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Adopt, Adapt, Improve: Utilizing Effective Choral Techniques in the Wind Band Rehearsal

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  • What if there were simple and effective strategies you could implement to quickly improve your ensemble’s sound? By borrowing proven rehearsal techniques from that “other” wind ensemble, the choir, attendees will learn how to improve blend, balance and intonation, unify ensemble sound, and run even more efficient, musical rehearsals.
  • Rickey Badua (rhbadua@cpp.edu)
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  • Rickey Badua is Director of Bands and Assistant Professor of Music at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, where he conducts the Wind Ensemble, Concert Band, and teaches beginning and instrumental conducting, and oversees all aspects of the winds studies program. Prior to his appointment at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, Dr. Badua received his Doctor of Musical Arts in Wind Conducting degree from the University of Georgia where he studied with John P. Lynch and was the recipient of the Director’s Excellence and Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant award. Dr. Badua’s scholarship achievements include wind band research and guest conducting bands in Russia, Australia, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, and Japan. He is active as a presenter and guest conductor throughout the U.S. and abroad including appearances at the Midwest International Band & Orchestra Clinic, College Band Directors National Conference, International Society for Research and Promotion of Wind Music, California All-State Music Educators Conference, Georgia Music Educator’ Association Conference, and the National Association for Music Education-Northwest Division Conference; his most notable engagements include being one of the first American conductors to guest conduct the Admiralty Navy Band of St. Petersburg, Russia and being selected as finalist for The American Prize in Wind Conducting Competition in 2015. Dr. Badua is a native of Honolulu, Hawaii but moved to Washington to earn his Bachelor of Music in Music Education degree from the University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, WA where he also received an honorary fellowship to complete his Master of Arts in Teaching degree and was a conducting student of Robert Taylor.
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  • Dr. Alyssa Cossey
  • Alyssa Cossey is Assistant Professor of Choral Music and Music Education at the University of Arizona where she conducts the University Community Chorus and the Wildcat Choir, teaches undergraduate Choral Methods, Advanced Studies in Music Education for graduate students, and oversees students teachers. In addition to her teaching responsibilities she is in high demand as an adjudicator, clinician, guest conductor and presenter and has presented at state and regional conferences in Arizona, California, Washington, Hawaii, New Mexico, North Carolina, and Michigan. Dr. Cossey holds a DMA in Choral Conducting from Michigan State University, an MM in Choral Conducting from California State University, Fullerton, and a BA from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. As a Los Angeles native, she sang in the premiere women’s chorus, Vox Femina Los Angeles and has been invited to sing at venues including the Hollywood Bowl, the Pantages Theatre, and the Walt Disney Concert Hall with renowned conductors and composers including John Williams, Grant Gershon, and James Conlon. She is also an inaugural member of the professional-level women's choir mirabai, under the direction of Dr. Sandra Snow. Previously, Dr. Cossey taught middle and high school choir in the L.A. area for nearly a decade. During her tenure her choirs consistently received Superior ratings at festival and enrollment in the Choral Department grew from less than 80 to more than 350 singers.
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