Friday, July 14
Spend the morning discussing common vocal issues for teenagers and strategies for teaching singing in a group setting. Spend the afternoon exploring the voice and asking Michael Sylvester (Wichita State voice teacher and long-time Metropolitan Opera tenor) questions as he leads the festival’s undergraduate Young Artists in a vocal masterclass. Hear a world premiere by Moira Smiley from the Ad Astra Chamber Choir and Kansas bluegrass duo, Scenic Roots.
Friday, July 21
Participate in or observe conducting masterclasses with the four conductors leading performances at the 2017 festival: John Irving, Katy Lushman, Robert Ward, and Alex Underwood. Participants will explore the 2018 KMEA audition repertoire in score study techniques and alternative approaches to conducting. Join Emporia State University choir director, Robert Ward, in a lecture and Q&A. Attend the festival’s evening concert featuring American works, including Leonard Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms.
Topics in Rural Music Education
Friday, July 28
Most models, strategies, and institutions for music education unintentionally exclude teaching in rural settings. What unique challenges and advantages do we have? How can we modify techniques to successfully support our students? Bethany College choir director, Mark Lucas, will give the keynote lecture, Alex Underwood will guide us through new research in rural music education, Denver North High School teacher, Katy Lushman will give us permission to break traditions if they serve our students better, and Victoria teacher Luke Johnson will share his innovative insights of beautifully navigating K-12 teaching. Experience the final dress rehearsal of the festival’s final concert: a 90-minute, semi-staged production of Handel’s Samson with professional chorus and orchestra, and world-class soloists.