The purpose of the Michigan Music Conference is to provide an annual in-service opportunity for the professional development of Michigan music educators and to serve as a coordinating body for collaborative, inter-association initiatives in support of school music in Michigan.
HEADLINER - Christine Bass
Christine Bass conducts the Temple University Women’s Chorus and serves as an Assistant Professor of Music Education. Prior to her appointment at Temple, Bass served for 22 years as Director of Choral Activities at Cherry Hill High School West, Cherry Hill, NJ where her program grew from 60 to over 320 students in seven choirs. Her ensembles have performed at multiple American Choral Directors Association and Music Educators National Conference (now NAfME) national and regional conventions, as well as throughout Europe. They have sung under the baton of Alan Gilbert, Julius Rudel, and Rossen Milanov, and have collaborated with Philadelphia’s Singing City Chorus and the Newark Boys Choir. Her men’s a cappella group, Men of Note won three consecutive National Championships for Best of High School A Cappella at Lincoln Center.
HEADLINER - Dr. Bridget Sweet
Dr. Bridget Sweet is Assistant Professor of Music Education at University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, Illinois. After completing her Bachelors Degree in Music Education at Western Michigan University, Dr. Sweet enjoyed a successful tenure as a middle school choir teacher for nearly ten years. Her interests in adolescent music education intensified during her Masters and Doctoral programs in Music Education at Michigan State University, which contributed to her research focused on characteristics of effective and exemplary music teachers. Prior to her work at the University of Illinois, Dr. Sweet was Assistant Professor of Music at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, PA, where she taught music education courses and coordinated the music student teaching program. At the University of Illinois, Dr. Sweet teaches music education pedagogy, including choral methods and literature, middle-level general music methods, graduate courses in music education, as well as a course focused on the development of healthy practices for all musicians.
Dr. Sweet has worked extensively with adolescent singers as a teacher, clinician, and adjudicator. She recently published the book Growing Musicians: Teaching Music in Middle School and Beyond (2016, Oxford University Press) and her research interests include middle level choral music education, female and male adolescent voice change, educating and empowering adolescent music students, and the intersection of LGBTQ issues and the music classroom. Dr. Sweet's research has appeared in publications of Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education, Choral Journal, International Journal of Music Education: Research, Journal of Research in Music Education and Update: Applications of Research in Music Education. She was invited to author the chapter “Qualitative Choral Music Research” in The Oxford Handbook of Qualitative Research in American Music Education (2014)
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The MSVMA Offices are located in the Timme Building on the campus of Ferris State University, Big Rapids, Michigan.