November 11, 2011
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The Vermont ACDA announces plans for the thirteenth annual Vermont ACDA Children’s/Middle School Honor Choir Festival to be held May 4th and 5th, 2012 at Mead Chapel on the campus of Middlebury College. Our conductor this year is Michael Sanflippo, a teacher and director from the Newark Boys Chorus School in Newark, New Jersey. More information on our conductor is at the bottom of this invitation.
Members of VT – ACDA are invited to audition up to fifteen of their students to participate. These students should be in grades six, seven, eight, or nine for the 2011-2012 school year and have an unchanged voice. They must be members of their school choir, community children’s choir, or church choir. The singers you choose should be willing to be music ambassadors for excellence. We are encouraging directors to send both boys and girls. (We are hoping for about half and half.)
Again, this year, non – ACDA choral directors in Vermont are encouraged to submit up to eight members of their school or church choirs. There is a one – time $30 non-member fee to participate.
Students will be selected by teacher recommendation. Please follow the application instructions carefully and do not miss the deadline of February 3, 2012. Failure to adhere to deadlines may result in your students not being allowed to participate in the 2012 VT ACDA Children’s Honor Choir. Be certain that your singers and their parents have fully read, understand and sign the statement of obligation. You should return a copy of the application to the parent for their future information. Teachers will be notified of student’s participation by February 24, 2012. A $35.00 participation fee will be due on or before April 27, 2012. Checks should be made out to VT ACDA. Food expenses are separate, and will be paid on site. More information will follow concerning meal costs.
We are excited about this upcoming event! Remember to return the application form by February 3rd to Susan Cherry, 49 Frost Ave. St. Johnsbury, VT 05819. You may also call (802) 748-2538 if you have any questions.
Susan Cherry, Children’s and Middle School Choir R&S Chair
ABOUT THE CONDUCTOR
Michael Sanflippo received his MA in Music and Music Education from Teachers College at Columbia University in New York. He also holds a Post Graduate Certificate with a Choral Conducting Emphasis from the Kodaly Institute in Kecskemet, Hungary. His BM in Music Theory is from the Philadelphia college of Performing Arts. Michael has been guest conductor and clinician at the Ocean Grove Choral Festival, Hunterdon County Children’s Choir, Maplewood Children’s Choral Festival, ACDA Divisional Convention, Dutchess County (NY) All-County Chorus, and at various church, school, and community festivals. He currently holds the position of Repertoire and Standards Chair for Boychoirs for the Eastern Division of ACDA. He is the Director of the Apprentice Chorus and teacher at the Newark Boys Chorus School in Newark, NJ where he instructs music theory and ear-training to the boys in grades 4-8 as well as being the Associate Music Director of the Concert Chorus. In addition, he is the Musical Director of Concord Singers in Summit, NJ, Musical Director of Harmony Singers in Wayne, NH and Director of Music at the Community United Methodist Church in Roselle Park, NJ. We are fortunate to have Michael with us this year to inspire our Vermont and New Hampshire singers.