Northern Regional Conference

September 15, 2018

CSU East Bay
9:00 am to 1:00 pm

Online registration is now closed. You may register at the conference, but please be aware that music packets may not be available for on-site registrations.


  • NEW LOWER COST: $60 (Special $25 rate for students)

Our new design facilitates community-building, peer-support, networking, mentoring opportunities, and idea-sharing, with particular outreach to those just getting started in the field of choral directing. Attendees need NOT be CCDA/ACDA members, but non-members may credit their conference fee toward a new CCDA/ACDA membership (see registration form for more information).

Overview of Schedule & Topics:

  • Opening session: energizers, ice breakers, and warm-ups applicable to all ensembles types
  • Interactive, multi-media repertoire reading sessions including accessible secular and sacred repertoire for a variety of skill levels, voicing, and styles
  • Networking break-out session with coffee/tea and refreshments
  • Closing session: “The Brain that Came to Rehearsal: research that can increase teaching effectiveness

Session Details & Presenters:

  • Opening Session: Warm-ups, Energizers, and Ice Breakers
        Susie Martone, Repertoire and Resources Chair for Middle & Jr High School Choirs
        LaNell Martin, Oakland Youth Chorus
        Michelle Hawkins, Repertoire and Resources Chair for Vocal Jazz Choirs
  • Medium-Advanced SATB
        Kristina Nakagawa, Artistic Director, Resounding Achord
  • Treble (SA, SSA) & Bass (TB, TTB) Ensembles
        Stacey Kikkawa, Director of Choral Activities, Beverly Hills High School
  • Jazz & Pop Styles
        Michelle Hawkins, Director of Choral Activities, Skyline College
  • Music from Argentina
        Martin Benvenuto, Artistic Director, Peninsula Women’s Chorus
  • The Brain That Came to Rehearsal
        Jeffrey Benson, Director of Choral Activities, San Jose State
        Laura Natta, Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology

Organizing team:

  • Dr. Julie Ford    (Saint Mary’s College/SF Bay Area Regional Representative)
  • Dr. Jenny Bent    (Community Choirs R & R Representative)
  • Alissa Aune    (Northern Regional Representative)

Questions? Email Julie Ford.