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The 2014 OMEA General Music Professional Day (formerly Workshop)
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Georgia Newlin, Presenter
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.
Developing Musicianship with Young Singers Part I and II:
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.
Elementary Performance Groups:
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

- 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 October 3rd, 2014. 

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2014 OMEA All-State Children's Chorus

October 18, 2014
5:00 pm
Capital University
Columbus, Ohio

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Guest Conductor - Dr. Ann Usher

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.

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All-State Children's Chorus Regional Rehearsal Information:
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
Time:  9:00-12:00
Location:  Chagrin Falls High School
Address:  400 East Washington Street, Chagrin Falls, Ohio 44022
Directors:  Pat Haynish

Wooster, Ohio
Dates:  September 20 & October 11, 2014
Time:  9:00-12:00
Location: The College of Wooster-Scheide Music Center-Gault Recital Hall
Address:  525 East University Street, Wooster, Ohio 44691
Director:  Suzanne Walters

Pettisville, Ohio
Dates:  September 13 & September 20, 2014
Time:  9:00-12:00
Location: Pettisville High School
Address:  232 Summit Street, Pettisville, Ohio 43553
Director:  Duane Beck

Columbus, Ohio
Dates:  September 27 & October 4, 2014
Time:  9:00-12:00
Location:  Conservatory of Music at Capital University, Crist Room
Address: 1 College and Main, Columbus, OH  43209
Director:  Sandy Mathias

Cincinnati, Ohio
Dates:  September 13 & September 20, 2014
Time:  9:00-12:00
Location:  Parkside Christian Church
Address:  6986 Salem Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45230
Directors:  Jeremy David and Stacey Moyer

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)

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All-State Children’s Chorus Participants:
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:

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2015 Professional Development Conference - Cleveland
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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 November 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.

The online hotel reservation system is available now! Click the button (below) to access the system and reserve your hotel room in Cleveland!

Information for potential exhibitors

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Would your business or institution like to exhibit at the 2015 OMEA Professional Development Conference? If so, we encourage you to visit the new OMEA Business Portal. Our State Conference has posted @2800 registered music educators in recent years with a total attendance of approximately 9000 including music educators, exhibitors, clinicians, student performers, and parents. Exhibit Hall has contracted 170 companies/institutions in 250 booths. Join the Ohio exhibiting experience!

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April/May TRIAD
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Click on the cover to view the electronic issue of TRIAD, the official journal of the Ohio Music Education Association!

OMEA members may access back issues of the electronic TRIAD in the member portal.

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NAfME Information