Tony Leach gospel music workshop (May 4, 2011)

Gospel Music In Real Time: Strategies, Resources and Repertoire
a workshop offered by Dr. Tony Leach
Wednesday, May 4, 2011 from 4:00 PM-6:00 PM in the newly renovated Auditorium at BFA St. Albans

This session will focus on rehearsal strategies for presenting traditional and Contemporary
African American Gospel Music with choirs in junior high, high school, collegiate and church
settings. Repertoire for each level will be included. This workshop is sponsored by the
Vermont American Choral Director’s Association, and is free of charge to VT ACDA
members. Others wishing to participate can do so for a nominal fee of $30.00.

This workshop is sponsored by Vermont ACDA, and we hope you will consider attending. Dr. Leach is this year’s 2011 Vermont All State Music Festival Chorus Director, and is coming a day early to do this workshop for the choral community. Following the workship, we will all head down to One Federal (a wonderful restaurant in downtown St. Albans) for an enjoyable meal and camaraderie with colleagues and Tony. You really don’t want to miss this one! Below is a brief bio of this extraordinary choral musician!

All we ask is that you RSVP to Frank Whitcomb at facm @, or, if you are not a member, please send Frank a check for $30.00, made out to Vermont ACDA, OR consider joining our organization at

Please make sure you check the attached poster for more specific information concerning the workshop; this is an opportunity that you would not want to miss, and once again, one that is provided to YOU as a benefit of your ACDA Membership.

Tony Leach, associate professor of music and music education at The Pennsylvania State University, is director and founder of Essence of Joy, the Penn State University Choir and teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in choral music education. Leach holds a Ph.D. in music education and the M.M. in conducting from Penn State University, and the B.S. in Music Education from Lebanon Valley College, Annville, PA.

<img src=”; align=”left”Dr. Leach taught music in Maryland, Pennsylvania and New York City for fourteen years. His choirs have performed at festivals throughout the United States and Canada as well as tours of England, Scotland, Italy, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Austria, Belgium, Luxemborg, France and South Africa. He also served for ten years as music consultant at the Maryland Summer Center For The Arts at Goucher College, Towson, MD. He has appeared as a guest conductor for choral festivals and workshops in Maryland, Florida, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Utah, Vermont, Kentucky, Nebraska, North Carolina and Connecticut. International events include concerts, workshops and symposium presentations in Sweden, Venezuela, Manila (The Philippines), Taiwan and Japan. He was an accompanist for The United Negro College Fund Choir (NYC) and has accompanied the Howard University Concert Choir, Washington, D.C. Leach was co-conductor of the 2004 World Youth Choir sponsored by the International Federation of Choral Musicians in South Korea.

For 23 years, Leach served as music director of the Capital Area Music Association, Harrisburg, PA. He is a past national chair of the American Choral Directors Association Repertoire & Standards Committee on Multi-cultural & Ethnic Perspectives. Currently, he serves as minister of music and organist at New Bethel Baptist Church, Washington, DC.
Dr. Leach has presented seminars and workshops for numerous professional and music organizations in America and beyond. Some of the seminar topics have included the following: Print Resources in Black Gospel Music for Choral Directors, Two Generations of Burleigh: Harry T. Burleigh and Glenn E. Burleigh, Black Gospel Music: Strategies and Techniques for Performance and Non-Performance Music Classes. His article, Does Gospel Music Have a Place In General Music? was published in General Music Today, Winter, 1993. His seminar A Spiritual For The New Millennium was presented at the Second IFCM Multicultural and Ethnic Conference held in Jokkmokk, Sweden in 2003. New arrangements of African American Spirituals by Moses Hogan, Marvin Curtis, Rosephanye Powell, Roland Carter, Keith Hampton, Glenn Burleigh and Robert Morris were included in this presentation. As a recitalist, Dr. Leach has presented organ dedications and concerts in the eastern region of the United States as well as Ohio. He is also a piano accompanist for numerous faculty and student recitals at Penn State. He is a member of The American Guild of Organists, American Choral Directors Association, Music Educators National Conference, and The Gospel Music Workshop of America. His composition Walk Together Children is published by Earthsongs.

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