Professional Development Day 2018 - September 1, 2018

About: The Hawai‘i chapter of the American Choral Director’s Association (HI-ACDA) sponsors an annual Professional Development Day. The event’s mission is to:

Offer a day of education for conductors to learn from one another as well as to hear from guest speakers outside of the HI-ACDA community.
Provide an opportunity for our broad and diverse community of conductors to network and connect with one another.

Our fourth annual Professional Development Day will be held on Saturday, September 1, 2018 at ‘Iolani School (563 Kamoku St, Honolulu, HI 96826).  This year’s theme is Developing an Enduring Legacy: Creating and Growing a Thriving Choral Program.


To register for Profdev 2018, please fill out the google form below (a link can also be found here), as well as pay for your registration via the dropdown menu! 

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8:00: Check in and light breakfast
8:30: Warm Up: Mr. Miguel Cadoy III, Farrington High School
8:45: Reading Session #1: UH Mānoa Students present pieces selected by JW Pepper (3 pieces)
9:00: Building Chorus Culture and Community: Mr. Mark Conching, Sounds of Aloha Chorus
10:00: Break
10:15: Reading Session #2: UH Mānoa Students present pieces selected by JW Pepper (4 pieces)
10:30: Recruiting Males for Chorus—Creative Strategies: Dr. Jerry Ulrich, Georgia Institute of Technology
11:30: Break
11:45: Reading Session #3: UH Mānoa Students present pieces selected by JW Pepper (5 pieces)
12:30: Lunch
1:30: Choral Kanikapila—Arranging Local Kine Music for Literacy, Retention, and Recruitment: Dr. Jace Saplan, UH Mānoa
2:30: Break
2:45: Choir Athletes: Dr. Alec Schumacker, Hawai’i Pacific University
3:45: Break
4:00: Panel with all presenters
5:15: Closing
6:00: No Host Dinner

Click here for session descriptions as well as presenter bios.

Recent History:

2015: “Vocal Pedagogy in the Choral Setting”—Program
2016: “Music Literacy in the Choral Setting”—Program
2017: “Rehearsal Techniques and Methods”—Program

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