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2015 Professional Development Conference - Cleveland
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The 2015 OMEA Professional Development Conference will be held on February 5-7, 2015 at the new Cleveland Convention Center! Lots of details about the Conference will be posted on this website over the next few months.

While online pre-registration won't open until October 1st, 2014, you are able to pre-register now by downloading a form (below) and mailing it (along with payment) to the address listed on the form.

The online hotel reservation system is available now! Click the button (below) to access the system and reserve your hotel room in Cleveland!

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2014 OMEA All-State Children's Chorus

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The 2014 OMEA General Music Professional Day (formerly Workshop)
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Georgia Newlin, Presenter
Georgia Newlin, DMA, University of Hartford, MM MEd with Kodály emphasis, Holy Names College, vocal director and professor of Music Education, Adelphi University. Dr.  Newlin is a master teacher for Kodály levels programs and is called upon as a conductor for elementary, middle, and high school choral festivals. She has been a presenter for numerous music associations and conferences at local, state, national, and international levels specializing in musicianship education, choral conducting, vocal development, beginning part singing, and pedagogy through Kodály’s vision and philosophy. Georgia is Past President of the Organization of American Kodály Educators and is a member of the VoiceCare network.
Developing Musicianship with Young Singers Part I and II:
Where does musicianship begin?  Can musicianship be developed in students?  These sessions will examine the sequential development of partsinging skills in young singers in order to help students acquire the ability to sustain a given voice part in a multipart context. Georgia will take us through the spectrum of music literacy strategies & vocal development for the beginning singer, advancing to intermediate, and onto the choral setting. Purposefully teaching these techniques produces more singers who are able to fulfill their potential as selfsufficient musicians in a choral setting.

Choral Reading Session:
This workshop will help choral directors make the most of each rehearsal when preparing octavos for elementary and middle school that include mixed meters, interesting rhythms or unusual scales and modes. Choral repertoire lists, resource information, rehearsal planning guides, and a choral packet will be given to each participant. The preponderance of the session will be spent reading through and listening to recordings of this music in order to learn the most efficient teaching techniques and conducting gesture appropriate for each.
Elementary Performance Groups:
Inspirational elementary performances will be the culmination of this exciting day for General Music Teachers. The Barrington Taiko Group, Barrington Elementary in Upper Arlington, Ohio Directed by Angela Brooks & Deborah Graham-Gibson and the Lake Ridge Academy Orff Performance, North Ridgeville, Ohio Directed by Jennifer Shaw will definitely ignite some performance possibilities for your own students. We will come full circle with our focus on the voice by the final performance of the day by the premier of the OMEA ALL-STATE CHILDREN’S CHORUS, with students from all around our state Directed by Ann Usher.

The Barrington Taiko Group (Barrington Elementary in Upper Arlington, Ohio)
Directed by Angela Brooks & Deborah Graham-Gibson

Lake Ridge Academy Orff Performance (North Ridgeville, Ohio)
Directed by Jennifer Shaw

All-State Children's Chorus (Students from all around our state!)
Directed by Ann Usher

Professional Day Details

The 2014 General Music Professional Day
Saturday, October 18th – Capital University
Harry C. Moore Campus Center Pleasant Ridge Ave. Bexley, OH 43209
Dr. Georgia Newlin, Presenter

Presenter Session: Developing Musicianship with Young Singers (see description above)


8:30 - 9:00 - Packet Pick Up/Check In/Coffee – Entrance Table

- 12:30 - Dr. Georgia Newlin, Developing Musicianship with Young Singers I

12:30 -1:15 - Lunch

1:15 - 4:30 -
Dr. Georgia Newlin, Developing Musicianship with Young Singers II & Choral Reading Session

4:30 - 4:45 - Pick up of CEU Certificates at Entrance Table

5:00 - Children’s Performances

As of 8/21/14 and subject to change

Note: There is NO on-site registration for this event.
Only pre-registered attendees can participate. Registration will close on September 30, 2014. 

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Director of Adjudications
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The Ohio Music Education Association is happy to add William Guegold to the staff as the Director of Adjudications. Bill will work with Max Treier during the coming academic year and assume his duties full-time as of July 1, 2015.

Dr. Guegold is past Director of the School of Music at The University of Akron where he holds the rank of Professor Emeritus and continues to teach part time. He is a past president of Ohio Music Education Association and is immediate past president of the NAfME North Central Division. Guegold has served on the OMEA Strategic Plan and Government Relations Committees and is a past chair and marching band affairs chair of the Adjudicated Events Committee. He served as OMEA Appeals Board Chair from 2004 until 2014. He was co-chair of the 2000, 2003 and 2009 OMEA State Professional Development Conferences and has chaired numerous ad hoc committees for OMEA.

Dr. Guegold is a native of Cambridge, Ohio, and received his MM and Ph.D. from Kent State University. His undergraduate degree is from Capital University in Columbus.

Dr. Guegold has presented clinics on the topics of educational leadership, music adjudication, educational reform, Olympic Music, and rehearsal techniques at state, regional, national and international conferences. Guegold’s professional associations include OMEA, NAfME, Pi Kappa Lambda, Phi Beta Mu, ASBDA, and Kappa Kappa Psi. He has hosted or co-hosted more than 30 adjudicated festivals including OMEA State Marching Band Finals, district and state large group, middle school large group and solo and ensemble events. He continues to adjudicate OMEA marching band and large group events and has served as an adjudicator for Music in the Parks, Classic Festivals and Heritage Festivals.

He taught at the college level for twenty-three years and was a high school band director in the Painesville City and Crestwood Local Schools earlier in his career. Dr. Guegold served eight years as a member of the Crestwood Local Schools Board of Education, the last six as president. He is a past president of the Rotary Club of Mantua.

In January of 2000 he was named a “Distinguished Alumnus” of the Kent State School of Music and received the “2001 Alumni Achievement Award” from Capital in April of that year. In May of 2002 he was selected for membership in the Cambridge High School Alumni Hall of Fame. He received the OMEA “Distinguished Service Award” at the 2005 OMEA Conference in Cincinnati. In September of 2008 Dr. Guegold was inducted as an honorary member of the Crestwood High School Alumni Hall of Fame.

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April/May TRIAD
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Click on the cover to view the electronic issue of TRIAD, the official journal of the Ohio Music Education Association!

OMEA members may access back issues of the electronic TRIAD in the member portal.

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NAfME Information