PMEA District 1 Honors Choir Upper St. Clair High School Theatre October 23 & 24, 2009 General Information Registration Registration will be held between 8:00 am and 8:45 am on Friday, October 23 in the lobby of the Theatre Entrance of Upper St. Clair High School. Students seating on the stage will begin at 8:45 am. Please be prompt. Director's Meeting A short Director's meeting and breakfast will be held in the Choral Room, (Room 314) beginning at 8:45 am. Forms All medical forms must be completed and returned to me with the necessary signatures before a student may participate in the festival. There were changes made to the medical form last year, so please use the current revised copies. Please be certain that students include all medications and special diets and other needs on this form. A “Student Contract and Code of Conduct” is also included. Please be sure that the student’s height in inches is included on this form. All forms are due by October 9, 2009. Student Clothing During rehearsals, students should wear comfortable, yet appropriate clothing. The Upper St. Clair School District dress code does not permit short shorts/skirts, tank/tube tops, bandanas, hats of any kind, bare midriffs or clothing with suggestive and/or drug-related themes. Concert attire for Girls: Concert attire will be robes. Please clearly mark your robes and dress clothes for the October 24 banquet/performance. Banquet attire: Nice skirts & blouses, dresses, or pant suits. No jeans or athletic shoes permitted. Open toe shoes and sandals are discouraged. Banquet/Concert for Boys: Concert attire will be robes. Please clearly mark your robes and dress clothes for the October 24 banquet/performance. Banquet attire: Shirt & long tie, dress pants, dark shoes and socks. No jeans, sandals or athletic shoes permitted. Concert Saturday, October 24, 2009 at 2:00 pm in the Upper St. Clair High School Theatre. The cost for tickets is $5.00 each and will be available at the door. Recording Students may order a CD of the performance for $16.00 each. Jim Julian will record the concert. Order forms will be available in the Theatre Lobby both before and after the concert. Checks should be made payable to "Upper St. Clair Choral Boosters." School Policy The Upper St. Clair School District is a No-Tobacco Zone. Smoking is prohibited in all buildings and on the entire campus. The use of cell phones is prohibited during rehearsals, and of course, the concert. Please remind your students that text messaging during rehearsals will not be tolerated. Parking/Drop-off Upper St. Clair High School is located on Rt. 19 S just a few blocks away from the South Hills Village Mall. During school hours, the entrance to the building must be accessed from McLaughlin Run Rd. Directions and parking details for the festival days will be included in the next mailing. Please enter the building through the Theatre entrance (Center Arch). MENC Card Directors: Be certain that your membership with PMEA/MENC is current. Please note: If your PMEA/MENC has expired, you must FAX me a copy of your new card or verification from PMEA/MENC of your expiration date immediately. The USCHS fax number is 412-833-4889. Act 48 Workshop Sessions Conductor Observation (2 Act 48 hrs.): Guest Conductor, Dr. Paul Head Guest Conductor Observation, Paul D. Head Chair – Department of Music Director of Choral Studies – Professor of Music University of Delaware BA Music Education - San Jose State University MM Conducting and Music Education – Westminster Choir College of Rider University DMA Conducting – University of Oklahoma As director of choral studies at the University of Delaware, Paul D. Head directs the University Chorale in addition to teaching choral methods, literature, and conducting. He is also currently serving as the Chair of the Department of Music. Dr. Head is a native Californian where he taught in the public schools for eight years prior to pursuing graduate study at Westminster Choir College of Rider University. His choirs have toured extensively throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe and have received high acclaim for their musical artistry. He has studied conducting with Charlene Archibeque, Allen Crowell, Joseph Flummerfelt and Dennis Shrock. While a member of the Westminster Choir, extensive touring included performances with the New York Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the Philadelphia Orchestra. Prior to coming to Delaware, Dr. Head served on the faculty at Westminster Choir College where clinical research led to the co-authoring of the book Case Studies in Music Education published by G.I.A. Publications, currently in its second edition. He has presented at workshops and conventions at regional, state, and national levels and is in frequent demand as a clinician/adjudicator for choral festivals and honor choirs throughout the United States. This year, Dr. Head will serve as a guest conductor and/or adjudicator in California, Delaware, Florida, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Massachusetts, North Carolina, and Tennessee. Under Dr. Head’s direction, the UD Chorale has received considerable acclaim, respected amongst the nation’s finest college choirs. Recent tours have taken them throughout the Mid-Atlantic region as well as to Scotland, France, Germany, Austria, and to the Baltic States where they were awarded the First Place Grand Prix Award in the 2007 Estonian International Choral Competition. In 2009 the Chorale embarked upon a concert tour of China, including performances in Shanghai and Beijing. In addition to performances on ACDA Eastern Division Conventions in 2002 (Pittsburgh) and 2008 (Hartford), they received enthusiastic acclaim at the ACDA National Convention in Los Angeles in 2005. They also appear regularly with the Delaware Symphony Orchestra, most recently in performances of the Verdi Requiem, Orff’s Camina Burana, and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9. Dr. Head has served as President for the Delaware American Choral Directors Association and currently serves on the national ACDA advisory board. He holds membership in Pi Kappa Lambda, (the National Music Honor Society) and the music fraternity, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. He resides in southeastern Pennsylvania with his wife and three children. Interest Session: (2 Act 48 hrs.): “C2” (Classics for Choirs), Christine Hestwood Re-discover the great, accessible classics from our rich choral history, featuring some of your top classical favorites for high school choirs. Join Christine Hestwood as she makes major works and classical music student friendly. Please send in your top five picks for a songfest of the masters! Christine Hestwood graduated with a BSME (voice) from Duquesne University and then earned an MFA in conducting from Carnegie Mellon University, where she studied with Robert Page. Presently, Christine teaches elementary general music in the Upper St. Clair School District. Prior to her current position, she taught secondary choral music at Franklin Regional and Upper St. Clair High Schools. She is also the Music Director at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Upper St. Clair. At Westminster, she leads the Chancel Choir, a 65-voice choir that leads weekly worship and presents two major choral/orchestral works a year. Christine was the assistant conductor of the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh from 2000-2004, preparing the choir for their performances with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. She served as Music Director and Conductor of the Junior Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh from 2005-2008. Under her direction, the JMCP performed with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra on several occasions. Additionally, the choir sang the National Anthem at this year’s Pirates home opener. Christine has also served as an adjunct professor of music at Duquesne University. She was honored to be the guest conductor of the PMEA Junior High District Chorus in April, 2007. Interest Session: (2 Act 48 hrs.): “Never Quit Learning”, Robert Page Join world re-known conductor and teacher, Robert Page, as he shares his wisdom on the art of choral conducting and rehearsal technique. It is sure to be a lively and information packed session! Robert Page Named Pennsylvania’s Artist of the Year by Governor Tom Ridge in 1998 and dubbed “a national treasure” by American Record Review, Robert Page, dean of America’s choral conductors, served as Music Director and Conductor of the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh for 26 years. The 2005-2006 season began a new association between the Mendelssohn Choir and Maestro Robert Page as he assumed the post of Music Director Emeritus. In April, 2008, he was invited to conduct a performance of Mendelssohn’s Elijah to mark the beginning of the Choir’s Centennial celebration. From 1989-2005 he held the title of Director of Special Projects and Choral Activities with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. He is Director of Choral Studies and Paul Mellon Professor of Music at Carnegie Mellon University and has been named a University Professor, the highest distinction their faculty can achieve. Page served as Assistant Conductor and Director of Choruses of The Cleveland Orchestra (1971-1989), and conducted the world-renowned ensemble on many occasions, including national radio and television broadcasts. Prior to coming to Pittsburgh, Page served on the faculty of Temple University and was Music Director of the Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia, preparing choruses for the Philadelphia Orchestra for 19 years. In great demand as a conductor of symphony orchestras, opera and music theater productions, Page has conducted many of the major orchestras of the United States, including Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Minnesota, Houston, Dallas, Louisiana, Milwaukee, Virginia and San Antonio, as well as the opera companies of Cleveland, Kansas City, Toledo, Opera Carolina and The Opera Theatre of Pittsburgh. Page conducted the initial concert of the renowned Berkshire th Choral Festival in 1982, and has returned eleven times, including the 25 anniversary concert in July, 2006. Page has also conducted at the Aspen and Temple University Music Festivals. In Europe, he has conducted the Luxembourg RTL Orchestra with The Mendelssohn Choir at the Echternach Festival and the Royal Philharmonic Opera Orchestra (London). In June, 1995, Page conducted the Czech State Philharmonic of Brno and The Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh in performances of the Beethoven Missa Solemnis in Brno, Prague and Cracow, and the Budapest Concert Orchestra (MAV) with The Mendelssohn Choir in a performance of the Verdi Requiem in Budapest. In 1997, Page was invited to conduct the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra in performances of Carmina Burana in the Czech Republic and Vienna. During the summers of 1999 and 2000, the orchestra invited him back to conduct the opening concerts of the Dvorak Festival in Prague and in Dvorak’s hometown, Zlonice in the Czech Republic, the Schönbrunn Palace in Vienna, Salzburg and Munich. In 2001, Page conducted the Robert Page Festival Singers and the State Orchestra of St. Petersburg in performances of the Verdi Requiem in the White Nights Festival in St. Petersburg and Novgorod, Russia, Helsinki, Finland, and at the opening concert of the Mikkeli Festival in Mikkeli, Finland. In 2003 Page led the RPFS and the Halle State Philharmonic Orchestra in performances of the Brahms Requiem and Nänie in Munich, Dresden, Leipzig and Berlin, and in 2005 he was invited to return to direct the same forces in performances of the Verdi Requiem to enthusiastic audiences in Halle, Germany; Geneva, Switzerland; Toulouse, France and Barcelona, Spain. In the summer of 2008 Page conducted the RPFS, soloists and the MAV Budapest Symphony Orchestra in performances of Haydn’s The Creation at the Liszt Academy in Budapest and St. Stephen’s Cathedral in Vienna. He also served on the jury of the Summa Cum Laude Youth music festival at the Musikverein while in Vienna. In May, 2009, Mr. Page conducted the same soloists, the RP Festival Singers and members of the Virginia Symphony in an encore performance of the 2008 European concert for the Virginia Arts Festival in Williamsburg, VA. Page's work can be heard on more than forty discs issued by major recording companies including Columbia, London, RCA, Telarc, Decca and Sony. He has received Grammy awards for his recordings of Orff’s Carmina Burana and Catulli Carmina, and has eight other Grammy nominations to his credit. He is also the recipient of the Grand Prix du Disc for Porgy and Bess, and a Prix Mondial de Montreux for his world-premiere recording of the Shostakovich Symphony No. 13, Babi Yar. Active in the national choral scene, Page has served on the choral, festival and overview panels of the National Endowment for the Arts. He is a founding member of Chorus America, the service organization for independent choruses, serving as its president for three years. He was also one of the first members of the American Choral Directors Association and was so honored in 2001.