casmec-2017-medCalifornia All-State Music Education Conference

February 16-19, 2017
San Jose Fairmont and Convention Center
170 South Market Street
San Jose, CA 95113

Featured Guest Choir:

  • Gaudé (Jace Wittig)
  • San Fran6 (Contemporary a cappella featured on NBC’s “The Sing Off”)


Performing Choirs:

  • CSU East Bay Singers (Buddy James)
  • Frequency – MiraCosta College Jazz Choir (Matt Falker)
  • Kennedy Middle School Dynamics (Shelley Durbin)
  • Miller Middle School Advanced Choir (Anthony Arnold)
  • Piedmont Hills High School The Treblemakers (Myles Ellis)
  • Presentation High School Bella Voce Choir (Emilie Bertram)
  • Ragazzi Boys Chorus (Joyce Keil)
  • Redwood High School Ranger Choir and Chamber Singers (Melchor Carrillo)
  • Sacramento Children’s Chorus (Lynn Stevens)
  • Saint Mary’s College of California Chamber Singers (Julie Ford)
  • University of Redlands Bel Canto (Joseph Modica)


Interest Sessions:

  • Monkey See, Monkey Do: Why Conducting Gesture Matters in the Choral Rehearsal (Jeffrey Benson)
  • Engaging Their Minds and Welcoming Their Hearts: a natural integration of Orff and Choir (Shane Troll)
  • Latin American Choral Music for Secondary School Programs: Historical Background and Performance Practices (Angel Vázquez-Ramos)
  • Using Circle Singing to Enliven Choral Creativity (Joshua Palkki & Stuart Chapman Hill)
  • A Whole New World? Gender in the Choral Classroom (Joshua Palkki & William Sauerland)
  • The First Ten Minutes: Re-Imagining the Role of Warm-Up Activities in the Choral Rehearsal (Alyssa Cossey)
  • SmartMusic for Vocalists (Leigh Kallestad)
  • Drumming Inside the Middle School (Grades 5-8) Choral Classroom (Mary Hamilton)
  • Intonation Choices: Singing Intune with Style (Donald Brinegar)
  • The Power of Musical Intent: Developing Vocal Technique and Musical Instinct in Singers (Bruce Southard)
  • Teaching High School Male Singers When You Are a Woman: Overcoming Vocal Differences (Jaclyn Johnson)


Choral Leadership Academy:

  • This event is for high school, community college, and university students interested in the choral music profession.

    The CLA will bring together high school students who demonstrate an interest in the music profession, together with pre-service college music education majors, for two days of musical and educational activities. These activities will teach musicianship skills, inspire confidence, and build camaraderie among musicians of the next generation. Click here for more information.