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Washington president, Leora Schwitters, reports on WA-ACDA; creative and active board praised

schwittersWashington State ACDA has had a great year with an outstanding and dedicated board.  These incredibly busy people are working hard to serve our members better. We’re wondering why every one of the hundreds of choral directors in our state isn’t on our rolls, and brainstorming ways to entice them to join. 

We are planning on offering more workshops throughout the year starting in the fall of 2009, so that our fabulous annual Summer Institute isn’t our only project, and we’re looking for ways to increase the capabilities of our already wonderful website, www.wa-acda.org.  

Last summer’s SI set a record for attendance with Headliner Tim Seelig.  He was terrific!  Program Chair Marc Hafso managed the event magnificently, and there were many compliments for the 14 reading and interest session leaders who volunteered their time.   (See our website for more complete information.)

Next summer headlines choral icon, Charlene Archibeque, along with her colleague, Tom Carter, author of “Choral Charisma.”  (Read this book!) He is a highly recommended clinician on creating safe and productive climates in choirs. This pair will inspire us all July 22-24 at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma.

We now have a group on Facebook.com that will hopefully open channels of communication we haven’t had in the past.  We invite all NW ACDA Facebook users to join us.   Our group is Washington State ACDA.

Facebook is a great free networking tool, but I wasn’t too keen on trying it at first.  I thought it was just another My Space thing, which I am not too crazy about.  My sister finally convinced me to sign up this summer so that we could play word games with family members.  I was pleasantly surprised with how I could limit the amount of information that was shared and who gets to see it. 

It was fun keeping track of my midwestern relatives on a daily basis, since I only get to see them once or twice a year.   I discovered how easy it is to upload pictures and videos, and found some interesting groups to check out.

Several WA-ACDA college instructors mentioned how useful Facebook is in communicating with their students.  Giselle Wyers, our Student and Activities Chair, took the initiative to set up our Washington State ACDA group recently.  It will be interesting to see how it evolves.  I’d like to see some discussions and sharing of information happening there—repertoire suggestions, questions for our R & S Chairs, sharing concert opportunities—the possibilities are endless. 

It may take us old-timers a bit to figure out the etiquette of a group like this (I already realized I shouldn’t recommend friends for people—that didn’t work quite the way I expected!) If nothing else, we could just all play Scrabble.