any questions during the application process.The application deadline is April 18, 2016.


 

TEACHING GUITAR WORKSHOP THIS SUMMER IN PITTSBURGH!
2016 TGW Registration is Here!
Application is online – finally! 
2016 Teaching Guitar Workshops PR Use
 
Here’s the skinny: this summer we’ll be holding Teaching Guitar Workshops – in our opinion the most awesome PD experience for school music teachers – in a city near you! We’ve got the grad credits, we’ve got the clock hours, we’ve got books and guitar accessories free with the tuition and we’ve got clinicians who will knock your socks off. Now we need you!
 
There will be a workshop in Pittsburgh July 18-22 at North Hills Middle School in Ross Township.  For more information, contact Heidi Kohne.
 
We’ll be training school music teachers from Elementary, Middle School, High School – even University. While you’re their you’ll learn the skills and proven techniques to start or expand a classroom guitar program. No previous guitar experience necessary. 
 

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<http://send.pta.org/link.cfm?r=1310949646&sid=90390573&m=12107134&u=NTLPTA&j=32470045&s=http://www.pta.org/files/2016%20Call%20for%20Judges.pdf?utm_source=Real%20Magnet&utm_medium=INSERT_CHANNEL&utm_campaign=INSERT_LINK_ID> http://www.pta.org/files/2016%20Call%20for%20Judges.pdf?utm_source=Real%20Magnet&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=90390573
and complete the National PTA Reflections judge interest form<http://send.pta.org/link.cfm?r=1310949646&sid=90390574&m=12107134&u=NTLPTA&j=32470045&s=http://docs.google.com/forms/d/1f5lCLTtIXy5GrzHnRAXJokFad8Mhas3fXJPRF0gv5lc/viewform>. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1f5lCLTtIXy5GrzHnRAXJokFad8Mhas3fXJPRF0gv5lc/viewform
To explore additional recognition opportunities for support organizations<http://send.pta.org/link.cfm?r=1310949646&sid=90390575&m=12107134&u=NTLPTA&j=32470045&s=http://www.pta.org/programs/content.cfm?ItemNumber=4354&navItemNumber=4633&utm_source=Real%20Magnet&utm_medium=INSERT_CHANNEL&utm_campaign=INSERT_LINK_ID>, contact [email protected]<mailto:Ref[email protected]>.