CASDA Hosts 15th Annual Music Educators Symposium

November 7, 2014


On October 23, CASDA held its 15th annual Music Symposium at the Massry Center on the College of St. Rose campus.


This year the 120 participants were treated to a keynote by Nick Page, a Boston based composer, conductor and author who is best known for his song leading.   


Nick was a conductor with the Emmy Award winning Chicago Children’s Choir. He has led Boston’s Mystic Chorale and guest conducted around the word including at three of the four Carnegie Halls (Pittsburgh, New York, and Scotland).  His choral works have premiered everywhere from Lincoln Center to humble school cafetoriums.   He is the author of three books and has close to one hundred published choral pieces.


During his keynote Nick shared stories of people whose lives were changed by music. He explored why he believes music is only a part of the magnificence we experience when sound and emotion connects with the human spirit.


The Suburban Music Council, which organized the event with the help of CASDA, also arranged wonderful workshops presented by local educators.


Participants enjoyed three workshop sessions after the keynote offering five concurrent workshops in each session. All symposium goers were treated to lunch at the beautiful St. Rose Campus Center before delving back into the program.


CASDA values this partnership with the Suburban Music Council and the College of St. Rose and will work to offer a valuable and content-rich symposium again next year during the month of October.

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