Come join us for the 48th Summer Conference at the beautiful Blue Water Convention Center in Port Huron! The Summer Conference provides relevant professional development for vocal music educators of all levels. This year's headliner is Dr. Amanda Quist. 

Choose from breakout sessions that enhance your knowledge and your students' learning environment. Enjoy sampling repertoire in high school and middle school reading sessions, including recently added titles to the required lists and honors choir repertoire. Connect with new friends and catch up with old friends as you explore Port Huron!

Conference Pricing

Registration price includes: Entrance to all sessions, music for your interest sessions*, and lunch for both days.

Early Bird Registration 

One Day Conference Pass $80 

Two Day Conference Pass $160

Regular Registration (After June 15)

One Day Conference Pass $105

Two Day Conference Pass $210

Student  $100

Retired/Emeritus  $100

1st Year Teacher  $100

Hotel Reservations at DoubleTree by Hilton

800 Harker St, Port Huron, Michigan, 48060

(810) 984-8000

Use special rate code: 2MS

This code is good through July 6, 2020

*Music packets only are guaranteed for registrations received by June 15th.

**Summer Conference fees are non-refundable

Questions? Please contact Summer Conference Supervisors.

Director of Summer Conference

Eric Cadena

Summer Conference Supervisor

Helen Hansens

Summer Conference Supervisor 

Amy Blevins

SCECHs are available at Summer Conference

Login to the Michigan Online Educator Certification System to locate your PIC.

Dr. Amanda Quist

Dr. Amanda Quist, a Michigan native, is the Director of Choral Activities for the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami. Dr. Quist was previously Chair of the Conducting, Organ, and Sacred Music Department, and Associate Professor of Conducting at Westminster Choir College. Dr. Quist is the recipient of Westminster Choir College of Rider University’s 2014 Distinguished Teaching Award, the 2018 Mazzotti Award for Women’s Leadership, and she is the Carol F. Spinelli Conducting Fellow. Dr. Quist was recently invited to be a conductor for the ACDA International Exchange Program, clinician for the 2019 ASPIRE International Youth Music Festival in Australia, juror for the Penabur International Choir Festival in Indonesia, and clinician for the Interkultur International Choral Festival. Westminster Kantorei, winner of the 2018 American Prize in College & University Choral Performance, has performed at the American Choral Directors Association’s (ACDA) Eastern Division Conference, Boston Early Music Festival, American Handel Festival, and Interkultur. The choir recently released its first commercial recording, Lumina, distributed by Naxos, which was hailed by as a recording “sung with great beauty of sound and excellent articulation ... a CD to cherish” and by National Medal of Arts recipient Morten Lauridsen as “superb, a splendid recording, highly recommended.” During her work with the Westminster Symphonic Choir, Dr. Quist collaborated with the New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, and the Dresden Staatskapelle. She also serves as Chorus Master for the Philadelphia Orchestra Chorus. Dr. Quist’s role as Chorus Master for the premiere of Toshio Hosokawa’s opera Matsukaze at the Spoleto Festival USA and the Lincoln Center Festival garnered praise from The New York Times and Charleston City Paper, who described the chorus’ performance as “beautifully prepared, gripping,” a “gossamer web of voices” and “bridging the vocal and instrumental textures with perfect intonation.” 

Dr. Quist was Director of the Westminster Vocal Institute, a highly regarded summer program for talented high school students, and Director of Choral Activities at San José State University. Her other honors include the James Mulholland National Choral Award and the Audrey Davidson Early Music Award. An active guest conductor and clinician, her recent and upcoming appearances include the NAfME All National Honor Choir, All State High School & Collegiate Honor Choirs throughout the country, and serving as a headliner for music conferences in the US and abroad. Dr. Quist is the National ACDA Repertoire & Resources Coordinator for Collegiate Activities, and her choral series is published through Walton Music.

Summer Conference Session Submission

The Summer Conference team has created a Google Form to submit a session for the conference
MSVMA Summer Conference 
2020 Session Submission

Call for Session Presenters  
Summer Conference 2020

Would you like to share your expertise in a specific choral/vocal music topic? Have some great warmup techniques that your students enjoy? Tips to engage/recruit students in new ways? Genre specific knowledge? Like to organize a panel to discuss a specific topic with your session participants.

This is your opportunity to become a presenter at Summer Conference. Submit your session description via Google form by November 1. Potential presenters will be advised of the status of their submission on November 15.

For information, please contact Eric Cadena, director of Summer Conference and Michigan Youth Arts.

Session Wish List - Summer Conference 2019

If you were developing the program for Summer Conference, what would you choose?  

Here is your chance to help determine the session topics. Consider topics that would help your students or you in the classroom. Is there a subject or issue that you have wanted more information about but not had time to pursue it?  

To submit a session request or idea, please contact Eric Cadena, director of Summer Conference and Michigan Youth Arts at


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