Crimson Hawks Invitational Choral Conference

  • The Indiana University of Pennsylvania Department of Music will host the second annual Crimson Hawks Invitational Choral Conference (CHICC) on Tuesday, October 4, 2016.

    This year’s conference will feature clinicians Ryan Beeken, director of choral studies at IUP, and John Flanery, director of choral activities at New Mexico State University. 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

    Dr. John Flanery: 7th-12th Grade Men's Honor Choir

    John FlaneryJohn Flanery is the Director of Choral Activities at New Mexico State University. At NMSU he supervises the masters in choral conducting program, teaches choral literature and choral conducting, and oversees the University Singers, Concert Choir, and the Masterworks Chorus.

    His Doctor of Musical Arts and Master’s degrees are both in Choral Conducting, from the University of Kentucky. He holds a Bachelor’s of Music Education degree from Briar Cliff University, in Sioux City, Iowa. Prior to his arrival at NMSU in 2015, John spent nine years as associate choral director at the University of Southern Mississippi. At Southern Miss, John’s responsibilities included teaching choral conducting, choral procedures, and choral literature, directing the Concert Choir, Spirit ofSouthern, Men’s Chorus, and the Southern Miss Gulf Coast Civic Chorale. His ensembles have been selected to perform at various state and regional conferences and concert series.

    John has served ACDA in various positions, including having served as the Mississippi Chapter president. In service to national ACDA, John has been on the poster selection committee for both the national conferences in Dallas in 2013, and Salt Lake City in 2015. For the National Collegiate Choral Organization, he
    served on the Choral Series selection committee for the 2015 conference in Portland. He has also served as church choir director at several churches in Iowa, Kentucky, and Mississippi.

    As a founder of new events, John began an ACDA summer conference in Mississippi in 2013. He began a summer camp at Southern Miss that he oversaw for seven years and
    had more than 1,000 high school and junior high students, along with teachers, attend. John began the Festival of Choirs on the Mississippi Gulf Coast in 2007 with the intent of encouraging choral singing in an area hit hard by Hurricane Katrina. The event featured the Southern Miss Gulf Coast Civic Chorale in concert, joined by local high school and community college choral programs. Additionally at Southern Miss, he began the Spirit of Southern men’s a cappella group, which became a recruiting tool and ambassadors for the choral department throughout the region. The ensemble was selected to perform at the Mississippi ACDA/MMEA joint conference in 2011 and 2015.

    As a high school music educator in the state of Iowa for nine years, John conducted concert choirs, madrigal dinners, show choirs, jazz choirs, and many other ensembles. John is a regular clinician and judge throughout the United States, including serving as an all-state conductor in Alabama and Kentucky. John and his wife, Juliane, have five children: Elias, Cecelia, Josephine, Lucinda, and William.

    Dr. Ryan Beeken: 7th-12th Grade Women's Honor Choir

    Ryan BeekenRyan Beeken serves as director of Choral Studies at IUP, where he conducts the University Chorale, Chorus, and Chamber Singers. In addition, he teaches graduate and undergraduate choral conducting and supervises student teachers. Dr. Beeken also serves as artistic director for the Blair Concert Chorale, whose mission includes fostering a growing appreciation of high-quality choral music for the population of south central Pennsylvania. He received bachelor of music in vocal performance and bachelor of music education degrees from Drake University, and
    master of music and doctor of musical arts degrees in choral conducting from Michigan State University.

    Dr. Beeken’s choirs have performed at state, regional, and national conventions of the American Choral Directors Association. A frequent clinician and festival director, Dr. Beeken is regularly engaged as a conductor, clinician, and adjudicator throughout the United States. Recent engagements include all-state and honors choirs in Iowa, Arkansas, Maryland, Mississippi, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio, New York, Louisiana, and Pennsylvania. He has served on the executive committee of the ACDA at both the state and regional levels and is currently serving as Northwest Region chair for Pennsylvania ACDA. Dr. Beeken regularly presents sessions for symposia on topics including repertoire, rehearsal techniques, motivation, conductor-student relationships, and program building.

    Before his appointment at IUP, Dr. Beeken taught at Michigan State University, where he conducted the Women’s Glee Club. While residing in Des Moines, Iowa, he directed the Drake Chorale at Drake University. He also taught elementary, middle school, and high school music for 16 years, most recently serving as director of Vocal Music for Waukee Schools, in suburban Des Moines, where he led a program of more than 300 students and 12 ensembles to national distinction.

     

    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 Dr. 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 2016–17 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 Dr. Beeken.