Professional Development Day Sessions and Presenters

See below for more information on the day’s sessions. Sessions are listed in alphabetical order. Information on the presenters can be found at the bottom of this page.

Session Descriptions:

Building Choral Culture and Community in Your Choral Program and Abroad: Having a successful choral program is more than just singing well: It's also about building a legacy for the program's future; creating a vision for the program; creating a culture that aligns to and supports that vision; and building community within and outside of the program. Using principles from the business and nonprofit world, choral leaders can create lasting programs that affect all stakeholders in positive and lasting ways.

Choir Athletes: Choir is a group activity that requires physical skill and exertion, teamwork, and subjugation of the self to achieve a common goal. Good news – choir is a sport, and by treating it as such we can help our singers (and our programs!) grow. This interactive session will provide tools, quotes, and ideas from the world of professional sports that will benefit your choir, including team-building exercises and pedagogies as well as training techniques you can use in your choral rehearsals.

Choral Kanikapila: Arranging Local Kine Music for Literacy, Retention, and Recruitment: Kolohe Kai, J Boog, Kimie, Anuhea…the presence of local popular music in Hawai’i is an immense influence on the aural compasses of our singers. Knowing this, how can we welcome our contagious soundtrack of Local Kine music in culturally-responsive ways that celebrate the development of musicianship and musicality in our rehearsals? Through a hands-on exploration of the facilitation and scaffolding of Local Kine music within choral frameworks, participants will explore meaningful solutions in creating a musical bridge between what is normally two distant sound-worlds.

Recruiting Males for Chorus—Creative Strategies: This session will focus on recruitment strategies for males. By attracting non-singers using fun music, young men with limited choral experience can discover a love of music and singing that can lead to deeper musical engagement with more substantive literature. The interest session will also include members of the Georgia Tech Glee Club, many who have/had not sung in a chorus before college. They will share strategies that attract young males to choral music.

Presenter bios:

Miguel Cadoy III was born and raised here in Honolulu, Hawaii. Today, he is the choral director at Farrington High School and artistic director of Farrington Performing Arts Center. He also serves as a worship leader and choral director of the Youth Fellowship Organization at The Way of Salvation Church. He received his Bachelor of Education from the University of Hawaii, Mānoa studying with Dr. Miguel Felipe, Dr. Chet Yeng Loong and Prof. Laurence Paxton, and is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Music Education from UHM. He has also music and vocal directed numerous musical productions locally. Aside from teaching, he can be seen performing around the island and the world. He is best known for his role as Hula Hoop the Octopus in "Honu By The Sea the Musical" performing internationally in places such as Tokyo, Sydney, Monaco, Vancouver, and throughout the United States.

After singing close harmony in the barbershop style for 30+ years and having his own Marketing Consulting business for more than 20 years, Mark Conching noticed simple similarities in building and maintaining a business and an arts organization. This has led to Mark doing visioning and marketing consulting for the nonprofit world and many arts organizations, including the Barbershop Harmony Society. A Marketing and Business Consultant by trade, Mark has found ways to marry his love for close harmony with business concepts and create guiding principles that can help an organization focus on a vision, implementation of that vision and building a corporate culture and community. As Director of the Sounds of Aloha Chorus, Mark has used those guiding principles to help the chorus grow and flourish in an ever changing social landscape.

Dr. Jace Kaholokula Saplan serves as Director of Choral Activities, ad interim, and Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa. He holds the same appointment at Hamilton College (on leave for the 2018-2019 academic year). In addition to his work in the professoriate, Dr. Saplan serves as the artistic director of Nā Wai Chamber Choir, a professional vocal ensemble based in Hawai’i dedicated to the preservation, propagation, and innovation of Hawaiian choral music. He is a frequent clinician and adjudicator for state, regional, and national conferences and festivals.

Dr. Alec Schumacker is the Director of Choral Activities at Hawai‘i Pacific University where he conducts the International Vocal Ensemble and Chorale. Alec presently serves as the president of the American Choral Directors Association Hawai‘i-Chapter. He completed his DMA in Choral Conducting at the University of Miami, where he studied with Joshua Habermann and Karen Kennedy. An award-winning composer and arranger, Alec’s choral music is published by Alliance Music Publications and Earthsongs.

ASCAP award-winning arranger/composer Jerry Ulrich is originally from Illinois, where he received his early training in music and developed an interest in songwriting. His compositions and arrangements are in the catalogs of seven publishers. He has composed commissioned works for professional choirs and orchestras, including the Grammy-award winning Orchestra of St. Luke's, and has written music for colleges and universities throughout the United States and abroad.

Dr. Ulrich is Director of Choral Activities at the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he directs the Chamber Choir and the all-male Georgia Tech Glee Club. Dr. Ulrich came to Atlanta from LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts (the Fame school) in New York City. His choirs have been featured in Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Barclay's Center, Madison Square Garden, and on national and international television and radio.

Dr. Ulrich's prior teaching experience includes university positions in Ohio and New York. During 1990-1991 he was Visiting Fulbright Professor of Music at The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (RCS) in Glasgow; recently ranked sixth in the world of performing arts education. His early training included four years singing with legendary choral conductor Robert Shaw in the Atlanta Symphony Chorus and Chamber Chorus.


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