MiddleFest 2020

February 21-22, 2020
First Presbyterian Church

Hi everyone! I hope you had a great summer and are excited for a new school year! I’m reaching out to you to make sure you have the necessary information for this year’s NC ACDA MiddleFest! We are working on setting up a website to make referring your friends and colleagues even easier, I’ll send that link out as soon as it’s ready. In the meantime, here are the details below.
Clinician: Tom Shelton, Westminster Choir College

Tom T. Shelton, Jr. is a native of Greensboro, N.C. and a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where he earned both a Bachelor of Music Education and Master of Music in Choral Conducting. He is associate professor of Sacred Music at Westminster Choir College. Focusing on children’s and youth music at Westminster, he teaches classes in conducting, sacred music and music education. In addition, he is the director of Children's and Youth Choirs at Princeton United Methodist Church.  He is also conductor of the Westminster Neighborhood Children’s Choir.

Mr. Shelton has a passion for music education in all areas: church, school and community. He taught middle school choral music in Winston-Salem/Forsyth County for 18 years. During that time he was selected Teacher of the Year for both Atkins Middle School and Kernersville Middle School. In 1999 the North Carolina Music Educators Association presented him with the North Carolina Middle School Music Teacher of the Year award.

Mr. Shelton is an active member of the American Choral Directors Association, currently serving as the national president.  Past ACDA leadership positions have included Southern Division president (2011-2012), National R&S chair for Middle School/Junior High Choirs (2007-2009) and North Carolina president (2005-2007).

Mr. Shelton has conducted festivals and honor choirs for elementary, middle school and high school students in 20 states and abroad, including the ACDA Central Division Junior High Honor Choir as well as All State Choirs in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, New Jersey, North Carolina and South Carolina. This past May, he was invited to conduct a Treble Choir Festival in Carnegie Hall, New York City.  His compositions have been published by Choristers Guild, Colla Voce Music, GIA Publications, Heritage Music Press, Hinshaw Music Company, Santa Barbara Music Press, and Walton Music.

Learn more at www.tomsheltonmusic.com

***If your district/organization needs a W9 (often the case if ACDA is a new vendor) please let me know as soon as possible so I can get that to you. Many of you took care of this last year so it shouldn’t be necessary again***
– Allotments will be based on the number or schools participating and will be handed out in sets of 3 (SAB) on November 1, 2019
– If you do not have enough baritones to fill your allotments that’s fine, but you may not replace those spaces with sopranos and altos
– Choir will prepare 4 pieces (rehearsal tracks will be made available) and potentially learn a 5th with the clinician during the festival
– Extra allotments will be given in December/January depending on the individual number of students registered
New This Year
– LUNCH will be provided on Saturday! Each registration will include the cost of Saturday’s lunch, each school will also be given a lunch ticket for the director. Additional chaperones will need to purchase lunch tickets either in advance or at the event.
– PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT will be provided for teachers on Friday night and Saturday morning! In addition to watching and learning from our fabulous clinician we are working to offer a West African Drumming workshop on Friday evening, and a reading session Saturday morning. A certificate certifying your completion of .5 content area CEU’s will be available upon request.
Information TBA
– I should have a rep list soon and will send it out as soon as I can. You can order the pieces individually or JW Pepper will have a packet available for your convenience.
– Hotel Information will be made available as soon as I have it – I am currently waiting to hear back about pricing and will relay that information to you ASAP.