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 9, 2018.

    This year’s conference will feature clinicians Ryan Beeken, Director of Choral Studies at IUP, and Nicole Lamartine, Director of Choral Activities at the University of Wyoming. 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

    Nicole Lamartine: 7th–12th Grade Men’s Honor Choir

    Nicole LamartineNicole Lamartine became director of Choral Activities at the University of Wyoming in 2008. She conducts the Collegiate Chorale, the UW Singing Statesmen, advises the male a cappella Happy Jacks, and teaches conducting and applied voice. 

    Lamartine is becoming a resource for men’s choir singing having led the UW Singing Statesmen to prominence with their Northwest American Choral Directors Association and NW National Association for Music Education performances, and with the research on female leaders of male choirs. In addition to the 2017 Oregon All-State Men’s Choir, she conducted the 2014 NWACD Men’s Honor Choir, in Seattle, and most recently, the 2017 Association for Music in International Schools Men’s Honor Choir in Abu Dhabi. She is slated to be the Minnesota TTBB All-State conductor in 2018.

    She is in demand as a conductor and clinician across the United States, China, Europe, and the Middle East. Recent conducting engagements include the 2014 DoDDS All-Europe Honor Choir in Wiesbaden, Germany; the TAISM Mixed Honor Choir in Muscat, Oman; and All-State choirs in Washington, Montana, Alaska, and Wyoming.

    Under her leadership, choirs of the University of Wyomin have been invited to perform at the 2011, 2015, and 2017 NAfME conferences, the 2012 NW-ACDA conference, and at the 2011 National Collegiate Choral Organization national conference. The UW Collegiate Chorale was the only choir invited from the United States to compete in the 2017 Tolosa Choral Contest, in Spain.

    Her choirs at the University of Wyoming have enjoyed premiere performances and recordings of music by Pulitzer Prize and Grammy-winning composer Jennifer Higdon, Forrest Pierce, John Muehleisen, Gabriela Lena Frank, Libby Larsen, and Craig Hella Johnson.

    Lamartine has presented her research on the voice, conducting men’s choirs, and anatomy for conductors at national and regional conferences of ACDA, the National Collegiate Choral Organization, College Music Society, the National Association of Teachers of Singing, and the National Association for Music Education. In 2016, she was selected to participate in a six-day human dissection course to study human anatomy.

    As a professional vocal musician, Lamartine has sung as a regular member of the Grammy-nominated Conspirare, the Santa Fe Desert Chorale, and the Colorado Bach Ensemble. While living in England she sang with the choruses of the London BBC and City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestras, performing across Europe and the UK. She can be heard on six choral CDs on labels that include Harmonia Mundi and Chandos.

    In 2014, Lamartine was chosen as one of seven conductors from the United States to participate in the International Conductor Exchange program to China. She travelled to Beijing to conduct choirs and present conducting and vocal masterclasses with students from China Conservatory. She traveled there again in 2016, maintaining a teaching relationship with the conservatory and other choral professionals throughout Beijing.

    In service to the American Choral Directors association, she has acted as Wyoming ACDA president, as chair of the 2011 National ACDA Women’s Choir, and as co-chair of the 2009 National ACDA Collegiate Chamber Choir. Currently, she serves as president of its Northwest Division.

    She holds the BM degree in vocal performance from New Mexico State University, as well as an MM in
    vocal performance and the DMA in choral conducting from the University of Arizona.

    Ryan Beeken: 7th–12th Grade Women’s Honor Choir

    Ryan BeekenRyan Beeken proudly serves as director of Choral Studies at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where he conducts the University Chorale, Chorus, and Chamber Singers. In addition, he teaches graduate and undergraduate choral conducting and supervises student teachers. Beeken also serves as artistic director for the Blair Concert Chorale, whose mission includes fostering a growing appreciation of 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.

    Beeken’s choirs have performed at state, regional, and national conventions of the American Choral Directors Association and, most recently, at the 2017 Eastern NAfME Conference and the 2018 Eastern ACDA and PMEA Conferences. A frequent clinician and festival director, Beeken is regularly engaged as a conductor, clinician, and adjudicator throughout the United States; since 2013 engagements include more than 45 All-States and Honor Choirs in 15 states. He has served on the executive committee of the American Choral Directors Association at both the state and regional level and regularly presents sessions for symposia on topics that include repertoire, rehearsal techniques, motivation, conductor-student relationships, and program building. Recent presentations include the 2017 Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities, 2015 and 2016 National NAfME teacher in-service, 2013 Southwest ACDA Conference, and state conferences in Alabama, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.

    Prior to his appointment at IUP, 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 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 2019–20 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.