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Carl Davis- President, Alabama Vocal Association

I hope your year is off to fine start. We provided a quality in-service experience at the Fall Workshop. Dr. Debra Spurgeon presented four sessions that addressed 1) Improving the Sound of Your Chorus; 2) Selection of Literature; 3) The Arrangement of Ensemble Members; and 4) Reading Session. I also want to thank Dr. Marvin Latimer for providing a really thought- provoking session concerning physical expression during performance. I want to also thank Mr. Chip Colee and First Baptist Church for hosting the Fall Workshop.

All attendants were given an opportunity, during the in-service, to enter their biographical information on the AVA Membership Database—an activity that is required this year before you can participate in an AVA event.


you have not registered yet, please go to the AVA website and enter your biographical information. Click the “Member Enrollment” link on the home page. Registrations are processed in the order received and your registration is not considered received until you register on the database.

This will provide us a

yearly up-to-date mailing list which we can use to more effectively communicate with the membership.

Thank you in advance for all the time you are spending in preparation for the upcoming All-State Show Choir and All-State Choir Auditions. The All-State Slide Show that was presented at the Fall Workshop is available on the AVA All State page on the website. Pay special attention to the eligibility of your students when registering them for the particular ensembles.


submitted links to YouTube performances, as well as technical instructions of eligibility, and part splits contained in the PowerPoint are also on the website and can be accessed with a provided link.

Pre-registration is now open for the winter AMEA conference. Dr. Tucker Biddlecombe from Vanderbilt, who served as a clinician last year, will serve as the conductor of the AVA Honor Choir.

I encourage you to

give your students the opportunity to participate in the AVA Honor Choir. Should you need help filling out a quartet, please communicate with your district chair.

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communicate if you have extras that can be used to complete a quartet.

Dr. Jeffrey Benson of Diablo Valley College will present three sessions. His sessions will address: Saying What We Mean, Not Just Saying What We ‘Say’ -Feedback in the Choral Rehearsal; Conserve, Love, Understand, Teach: Doable Masterworks for Your High School Chorus; and a Reading Session.

I congratulate all who submitted an application to have ensembles perform at the AMEA conference. We are testing a new performance venue in Ballroom A. This has allowed flexibility in the scheduling and has

allowed us more performance slots.


encourage you to think this year, as concerts approach, of making quality recordings of your ensembles and use them to apply for an AMEA conference performance.

Communication within our organization is important. Interact with your district chairman, communicating with him/her any needs you have. I look forward to seeing you in Montgomery.

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