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Why keep singing?

Tens of millions of adults sing in choirs! Choral singing is a powerful, fun, and rewarding activity for people at all stages of life. Every year, however, young people who sang in choirs throughout their youth miss out on choral singing for years after they graduate from high school. The Keep Singing Project mission is simple: to help graduating chorus seniors keep singing into adulthood.  We accomplish this in two steps: 1) Invite high school chorus seniors to participate by completing an online form; and 2) provide their shared information to the choir director(s) at their chosen college/ university or local community choir who can then reach out to them about singing at the next level.  Taking part in a choir is so often initiated by a simple invitation to join!

This project began in 2014 as the “Keep Them Singing” initiative of the Michigan School Vocal Music Association (MSVMA). Students from all over the state expressed their desire to Keep Singing in college, and collegiate choral faculty enthusiastically welcomed the chance to reach out to interested freshmen they might otherwise not have known. Due to the great response, twenty other states joined Michigan in 2015 to help young people continue to sing into adulthood. In 2016 we broadened the mission to include community choirs and expanded to all 50 states. Below are the project leaders currently on board for each state. Are you a choral director in a state that still needs a leader? If you are interested in becoming your state leader, please contact the Project Coordinator for more information.

The Keep Singing Project Leadership Team:

Dr. Andrew Minear, Project Founder and Coordinator (contact here)

Alabama
Dr. William Powell, Auburn University

Arizona
Dr. David Schildkret, Arizona State University

California
Brandon Elliott, Moorpark College
Dr. Josh Palkki, California State University, Long Beach

Colorado
Dr. Andrea Ramsey, University of Colorado

Connecticut
Dr. Wendy Moy, Connecticut College

Florida
Dr. Kelly Miller, University of Central Florida

Georgia
Dr. Alison Mann, Kennesaw State University

Idaho
Dr. Michael Murphy, University of Idaho

Illinois
Dr. Anne Barry, Lake Forest College

Iowa
Dr. Amy Kotsonis, University of Northern Iowa

Kentucky
Dr. Richard Waters, Eastern Kentucky University

Louisiana
William Plummer, University of Louisiana at Lafayette

Maryland
Dr. Kenneth Elpus, University of Maryland

Massachusetts
Dr. Jonathan Richter, Roger Williams University and New England Conservatory

Michigan
Dr. Andrew Minear, Michigan State University

Minnesota
Dr. Erynn Millard, Minnesota State University Moorehead

Mississippi
Dr. Gary Packwood, Mississippi State University

Missouri
Elizabeth Hogan McFarland, University of Missouri and St. Louis Children’s Choirs

Montana
Dr. David Edmonds, University of Montana

Nebraska
Dr. Derrick Fox, Ithaca University/ University of Nebraska Omaha

Nevada
Dr. Joseph Svendsen, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

New Jersey
Dr. Jason Bishop, Drew University

New Mexico
Dr. Jason Paulk, Eastern New Mexico University

New York
Dr. Doreen Fryling, South Side High School, Rockville Centre, NY

North Carolina
Dr. Brian Schmidt, Duke University

Ohio
Dr. Bryan Nichols, University of Akron

Oregon
Dr. Steven Zielke, Oregon State University

Pennsylvania
Dr. Ryan Beeken, Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Rhode Island
Dr. Audrey Cardany, University of Rhode Island; Chorus of Westerly

South Carolina
Dr. Anthony Bernarducci, Clemson University

South Dakota
Dr. David DeHoogh-Kliewer, University of Sioux Falls

Tennessee
Dr. Jamila L. McWhirter, Middle Tennessee State University

Texas
Dr. Carolyn Cruse, Texas Tech University

Virginia
Dr. Meredith Bowen, Radford University
Dr. Jo-Anne van der Vat-Chromy, James Madison University

Washington
Dr. Anne Lyman, Tacoma Community College; Seattle Bach Choir; Canonici: Consort of Voices

West Virginia
Dr. Joseph Janisch, University of Charleston

Wisconsin
Dr. Frank Watkins, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

Wyoming
Dr. Nicole Lamartine, University of Wyoming

See below for the list of states that need a leader.

Official Endorsements:
Colorado ACDA
Florida ACDA
Florida Vocal Association
Michigan School Vocal Music Association
Missouri Choral Directors Association
Northwest Division ACDA
Ohio ACDA

Privacy
The information gathered by the Keep Singing Project will be shared ONLY with the choir director(s) at the chosen college or university of the graduating senior; or the director(s) of local community choirs. Contact information will not be shared with any other party.

States in need of a leader:

Alaska
Arkansas
Delaware
Hawaii
Indiana
Kansas
Maine
New Hampshire
North Dakota
Oklahoma
Utah
Vermont

 

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