2018 Summer Conference Registration
Embassy Suites by Hilton, Downtown Louisville
501 South 4th St, Louisville, KY 40202
Reservations can be made with the hotel by calling directly 502.813.3800.
In doing so, please have guest request the negotiated group rate for the KYACDA room block.
Your Group Code is: KYA
Hotel Code: SDFDNES
DALLAS HENSON| MBA-Sales Manager
Due to another conference in town the same week, housing in downtown Louisville is limited.
10 rooms are currently held for KYACDA, but more can be added.
*For anyone requesting funds from your church, school or other institution, they may require a W-9.
Dr. DERRICK FOX is the Director of Choral Activities and Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Nebraska-Omaha and most recently served as Assistant Professor of Music Education and Choral Conducting in the Ithaca College School of Music. He earned a Bachelor of Education from Arkansas State University, a Master of Music in Choral Conducting from the University of Missouri Columbia and a Doctor of Musical Arts in Choral Conducting from Michigan State University, where he was awarded the prestigious University Enrichment Graduate Fellowship Award. Dr. Fox has also served on the faculties of MacArthur Junior High School in Jonesboro, AR, Parkway North High School and Maryville University in St. Louis, MO.
Dr. Fox is an active adjudicator and clinician for regional, state, national and international organizations from the middle/junior high school to the collegiate level. He has worked with ensembles in Arkansas, Tennessee, Connecticut, Iowa, Pennsylvania, Kansas, Maryland, Missouri, West Virginia, Texas, New York, Florida, Utah, Illinois, Louisiana, Michigan, Malaysia and Lithuania. Dr. Fox’s upcoming engagements include honor choirs in Kansas, Nebraska, Kansas and Utah and all-state choirs in Arkansas, Colorado, Texas and Kansas as well as collaborations/presentations in Hawaii, Alaska and Tennessee. He is honored to be invited to conduct the 7-10 Men’s Choir for the Southwest American Choral Directors Convention in 2018. He has presented sessions nationally and internationally that focus on assessment in the choral classroom, building classroom community, rehearsal strategies, choral conducting techniques and shape note singing in the African American community.
As a baritone soloist, Dr. Fox has collaborated with various organizations; among them are the Arkansas Symphony, Lansing Symphony, St. Louis Symphony, Columbia Chorale, the University of Nebraska at Omaha, University of Missouri, Michigan State University, Webster University and the Espaço Cultural (Brasilia, Brazil). He can be heard singing selections from Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess on the compact disc In This Hid Clearing, available on the Naxos Classical Music label. He was also a featured soloist with the St. Louis Symphony in the performance of Meredith Monk’s Night, for eight solo voices and orchestra.
Dr. Fox’s articles have appeared in the Choral Journal, Choral Cues, ChorTeach, Teaching Music and educational blogs published by the National Association for Music Education and SmartMusic. He is a contributing author in the Hal Leonard/McGraw Hill choral textbook Voices in Concert, his arrangement Lord, Give Me Just a Little More Time is available in the Hal Leonard Sacred Music Series, and his arrangement of My Spirit Looks to God Alone will be published in the G. Schirmer Andrea Ramsey Choral Series.
DR. AMIR ZAHERI is Assistant Professor of Composition and Music Director and Conductor of the Contemporary Ensemble, at the University of Alabama. He also serves as the Associate Director of the School of Music and Director of Undergraduate Studies and Student Affairs. Additionally, he serves as conductor of the Tuscaloosa Youth Orchestra. Immediately prior to these appointments, Zaheri held the distinguished Ben and Coy Narramore Fellowship at the University of Alabama, where he received the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Music Composition, in 2013. At the same time, Zaheri also completed a Doctoral Minor in Musicology; his research focuses on the Music of Nazi Germany, with a particular interest in the music of Paul Hindemith. Zaheri holds the Master of Music degree in Music Composition from Georgia State University and the Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from Western Kentucky University.
Amir Zaheri is the recipient of many commissions, prizes, performances, awards, and publications at regional, national, and international levels. Additionally, his works are recorded and released on prominent labels. His compositional interests are wide-ranging and include classical chamber and large ensemble art music, film music, music for screen dance, music for live dance, electronic music, popular music, multimedia art, opera, and musical theatre. Zaheri's teaching at the university reflects his own expansive compositional interests. At the University of Alabama, students pursue the creation of art music, popular music, dramatic works of various genres, film music, video game music, multimedia art, and experimental art, all with a strong emphasis placed upon collaboration. Zaheri's students are being recognized at both national and international levels, and are obtaining prizes and performances by acclaimed artists and ensembles. Additionally, his students are routinely accepted to esteemed graduate programs in music composition, throughout the nation.
Committed to pursuing the highest possible artistic level in both the creation and performance of the musical art form, Dr. Zaheri is a composer, conductor, educator, and clinician who is passionate about training musicians at all stages and all ages, instilling in everyone the importance of all musical experiences. Frequently engaged as a guest conductor and clinician, Dr. Zaheri routinely works with young musicians, from elementary through high school ages, in both instrumental and choral settings. Currently, Zaheri serves on the Alabama Music Educators Association's President's Cabinet, as the Advanced Placement Theory Chairperson. He also serves on the Executive Board of the Alabama Music Teachers Association as Composition Chair.
DR. BRIDGET SWEET is Assistant Professor of Music Education at University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, Illinois. After completing her Bachelors Degree in Music Education at Western Michigan University, Dr. Sweet enjoyed a successful tenure as a middle school choir teacher for nearly ten years. Her interests in adolescent music education intensified during her Masters and Doctoral programs in Music Education at Michigan State University, which contributed to her research focused on characteristics of effective and exemplary music teachers. Prior to her work at the University of Illinois, Dr. Sweet was Assistant Professor of Music at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, PA, where she taught music education courses and coordinated the music student teaching program. At the University of Illinois, Dr. Sweet teaches music education pedagogy, including choral methods and literature, middle-level general music methods, graduate courses in music education, as well as a course focused on the development of healthy practices for all musicians.
Dr. Sweet has worked extensively with adolescent singers as a teacher, clinician, and adjudicator. She published the book Growing Musicians: Teaching Music in Middle School and Beyond (2016, Oxford University Press) and her research interests include middle level choral music education, female and male adolescent voice change, educating and empowering adolescent music students, and the intersection of LGBTQ issues and the music classroom. Dr. Sweet's research has appeared in publications of Bulletin of the Council for Researchin Music Education, Choral Journal, International Journal of Music Education: Research, Journal of Research in Music Education and Update: Applications of Research in Music Education. She was invited to author the chapter “Qualitative Choral Music Research” in The Oxford Handbook of Qualitative Research in American Music Education (2014).