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WNCC Vocal Music Students Selected to Compete Nationally

January 29, 2013

WNCC Music Education majors Brayden Ryan, Gering, and Malorie Winberg, Fort Morgan, CO, have been selected to participate in the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) 2013 National Conducting Competitions Choir. The students, accompanied by WNCC Music Program Director Rita Stinner, travel to Dallas March 12-16 to attend the ACDA National Conference. 

Ryan and Winberg will assist in a four-day program of preparation, performance, and adjudication for both undergraduate and graduate college/university conducting contestants. Both students will prepare a program of choral repertoire, rehearse with an 80-voice choir in Dallas, and ultimately perform the music while being conducted by the various contestants. The Conducting Competitions Choir judges each contestant's conducting abilities through semi-final and final rounds. Winberg and Ryan join students from throughout the United States for this experience.


The American Choral Directors Association, founded in 1959, is dedicated to promoting excellence in choral music through performance, composition, publication, research, and teaching. ACDA strives, through arts advocacy, to elevate choral music's position in American society. 


Rita Stinner currently serves as the two-year college choir chairperson for the North Central Division of the American Choral Directors Association, representing two-year college choirs in Nebraska, Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota, and South Dakota.