Monthly Archives: July 2018

From the Top August 2018

Submitted by President, AJ Reimer


On July 11 we officially welcomed Lyn Bouma and Matt Hill to the executive board as our new secretary and treasurer. The following week, the five of us met individually to get to work. We have a lot to talk about!

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Cornell Runestad Award 2018

Jim Elsberry is the recipient of the Cornell Runestad Lifetime Achievement Award

Crete, NE — July 10, 2018 – James “Jim” Elsberry was posthumously named as the recipient of the Cornell Runestad Lifetime Achievement Award. Jim’s son, Austin Elsberry, accepted the award on behalf of his father at the NCDA Awards banquet on July 10, 2018. The Cornell Runestad Award, presented by the Nebraska Choral Directors Association, is to be given to a deserving choral director in Nebraska. It is intended to honor those professionals that have made the commitment to singers in Nebraska through choirs under their direction. The inspiration of their artistry has touched many lives, and has set the bar for the many directors who follow in their paths. In short, they have left a legacy.

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Repertoire Selection for Children: Amanda Stevenson, Children’s Choir R & R

Watching the faces of our singers as choral repertoire becomes part of them is one of the great joys of being a conductor. The integration of musical meaning and human understanding can only occur if we provide participants with quality repertoire that is developmentally appropriate. Selecting the appropriate repertoire for an ensemble to support effective study and meaningful performance is one of the most important jobs of a music educator. Before selecting repertoire, you must know where your students are musically and where you would like for them to be after the performance. In this blog post, I’ll approach the task of choosing choral music for children by considering several different factors.

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Justice Choir: A Movement and a Resource

For centuries, music has played a pivotal role in social and political movements. From the Civil Rights movement in the United States, to the anti-apartheid movement of South Africa, to the “Singing Revolution” of the Baltic states, music has been a powerful force to unite, propel, disrupt, and change.

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Music Education Mentoring: Tyler Buglewicz-District 2 East

In light of some proposed new projects by our NCDA organization, I’m very excited to share my opinions on the idea of something we all need, but are often afraid to ask for: mentorship, or simply the idea of being supported by reliable professionals within our very specific profession of music education.

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Inspired by Our Journey/Vocal Health by Dr. Allen Hightower

Nebraska Choral Directors,

Thank you for having me as a guest at your conference.  I have really enjoyed my time with you all, connecting with a few old friends and making a number of new friends as well.

I have say that I was truly inspired last night to hear Marjorie Simons-Bester speak about her teacher and mentor, Jim Elsberry.  Marjorie, your passionate words have inspired what I will share today.

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