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HIGH SCHOOL MEN'S & WOMEN'S HONOR CHORUS

The 4th annual High School Men's & Women's Honor Chorus will take place June 20, 2016 on the campus of Otterbein University in conjunction with the OCDA Summer Conference. These honor choirs are designed to focus on literature specifically for (T)TBB & SSA(A) voicings for students in grades 9 thru 12 of the 2015-2016 school year. High school music teachers and community choir conductors are invited to select their finest young singers to participate. Recommenders must be either a member of OCDA or the Ohio Music Education Association to submit recommendations.

This year we are please to announce the clinicians for this year's ensembles. Dr. Lynda Hasseler of Capital University will be conducting the Men's Chorus and Mr. Frank Bianchi of Baldwin Wallace University will be conducting the Women's Chorus. Please consult the summer conference web page for concert time and location.

Please consult the the specific areas below for instructions on recommendations, fees, directions and other information as it becomes available.

Registration Information

The OCDA High School Honor Choirs are open to high school students in grades 9 thru 12 of the 2015-2016 school year. High school teachers and community choir directors are encouraged to submit their best students. In order to ensure balanced ensembles the HSHC is asking that teachers and directors to recommend two complete quartets (one female and one male) for each group. You can submit your recommendations via our Online Recommendation Form. After all recommendation are collected, they will be sent a link to the online registration.

Men's Chorus Clinician

Dr. Lynda Hasseler
Capital University
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Nurturing Capital University’s rich choral legacy, Lynda Hasseler, D.M.A., continues to program classic and contemporary a cappella sacred and secular choral literature. Reflecting her commitment to perform music from a global perspective, choirs under her direction have expanded their repertoire and developed a reputation for performances that feature diverse programming, staging, and a range of tone colors uniquely suited to each style of music.
Dr. Hasseler travels widely as a clinician, singer, and guest conductor. Choirs under her direction have received numerous invitations to perform for multiple conferences and have toured nationally and internationally. In partnership with Craig Courtney, she was recently appointed co-editor of the new Capital University Choral Series published by Beckenhorst Press.
In addition to her work as a conductor, Professor Hasseler has maintained an active singing career. A mezzo-soprano, she has performed, toured and recorded nationally and internationally with professional choral ensembles including the Robert Shaw Festival Chorus and the Oregon Bach Festival Chorus. She toured France with the Shaw Festival Chorus and appeared as a soloist.Along with the concerts presented in France, she also has performed several works in Carnegie Hall with both ensembles. As a member of the Oregon Bach Festival Choir, she toured internationally performing concerts in Krakow and Warsaw, Poland; Santiago de Compostela, Spain; and Frankfurt and Stuttgart, Germany. She shares Grammy honors with the Oregon Bach Festival Chorus and Orchestra, which, under Helmuth Rilling’s direction, were awarded the 2000 Grammy Award Best Choral Performance for their recording of Krzysztof Penderecki’s Credo.
Dr. Hasseler loves making music with the students and community members. In fact, she will tell you that leading a fast-paced choral rehearsal, crafting a musical phrase and shaping choral tone with the “best students in the whole world” are some of the richest moments that life has to offer. None of those things can compete, however, with the joy of being a mom to 14-year-old Hannah, the “best daughter in the whole world.”

Women's Chorus Clinician

Frank Bianchi
Baldwin Wallace University
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Frank Bianchi has taught public school vocal music for 30 years prior to his appointment at the Baldwin Wallace University Conservatory of Music as an adjunct professor of music education. High School choral groups under his direction have sung at numerous district, regional, state, and national conventions of OMEA, MENC, and ACDA.
At Baldwin Wallace University Mr. Bianchi conducts and is the founding Director of the 115 voice
Baldwin Wallace Men’s Chorus, a chorus that has been recognized as being among the finest collegiate male choruses in the State and one of the first collegiate choruses of its’ kind to include both college students, faculty and staff as well as distinguished community musicians. In the spring of 2012 Mr. Bianchi completed his seventh and final season with the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Chorus. During his tenure with the Youth Chorus at Severance Hall, the Chorus more than doubled in size and grew to include students from over 50 high schools and communities from 8 NE Ohio Counties. In addition to his work with the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Chorus, Mr. Bianchi had served for two years as assistant director of the Cleveland Orchestra Chorus. 
  Mr. Bianchi is very active as a free-lance choral clinician, choral conductor, lecturer and adjudicator of both concert and show choirs. He has conducted well over 260 honors, district, regional, and all-state choirs throughout Ohio, Kentucky, Illinois, Michigan and Pennsylvania and has lectured and presented workshops at several colleges and universities on a variety of vocal, choral and motivational topics for both music education students and music educators.   This year he will serve as the Regional Director for the OMEA All-State Choir and conduct honors choirs throughout Ohio and Pennsylvania in OMEA District III (NW Ohio), OMEA District V (NE Ohio), OMEA District X (NC Ohio), The LEL Choral Festival (OMEA District VII, Cleveland-East), Lorain County Junior High Choirs (OMEA District IV), PMEA District IV (Western PA) and the PMEA Regional Choir in Clarion County (East Central PA). Mr. Bianchi also conducts workshops, seminars and lectures throughout Ohio and neighboring States.  
  Throughout his career, Mr. Bianchi has held several church choir and accompanist positions in the Greater Cleveland area and is currently a free-lance organist, pianist and soloist for numerous churches in the Greater Cleveland and Akron areas. 
  Mr. Bianchi has held several offices in both the Ohio Choral Directors Association and the Ohio Music Education Association and is a past recipient of the
Outstanding Music Educator of the Year Award given annually by the State of Ohio Music Education Association (OMEA). He has received outstanding teaching and distinguished service awards in both Brunswick and Medina City Schools, and was recently inducting into the John Marshall High School (Cleveland, Ohio) “Hall of Fame” where he attended high school. He is an active member of ACDA, OMEA and MENC. 
Mr. Bianchi was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio and currently resides in Middleburg Heights, Ohio. 

Deadlines

Teacher/Director recommendation forms
March 15, 2015

Student Registration
April 15, 2015

Fees

The fee for this year's honor choirs is $85. This fee will include a folder of music, access to practice tracks via our website, lunch, dinner, concert t-shirt and two free tickets to the evening performance.

Rehearsal Tracks

Any questions concerning the Men's & Women's Honor Choir can be directed to the High School Honor Choir Chairs at OCDAHonorChoir@gmail.com.
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