2019 MMC MSVMA Schedule of Events

Thursday January 24th

  • 9am-11am MSVMA Conducting Symposium- Dr. Sandra Snow (Michigan State University)

  • Note: Pre-Conference sessions 12pm-4pm are offered at no additional cost for those attending the full conference Register Here

  • 12pm- Headliner Session- Wander the World with Vocal Warm-ups- Dr. Lynn Brinckmeyer (Texas State University)

  • 1pm- Headliner Session- Kids, Choir and Drums- Dr. Lynn Brinckmeyer (Texas State University)

  • 2pm- Meeting of the Minds- JH/MS Focus

  • 3pm- JH/MS Reading Session- Carrie Ledet (West Ottawa Public Schools)

  • 6pm- MSVMA Middle School State Honors Choir- 6-7-8 SA (Lindsay Wills, Director), 7-8-9 TTB (Dr. Brandon Ulrich, Director), 7-8-9 SSA (Carrie VanDenburgh, Director)

  • 8:30pm- Thursday Evening Concert featuring Grand Rapids Symphonic Band

Friday January 25th

  • 8am- An Evil Dictator and the Three Bears: Teaching Musical Elements Through Games in the Choir Classroom- Seth Burk (Holt Public Schools)

  • 8am- College/Student Focus: Student Membership Breakfast Reception- Brennan Michaels (MSVMA Student Advisory Board)

  • 8am- Laying the Foundation: Warm-ups and Sight Reading for the Middle School Choral Ensemble- Dr. Kyle Zeuch (Lebanon Valley College)

  • 8am- The Music of Our Roots- Singing Songs of Our Heritage- John Jacobson (Hal Leonard) 

  • 9am- Headliner Session- Why Should I Care About Advocacy? I'm Too Busy Teaching- Dr. Lynn Brinckmeyer (Texas State University)

  • 10am- Headliner Session- The Care and Feeding of Text: Making Words Sing- Emily Ellsworth (Anima- Young Singers of Greater Chicago)

  • 11am- More Than Surviving: Navigating the Dialogue of Anxiety and Depression in Classrooms and Rehearsals- Amon Eady (Central Michigan University), Ashley Allen (Central Michigan University) & Chris Roberts (Two Trees Counseling-Nashville, TN)  

  • 11am- MSVMA Policy Update & Strategic Plan- Katie Rohwer (MSVMA Secretary, Lakeshore High School)

  • 1pm- Headliner Session- Whole Body Rehearsing- Dr. Lynn Brinckmeyer (Texas State University) & Emily Ellsworth (Anima- Young Singers of Greater Chicago)

  • 3pm- MSVMA Choral Hour- Traverse City West MS 8th Grade Treble Choir (Emerick Dee, Director), Traverse City West HS The Westman (Erich Wangeman, Director), South Lyon HS Varsity Women's Choir (Andrew Hathikhanavala, Director), Traverse City West HS The Chorale (Erich Wangeman, Director)

  • 5pm- MSVMA Annual Meeting and Reception

  • 8pm- MSVMA Specialized Choral Hour (West Bloomfield HS Laker Express- Sheryl Hauk, Director, Sarah Nelson- Milford HS, Xavier Turner- Byron Center HS) and Vocal Jazz Honors Choir (Jennifer Barnes- University of North Texas)

Saturday January 25th

  • 8am- Creating an Exemplary Middle School Choir- Emerick Dee (Traverse City West Middle School)

  • 8am- High School Reading Session- Dr. Brandon Johnson (Eastern Michigan University) & Dr. Brandon Ulrich (Stoney Creek High School)

  • 8am- Technology in the Choir Classroom- Ann Marie Theis (Birmingham Public Schools)

  • 8am- The Wonder of Music - Celebrating the Importance of Music in All Our Lives! A Guide to Advocacy for Music Teachers and Students- John Jacobson (Hal Leonard) 

  • 9am-10:45am- Headliner Session- Re-Imagining Choral Programming for the 21st Century- Emily Ellsworth (Anima- Young Singers of Greater Chicago)

  • 10am- 10 Things They Don’t Teach You in College- Brennan Michaels (MSVMA Student Advisory Board)

  • 10am- Using Movement to Transform Your Choral Rehearsal- Dr. Andrea VanDeusen (East Carolina University)

  • 11am- SATB? Not Yet, for Me: Repertoire and Techniques for High School Choirs with Numerical Imbalances- Dr. Clayton Parr (Albion College)

  • 11am- Meeting of the Minds Headliner Panel

  • 1pm- MSVMA Choral Hour- Novi High School Novi Singers (Claire Schurig, Director), Northville High School Chamber Choir (Mark Krempski, Director), Lakeshore High School (Matthew Smith, Director)

  • 3pm- MSVMA High School State Honors Choir- SSAA (Jolene Plotzke, Director), TTBB (Cheryl Valentine, Director), SATB (Janet Broderson, Director)           



As innovative leaders in vocal music education, we provide experiences to inspire our diverse community.
Our vision is to reach the hearts of all people through song.

The MSVMA Offices are located in the Timme Building on the campus of Ferris State University, Big Rapids, Michigan.

MSVMA provides musical experiences that embrace diversity, foster connections, empower student musicians, and create community.  MSVMA is dedicated to including all people, regardless of race, color, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, national origin, or disability.  

MSVMA encourages each member to work with their school administration to ensure a positive and inclusive learning environment, allowing flexibility for all students when placing singers in voice part/gender specific ensembles for which they identify and demonstrate the necessary vocal range, offering varied options for concert attire, and increasing awareness of all aspects of the changing voice.  Our vision is to reach the hearts of all people through song.

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