2017 Fall Workshop Leaders Info

Author, workshop leader Rodney Eichenberger to conduct session for directors at the ORACDA Fall Workshop in Forest Grove

Rodney Eichenberger, Florida State University Professor Emeritus, continues to maintain a busy professional schedule. He has conducted 80 US All State Choirs and guest conducted or lectured at more than 85 US, Australian and New Zealand Universities. International appearances include guest conducting the Korean National Chorus in Seoul, the Pusan, Korea City Choir, International High School Honor Choirs in Tokyo and Berlin and leading conducting workshops in Argentina, Brazil, France, Norway, Sweden, Scotland, Austria, Korea, Australia and New Zealand. His instructional videos on Choral Conducting,” What They See Is What You Get,” published by Hinshaw Music and “Enhancing Musicality Through Movement,” Santa Barbara Press, are widely used in collegiate conducting classes. A graduate of St. Olaf College with advanced study at the Universities of Denver, Washington and Iowa, he taught at the University of Washington and the University of Southern California prior to his appointment at Florida State University.

Margaret Green to lead OR-ACDA Middle School Leadership/Honor Choir in wonderful day of learning

Start your year off with an incredible choral singing experience for your middle level singers! Your students will have a day of exciting learning with extraordinary choral educator, adjudicator, clinician and singer Margaret Green.

Margaret has enjoyed making music in the Portland area for over 25 years. She is the vocal music director at the Vancouver School of Arts and Academics, a National Board Certified Educator, and was the artistic director/conductor of Belle Voci Women’s Vocal Ensemble. Margaret was featured in the Columbian newspaper’s Portrait section (highlighting individuals making a difference in the Vancouver community), a 2016 recipient of the Vancouver PTA Educator of the Year Award, and in 2017 was a DeLucia Award winner for her innovative methods as a music educator.

Through the rehearsal process, middle level honor choir participants will learn how to take greater ownership in their music making by developing musicianship and investigating what makes each choral piece unique. The goal for the day is to provide a window into performing with understanding…”the backstory” of each piece. Repertoire includes Agnus Dei by Kinley Lange – SA(T)B, Irish Folksong arrangement The Rising of the Moon – SATB, and Sisi ni moja by Jacob Narverud – SA (T)B.

Hallmarks of Green’s educational philosophy included building musicianship, fostering healthy vocal development, exposing students to a wide variety of genres of vocal music, and developing the ability to not just sing, but to be a singing actor when performing.

Steve Zielke to lead the advanced high school sight-reading chorus

The advanced sight-reading chorus is designed for students who already know how to read music and desire an advanced experience with other singers of similar musicianship.  We all know that experience of singing in a chorus and having other students around us depend on our skills for them to learn their notes.  What would a choir be like if everyone depended on their own musical knowledge?  And what if, instead of spending an entire rehearsal on one or two pieces, you have a choral experience focused on learning a great deal of music quickly and efficiently?

Help pave the way for your choir leaders to move your choral ensembles to the next level of literacy.  Send your section leaders and other musically advanced singers for this experience.  The day will include 25+ choral pieces in various styles, rhythmic exercises and practice sheets based on OSAA Sight Reading examples.

Register early as this session is limited to 100 singers and any number of adult directors.  This is an advanced learning experience not to miss!

Dr. Steven Zielke
Patricia Valian Reser Professor of Music
Director of Choirs
Associate Director, School of Arts and Communication
Oregon State University