Professional Development Day 2019 - August 31, 2019

About: The Hawai‘i chapter of the American Choral Directors Association (HI-ACDA) sponsors an annual Professional Development Day. The event’s mission is to:

Offer a day of education for conductors to learn from one another as well as to hear from guest speakers outside of the HI-ACDA community.

Provide an opportunity for our broad and diverse community of conductors to network and connect with one another.

Our fifth annual Professional Development Day will be held on Saturday, August 31st, 2019 at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa Music Department (2411 Dole St., Honolulu, HI 96822).  This year’s theme is Practical Pedagogy.


To register for Profdev 2019, please fill out the google form below (a link can also be found here), as well as pay for your registration via the dropdown menu! Take advantage of our Early Bird offers from now until August 1st.

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8:00: Check in and light breakfast - Pastries, Yogurt, Coffee

8:30: Warm Up

9:00: Speaker Session #1: Robyn Hartfield - Bloom Where You’re Planted, Practical Strategies to Build Community through Inter-Generational Singing

10:20: Break

10:30: Speaker Session #2: Dr. John Guarente - Timbre Matching (For People in a Hurry)

11:30: Reading session #2

11:50: Lunch

12:45: Reading session #3

1:00: Speaker Session #3: Dr. Jace Saplan - Innovating Assessment: Creating a Culture of Excellence

2:00: Break

2:15: Speaker Session #4: Susan Duprey - How the Post-it Note Saved My Rehearsal

3:15: Break

3:30: Panel with all presenters

4:45: Closing

5:30: No Host Dinner - Location TBD

Recent History:

2015: “Vocal Pedagogy in the Choral Setting”—Program

2016: “Music Literacy in the Choral Setting”—Program

2017: “Rehearsal Techniques and Methods”—Program

2018: “Developing an Enduring Legacy: Creating and Growing a Thriving Choral Program.”

2019: “Practical Pedagogy in the Choral Setting”

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