WACDA Conference Interest Sessions

The Western Region ACDA Conference will host thirty-two interest sessions for educators and conductors of all ages. Topics are centered around: 
  • Diversity, equity, and inclusion—such as “Choral Intersectionality: Gender, Race and Reimagined Excellence” presented by Drs. Josh Palkki and Jace Saplan; 
  • Conducting technique—such as “Dynamic Body Balance: Unlocking Communication” presented by Dr. Nicole Lamatine; and 
  • Youth choirs—such as “Let All Children Sing!: Creating a Community Connection through Youth Choirs” presented by Dr. Erin Bailey and Leslie Walker. 

In addition, for the first time, the Western Region ACDA Conference will host a research/best-practice poster session before the Thursday night concert. During this poster session, attendees will have access to beverages while they move about the posters and chat with the presenters about their research. Some of the poster topics include culturally relevant pedagogy, Alexander Technique, Korean music, and Kirke Mechem’s New Opera.

See handouts from Interest Sessions here.

Note on Reading Sessions:

All but three of the reading sessions will be offered online asynchronously after the conference. This will enable attendees to be able to hear all of the music chosen by your State R&R Chairs, while opening the schedule to provide more time to network.