Summer Conference at ECCO 2019

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After a distinguished teaching career at the junior high, high school and junior college levels in San Diego, Dr. Archibeque served for 35 years as Director of Choral Activities at San Jose State University where she trained hundreds of today’s choral conductors, both at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Dr. Charlene Archibeque, one of America’s foremost choral conductors and teachers, was the first woman to earn the DMA in Choral Conducting, in 1969 from the University of Colorado. Dr. Archibeque helped put SJSU on the world map by winning seven international choral competitions with the famous SJSU Choraliers, completing sixteen concert tours to Australia, Mexico and throughout Europe and conducting in many major music halls. She won prizes for Best Conductor at Spittal, Gorizia and Tallinn International Festivals.

Dr. Archibeque has presented multiple choir clinics and conductors’ workshops throughout the U.S., as well as in Australia, England, Canada, China, and most of Europe. Known as one of America’s top choral clinicians, she has conducted hundreds of honor choirs in 46 states and six provinces of Canada. Active in the American Choral Directors Association she has presented major interest sessions, served on many panels, and her choirs have performed at 25 state, divisional and national conventions.

She has appeared as Artist In Residence at major universities including Michigan State, Univ. of Michigan, Univ. of Iowa, Westminster Choir College, UCLA, Azusa Pacific, Univ. of Colorado, Univ. of Washington, Western Washington Univ., Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, Webster College, Univ. of Delaware, and Northern Arizona University.

She was the recipient of the Howard Swan Award presented by Calif. ACDA in 2008 and in 2013 the “Excellence in Choral Music,” presented by the University of Colorado and most recently made an Honorary Life Member of the National Collegiate Choral Organization.

In the past several years Dr. Archibeque conducted All-State Choirs in Connecticut, California, South Carolina and Massachusetts, judged the Golden State Choral Festivals, and presented sessions at the Western Division Convention of the ACDA as well as for the Texas TMEA, Arizona MEA and Missouri MMEA. Her last National presentation was at the ACDA Convention in Salt Lake City entitled “Changing Brains through Effective Choral Rehearsals” with former student Debra Glaze.   She currently teaches a Summer Workshop on Conducting at SJSU every July and conducted and taught at the Delaware Choral Symposium in Aix-en-Provence, France in summer 2017.

Known for her knowledge of the choral repertoire and performance practice of all styles, Dr. Archibeque has conducted and prepared over 150 major choral works with orchestras and performs music from all historical periods.

The 2018-2019 season finds her clinicing choirs in Arizona, headlining a Texas Workshop in West Texas, presenting 2 interest sessions in Kansas City for the National ACDA Convention and serving as one of the 11 Conductors chosen to conduct the Legacy Choir as well as headlining ECCO, the California ACDA Summer Conference.

Her degrees were earned at the Univ. of Michigan, San Diego State and the DMA at the University of Colorado. She was named Outstanding Alumna at the latter and was given both San Jose State’s highest honors: Outstanding Professor and President’s Scholar. She currently serves on the Board of the American Beethoven Society, is a Past-President and now co-president of the Silicon Valley League of the San Francisco Symphony and is Editor of the Charlene Archibeque Choral Series with Santa Barbara Music Publishers. Her DVD “How to Make a Good Choir Sound Great” is available from GIA.

Exciting topics from our Conference Headliner:

  • The magic of movement
  • Growing the brain in the choral rehearsal
  • Dr. A’s Quick Remedies for Choral Problems
  • Placement of singers in rehearsals and concerts..
  • Renaissance music to increase musicality
  • You can also expect Dr. A. to sprinkle all kinds of useful information throughout the conference including: using students as assistant conductors and leaders, teaching musicianship every day, evaluating concerts, filling the financial coffer, the face factor, and much much more.  This will be a Summer Conference you won’t want to miss.
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Conducting Masterclass

A Conducting Class and Masterclass are available at ECCO at no additional cost. Both are designed to give choral conductors the opportunity to work with master teachers and coaches/mentors on skills to help them meet challenges beyond their university training. The conducting class includes coaching with a master teacher and podium time in a classroom situation. The Masterclass includes private coaching with the headlining speaker, Dr. Charlene Archibeque, and public podium time during one of the conference plenary sessions. Three conductors will be selected via application for the masterclass. Conductors interested in participating in the 2019 ECCO masterclasses should submit an application and the required supplemental materials on or before June 21, 2019.

Additional Workshops:

Monkey See, Monkey Do

Come learn the value of nonverbal communication in achieving artistic nuance in choral performance.

Rodney Eichenberger, Florida State Professor Emeritus and former Professor of Choral Music at the University of Southern California continues to lead a modified professional life. He has conducted more than 80 all state choirs and has conducted, led seminars or clinics in all fifty states. For the past 45 years he has played an active role in the choral life of Australia and New Zealand and more than twenty conductors from those countries have studied for advanced degrees at the University of Southern California and Florida State University. He has guest conducted or led conducting workshops in Canada, Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, Austria, Germany, France, The Netherlands, England, Scotland, Norway, Sweden, Japan, Korea and Singapore. He has guest conducted the National Choir of Korea, the Pusan, Korea City Choir, the Australian Intervarsity Choir in the Sydney Opera House and the US Army Soldiers Chorus.

He has been an active member of ACDA for most of his professional career. He was the local chair of the last ACDA Convention held in conjunction with MENC while on the faculty of the University of Washington. He served as Northwest Division President and choirs under his baton have performed at National ACDA and MENC Conventions. He has authored two DVDs on conducting, “What They See Is What You Get, “ Hinshaw Music and “Enhancing Musicality Through Movement,” Santa BarbaraMusic Publishers. Along with Charlene Archibeque he was one of eleven conductors to be invited to conduct the Legacy Choir at the 2019 ACDA National Convention where he also led sessions on a paradigm shift in the teaching of undergraduate conducting. The weeklong conducting workshop he leads in Seaside, Oregon will meet for the 31st consecutive year beginning on July 28th.

Culturally Responsive Teaching in the Choral Classroom

Students’ cultural backgrounds can enliven and enrich the environment and curriculum of the choral classroom, but may create challenges for teachers who do not understand the cultural differences in their school population. An approach to teaching that takes students’ cultures into consideration may improve the educational experiences of choral students who live in an increasingly diverse world. Culturally responsive teaching is an educational process that honors the lived experiences of students and their families. By exploring the needs and lived experiences of their students, choral music educators can more fully understand the myriad of issues involved with navigating cultural identity in school writ large, and in choral music programs. Grounded in research and drawing on the experiences of the presenter while teaching in a majority Latinx school, this session will include demonstrations of and suggestions about culturally responsive teaching for the 21st century choral classroom. Topics to be covered include: vocabulary, repertoire selection, strategies for communicating with family members, recruitment, and culturally responsive ensembles. This session will demonstrate how choral music educators can be a strong force in culturally responsive instruction that will help serve the increasingly diverse students in California schools.
Joshua Palkki serves as Assistant Professor of Vocal/Choral Music Education at California State University, Long Beach where he leads the University Choir and prepares future choral music educators. He holds degrees from Michigan State University, Northern Arizona University, and Ball State University. A sought-after guest conductor and scholar on LGBTQ issues in music education, he has guest conducted in several states and presented at state and national research, choral, and music education conferences. Dr. Palkki’s writing appears in several journals including Choral Journal, Journal of Research in Music Education, and Journal of Music Teacher Education.

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Choir and A Cappella: Bridging the Gap

Looking to integrate contemporary a cappella into a more traditional choral curriculum but struggling with the details? This class is for choir directors who want to learn more about how to direct a pop a cappella group and a cappella directors who want to learn how to utilize best practices of choral rehearsals for their groups!  We’ll cover common mistakes and pitfalls.
Rob Dietz is a multiple CARA winning producer who has been arranging, performing, and critiquing contemporary a cappella music for over ten years. His career began in high school as director of the critically acclaimed group Ascending Height, with whom he produced the first all-original high school a cappella album. Rob has studied at the Australian Institute of Music in Sydney and at the Ithaca College School of Music, where he directed the award winning all-male group, Ithacappella. Since graduation, Rob has been an arranger and group coach for seasons 3, 4, and 5 of NBC’s The Sing-Off, as well as a vocal percussionist for the Warblers on Fox’s hit show, Glee.

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“Unpack the mystery of the “Singers Formant”: vocal-anatomical, science-based exercises that identify the common resonance link between Opera, Belting, Musical Theatre, and more!”

Unpack Estill Voice Training, which connects vocal-scientific research with kinesthetic vocal exercises to enable a variety of vocal styles in a vocally healthy way.  In this session you will discover a pedagogy that prepares students for 21st Century vocal-musical realities, i.e. (1) to use their voices effectively when singing jazz, pop, and classical repertoire, and (2) to empower students to belt and sing Musical Theatre and non-Western European styles without fear. This pedagogy also reveals the mystery of the Singers Formant—it identifies specifically what vocal gesture actually creates “ring” and resonance in the tone.

Dr. Julie Ford is a classical and jazz conductor, vocalist, and educator in the San Francisco Bay Area. As an Associate Professor of Music at Saint Mary’s College of California, she directs the Chamber Singers, Glee Club, and Jazz Choir, and teaches lyric diction, sight-singing, piano, and conducting. The SMC Glee and Chamber Singers received Gold Medals at the 2014 World Choir Games. As Director of Liturgical Music at St. Mary’s, Dr. Ford directs music for masses and ecumenical services. She also sings professionally in Moodswing, a vocal jazz quartet (2005 Champions of the San Francisco Harmony Sweepstakes). From 2002-2013, she served as Director of Worship and Music at Lafayette-Orinda Presbyterian Church leading worship as vocalist and pianist, directing choirs, and conducting choral-orchestral works biannually; the LOPC Chamber Singers performed at the 2009 ACDA National Convention. Dr. Ford served two terms as Repertoire & Standards Chair of Music in Worship (CA-ACDA) and guest conducts, leads workshops, and adjudicates throughout northern and central California. She holds degrees from San José State University (Bachelors-Voice), The Eastman School of Music (Masters-Conducting) and the University of Oklahoma (Doctorate-Choral Conducting), and is indebted to her primary conducting teachers: Perla Warren, Charlene Archibeque, Donald Neuen, and Dennis Shrock.

Engaging Their Minds and Welcoming Their Hearts: using Orff and Kodaly with your elementary choir

Shane Troll is the founder and artistic director of iSing. He earned his Master of Music in Conducting with honors and his undergraduate degrees in Vocal Performance and Music Education from California State University at Chico.  He has completed three levels of training and is a certified instructor from the San Francisco Orff Course. In his 16 years of teaching music, Shane has become a recognized and sought-after industry expert in music education for young singers. He was the featured presenter at the Western ACDA Conference in 2010; the Kansas Summer ACDA Music Conference in 2011; the National Orff Conference in Denver, Colorado in 2013; the New Jersey Youth Choir in 2014; the New England Orff Chapter in 2015; and the National Children’s Choir Conference in New Jersey in 2016.  Shane’s teaching experience is a broad-based mix as elementary school instructor and entrepreneurial music educator.  He served as Associate Artistic Director of the Cantabile Youth Singers for 10 years; he was director of music at Pinewood School for 13 years; and he is the co-founder of the iSing Girlchoir.  Shane is a dynamic leader and innovator in his approach to elementary music education and is currently working on a book highlighting his strategies about the integration of elementary classroom music and choir rehearsal methodologies.  Shane is a proud California native, having lived in the San Francisco Bay Area for his entire life.

The Missing Chapter: Women Composers Before 1900 

Women composers have largely been left out of the choral canon. As we strive toward more inclusive programming, we can uncover the lesser-known names of female composers by teaching their music. In this session, we’ll interact with and explore the choral repertoire of select composers, from Aleotti to Cozzolani. Corie Brown will guide participants through performance considerations, share available resources for programming, and read through new repertoire with colleagues in this interactive session.

Dr. Corie Brown joins the faculty at San José State University as professor of choral music education this fall. She brings diverse teaching experience in both public school and community settings and most recently worked for two years as a conductor and mentor with the El Sistema-based program, Fundación Nacional Batuta of Colombia. This resulted in further study on how to better serve marginalized students in the choral classroom, as well as research on methods for collaboration in higher education.

As a contralto, Dr. Brown has toured internationally throughout Europe, Argentina and Colombia, and sang at the Oregon Bach Festival and the Ad Astra Music Festival, where she also directs the high school honor choir. Her arrangements are published with Hal Leonard in the Andrea Ramsey Choral Series and she was a semi-finalist in the SWACDA conducting competition. Dr. Brown holds degrees from Alma College in Michigan, the University of Oregon, and a Doctor of Musical Arts in Choral Conducting and Literature from the University of Colorado Boulder.

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Google Classroom for Music Classrooms

Google Classroom is an application from the G Suite for Education – a powerful teaching and learning resource offered by Google to schools and educational institutions for FREE. In addition to Gmail, Calendars and Docs, Classroom integrates these applications to streamline the process of sharing class activities between teachers and students in a paperless way. How do we leverage the power of Google Classroom for Music Educators? Come to this session and learn how to utilize G Suite applications to organize and design innovative learning experiences for our students.

Chad Zullinger, Adjunct Professor of Music Education, California State University, East Bay is the Music Technology Representative on the California Music Educators Association Board. He earned his M.M. in Choral Conducting from the University of Delaware and a B.M. in Composition at San Francisco State University.  Throughout his career, Mr. Zullinger has worked to create spaces so that students can develop, produce and direct their own learning experiences in the language of music. He has presented and engaged with numerous NAfME State organizations around the country about 21st century innovation and pedagogy for music educators and students. In this capacity, Mr Zullinger strives to reinforce the idea that skills such as collaboration, creativity, critical thinking, and problem solving are integral components to a 21st century music education.

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Other Conference Handouts

  Click here to download JEFFREY BENSON’S Handouts
  Click here to download TINA PETERSON’S ConducTED PowerPoint
  Click here to download ARLIE LANGAGER’S Handout

Tuesday Night Costume Dinner Party:  HEROES & VILLAINS!!

The CCDA Board hosted our closing party and reception, and the costumes were fabulous!


California Choral Directors Association 2019 Summer Conference at ECCO.


A special Thank You to all session leaders and conference participants who made this event an amazing experience. Be sure to invite your choral friends and colleagues to join us next year to make it even better!