Summer Conference at ECCO 2016


July 24-27, 2016

Evergreen Conference
Center Oakhurst (ECCO)

Headliner: Jonathan Talberg

The 2016 CCDA Summer Conference was a grand success. It featured headliner Dr. Jonathan Talberg, Director of Choral, Vocal, and Opera Studies, and Associate Director of the California State University, Long Beach Bob Cole Conservatory.  Below you will find downloadable handouts and resources from the event. Click on the Blue links on this page to download these materials. This page will be updated as these materials become available.
Click here to download the conference program: ECCO 2016 Conference Program

Jonathan Talberg

Jonathan Talberg

Dr. Jonathan Talberg, Director of Choral, Vocal, and Opera Studies and Associate Director of the Conservatory, is conductor of the nationally renowned CSULB Bob Cole Conservatory Chamber Choir. He has twice conducted at the Music Educator’s National Conference regional honor choir, at the 2008 and 2012 American Choral Directors Western Convention and 2009 and 2013 National Collegiate Choral Organization Conferences, at numerous All-State choir concerts, and in various venues throughout Europe and Asia, including the Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s and St. Mark’s Basilicas in Italy, the Karlskirche in Vienna, the Matyas Templom in Budapest, and at the Great Hall of the People in China. In constant demand as a guest conductor, he has worked with all levels of singers—from elementary to professional—throughout the United States and Europe. He has prepared choirs for the Cincinnati Symphony, the Long Beach Symphony Orchestra, the Los Angeles Master Chorale, the Pacific Symphony and the Pasadena Pops. Dr. Talberg is Music Director at First Congregational Church of Los Angeles, where he conducts both the Cathedral Choir and the Cathedral Singers, a 16-voice professional chamber choir that sings weekly in service. He also serves as director of the Los Angeles Bach Festival, which celebrated its 80th anniversary in October.
Prior to his appointment at CSULB in 2000, Dr. Talberg served as Conducting Assistant to the Cincinnati Symphony and the Cincinnati Pops and as principal choral conductor at Arrowbear Music Camp. Before graduate school, he taught high school choir in Orange County and at the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts. A ten-year member of the California ACDA board, he is currently serving as Past-President. He is also an editor at Pavane Music Publishing, where a choral series is published under his name.
Of the many hats he wears each day, the one he is most proud of is as mentor to the next generation of choral musicians. Alums of the Bob Cole Conservatory Choral Studies program are teaching at elementary, middle and high schools, as well as community and four-year colleges throughout the country. Recent Bob Cole Conservatory graduates are currently earning their doctorates in choral music at the University of Michigan, the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati, Indiana University, the University of Kentucky, the University of Iowa, and the University of Southern California.
Dr. Talberg received his BM in Choral Conducting from Chapman University and his MM and DMA in Choral Conducting from the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music. He completed a post-doctoral fellowship, graciously underwritten by the Oliver Family Foundation, with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Pops, and the May Festival Chorus. His teachers include Roger Wagner, William Hall, Earl Rivers, John Leman and Elmer Thomas.

Plenary sessions presented by Jonathan Talberg

  • Conserving the Tradition—the canon is for everyone
  • On Beauty: Aesthetics and the Choral Art
  • Music that moves horizontally: conserving the extraordinary art of polyphony
  • “Entering the Garden of Trust”—an exploration of positivity in the choral rehearsal
  • Fantastic Rehearsals: techniques from master choral conductors and educators
  • Poetry and Music: Finding our collective voice
  • Conducting Masterclass

Interest Sessions

  • Music Literacy  Jeffe Huls, Santa Monica High School
    Techniques, tricks, tips, and resources to connect music literacy training to your repertoire. How do students become independent choral musicians? How do I break the cycle of rote learning? How do I teach students to apply the concepts from my sight reading curriculum? These questions and more will be pondered and discussed as we focus on moving our music literacy training beyond sight reading exercises and learn to apply these techniques to our performance repertoire.
  • Creative Programming  Dr. Jeffrey Benson, San Jose State University & Dr. Troy Robertson, Tarleton State University, Texas
    For our audiences concerts can often be exercises in loyalty and affection without providing much in the way of either entertainment or inspiration. Satisfied audiences are intrigued enough to listen actively, hear music that holds enough of the familiar to open the mind to something new, and see, hear, and feel the passion and commitment of the performers. The presenters will discuss repertoire selection, staging, managing transitions, and coaching stage presence using examples from rehearsals and performance. The session will include a reading packet.
  • Kodály: Ear, Body, Heart and Mind  Maree Hennessy, Director of the Kodaly Center, Holy Names University
    An holistic approach to musicianship inspired by the Kodály philosophy. Interactive activities to inspire confidence with sight reading, thinking in parts and building ensemble – for elementary, middle school and community choirs.
  • Score Study in the Twentieth and Twenty-first Centuries  Dr. Robert Istad, California State University, Fullerton
    Dr. Istad will present methods for score study relevant to internalizing the musical language of contemporary repertoire. This interactive, collaborative session will help participants understand how to successfully transfer the methods addressed to practical and productive rehearsal technique. Repertoire will include music by Britten, Stravinsky, O’Regan and Lauridsen, and all discussion will be universally attributable to High School, Traditional Church and Collegiate rehearsal. Topics to be covered include both traditional approaches to formal musical analysis and innovative methods intended to help conductors more successfully realize the unique challenges posed by contemporary style and notation.
  • With Heart and Voice: Fostering New Life in Your Church Choir!  Christopher Gravis, Director of Music, St. Wilfrid of York Episcopal Church
    By taking the time to examine our individual beliefs and aesthetic preferences as conductors we can build energy for a traditional art form that exists within the declining Church. This is a session designed to inspire and energize your work as a church musician.
  • Vocal Jazz Arranging  Ian Brekke, Las Positas College
    Vocal Arranging Techniques: The basic and practical tools of vocal arranging for both choral music and vocal jazz. Tips, writing tricks, and vocal exercises for teachers and conductors that can be used to assist music arranging for all choirs, to be taught to their singers.
  • Using Musical Theater to Teach Expression in the K-8 Classroom Curriculum  Alexis Koch, Adda Clevenger School
    Expression can be one of the most difficult concepts to teach young musicians when they struggle to make an emotional connection to the music they are learning. The fundamentals of musical theater–singing, dancing, acting– create an atmosphere that fosters imagination, emotion, exploration and discovery. Often, musical theater is left as an extra-curricular opportunity only available to the elite performers. Integrating a musical theater performance into your curriculum that begins at a young age and builds on itself year-to-year, is an illuminating strategy towards more expressive, emotional artistry. This session will explore a variety of strategies to incorporate musical theater into your already established elementary and middle school classrooms.
  • Presentation by Our Esteemed Swan Award Winner, Dr. Ronald Kean
    “A Lifetime of Choral Gems”
    Click here to download a copy of Dr. Kean’s acceptance speech for the Howard Swan Award:
    Swan Award Speech (Ron Kean).

Special Sessions

  • Morning Tai Chi  Al Talberg
  • Breathing Life Into the 24 Italian Songs and Arias  Layna Chinakas, San Jose State University
    Volunteer singers will choose and present pieces from the 24 Italian Songs and Arias book and work with Layna Chianakas in a Vocal Master Class setting.
  • Conducting Class  Dr. Angel Vázquez-Ramos, California State University Bakersfield & Dr. Jeffrey Benson, San Jose State University
    These Intermediate and Beginning masterclasses include private coaching with a master teacher and podium time in a classroom situation.
  • Evening Worship Session  Dr. Jonathan Talberg, California State University Long Beach & Christopher Gravis, Director of Music, St. Wilfred of York

Level Specific Gatherings

  • Elementary & Children’s Choirs Nuts & Bolts  Andrew Brown, Director Contra Costa Children’s Choir and elementary teacher
  • Community Choirs Nuts & Bolts  Kristina Nakagawa, Artistic Director, Resounding Achord
  • Middle School Nuts & Bolts  Linda Lovaas, Retired Middle School Choral Educator
  • High School Panel  Panel of Retired High School Choral Educators
  • Two Year College  Dr. Arlie Langager, Mira Costa College
  • College and University  Dr. Angel Vázquez-Ramos, California State University, Bakersfield

Additional Conference Opportunities

  • bannerTuesday Night All-Conference Theme Party: HOMECOMING!    Costumes encouraged, but not required!
  • NEW:  George Heussenstamm Scholarship Winner    ECCO participants read through a choral work written by Nancy Reeves, winner of the inaugural George Heussenstamm Scholarship contest. A recording of her composition, Agnus Dei from her Requiem is available here: