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Call for Performance & Interest Session Applications – Western Division ACDA Conference, 2018

Call for Performance & Interest Session Applications – Western Division ACDA Conference, 2018 You can now submit applications for Choral Performances and Interest Sessions for the upcoming Western Division Conference in Pasadena. Read below for more information or visit the WDACDA website for more information. The deadline for both Interest Session and Performance applications is...

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2016 Swan Award Winner: Ron Kean

 Dr. Ronald Kean, Emeritus Professor of Music at Bakersfield College, recently retired after completing his 30th year of teaching in California. His DMA degree is from the University of Southern California where his conducting teachers were Rodney Eichenberger, James Vail, and Daniel Lewis as apprentice conductor of the USC Symphony. Prior to his advanced degrees,...

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1987 Swan Award Winner: Ben Denton

  Ben Denton has arguably, although humbly and quietly, had one of the strongest impacts on high school choral music in the San Francisco Bay Area. Born in Colony, Kansas in 1918, he had a musical family: his mother played piano for silent movies at the local theater, and his older brother was an accomplished...

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1988 Swan Award Winner: Eleanor McKnight Haines

  Mrs. Haines was born in Selma, south of Fresno, on Jan. 28, 1914. She moved to Ceres, where she began singing in musicals while attending Ceres High School. She continued to star in productions at San Jose State College, where she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in general education with a music specialty. One...

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1986 Swan Award Winner: Sam Barkman

 Sam Barkman (1918-2009) was born in Tshikapa, Belgian Congo to missionary parents who served there for over thirty years. He was raised by relatives in Berne, Indiana. Following a stint in the U.S. Army, he moved to San Joaquin, California. where he married Lydia Voth. They moved to Fresno in 1948, and through 35 years...

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1985 Swan Award Winner: J. Russell Bodley

 Born in 1902, J. Russell Bodley was a graduate of College of the Pacific and later began conducting the College of the Pacific A Cappella Choir in 1934. He was a musician, composer, arranger, and theorist. He had a great influence on alumni and students, including Dave Brubeck and Janet Leigh. He later became Dean...

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2015 Swan Award Winner: William Dehning

  William Dehning retired in 2007 after fifteen years as Chairman and Professor of Choral Music at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music, where he conducted the USC Chamber Choir and taught choral conducting.  For twenty years prior to his appointment to USC, Dehning was Director of Choirs at the University of...

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