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ALL STATE CONCERT: All-State Elementary Chorus

Thursday, January 11, 2024
1:30 PM - 2:00 PM
Tampa Convention Center
Ballroom A
Grade Levels
Sponsored By

Literature will be selected from:

Exsultate Justi in Domino, Brant Adams (Santa Barbara Music Publishing)

Plena, Diana V. Saez (Lorenz Corporation)

JAM! (Jom-Ayuh-Mari!), Tracy Wong (Graphite Publishing)

Aiken Drum, Blake Richter (Walton Music)

Be Who You Are, Ryan Main (Ryan Main Music)

Brighten the Corner Where You Are, Alex Gartner (Music Spoke)

Dena Byers 

Dena Byers is Artistic Director for the Durham Children’s Choir (DCC) and has been with the organization since its founding in 2004. She currently teaches at Hillandale Elementary School and serves as one of the lead elementary music teachers. Dena has taught for Durham Public Schools for 26 years. She is National Board Certified and has been honored by being a top four finalist for District Teacher of the Year and receiving the NC Symphony’s Jackson Parkhurst Award for Special Achievement in music education. An active member of the American Choral Directors Association and the American Orff-Schulwerk Association, Dena has been a guest conductor for All-State Honor Choirs in Mississippi and Tennessee as well as District All-County Choirs in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida and Alabama. She has presented workshops for Orff Schulwerk chapters throughout the US and at National AOSA Professional Development Conferences. Dena currently teaches Level II Orff Schulwerk at the University of Memphis each summer. She received BA degrees in Music Education and Vocal Performance from the University of Connecticut, a Master of Music from the University of Minnesota and holds Level III and Master Level Orff Schulwerk Certifications from the University of Nevada-LasVegas and the University of Memphis, respectively.

Session Coordinator:
Alex Gartner
Ruthie Antmann

The FMEA Professional Development Conference and All-State Ensembles receive support in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Arts and Culture, and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture.
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