Northern Regional Conference

September 16, 2017

CSU East Bay
9:00 am to 3:30 pm

Online registration is now closed.  You may register onsite at the conference, but be aware that music packets and lunch are not guaranteed for registrations made after Sept. 9.


Headliner: Dr. Judy Bowers, Florida State University

Judy Bowers, current holder of the Emy-Lou Biedenharn Chair in Music Education at the University of Louisiana, Monroe, is known for creating community learning partnerships that focus on teacher preparation goals. Bowers plans to address professional development at ULM for undergraduate music majors, contribute to creation of a summer graduate music program for teachers, and reach out to partner with public schools for shared projects and undergraduate field experiences. She accepted this position after 27 years of teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in choral music education at Florida State University. Bowers has received multiple Excellence in Teaching awards at FSU,and has been awarded the Wayne Hugoboom Distinguished Service Award from the state ACDA Chapter of Florida. As a choral educator, she is an active conductor of all-state and honor choirs across the United States and Canada, and in2014 conducted the East Africa Middle School Choral Festival in Tanzania. Bowers frequently presents workshops and clinics for teachers, and her research interests include developmental choral groups and community learning partnerships; the most recent partnership paired university glee club singers with women in the Gadsden Correctional Facility (MTC Glee) for shared rehearsals and a concert each semester. Bowers has professional research publications in JRME and CRME, and has contributed multiple chapters to textbooks devoted to middle school choral topics. Professor Bowers holds music degrees from Louisiana State University (Ph.D.) and Texas Tech University (B.M.E.). In June 2014, Judy Bowers was named a Lowell Mason National Music Education Fellow and was inducted into this society by the National Association for Music Education in Washington D.C.

Judy Bowers’ Sessions

  • Session I: Repertoire Challenges for Developing Singers
  • A Hierarchy for Music Selection will be introduced as well as Re-voicing techniques for choirs lacking adequate tenor/bass singers to balance treble singers.

  • Session II: Rules for Expressive Singing
  • Rules for Expressive Singing will be used in this session to support student independence in singing musically. Even beginners should be able to look at the score and see some things the teacher sees and then transfer this knowledge to other music.

  • Session III: The Power of Teaching Patterns
  • This session will explore teaching patterns that can contribute to effective pacing and preventative classroom management in rehearsals.

Reading Sessions

  • Ethnic & Multicultural     Dr. Angel Vázquez-Ramos, CSU Bakersfield
  • Jazz / Pop / Musical Theater     Anne-Marie Katemopoulos, Lincoln High School
  • Advanced SATB     Lou De La Rosa, West Valley College
  • Women’s / Men’s Choir     Susie Martone, White Hill Middle School




Learn from leading conductors
Discover accessible, practical literature suitable for a wide variety of voicings, ages, and ability levels. CCDA Regional Conferences provide an exciting way to learn from renowned conductors on an assortment of topics, read through music for a variety of choirs, and network with colleagues. Mark your calendar now for this excellent opportunity!