INFORMATION FOR ADMINISTRATORS AND PARENT ORGANIZATIONS
Music Conference Alberta (MCA) is Alberta’s premier conference for band directors, choral conductors, elementary music teachers, and studio music instructors. Through more than 60 interest sessions and a variety of concerts and masterclasses, MCA provides valuable professional development opportunities for all music educators. The goal of the conference is to share ideas and information, equipping music educators with new pedagogical tools and thereby elevating the standard of music education in our province.
Alberta’s provincial music conference has long been a professional development staple for music teachers in the province. After a brief period of separate discipline-based conferences in the early 2000’s, a unified conference – Music Conference Alberta – was re-established in 2007. MCA is a joint venture of Choir Alberta, Alberta Band Association, and Alberta Music Education Foundation, in collaboration with the Albert Kodály Association and the Alberta Registered Music Teachers’ Association, and Alberta String Association. Today, more than 300 music educators teaching at all levels – elementary school through university and community music – attend the conference.
WHEN AND WHERE
MCA takes place each fall in different communities around the province.
In 2017, Music Conference Alberta takes place Oct 26-28 at the Sheraton Red Deer.
40 exhibitor booths
60+ Industry Reps
150+ high school and undergraduate students
The Alberta Youth Choir and ABA Wind Symphony are in residence during MCA.
Annual General Meetings of several provincial music organizations are held in conjunction with Music Conference Alberta.
Alberta Music Education Foundation
Alberta Band Association
Alberta Registered Music Teachers’ Association
Elementary music teachers
Junior high and high school choral directors
University music professors
Studio teachers of voice, piano, and other instruments
Music and music education students
Junior high and high school band directors
Community choir and band conductors
Fine Arts administrators
Music Industry representatives
The Music Conference Alberta Gala Concert features performances by the Alberta Youth Choir, the ABA Wind Symphony, and award winning young soloists. In addition, delegates have the opportunity to attend a band concert featuring the Royal Canadian Artillery Band and the MCA Choral Concert featuring two of Alberta’s outstanding choirs. A special contemporary/jazz concert has been included in the itinerary for 2017 with performances by the acclaimed a cappella group Six Minute Warning and renowned saxophonist Eric Marianthal with the River City Big Band.
More than 50 conference sessions are offered at MCA, ranging from strategies for elementary music education to teaching tips for high school choir and band. Repertoire reading sessions are held for elementary/children’s choirs, mixed choirs, and band. In addition, round table discussions and one-on-one sessions are included in the conference itinerary.
The Keynote Speaker for MCA 2017 is distinguished conductor, educator, motivational speaker, and cultural ambassador Boris Brott.
Boris Brott is one of Canada’s most internationally recognized conductors, holding major posts as music director in Canada and the United States. He is the Founding Music Director and Laureate Conductor of the New West Symphony in California, the McGill Chamber Orchestra in Montreal, Canada, the National Academy Orchestra of Canada and Principal Youth and Family Conductor of the National Arts Center of Canada. He is also Artistic Director of the Brott Musical Festivals, Ontario’s principal classical orchestra music festival.