Weekly Notes 12/12/2019

Friday, December 20, 2019 3:13 PM | Hannah Miller (Administrator)

Would your ensemble like to sing at the State Capital?

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Michigan Music Education Advocacy Day is Tuesday, April 14 at the State Capital. MSVMA, in collaboration with MMEA and MSBOA, along with parents and business leaders, will spend the day meeting with legislators to discuss the importance of equitable access to quality music education for Michigan students.  A concert featuring ensembles from K-12 Michigan schools will be presented from 12-1 PM in the Glass Floor Rotunda. You are invited to submit an application to be one of the three featured ensembles.

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As part of MSVMA's partnership with The VOCES8 Foundation, a number of schools will have the opportunity to work with international award-winning British ensemble Apollo5 in individual workshops on Monday, March 2. Schools must be within 30 minutes of downtown Detroit. This means the opportunity is for schools in District 15 and various schools from Districts 4, 12, and 16. Each workshop will be an hour long and can be tailored to the needs of the school, from masterclasses on specific repertoire (great timing for festival pieces!) to create music-making activities to leave your students inspired by the power of music. Check out more about Apollo5 at http://apollo5.co.uk. If interested, please email Executive Director, Erik Jacobson at erikjacobson@msvma.org. Spots will be filled on a first come, first serve basis.

Teacher of the Year Nominees
Voting is open until 11:59pm, December 20.
MSMVA annually presents recognition to its Teacher of the Year. Congratulations to those members nominated to receive our organization’s most prestigious award. The recipient will join a distinguished and accomplished group of educators. Teacher of the Year nominees must be MSVMA members who have taught a minimum of 15 years, at least 10 of which must have been in Michigan at the secondary level, have demonstrated consistent excellence in performance and have been influential in creating a love and understanding of music for the masses. 

Below is a link to the bios of candidates for Teacher of the Year.
Voting ends 11:59pm, December 20, 2019. 

The 2020 Teacher of the Year will be announced at the MSVMA Annual Meeting and Reception held at the Michigan Music Conference.  

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One of the greatest joys and rewards of the rehearsal/performance process is creating music with others who are as passionate and excited about singing as we are. MSVMA provides several opportunities for students, from all over the state, to come together and engage in the creative process under the direction of inspiring conductors. 2020 is no exception. 

This year for the 6-7-8-9- honors choirs 430 students auditioned on line with the SA, SSA and TTB honors choirs featuring 300 singers performing at MMC on Thursday, January 16. The 6-7-8-9 Honors Choir Concert begins at 12:30 pm and is held in DeVos Performance Hall. 

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As you make your year-end charitable giving plans, we encourage you to include MSVMA. Your gift can help ensure the success of an organization that plays a significant role in your professional life and provides innovative learning opportunities for your students. Gift designation options are designed so that you can target your support to the area of MSVMA that is of the greatest interest to you. 

Visit the website and click on Membership and then Make A Gift. You can use your credit card to make your gift or if you prefer, print a form from the website and make your gift via check. Together, we can help continue the outstanding programming and activities of MSVMA. Thank you!

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Deadline for State Honors Choir registration is December 16
Forms can be found online at 


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