On October 22, CASDA held its 16th annual Music Educators’ Symposium at the Massry Center on the College of St. Rose campus. This year the 110 participants in attendance were treated to a keynote performance by the Singing Sergeants, the official chorus of the United States Air Force.
The Singing Sergeants is one of six musical ensembles that comprise The U.S. Air Force Band. Featuring 23 active duty Airmen musicians, the group presents more than 200 performances annually performing a wide range of musical styles, from traditional Americana, opera, and choral standards to modern Broadway and jazz. They regularly perform with their instrumental combo and in smaller configurations, such as duets, Barbershop quartets and specialized musical ensembles, at military and civilian ceremonial and diplomatic functions, education outreach events and local concerts. The chorus is regularly featured at regional and national music education conferences, including the American Choral Directors Association, the Music Educators National Conference and Chorus America.
The Suburban Music Council, which organized the event with the help of CASDA, also arranged wonderful workshops presented by local educators. Following the keynote offering, participants enjoyed workshops on topics ranging from increasing student motivation to providing musical instruction to special needs students. All symposium goers were treated to lunch at the beautiful St. Rose Campus Center before delving back into the program.
CASDA values its 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.