New York State School Music Association Conference 2018

New York State School Music Association Conference 2018

November 29, 2018–December 2, 2018

Rochester Riverside Convention Center
123 E Main St.
Rochester, NY 14604
United States

NYSSMA's winter conference has been held in Rochester, NY for the past 20 years, utilizing the Joseph A. Florenano Rochester Riverside Convention Center and the four adjoining hotels with the NYSSMA All-State concert being held at the Eastman Theater. There are typically up to 160 booths in the convention center that represent all phases of music education as well as many colleges from all over the country. The conference draws up to 2000 music educators, 890 All-State high school students, 2000+ music parents and several hundred members of groups to perform. For more information, visit nyssma.org.

Clinic Details

Thursday, November 29

7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

CC Highland EF

Sing! Sing! New 2-Part Choral Repertoire

Kathleen Ballantyne

Don’t miss this “Sing and Learn” session with Kathleen Ballantyne. See what’s new for 2-part treble choirs. Learn about the composers, effective vocal tips, easy movement ideas, and more! A complimentary music packet will be given to each director in attendance.

Friday, November 30

8:15 AM – 9:15 AM

CC Cascade ABC

The Music-Makers: A Reading Session for Mixed Choirs

Kathleen Ballantyne

Come join fellow choral directors in song as Kathleen Ballantyne presents exceptional new literature from Alfred Music. Discover solid concert, contest, and popular repertoire designed to bring out the very best in your intermediate to advanced choral ensembles. A complimentary music packet will be given to each director in attendance.

Friday, November 30

9:30 AM – 10:30 AM

Holiday Inn River Room

Sound Innovations! A Complete Curriculum For Orchestra

Kirk D. Moss, PhD

The most comprehensive method available, you can teach beginners through the collegiate level with the same approach,
including the subtleties of tone, attack strokes, and bowing fluency. All Sound Innovations® books promote understanding with solid pedagogy and a clean and uncluttered page layout. Foster more effective practice with MasterClass videos and audio tracks integrated throughout the entire method, not retrofitted to it. NEW! Introducing SI Online: adjust the pacing and focus of your teaching any time during the semester with the supplemental resources, and streaming video and play-along media for Book 1 & 2. The authors will discuss Sound Innovations Book 1 and 2, Creative Warm-Ups, and Sound Development for Intermediate and Advanced String Orchestra.

Friday, November 30

9:30 AM – 10:30 AM

CC Highland EF

Bella Donna: A Reading Session for Women’s Choirs

Kathleen Ballantyne

Enjoy reading through outstanding choral repertoire written especially for your ladies. Join clinician Kathleen Ballantyne as she leads us through a complimentary SSA/SSAA choral packet including top sellers and new releases for pop and concert groups.

Friday, November 30

10:45 AM – 11:45 AM

Holiday Inn River Room

Fun In Fundamentals For Strings

Kirk D. Moss, PhD

Many students choose to play a stringed instrument because they perceive it will be a fun activity. Keep students motivated through teaching strategies and activities that put "fun" in the fundamentals of playing. Bring an instrument and have fun!

Friday, November 30

10:45 AM – 11:45 AM

CC Highland CH

Meet Me In The Middle: Choral Music for Middle School Voices

Kathleen Ballantyne

Join clinician Kathleen Ballantyne as we sing through the best and most appropriate repertoire designed specifically for middle school singers. Music in this session will address your big concerns, like finding music for changing voices, balancing fun selections with educational repertoire, motivating teen singers, easy movement ideas, and more. A complimentary music packet will be given to each director in attendance.

Friday, November 30

7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Holiday Inn River Room

Teaching Intonation Creatively for String Orchestra

Kirk D. Moss, PhD

Teaching Intonation Creatively for String Orchestra is a demonstration of very specific strategies to refine intonation in string orchestra or private studio settings. Participants will experience innovative techniques and exercises within an expressive and musical context. Bring an instrument and hear the difference!

Saturday, December 1

1:15 PM – 2:15 PM

Holiday Inn River Room

Teaching String Techniques Has Never Been So Easy

Kirk D. Moss, PhD

Gain ideas on how to improve the sound of your middle or high school string ensemble through the use of exercises that develop and expand technique. Bring an instrument for this action-packed session.

Clinician Details

Kirk D. Moss, PhD

Kirk D. Moss, PhD

Kirk D. Moss, PhD, serves as Professor and Chair of the Department of Music & Theatre at University of Northwestern – St. Paul. He is a past national president of the American String Teachers Association and has appeared as a guest conductor, clinician, or adjudicator in nearly forty states. With twelve years of experience teaching elementary, middle, and high school orchestras, groups under his direction have earned distinction at state, national, and international events. He has coauthored method books for Alfred Music’s Sound Innovations series, as well as numerous string orchestra arrangements.

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Kathleen Ballantyne

Kathleen Ballantyne

Kathleen Ballantyne is a composer, conductor, and editor. A graduate of Ithaca College and the Irish World Music Centre, Ms. Ballantyne holds degrees in Music Education and Vocal Performance, as well as Chant and Ritual Song. Ms. Ballantyne taught choral music and theater at Johnson City High School in upstate New York, which received repeated national recognition as a Grammy Signature School and a Best Community for Music Education during her tenure. She is an active guest clinician, voice teacher, and currently serves as a board member of the Cayuga Vocal Ensemble.

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