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Mentor Needed (Idaho)

Hi!
 
I'm a recent graduate with a job teaching choir and a host of other musical things at a high school in Idaho. My background is instrumental (flute player) but I was blessed to attend a university with a strong choral program and had so many friends and acquaintances in choir that I was constantly attending concerts and even a few rehearsals. That is not to say that I'm feeling overly confident in my abilities as a choral director. I'm posting this message because my new job is far removed from my former residence (Tennessee) and I would like to know if anyone could point me in the direction of some good choral mentors situated in Idaho who would be willing to help out a first-year teacher, specifically close to Caldwell, ID.
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on August 7, 2015 8:40am
Hi!
 
Welcome to the profession!
 
The best present you can give yourself is to become a member of ACDA.  It's the best place for you to find literature and the networking you need.  That would be a great goal.  In the meantime, take the baby steps of going to the Idaho ACDA webpage, look under Leadership and contact the R & S (Repertoire & Standards) chair for High School.  He/she should know who is around in your area and help you connect up with them.  I'm not sure if Idaho has a membership person on their board to help as well (the list of members includes the grade/age levels taught by members), but if they do, contact that person as well.  You might shoot an email to their president as well.  In any case, your HS R & S chair is the best place to start.  If you burn out there, check in with the R & S chair in Oregon since you are so close.
 
www.idacda.org. (I believe, or you can access it from www.nwacda.org).
 
Sue Green (WA ACDA member, part of the NW)
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on August 7, 2015 12:38pm
Thank you so much for the reply. I'm not sure if my budget will cover that but I will make the request. A director friend of mine shared some articles with me that came from acda and they were gold. I can definitely see myself benefitting from a membership. I will certainly look into the Idaho chapter though. And once again thank you for the resources. Greatly appreciated. 
on August 8, 2015 10:34am
Hi Cecilia,
 
The Northwest division offers a free membership to choral professionals beginning their careers. If you follow this link, you can apply for one.  https://waacda.wufoo.com/forms/nwacda-new-teacher-membership-initiative/
 
Sue gave you all the right information. You can also connect to other choral directors through the various Facebook groups. I know that's not the kind of in-person mentorship you are looking for, but maybe would be another place to ask. 
 
Keep reaching out! Let us know how we can help you!
 
Julie Parsons
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on August 9, 2015 8:01pm
Thank you! Free is always great. I've already joined and look forward to receiving whatever tips I can get. I never considered Facebook groups and while face-to-face interaction is ideal I realize it's not as feasible in my present position so I'm game. Thanks to everyone for the responses. They've been very helpful thus far. 
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on August 10, 2015 6:05am
All excellent suggestions. ACDA also has a mentoring program: ACDA Mentoring http://mentoring.acda.org - a free program for members. It's an online matching up program, and you can identify geographic proximity and level of choir as important criteria. Take a look! If you don't find the kind of mentor you are looking for via your own efforts, let me know. Since I'm the administrator of the program, I can help link you to some good possibilities. The Idaho chapter is active and wonderful!
 
Sundra Flansburg (ACDA Director of Membership Development)
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on August 8, 2015 8:34am
If you go to www.waacda.org you will find that people in my state write some excellent articles you might find helpful.  On the NW page, you can access the state webpages for everyone in our division to find more.  Also, check the discussion boards here at Choral Net.  You will find a ton of stuff there as well.
 
If you don't find someone closer to you, I'm willing to answer questions as you need them answered.  I am in Olympia, WA, but the internet is a beautiful thing.  This will be my 29th year of teaching, and I've taught grades K-12 choral and general music.  I've led workshops designed to help band directors in the choral classroom, although it's been 13 years since I've been asked to do that.  You can find me on Facebook as Sue Lundy Green if you need me.
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on August 9, 2015 8:02pm
Thank you Suzanne. I will be in contact. 
on August 17, 2015 7:45am
Cecilia,
I assume you are at Caldwell High or Nampa High as those are the two schools I know of that were looking for choir directors.  I do live in Caldwell, but haven't taught for the past three years.  I taught in Nyssa, Oregon which is on the border of Idaho and Oregon so I do not have a lot of connections in the Treasure Valley.  There are some retired Treasure Valley choir directors who might help out and/or the accompanist for Caldwell High (Ms. Hunt).  I will include my email address in this post, but it may be blocked on the post.  I tried to reply privately but I received a message that you weren't registered yet (???).   Also, look at www.idahomusiced.org.
Carol
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