Panorama is basically a choral educator's reading session "on steroids." I attended all TEN reading sessions which covered all genres of vocal music for both middle and high school choirs. This means that in the past few days, I have read through 127 pieces of music from 14 different publishers. 38,100 pieces of music were collated and stuffed into 2700 teacher packets which were used during the sessions. I sat and read through music for approximately SIXTEEN hours from 9:00 a.m. on Thursday to noon on Saturday! My brain is absolutely fried. My voice held up fairly well, for which I was extremely grateful. I am also very grateful for 127 reading copies of newly published music from which I can build my choral library. Heads House of Music hosts this free event each summer and sends us home with bags of free music. We love Heads!!
Late night session with Dr. David Childs from New Zealand
Our clinicians this year included Laura Farnell, Mary Goetze, Mac Huff and David Childs. Dr. Jeffery Redding shared his insights as a choral educator in a fabulous interest session Thursday night. He was awesome and is someone I could only hope to emulate in my classroom at some point in my career.
At noon on Friday, the Florida Vocal Association began their portion of the conference with interest sessions on the All-State audition process, the "End of Course" exam project for "hard to assess" content areas (Race-to-the-Top) and, yes, more music reading - middle and high school All-State music for the FMEA conference in January, 2014.
Did I mention that it was a whirlwind of a weekend? I do believe that my summer break has come to a crashing halt. If you're looking for me next week, you will find me in the chorus room at Fletcher doing my best to be ready for students on August 19th.
Until next time...