Thanks to the generous help of the Friends of the Fine Arts
and the fund raising efforts of students, Kaskaskia College had four students-
Michael Philyaw of Centralia, Ben Wick of Highland, Allysa Maue of New Baden
and Katelyn Morris of Nashville representing Kaskaskia College at the Central
Division conference of the American Choral Directors Association in Cincinnati,
Ohio, February 27 to March 1, 2014.
The ACDA is the major professional organization for choral
directors in the United States, and every odd year they have a national
conference, with divisional conferences in even years. Our division holds a
Collegiate Repertoire Chorale, where college students (both graduate and
undergraduate) from all over our division are selected to participate in a 75
voice choir under a well-known conductor for 2-3 sessions of sight-reading
music and learning rehearsal techniques.
The students are selected by application and director
recommendation based on musicianship, rehearsal work ethic & sight reading
ability. Michael, Allysa & Katelyn all were selected for the Collegiate
Reading Chorale and Ben went to attend the conference. Our students sang with
students from colleges and universities from Michigan, Ohio, Indiana and
The students, along
with Choral Director Dr. Sarah Graham, heard performances by the Cincinnati
Conservatory Chorale and Orchestra, the Michigan State Women's Chamber Chorale,
Pioneer High School from Ann Arbor, MI, The Ohio State University Men's Glee
Club and many others. The singers met two well-known Chicago area composers,
and attended concerts with each of them.
“The experience was incredibly valuable, educational, and
provided them with information and a world view of choral music and singing
that they had never experienced before. When these students bring these
experiences back to K.C., it makes us stronger,” said Dr. Graham.