What’s New?

MPA Sight Reading Criteria for 2018

The criteria for the MPA 2018 Sight Reading book are now available.

Directors are encouraged to use the following document (not new) to help you select the appropriate melodic exercises for your choirs at District MPA.

Memorials for Wes Rainer

Here are the details of memorials planned for Wes Rainer:

There will be a Catholic memorial service on Saturday, February 10 at 1:00 pm.
Our Lady Queen of the Apostles
100 Crestwood Blvd S, Royal Palm Beach, FL 33411
https://goo.gl/maps/Q9zVtzijFPm

There will be a Celebration of Life service on Saturday, February 17 at 10:00 am.
Seminole Ridge Community High School
4601 Seminole Pratt Whitney Road, Loxahatchee, FL 33470

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to Wes’s beloved Seminole Ridge HS Chorus program.

In Memoriam: Jim Urbanski

Jim Urbanski, 72, passed away Sunday, January 21, 2018. He is survived by his wife of not yet 47 years, Ruth, his two daughters, Lynn and Sarah, and his two granddaughters, Alex and Eleanor. He taught music for nearly 50 years to thousands of students, conducted countless choruses and orchestras, and led hundreds of concerts.

A generous mentor to numerous young choral directors across the entire state, Jim faithfully served the Florida Vocal Association for many years as both a leader and volunteer. He deserves much of the credit for bringing FVA (kicking and screaming) from pencil and paper into the computer age!

In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to The American Cancer Society or The Florida Orchestra. The family is receiving visitors at Faupel Funeral Home on Wednesday, January 24 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm and from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. A brief memorial will be held at 2:00 pm on Thursday, January 25, also at Faupel Funderal Home.

In Memoriam: Wes Rainer

Wes Rainer went into his eternal rest early in the morning of January 6, 2018. His sudden passing is felt by his students, colleagues, and all who cared for and loved him. Wes, the past FMEA All-State Coordinator and FVA Clinics Committee Chair, was the first Director of Choral Activities at Seminole Ridge High School in Loxahatchee, the program he established in 2005. He was loved and well-respected by his students and colleagues.

He held both the Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees from his beloved University of Wisconsin – Madison. In addition to his teaching, where he impacted the lives of thousands of students, he also served as FVA District 14 Chairman, and most recently, served FMEA as a coordinator for the annual conference. He also volunteered at all of the FVA district and state events, and many of the FBA events, as well.

All who came in contact with Wes were blessed by his friendship and collegiality. The world will not be the same without his presence.

A celebration of life service is still being planned, and details will be shared once they become available.

Stetson Men’s Choir Festival 2018

A message from Dr. Tim Peter from Stetson University:

“You are invited to bring your tenors and basses to the Stetson Men’s Choir Festival on Friday, January 26. It is a great one-day event! The registration deadline is January 22. Looking forward to seeing you and working with your guys.”