What’s New?

Welcome New Board Members!

Each year on July 1, some of our Executive Board members complete their terms of office and leave their positions. As an association, we thank them for their outstanding service, and we welcome the members who now assume those positions and begin a new term of office. Welcome to the following new Executive Board members, and many thanks to their predecessors!

District 1 Chair: Ryan Waters (replacing Caroline Buechner)
District 4 Chair: Keith Hall (replacing Jennifer Brown)
District 7 Chair: Joey Canessa (replacing Andrea Peacock)
District 11 Chair: Thomas Desmond (replacing David Verdoni)
District 12 Chair: Cathy Montero (replacing Bill Hatley)
District 13 Chair: Shane Thomas (replacing Eileen Walentin)
District 15 Chair: Sophia Beharrie (replacing Brandon Monse)
District 18 Chair: Tara Buonamici (replacing Trista Grossnicklaus)
All-State Chair: David Verdoni (replacing Jason Locker)
Awards Chair: Judy Arthur (replacing Mike Dye)
Clinics Chair: Jay Dunn (replacing Wes Rainer)

On the Executive Committee, we officially welcome Jason Locker (President-Elect) and Elizabeth Phillips (MS/JH Chair-Elect), who were elected at the FMEA Conference in January. Likewise, we bid a fond farewell to Rebecca Hammac (MS/JH Chair-Elect & Chair 2013-2017) and to Dr. Judy Arthur (President-Elect/President/Vice President 2011-2017).

Finally, the Florida Vocal Association thanks Carlton Kilpatrick for his outstanding service as President of the association over the past 2 years, and welcomes Tommy Jomisko as our new President and Jeannine Stemmer as our new MS/JH Chair!

For a complete list of the FVA Executive Board and Staff, as well as email links for each of them, please visit the Contact page!

All-State Practice Materials Updated

The resources available under the All-State menu have been updated to include last year’s All-State Musicianship and Sightreading Exam materials. The actual testing materials from previous years make excellent study guides for students!

NEW FOR 2017: The Middle School Sightreading Exam will have an additional 4-measure exercise in 6/8 meter. While the minimum passing score of 8 measures will NOT be increased, it is important to prepare your students for this new exercise, as it WILL be computed into the final composite scores for seating in the middle school All-State Choruses. The exercise parameters, as well as 6 practice exercises to use with your students, are posted on the Sightreading Page.

  • The rationale for adding this very simple 6/8 exercise to the middle school exam is to assist in bridging the knowledge gap that exists between the middle school and high school All-State exams for our 9th graders.

Summer Convention Flyer

The 2017 FVA Summer Convention flyer, including the convention schedule, has been posted!

We look forward to learning from members Brian NeSmith and Andrea Peacock, as well as from Dr. Melinda Doyle of the University of Montevallo (Alabama). In addition, we will honor our newest Hall of Fame members, recognize our 2017 Middle & High School Choirs of Distinction, and get ready for All-State 2018. We hope to see all members in Altamonte Springs on July 28 & 29!

FVA Summer Convention Registration

This year, the Florida Vocal Association is introducing online registration for the Summer Convention held on July 28 & 29 in Altamonte Springs! You may take advantage of the discounted Early Registration rate by itself, or combine it with your 2017-2018 NAfME/FMEA/FVA Membership Renewal and pay for it all in a single transaction through July 15. If you choose this option, you will be able to pay online through FMEA’s secure site, or print an invoice to mail with a check to the FMEA Office in Tallahassee.

Note: After July 15, summer convention registration must be done onsite in Altamonte Springs, but membership renewal may still be done online through the FMEA website.

2017 High School Choirs of Distinction

The Florida Vocal Association congratulates the following choruses, who were selected at the FVA State Choral MPA as the 2017 High School Choirs of Distinction! These 16 choruses from 12 schools – and their directors – will be recognized at this year’s Awards Ceremony at the FVA Summer Convention on Friday, July 28 in Altamonte Springs.

Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts (District 14)
Belle Chanson & Singers
Ken Taylor, Director

Bloomingdale High School (District 7)
Chamber Choir
Jason Locker, Director

Boynton Beach Community High School (District 14)
Dimensional Harmony
Sterling Frederick, Director

Dr. Phillips High School (District 8)
Chris Barletta, Director

Freedom High School (District 8)
Patriot Singers
Shannon Lyles, Director

Jensen Beach High School (District 13)
Advanced Women’s Choir & Jubilate 2017
James Paul, Director

Lake Nona High School (District 8)
Combined Women’s Chorus
Isiah Maxey, Director

Leon High School (District 3)
Madrigal Singers & Melodears
Tabitha Peck & Peter Pursino, Directors

Navarre High School (District 1)
Concert Choir
Caroline Buechner, Director

Niceville Senior High School (District 1)
Opus One & Select Women
Michael Dye & Sarah Leaman, Directors

Palm Beach Gardens High School (District 14)
Women’s Chorus
Jamie Bryan, Director

West Orange High School (District 8)
Bel Canto
Jeffery Redding, Director