Weekly Notes 8/26/2021

Thursday, August 26, 2021 4:15 PM | Hannah Miller (Administrator)
Wow, another school year is upon us. After a year that was far too long and a summer that was far too short, it seems unfathomable that the halls of your schools are once again filled with students. Mask mandates, vaccination discussions, angry parents, and reeling school boards have already made 2021-22 an interesting school year and some of you haven't even begun. All of the noise is distracting our MSVMA family from an important fact that I'd like you to focus on for a moment: you matter and make an immeasurable difference in your student's lives. 

Russian composer Modest Mussorgsky said, "art is not an end in itself, but a means of addressing humanity." You bring and teach humanity, empathy, and compassion to the youth of our state through the power of music and community building. Keep pushing forward!

I enjoy finding quotes from men and women far wiser than myself, so I will leave you with a message from Johann Sebastian Bach. "I was obliged to be industrious. Whoever is equally industrious will succeed equally well." Keep working diligently to educate, empower, and change lives. MSMVA is here to support you in those goals and help you succeed in every way.

Erik Jacobson
Executive Director

Make a difference as an MSVMA volunteer! 

Choose a volunteer role and help MSVMA provide exceptional learning experiences for our students. For infomation visit msvma.org/volunteer or complete the volunteer interest form below. 

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Have you thought about becoming an adjudicator but are unsure of the process?  Would you like to know more about adjudication and earn 4 SCECHs (State Continuing Education Credit Hours)?

Make plans to join us at Brighton High School, 7878 Brighton Road, Brighton on Saturday, October 9, 2021 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Clinicians, Dr. Brandon Ulrich, choral adjudication, and Jessica Nieuwkoop, sight-reading adjudication, will lead sessions to increase your understanding of the process including rubric use. Phil Johnson, Conference host, will conduct his Brighton High School and Brighton Scranton Middle School Choirs as they serve as demonstration choirs.  

For more information, please contact Director of Adjudication Pam Pierson at pampierson@msvma.org.

MSVMA is providing a “comments only’ virtual choral pre-festival. Utilizing the MSVMA choral rubric, participating choirs will receive adjudicator feedback that will be helpful in preparing for District Choral festivals. Members are encouraged to use selections from their Fall concerts. For more information, visit msvma.org/virtual-pre-festival.  

Summer Conference Content Available Until October 31, 2021

Would you like access to the Summer Conference sessions? Registrants can view the content until October 31, 2021 and receive SCECHs.

To register and pay for the Conference, go to msvma.org/summerconference. Options include a Conference Pass with and without SCECHs.

Conference attendance for SCECHs (live-streamed conference and session recordings) will be reported the first week of November and depending on the work volume at the Department of Education, should be visible in your account by the end of the month. 

Questions regarding the Conference and SCECHs?  Please contact Director of Summer Conference Eric Cadena at ericcadena@msvma.org

If you have questions about renewing your membership, contact the State Office or check out our FAQs.  


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