The 2015 OMEA Professional Development Conference will be held on February 5-7, 2015 at the new Cleveland Convention Center! Lots of details about the Conference will be posted on this website over the next few months.
While online pre-registration won't open until October 1st, 2014, you are able to pre-register now by downloading a form (below) and mailing it (along with payment) to the address listed on the form.
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Information for potential exhibitors
October 18, 2014
Ann Usher is a Professor of Music at The University of Akron and Director of the School of Music, where she teaches graduate and undergraduate choral music education classes. Before her appointment as Director, she also supervised student teachers, and directed the University Singers. In 2012-13 she also served as Interim Director of the School of Dance, Theater, and Arts Administration. Prior to joining the Akron faculty in 2000, she taught public school choral music for eleven years, specializing in the middle school level.
In addition to her university duties, Dr. Usher also directs the Cleveland Orchestra Children's Chorus. This select treble choir of 5th - 9th graders performs throughout the year with the Cleveland Orchestra and the Cleveland Orchestra Chorus at Severance Hall. During the summer, the chorus performs at the Blossom Music Festival. The Cleveland Orchestra Children's Chorus also performed for the OMEA Professional Conference in 2003 and the OCDA Summer Conference in 2009.
Dr. Usher served on the Ohio Music Education Association (OMEA) Adjudicated Events Committee from 1999-2013 in many roles, including chair of the committee. She was district president for OMEA District VII, and is an active adjudicator for OMEA in voice and piano. With Dr. Laurie Lafferty, she co-chaired the 2006 OMEA North Coast Professional Conference which involved over ten thousand teachers, students, clinicians, and exhibitors. She served for six years as the Junior High Repertoire and Standards Chair for Ohio Choral Directors Association and four years as the Youth/Student Activities chair for OCDA. Active as a clinician and adjudicator, Ann Usher holds a bachelor of music education degree from the University of Northern Iowa, and a master of music degree in choral conducting and a doctorate in music education from Kent State University. Ann lives in Medina, OH, with her husband, Tom and twin boys Adam and Logan. Her daughter Kelsey is a freshman at The University of Akron.
All students are required to attend two regional rehearsals prior to October 18th. Attendance will be taken at all regional rehearsals. Music packets will be distributed at the first regional rehearsal. Regional rehearsals are mandatory.
Chagrin Falls, Ohio
Dates: September 27 & October 11, 2014
Location: Chagrin Falls High School
Address: 400 East Washington Street, Chagrin Falls, Ohio 44022
Directors: Pat Haynish email@example.com
Dates: September 20 & October 11, 2014
Location: The College of Wooster-Scheide Music Center-Gault Recital Hall
Address: 525 East University Street, Wooster, Ohio 44691
Director: Suzanne Walters firstname.lastname@example.org
Dates: September 13 & September 20, 2014
Location: Pettisville High School
Address: 232 Summit Street, Pettisville, Ohio 43553
Director: Duane Beck DBeck@pettisvilleschools.org
Dates: September 27 & October 4, 2014
Location: Conservatory of Music at Capital University, Crist Room
Address: 1 College and Main, Columbus, OH 43209
Director: Sandy Mathias email@example.com
Dates: September 13 & September 20, 2014
Location: Parkside Christian Church
Address: 6986 Salem Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45230
Directors: Jeremy David firstname.lastname@example.org and Stacey Moyer email@example.com
OCTOBER 18, 2014
All-State Children’s Chorus Schedule as of 8/24/14
8:45-Rehearsal Block 1
11:30-Break/walk to student union
11:45-12:30 Lunch in student union (provided)
12:45-3:30 Rehearsal Block 2
3:30-3:45 Snack (provided)
3:45-4:30 Rehearsal Block 3
4:30 Doors Open to Concert Hall
5:00 Concert (free and open to the public)
Map of Capital University
We have 116 students that represent 36 Ohio Music Educators. We appreciate your support in this first year. Please don't hesitate to contact the chair with any questions about this event: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Georgia Newlin, DMA, University of Hartford, MM MEd with Kodály emphasis, Holy Names College, vocal director and professor of Music Education, Adelphi University. Dr. Newlin is a master teacher for Kodály levels programs and is called upon as a conductor for elementary, middle, and high school choral festivals. She has been a presenter for numerous music associations and conferences at local, state, national, and international levels specializing in musicianship education, choral conducting, vocal development, beginning part singing, and pedagogy through Kodály’s vision and philosophy. Georgia is Past President of the Organization of American Kodály Educators and is a member of the VoiceCare network.
Where does musicianship begin? Can musicianship be developed in students? These sessions will examine the sequential development of partsinging skills in young singers in order to help students acquire the ability to sustain a given voice part in a multipart context. Georgia will take us through the spectrum of music literacy strategies & vocal development for the beginning singer, advancing to intermediate, and onto the choral setting. Purposefully teaching these techniques produces more singers who are able to fulfill their potential as selfsufficient musicians in a choral setting.
Choral Reading Session:
This workshop will help choral directors make the most of each rehearsal when preparing octavos for elementary and middle school that include mixed meters, interesting rhythms or unusual scales and modes. Choral repertoire lists, resource information, rehearsal planning guides, and a choral packet will be given to each participant. The preponderance of the session will be spent reading through and listening to recordings of this music in order to learn the most efficient teaching techniques and conducting gesture appropriate for each.
Inspirational elementary performances will be the culmination of this exciting day for General Music Teachers. The Barrington Taiko Group, Barrington Elementary in Upper Arlington, Ohio Directed by Angela Brooks & Deborah Graham-Gibson and the Lake Ridge Academy Orff Performance, North Ridgeville, Ohio Directed by Jennifer Shaw will definitely ignite some performance possibilities for your own students. We will come full circle with our focus on the voice by the final performance of the day by the premier of the OMEA ALL-STATE CHILDREN’S CHORUS, with students from all around our state Directed by Ann Usher.
The Barrington Taiko Group (Barrington Elementary in Upper Arlington, Ohio)
Directed by Angela Brooks & Deborah Graham-Gibson
Lake Ridge Academy Orff Performance (North Ridgeville, Ohio)
Directed by Jennifer Shaw
All-State Children's Chorus (Students from all around our state!)
Directed by Ann Usher
Professional Day Details
The 2014 General Music Professional Day
Saturday, October 18th – Capital University
Harry C. Moore Campus Center Pleasant Ridge Ave. Bexley, OH 43209
Dr. Georgia Newlin, Presenter
Presenter Session: Developing Musicianship with Young Singers (see description above)
8:30 - 9:00 - Packet Pick Up/Check In/Coffee – Entrance Table
9:00 - 12:30 - Dr. Georgia Newlin, Developing Musicianship with Young Singers I
12:30 -1:15 - Lunch
1:15 - 4:30 - Dr. Georgia Newlin, Developing Musicianship with Young Singers II & Choral Reading Session
4:30 - 4:45 - Pick up of CEU Certificates at Entrance Table
5:00 - Children’s Performances
As of 8/21/14 and subject to change
Note: There is NO on-site registration for this event.
Only pre-registered attendees can participate. Registration will close on September 30, 2014.
Dr. Guegold is past Director of the School of Music at The University of Akron where he holds the rank of Professor Emeritus and continues to teach part time. He is a past president of Ohio Music Education Association and is immediate past president of the NAfME North Central Division. Guegold has served on the OMEA Strategic Plan and Government Relations Committees and is a past chair and marching band affairs chair of the Adjudicated Events Committee. He served as OMEA Appeals Board Chair from 2004 until 2014. He was co-chair of the 2000, 2003 and 2009 OMEA State Professional Development Conferences and has chaired numerous ad hoc committees for OMEA.
Dr. Guegold is a native of Cambridge, Ohio, and received his MM and Ph.D. from Kent State University. His undergraduate degree is from Capital University in Columbus.
Dr. Guegold has presented clinics on the topics of educational leadership, music adjudication, educational reform, Olympic Music, and rehearsal techniques at state, regional, national and international conferences. Guegold’s professional associations include OMEA, NAfME, Pi Kappa Lambda, Phi Beta Mu, ASBDA, and Kappa Kappa Psi. He has hosted or co-hosted more than 30 adjudicated festivals including OMEA State Marching Band Finals, district and state large group, middle school large group and solo and ensemble events. He continues to adjudicate OMEA marching band and large group events and has served as an adjudicator for Music in the Parks, Classic Festivals and Heritage Festivals.
He taught at the college level for twenty-three years and was a high school band director in the Painesville City and Crestwood Local Schools earlier in his career. Dr. Guegold served eight years as a member of the Crestwood Local Schools Board of Education, the last six as president. He is a past president of the Rotary Club of Mantua.
In January of 2000 he was named a “Distinguished Alumnus” of the Kent State School of Music and received the “2001 Alumni Achievement Award” from Capital in April of that year. In May of 2002 he was selected for membership in the Cambridge High School Alumni Hall of Fame. He received the OMEA “Distinguished Service Award” at the 2005 OMEA Conference in Cincinnati. In September of 2008 Dr. Guegold was inducted as an honorary member of the Crestwood High School Alumni Hall of Fame.
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