OAKE Western Division Mini Conference 2017

Nov. 3rd & 4th, 2017
American Fork, UT

Western Division is pleased to announce our 3rd Mini Conference in this suburb of beautiful Salt Lake City! Marie Haws and UFOLK have generously offered to host us in their city.

Join us for a weekend with your favorite presenters, meet our up and coming talent, and leave inspired.

Friday will start with a social time followed by opening ceremonies, keynote by Dr. Jerry Jaccard, guest choir and evening sessions. Saturday we will present the winner of the Best In The West Choral Arranging sharing/competition as well as a choral reading session. Choirs from the area will perform and more sessions will send you home with great activities to use right away in your classroom.

This is an opportunity to see presenters in a smaller setting than the National Conference and yet have the variety of workshops that a single chapter cannot host. Create new networks and renew old friendships!

– Lucinda Dalrymple, Western Division President

Conference Details:

Moving Mountains for Music

November 3-4, 2017
Friday November 3, 5:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Saturday November 4, 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Optional Saturday evening social event and Sunday morning visit to Music and the Spoken Word to hear the Mormon Tabernacle Choir

Odyssey Charter School, American Fork, Utah

Registration costs:

  • Members: $90 early registration, $100 after October 21st (lunch included)
  • Non-members: $130 early registration, $140 after October 21st (lunch included)
  • Students: registration is free ($10 to add lunch)

Conference Schedule:

Friday evening: Light dinner, welcome, keynote speaker Dr. Jerry Jaccard, choir performance and sessions
Saturday: Sessions, choir performance and choral reading session, Saturday evening optional social event.
Sunday morning: for those wishing to stay we are working on an outing to Music and the Spoken Word to hear the Mormon Tabernacle Choir

Conference Presenters:

Every chapter in Western Division will be represented at this conference by 23 of your accomplished colleagues!

  • Carrie Nicholas ROCKE
    Learning Stations in the Kodály-Inspired Classroom
  • David Xiques NCAKE
    Repertoire Based Music Literacy in the Choral Classroom
  • Emma Joleen KASC
    Indigenous Australian Connections
  • Evo Bluestein NCAKE
    Folk Music Movement in the West during the 1960s and ’70s;
    American Roots Concert – Lecture
  • Helen Van Spronsen BCKSC (British Columbia)
    Compound Songs and Sequences
  • Janos Horvath NCAKE
    Memorization, Dictation and Improvisation: Completing the Circle of Learning
  • Jenny Authier ROCKE
    Nutcracker Day! A Joyful Experience of Active Listening and Movement.
  • Julianna Gylseth UFOLK
    Reaching the Heart of Music: Musical Experiences for the Heart, Soul, and Musical Development of our Students
  • Kari Liebert SWOKE
    Composition and Improvisation in the early years K-3.
  • Katherine Chipman UFOLK
    A Window into a Great Musical Heritage of Improvisation: Building Choir Musicianship Skills through Folk Song and Eighteenth-Century Partimenti
  • Kelly Foster Griffin NKE
    3/4 or 6/8? Strategies for Teaching Confusing Meters
  • Kristin Vogt Moore KET
    Don’t Forget to Sing!
  • Linda Seamons UFOLK
    Engaging Activities that extend the Curriculum
  • Logan McKinney UFOLK
    A Good Balance – Using Art Music to Support Practice
  • Mallory Harrison, ROCKE
    Hands-on Rhythm Practice and Assessment
  • Melissa Headrick NKE
    Prep in Your Warm-Up
  • Rebecca McLaughlin UFOLK
    Vocal Health to Maintain the Wealth;
    Joy Through Creative Movement
  • Rita Alway NCAKE
    Music for all means ALL: Kodaly Pedagogy in Urban Schools
  • Sean Breen NCAKE
    Music, Education and the Brain (Part 2!);
    Comenius, Rouuseau, Pestalozzi, and Piaget in the 21st century Kodály classroom.
  • Shelle Soelberg AKTS
    Harnessing the Power of Solfege in Your Teaching
  • Tanya LeJeune ROCKE
    Dancing Around the World
  • Topher Keene AKTS
    Raise Every Voice: Strategies for Teaching “Tone Deaf”, “Droners” and “Non-Singers”
  • Ursula Slover NKE
    Teaching Guitar in a Kodaly Classroom;
    Strategy for Syncopah

Travel Info:

Hotel Recommendation:

We have booked a block of rooms at a hotel within walking distance of the school. It is 0.3 miles away or about a 5 minute walk.
Room block will be held until October 13th.

Holiday Inn Express & Suites American Fork- North Provo
712 South Utah Valley Drive
American Fork, UT 84003


$94/night for a room with 2 Queen beds.
$103/night for a suite with 2 Double beds and a pull out sofa.
Includes free breakfast, free internet, free parking.

To reserve call 1-888-465-4329 (1-888-holiday).
Group Name: Western Division OAKE
Group Code: EG1

If the block becomes full, please notify me right away and I will arrange for more rooms. Lucinda – lucinda.dalrymple@gmail.com

Airport Transfer:

American Fork is a suburb 38 miles south of Salt Lake City International Airport. We are working on a shuttle to help you get to and from the conference site.