2017 State Conference

Imagine: Storytelling, Improvisation, Artistry

November 17-18, 2017 at University of Utah Gardner Hall in Salt Lake City

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Performing Headliners:

New York Voices

2013 marked New York Voices 25th Anniversary and they show no signs of slowing down. This critically acclaimed vocal group has refined their musical story to a high art. They are known for their close knit voicings, inspired arrangements and unparalleled vocal blend. Their chameleon-like musicianship allows them to move seamlessly from setting to setting, be it orchestral/big band to the intimate trio lineup. With deep interests rooted in jazz, Brazilian, R & B, classical, and pop, their music mixes traditional sensibilities with more than a dash of the unexpected. They are first call from great arrangers and conductors like Don Sebesky, Michael Abene, Keith Lockhart, and Rob Fisher who all know and admire the complexity of what they do and want something out of the ordinary, something extraordinary. Like the great jazz vocal groups that have come before — Lambert, Hendricks and Ross, Singers Unlimited, and The Manhattan Transfer — they are firmly a part of that legacy and are dedicated to passing it on to generations to come.

American Festival Chorus

Founded in 2008 by Dr. Craig Jessop, the American Festival Chorus & Orchestra has become a leading artistic voice in Northern Utah and has sought to enrich the lives it touches through performance, education, and appreciation of choral art.

The auditioned Chorus brings together more than 200 singers from a 90-mile radius, including talented singers from the community, Utah State University faculty, and outstanding USU students.  The Orchestra is a 65-member professional ensemble composed of faculty from USU’s music department, professional musicians from the region, and select USU students.

Conducting Headliners:

Morten Lauridsen

In 2006, Lauridsen was named an ‘American Choral Master’ by the National Endowment for the Arts. In 2007 he received the National Medal of Arts from the President in a White House ceremony, “for his composition of radiant choral works combining musical beauty, power and spiritual depth that have thrilled audiences worldwide.”

His works have been recorded on more than 200 CDs, five of which have received Grammy Award nominations, including O Magnum Mysterium by the Tiffany Consort, A Company of Voices by Conspirare, Sound The Bells by The Bay Brass and two all-Lauridsen discs entitled Lux Aeterna by the Los Angeles Master Chorale led by Paul Salamunovich and Polyphony with the Britten Sinfonia conducted by Stephen Layton. His principal publishers are Peermusic (New York/Hamburg) and Faber Music (London).

A recipient of numerous grants, prizes, and commissions, Lauridsen chaired the Composition department at the USC Thornton School of Music from 1990–2002 and founded the School’s Advanced Studies program in Film Scoring. He has held residencies as guest composer/lecturer at over seventy universities and has received honorary doctorates from Whitman College, Oklahoma State University, Westminster Choir College and King’s College, University of Aberdeen, Scotland. Lauridsen now divides his time between Los Angeles and his summer residence on a remote island off the northern coast of Washington State.

His musical approaches are very diverse, ranging from direct to abstract in response to various characteristics (subject matter, language, style, structure, historical era, etc.) of the texts he sets. His Latin sacred settings, such as the Lux Aeterna and motets, often reference Gregorian chant plus Medieval and Renaissance procedures while blending them within a freshly contemporary sound while other works such as the Madrigali and Cuatro Canciones are highly chromatic or atonal. His music has an overall lyricism and is tightly constructed around melodic and harmonic motives.

Patrick Patton

After 36 years of leadership, Patrick Patton recently retired as Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities at Casper College in Casper, Wyoming. He served as chair of the department of music, conducted the Casper College Collegiate Chorale, Women’s and Men’s Choirs, and the Contemporary Singers vocal jazz ensemble as well as taught voice. He directed the annual Casper College Madrigal Feast and served as co-director of the Casper College Jazz Festival. His choruses have performed on numerous occasions at national and regional conventions and festivals. Dr. Patton is currently the artistic director of the Helena (MT) Symphony, the choral director of the Helena Symphony Chorale, music director of the Gillette (WY) Chamber Singers, and an adjudicator for Worldstrides Heritage Festivals.

Dr. Patton has made over 400 appearances nationally and internationally as guest conductor, adjudicator, and workshop clinician, including performances at Lincoln Center in New York, European tours, festivals in London, Brazil, and Thailand. He holds the Doctor of Musical Arts and the Master of Music degrees in Choral Conducting from the Conservatory of Music at the University of Missouri in Kansas City, and received his Bachelor of Music in Education degree from the University of Wyoming.

Marcia Patton

Marcia taught music at all levels (K-12) in Casper, Wyoming, and in Olathe, Kansas. This is her thirty-eighth year as director of the Casper Children’s Chorale, which has been featured on regional and national music conferences.  Her community women’s choir, Alla Breve, toured China and performed at the Northwest ACDA Convention in Seattle. She is retired from Kelly Walsh High School, where she directed A Cappella, Men’s, Women’s, Esprit de Corps, and Jazz Choirs, many of which performed on state and division ACDA and MENC (NAfME) conventions.

Marcia has been honored as Outstanding Alumna from the College of Arts and Sciences, University of Wyoming.  Featured as “Choral Director of Note” by Choral Directors Magazine, she was regional recipient of the High School Activities Association Music Educator Award, and recognized multiple times as an influential educator for the Natrona County Schools Academic Awards. In addition to Natrona Schools Medallion of Excellence and National Who’s Who in Education, Marcia was named Casper’s “Woman of Distinction”, honored with the Casper Rotary Community Service Award, received the Wyoming Governor’s Arts Award, and presented sessions nationally as the 2002 Wyoming Teacher of the Year.

Marcia is past president of Wyoming ACDA, completed three terms as Northwest Division Chair for Women’s Choirs, and just completed her third term as R&S Chair for Children’s Choirs. Her interest session “The Venus Factor”, a study on the unique needs of women’s choirs, was featured on the National ACDA Convention in Miami.  She presented for National ACDA Children’s Chorus Conferences in Denver and Minneapolis, and published on the Junior High/Middle School Singer in the ACDA Journal.  She was the featured headliner for the 2014 California Summer ACDA ECCO Conference.  Marcia founded the Wyoming ACDA Children’s State Honor Choir, now in its 22nd season. Her Casper Children’s Chorale performed again for a division ACDA Conference, March, 2016, in Seattle.  Marcia’s experience as a clinician, presenter, and USO and choral performer has taken her to Europe, Southeast Asia, China, Brazil, Canada, and across the United States. She is a frequent adjudicator for Heritage Music Festivals.  She is recently retired from facilitating student teachers for the University of Wyoming College of Education, where her focus was on planning, classroom management, and community building. Marcia is married to Dr. Patrick Patton, Professor Emeritus, Casper College Choirs.

Treble Honor Choir:

The Treble Honor Choir will feature singers in grades 4-7 from elementary and junior high programs in the state. Marcia Patton, our clinician, is an expert in Children’s Choirs, and we couldn’t be more pleased to have her at the helm in bringing Utah’s young singers together in song.

Combined Community Choir:

Utah has a rich community choir tradition, and ACDA-Utah is proud to features three of our finest community choirs in our Afternoon Concert on Saturday, November 18, 2017, and to hear them join for a special number, directed by our Keynote Speaker, Patrick Patton.

Also Featuring . . .

  • A Friday night exclusive reception after our Kickoff Concert
  • Group Sing and Organ Feature with Andrew Unsworth in gorgeous Libby Gardner Hall
  • Three incredible concerts with performances by choirs from Utah and beyond (open to the public)!
  • Keynote Address by Patrick Patton
  • Multiple reading sessions
  • Q&A with our 2017 Lifetime Achievement and Award of Excellence winners: Craig Jessop and Michael Huff
  • Booths all day Saturday, November 18!
  • Opportunities to network, socialize, and associate with other ACDA members