Thank you so much for the generous scholarship which allowed me to attend the Midwest Regional ACDA Conference in Chicago this past February. The experiences of listening to live choirs once again, attending extremely valuable interest sessions, and networking with some of the finest music educators in the country are experiences I will not take for granted.
While all of the choirs were spectacular, some of my personal favorites were the Urbandale High School Choir, Indiana University’s NOTUS, and Luther College’s Nordic Choir. I was also fortunate to attend many incredible interest sessions that empowered me to use new tools in the brief few weeks following the conference in my own classroom.
I really enjoyed “Warming Up Adolescent Choirs” with Dan Anderson, “Resilient Intercultural Pedagogies” (which was presented by my own high school director, Jacob Stensberg of Purdue University), and “Honoring Trans and Gender Expansive Singers” with Matthew L. Garrett and Joshua Palkki. Lastly, networking with choir directors from around the Midwest was invaluable and expanded my knowledge as a young choral director.
Thank you again so much for this incredible opportunity and for supporting young choral directors here in Minnesota.