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"Promoting choral excellence throughout Ohio."

Virtual Conference A Great Success

OCDA hosted it’s first ever Virtual Conference on Tuesday, June 23rd using the Zoom platform. Hundreds of participants from all over North America and beyond participated in presentations, panel discussions, roundtable discussion, virtual concerts, and a virtual “happy hour.” Thank you to our guest speakers, Dr. Hilary Apfelstadt & Dr. Scott Edgar for their enlightening and engaging presentations. Thank you to our panelists and roundtable participants for their candor and their expertise. Thank you to the ensemble directors that provided amazing performances for our virtual concerts. Thank you to all who spent the day with us as participants.

Resources from the conference are available by going to our Virtual Conference Webpage. You can access video recordings of the featured presentations, you can download PDF documents of slideshows and discussions, you can access videos of the virtual concert performances and you can view the virtual reading session list with links to demo recordings.

Access the Virtual Conference Webpage here.

Spring 2020 Edition of the OCDA News Now Available

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The Spring 2020 OCDA News, the newsletter of the Ohio Choral Directors Association, is now available for viewing as a PDF.

In this issue:
  • Brandon Moss shares details about our upcoming virtual conference;
  • Franklin Miller offers insights and tips for remote learning;
  • Mario Buchanan spotlights the music of Gerald Near;
  • Jeff Clark presents the outcome of a landmark court case in “fair use” of show choir music;
  • Laura Kitchel discusses student-centered learning approaches for education at a distance.

Click the link and benefit from the expertise and experience of our board members!

Previous editions of the newsletter are available here.

Sandra Mathias Receives the 2019 Distinguished Service Award

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OCDA has the distinct pleasure and honor of presenting the 2019 Distinguished Service Award to Sandra Mathias. Sandy has a lengthy record of service to OCDA and Choral Music.

*Sandy is absolutely passionate about choral music, and about children’s choral music in particular. She has dedicated her life’s work to singing, teaching children to sing, training teachers of singing, and planning and organizing singing opportunities for children. She has been, and continues to be, very involved in OCDA, serving as a board member in the recent past, as a satellite director for the children’s honors choir, as the clinician in 2014 for the children’s honors choir, and as a committee member for the children’s honors choir. She also served as a clinician for the Elementary Choir Festival in 2013.

**For many years her name has been synonymous with excellence in choral performance and choral pedagogy. From her work as a professor at Capital University, to her founding and administering the summer Kodaly Institute at Capital University, to her artist-level work with the Columbus Children’s Choir, Sandy has been a beacon of inspiration with regard to integrating systematic pedagogy with choral performance.

One need only look at her list of professional awards to see that her work and teaching is respected both in the United States and abroad. Guest lectures, a national ACDA conference concert with the Columbus Children’s Choir, international tours with the CCC, and awards from prestigious musical organizations all attest to the distinguished career she has led.

Additionally, Sandy has taught and mentored numerous young teachers who devote their careers to students in Ohio. Long after completing a degree at Capital University or a certification program at the Kodaly Institute, students appreciate Sandy’s ongoing interest in their careers and they seek her counsel with regard to pedagogical challenges. They know, as do many OCDA members, that Sandra Mathias possesses wisdom by virtue of time served.


*excerpted from Suzanne Walters’ nomination letter
**excerpted from Robert Ward’s nomination letter

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Community Choirs in Ohio

Ohio is home to a wide variety of community choirs. Learn more about them on our feature page for community choirs, and check out where they reside and how they can enrich your life in the art of choral music today.

Check out the OCDA Community Choir page.
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