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Crimson Hawks Invitational Choral Conference

  • The Indiana University of Pennsylvania Department of Music will host the  annual Crimson Hawks Invitational Choral Conference on Tuesday, October 10, 2017.

    This year’s conference will feature clinicians Craig Denison, associate director of choral studies at IUP, and Kelly Miller, coordinator of music education at the University of Central Florida. Students will take part in intensive rehearsal and high-quality performances, as well as meet fellow musicians from the region. CHICC also presents an opportunity for students to audition for admission to the IUP Music Department and a potential scholarship award. Teachers can earn continuing education units (ACT 48 or graduate credit) by attending the various sessions.

    Contact

    Ryan Beeken
    Director of Choral Studies
    Indiana University of Pennsylvania
    724-357-4408
    ryan.beeken@iup.edu

     

    Clinicians

    Kelly Miller: 7th–12th Grade Men’s Honor Choir

    Kelly MillerKelly Miller is coordinator of Music Education at the University of Central Florida, where she conducts the Women’s Chorus and Ensemble. She teaches Introduction to Music Education, Secondary Choral Methods I and II, Music Learning Theory and Assessment, Conducting, Music and the Student with Exceptionalities, and graduate classes in music education, while also coordinating and supervising student teachers through their junior and senior internships. Prior to her appointment at UCF, Miller taught at Western Illinois University as assistant professor of Choral Music Education, where she conducted the Concert Choir and Vocal Jazz Ensemble. She conducted the Women’s Glee Club at Michigan State University for three years and taught choral music at the high school level for 13 years in Michigan, Florida, and Nebraska. While in Orlando, Miller founded the choral/vocal program at Timber Creek High School, served as District 8 chair for the Florida Vocal Association, and received her National Board Certification in secondary choral music. Before directing choirs, Miller was a concert band director for grades five through 12 and instructed marching and jazz bands, music theory, and elementary general music in Nebraska. 

    In addition to her choral directing and teaching, she has maintained a private voice studio and is in demand to lead choral workshops on the choral/instrumental director as voice teacher, choosing choral repertoire and running effective rehearsals, leadership, creating artistry, student ownership, and team building. Miller frequently serves as a clinician and festival adjudicator. She has been invited to conduct regional and state honor choirs and to present conference sessions in Ireland, Hawaii, Arkansas, Missouri, Iowa, Illinois, Nebraska, Florida, and Michigan. Miller has performed at both divisional and national conventions of the American Choral Directors Association, and at the Nebraska Music Educators Association Convention.

    Miller holds a DMA degree in choral conducting from Michigan State University, a MM degree in music education from the University of Nebraska at Omaha, and a BA degree in music education from the University of Nebraska at Kearney.

    Craig Denison: 7th–12th Grade Women’s Honor Choir

    Craig DenisonCraig Denison joined the IUP faculty after recently finishing his 13th season with Florida’s Singing Sons Boychoir. He brought to the choir vast experience and expertise in working with boys’— as well as girls’— voices. At IUP, Denison conducts choirs, teaches courses in choral music education, and supervises student teachers. He also previously served as music director for the Colorado Children’s Chorale and associate music director and conductor of the American Boychoir, for which he prepared singers for many significant performances. Additionally, Denison has prepared choirs and acted as vocal coach for several world and North American premieres, including Luciano Berio’s “Ofanim,” both in Carnegie Hall and at the Schleswig-Holstein Festival. Other premieres included Gian Carlo Menotti’s “The Singing Child” at Spoleto Festival USA, and works by Bob Chilcott, Libby Larsen, Eric Whitacre, and Stephen Hatfield. He also serves as the American Choral Directors Association’s national chair for Repertoire and Standards in Boychoirs. 

    A sought-after conductor and clinician, Denison is a regular guest conductor of honor and all-state choruses. He also teaches and presents his research regularly at the state and national levels on topics including the male singer, the changing voice, music literacy, and choral performance and assessment. Denison has prepared boys for numerous opera productions, including The Magic Flute, The Turn of the Screw, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Carmen, La Bohème, Turandot, Tosca, Summer and Smoke, Hansel and Gretel, Amahl and the Night Visitors, and Street Scene with opera companies as diverse as Central City Opera, to Los Angeles Opera, to Florida Grand Opera. In addition to his work with young voices, Denison founded the Schola Cantorum at Westminster Choir College, where he served as assistant professor of conducting. As a solo singer, he has appeared in performances with the Colorado Symphony, Spoleto Festival USA, the Westminster Choir, the American Boychoir, Delray Beach Chorale, and St. Clements, Philadelphia. 

    Denison earned his PhD from the University of Miami, his master of music degree with distinction from Westminster Choir College, and a bachelor of music degree from Houghton College, graduating magna cum laude.

     

    Student Selection Process

    Each school is invited to bring two or three SATB (soprano, alto, tenor, and bass) quartets to participate in the honor choir. This will help to ensure two balanced ensembles. Students should be excellent sight-readers, have good vocal technique, and display exemplary rehearsal behavior. If possible, priority should be given to students who will continue to sing in college. Please limit selection to those students who read music well and work hard in rehearsal

    If you have a need to bring a group that is not balanced with voice parts, permission must be sought from Ryan Beeken (ryan.beeken@iup.edu).

    Scholarship Audition

    CHICC presents an opportunity for students both to audition for admission to the IUP Department of Music and to earn a choral scholarship to IUP for the 2017–18 academic year. Auditions are open to all high school seniors who attend CHICC. Students planning to be music majors should prepare two songs from memory—one English and one Italian art song. An accompanist will be provided. Additional information can be found here.

    Schedule

    7th–12th Grade Men

    8:00 a.m. — Registration
    8:30 a.m. — Rehearsal/sectionals
    10:30 a.m. — Break
    11:00 a.m. — Rehearsal/sectionals
    12:00 p.m. — Lunch break
    1:30 p.m. — Rehearsal
    3:30 p.m. — Break
    4:00 p.m. — Rehearsal
    5:00 p.m. — Dinner break
    6:15 p.m. — “Dress rehearsal”
    7:30 p.m. — CHICC concert

    7th–12th Grade Women

    8:00 a.m. — Registration
    8:30 a.m. — Rehearsal/sectionals
    10:30 a.m. — Break
    11:00 a.m. — Rehearsal/sectionals
    12:00 p.m. — Lunch break
    1:30 p.m. — Rehearsal
    3:30 p.m. — Break
    4:00 p.m. — Rehearsal
    5:00 p.m. — Dinner break
    6:15 p.m. — “Dress rehearsal”
    7:30 p.m. — CHICC concert

    Teachers*

    8:00 a.m. — Registration
    9:00 a.m. — Session 1
    10:30 a.m. — Break
    11:00 a.m. — Session 2
    12:00 p.m. — Lunch Break
    1:30 p.m. — Attend rehearsal
    3:30 p.m. — Break
    4:00 p.m. — Session 3
    5:00 p.m. — Dinner break
    6:15 p.m. — “Dress rehearsal”
    7:30 p.m. — CHICC concert

    *Teachers are not required to attend. If students will be attending without a teacher, please notify Beeken.