Summer Conference at ECCO 2015


July 26-29, 2015 at

Evergreen Conference
Center Oakhurst (ECCO)

Headliner – Edith Copley

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ECCO 2015 Program & Schedule

Edith Copley

Copley_Photo_F2012Dr. Edith A. Copley is a Regents’ Professor and Director of Choral Studies at Northern Arizona University where she conducts the highly acclaimed Shrine of the Ages Choir and teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in conducting and graduate choral literature. NAU choral ensembles under her direction have performed at state, regional and national ACDA and NAfME conferences, in Carnegie Hall, and toured internationally to Western Europe, Istanbul, the Peoples Republic of China, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa.

In addition to her responsibilities at NAU, Dr. Copley conducts the Master Chorale of Flagstaff that performs major choral/orchestral works each spring with the Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra (FSO). She has conducted numerous performances with the FSO, including Britten’s War Requiem, Orff’s Carmina Burana, Bach’s Mass in B Minor, and Brahms’s Ein Deutsches Requiem. In 1999-2000 Dr. Copley served as FSO’s resident conductor for their 50th anniversary season. In April 2016 she will conduct Duruflé’s Requiem with the FSO, Master Chorale and NAU Shrine of the Ages Choir.

Prior to her appointment at NAU, she was the Fine Arts Coordinator at the American International School in Vienna, Austria. During her doctoral studies at the College Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati she conducted the Women’s chorus and taught undergraduate conducting. She also served as the assistant and interim principal conductor of the May Festival Chorus preparing works for Robert Shaw, James Conlon and Erich Kunzel with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and Cincinnati Pops.

Dr. Copley has received numerous honors, including the NAU School of Music Centennial Teacher of the Year Award, Arizona Music Educator of the Year, Arizona ACDA Outstanding Choral Director Award, and the Viola Award from Outstanding Achievement in Music in Flagstaff.

Dr. Copley is an active member of NAfME, Chorus America, and the National Collegiate Choral Organization and has served the American Choral Directors Association in various capacities over the last 20 years, including President of the Western Division and Arizona State President. The NAU Student Chapter of ACDA won the National Outstanding Student Chapter Award twice when she was the chapter advisor.

Dr. Copley has her own choral series with Santa Barbara Music Publications, and is in high demand as a festival clinician and guest conductor in the US, conducting over 30 all-state choirs, as well as the ACDA National Honor Choir in Dallas in 2013 and NAfME National Mixed Honor Choir in Nashville in 2014. She has also conducted international choral festivals in Germany, the Netherlands, Japan, Luxembourg, Tasmania, England, Australia, China, and Turkey. In March 2016, Dr. Copley will travel to the Middle East to conduct the TAISM International Choral Festival in Muscat, Oman.

Plenary sessions presented by Edith Copley

Nuts and Bolts Sessions

  • Elementary School  Valerie Quinning & Cynthia Solomonson, Bach Children’s Choir
  • Junior High/Middle School  Suzie Martone, Ross Valley School District & Director North Bay Youth Choir
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  • High School  Travis Rogers, Napa High School
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  • Community Choirs  Daniel Paulson, Founder/Director Vox Musica
  • Two-Year College Panel  Julie Dana, Fresno City College & John Tebay, Fulleron College
  • Four-Year College/University Panel  Robert Istad, California State University, Fullerton

Interest Sessions

  • Performance Practice in the Romantic Era: Captivating Audiences with Artistic Vision and Self-Expression  Robert Istad, California State University, Fullerton
    This session will address the subtleties of performing music composed in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Topics include proper use of tempo rubato, assembling the correct balance of performing forces for the repertoire, and new ideas for crafting exciting phrase structure within the context of chromatic harmony. Discussion will incorporate a reading session of repertoire for advanced high school, collegiate, and community choirs.
  • Vocal Jazz for Every Choir  Roger Emerson, Composer/Arranger/Musician/Educator & Ian Brekke, CSU Long Beach Bob Cole Conservatory
    Roger Emerson and Ian Brekke will direct a reading session of vocal jazz materials from the easiest beginner level to the most challenging. Tips on adapting traditional choral technique, appropriate style, tone and basic improvisation will be presented.
  • Integrating A Program of Sequenced Musicianship Into Your Choir Rehearsals  Christopher Peterson, California State University, Fullerton
    With all the time and performing pressures they manage, many teachers ask: “Who has time to teach sight singing and musicianship?” Yet there are practical methods to include integrated musicianship in the choir rehearsal that do not take significant time away from concert preparation. This session will present methods that you can use to help your students become better musicians in every rehearsal.      Session Presentation    /    Handouts & Resources
  • Going Beyond the Exotic: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Teaching Multi-Cultural Repertoire  Daniel Afonso, California State University, Stanislaus
    In this session, we will explore how to use the multi-cultural repertoire to create a more meaningful and culturally relevant educational experience for our students. We often program multi-cultural repertoire simply to add variety or a “fun component” to our concerts and neglect to discuss with our students the true meaning of this artistic manifestation within the cultural traditions of the people who created this music. Also, we will discuss how to take advantage of the rich artistic traditions exemplified in this repertoire to teach musicianship, vocal technique, diction, and more, from different perspectives.
  • Vocal-ease: Pathways to Expressive Singing  Donald Brinegar, Program Director, CSULA Three Summer Masters in Choral Conducting
    We will practice and discuss specific techniques for voice building through vocal function exercises. Opportunities will be given for those who would like coaching on a specific solo during the session.
  • Movement to Make Your Choirs Come Alive  Jeffrey Benson, San José State University
    This session will provide techniques to enhance and engergice your choral rehearsals. Keeping your singers engaged though movement allows your entire choir to grow and come alive.      Movement Handout
  • Keep your Phone Out: Incorporating Technology into Choral Performance  Scott Hanna-Weir, Santa Clara University
    In our digital age, technology plays a significant part in the way that we experience music. We walk around with headphones that provide us our own soundtrack for daily life and we use the internet, our computers, and our smartphones to interact with music constantly. Move beyond using iPads in rehearsal and an audio recorder to monitor growth in rehearsal by exploring what can be done with technology to create artistically rewarding and audience engaging performances that incorporate smartphones, live looping electronics, wiimotes, and much more.      Handouts & Resources
  • Serving the Underserved  Carolyn Kelley, Bellflower Middle & High School
    This session will explore strategies, challenges, resources and rewards of working with underserved and under-resourced students.
  • Quarterback or Coach – Getting your singers on your side  Lori Marie Rios, College of the Canyons
    Understanding your students’ thinking and feeling and the techniques that you can implement to create a complimentary environment of cooperation, camaraderie, and cohesiveness.
  • Interest Session Led by Our Esteemed Swan Award Winner, Dr William Dehning  TBA

Special Sessions

  • Vespers  Edith Copley & Jonathan Talberg, CSU Long Beach Bob Cole Conservatory
    Vespers Program
  • Voice for the Novice Singer  Lori Marie Rios, College of the Canyons & Donald Brinegar, Program Director CSULA Three Summer Masters in Choral Conducting
    Voice Bibliography      Vocal Functions Handout
  • Conducting Class  Robert Istad, California State University, Fullerton & Jonathan Talberg, CSU Long Beach Bob Cole Conservatory
  • Daily Tai Chi  Al Talberg

1980’s Dance Party

End-of-Conference Slideshow