All State Treble Chorus – Mission
The mission of the All-State Treble Chorus is to provide a quality honor choir experience for selected students in Grades 4 through 6 who participate in their school’s general music and/or choral programs. MMEA engages the very best conductors who are recognized for their expertise with children’s choirs. The conductors select repertoire appropriate for this age level. Repertoire is varied, of a high-quality, pedagogically sound, and engages the young singer to encourage age-appropriate and expressive singing.
Treble Chorus Information for 2017
Final Rehearsal and Concert Day, March 11, 2017
Boston Sheraton, Grand Ballroom
39 Dalton St., Boston, MA 02199
Registration window: 7:30-8:15 a.m.
Students rehearse beginning at 8:30 a.m.
Concert at 2:00 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom (doors open at 1:30 p.m.)
Parking information: http://www.prudentialcenter.com/visit_directions.html
Concert Day Checklist
Mary Ellen Junda to Conduct 2017 Treble Chorus
Mary Ellen Junda, Professor of Music at the University of Connecticut, is a nationally recognized conductor, educator, scholar and recording artist. She is the recipient of a number of grants for her research with Dr. Robert Stephens on the music and culture of the Gullah people of the Sea Islands and is the co-director with Dr. Stephens for their Landmark Grant in History and Culture, Gullah Voices: Traditions and Transformations, awarded $180,000 by the National Endowment for the Humanities. NEH also provided supplemental funding to document the proceedings from Gullah Voices to share with a global audience. In 2011, Dr. Junda was selected as a Summer Scholar for the National Endowment for the Humanities Institute on Global Music and Culture.
Dr. Junda is known for her exemplary work as a choral conductor. She was awarded a 2002 Howard Foundation Fellowship in Music Performance from Brown University, has conducted numerous festival choruses including the 2001 Organization of American Kodály Educators National Treble Choir and presented sessions throughout the country on American folk music, rehearsal techniques, musical literacy and creativity. Her Singing with Treblemakers recordings have earned four Parents’ Choice Awards, including a coveted 2008 Parents’ Choice Classic Award, and are used throughout the country as a model of the artistry of childrens’ singing voices. She authored the K-6 Vocal Development Sequence for the Silver Burdett Ginn ©2002 Making Music and recorded numerous songs for the series as conductor of Treblemakers. From 2004-2011, Dr. Junda was founding artistic director of The Main Street Singers, a community children’s choir in New Britain, Connecticut that performed at civic events and conferences throughout the state.
At the University of Connecticut, Dr. Junda is known for her innovative concerts as director of the UCONN Women’s Choir. She is the recipient of two Provost Grants to develop Earthtones, the new world music vocal ensemble that performs the music of culturally diverse groups and Sing and Shout! a unique general education course that integrates history with communal singing and song-writing. Teaching these courses reaffirms her belief in the power of singing to create community and as means to develop a deeper understanding of and appreciation for cultural diversity. In 2012 she was selected as a Service Learning Fellow, and will add service learning to her courses in the coming years. She has shared her innovative pedagogy at the College Music Society National Conference, National Association for Music Education Conference, International Cultural Diversity in Music Education Conference, the International Phenomenon of Singing Symposium and International Arts and Humanities Conference.
Dr. Junda earned a B.M. from The Hartt School, University of Hartford, M.M.Ed. from Holy Names University and an Ed.M. and Ed.D. from Teachers College, Columbia University.