NACM MidWinter Seminar
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with Dr. Robert Istad
Associate Professor and Director of
at California State University, Fullerton
Dr. Robert Istad is Associate Professor and Director of Choral Studies at California State University, Fullerton where he conducts the University Singers and Women’s
Choir in addition to teaching courses in conducting, advanced interpretation and literature. Dr. Istad receivedhis Bachelor of Arts degree in music from Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois, his Master of Music degree in choral conducting from California State University, Fullerton and his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in choral music at the University of Southern
California. Istad is also the Artistic Director of the Long Beach Camerata Singers and Long Beach Bach Festival, is the Assistant Conductor of the Pacific Chorale, and is in demand as an adjudicator, guest conductor and guest clinician throughout the nation.
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The Orange County Chapter of NACM is hosting its annual Choir Festival on Saturday, May 3, 2014 at Covenant Presbyterian Church, 607 E. 3rd St. (at Atlantic Avenue) Long Beach, CA. Our Guest Clinician will be Carver Cossey. Participating choirs are invited to present one anthem of their choosing and participate in a Massed Choir performance of music selected by Carver Cossey. The Massed Choir will rehearse from 2:00 – 4:00 pm with Mr. Cossey to prepare anthems for the Festival Closing Service at 4:30 pm. Information: Priscilla Silver, Festival Coordinator at 714-315-2332.
NACM National Convention ~ preliminary information
"A Taste of Heaven"
Catch the Vision of what God can do Through Your Ministry
July 16, 17, 18, 2014
First Presbyterian Church of Granada Hills, CA
Clinicians: William and Rosephanye Powell
Their presentation titles are: Rosephanye: "The Composer's Heart", "Voice Care". William: "Master Conducting Class". Both: "The African American Spiritual; A Communal Experience", "Performance Practices in Gospel Music--with a demonstration choir."
Workshops include such topics as "Vocal Pedagogy", Dr. Katharin Rundus; "Tearing Down Worship Walls Between Platform and People", Dr. Edwin Willmington;
"Newer Piano Music for Worship", Ben Mason; "Handbell Music Reading Session, Katryn Howell.
Registration forms available in February 2014.
Dr. Rosephanye Dunn Powell is hailed as one of America’s premiere women composers of choral music. She has an impressive catalogue of works published by some of the nation’s leading publishers, including the Hal Leonard Corporation, and the Fred Bock Music Company/Gentry Publications. An accomplished singer and voice professor, Dr.
Powell’s research has focused on the art of the African-American spiritual, the art songs of William Grant Still, and voice care concerns for voice professionals (specifically, music educators, choral directors, and choral singers).
Dr. Powell serves as Professor of Voice at Auburn University. She holds degrees from The Florida State University (D.M. in vocal performance, University Fellow), Westminster Choir College (M.M. in vocal performance and pedagogy, with distinction), and Alabama State University (B.M.E., summa cum laude. Dr. Powell served on the faculties of Philander Smith College (AR) and Georgia Southern University prior to Auburn University.
Dr. William C. Powell is professor of music and director of choral activities at Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama. He holds degrees from Alabama State University (B.M.E.), Westminster Choir College (M.M.E.), and Florida State University (Ph.D.). At Auburn, Powell conducts the Chamber, Concert, Gospel and Men's Choirs, and teaches choral-related undergraduate, graduate, and distance courses in conducting, choral techniques, and choral arranging.
Powell is in demand as a choral conductor. He has conducted choirs at national and international venues such as Carnegie Hall, Walt Disney World, the Crystal Cathedral, Kennedy Center, Washington National Cathedral, and various locations abroad. Powell is a noted arranger and accompanist. Powell is a past chair of the Repertoire and Standards Committee on Ethnic and Multicultural Perspectives for the both the southwestern division and the southern division of the American Choral Directors Association.