Holy Names University and the Northern California Association of Kodály Educators are pleased to announce the

20th Annual HNU/NCAKE Children’s Choral Festival

for elementary and middle school choirs.

Choral Festival

DATE: Saturday April 30, 2016Gemma Teaching

VENUE: VCPA, Holy Names University, Oakland, CA

GUEST CONDUCTOR: Gemma Arguelles


APPLICATION FORM: Due December 15, 2015
TWO SESSIONS:  – See attached application form for details

Morning session (9:00am-12:30pm) for younger choirs
Afternoon session (2:00pm-5:30pm) for older choirs


Morning Session

Bartók: Don’t Leave Me | JW:4119079 | SM – Item HL.48008758
Purcell:  Come Ye Sons of Art  (SA adaptation) | Choral Public Domain Library online www.cpdl.org

Afternoon Session

Bartók: Don’t Leave Me | JW:4119079 | SM – Item HL.48008758
Kodály: Ladybird|JW:158766 |SM- item HL.48009979

PLEASE NOTE: the Bartók piece is also found in a collection of 6: Six Choruses ($10.95) | JW: 5314505 |SM – HL.48002921

Contents: Hussar (SA); Only Tell Me (SSA); Loafer (SSA); Bread Baking (SA); Don’t Leave Me! (SA); Teasing Song (SSA)

CONTACT: Peggy Spool at 408-979-9997 or email: peggy@vivaceyouthchorus.org

January 30, 2016

Choral Works for Elementary, Middle, and High School

Choral repertoire with teaching strategiesandrewbrown

Studio Theatre, Holy Names University
3500 Mountain Blvd., Oakland, 94619
9:30 a.m. -1:00 p.m.

Gemma Arguelles and Andrew Brown

Two Bay Area choral directors will introduce some of their favorite repertoire for children’s choirs and will equip you with teaching strategies for these pieces. Gemma Arguelles, elementary music teacher at Sacred Heart in San Francisco, will share repertoire for beginning to intermediate elementary choirs. Gemma will also present her selections for the mass choir of the 2016 HNU/NCAKE Children’s Choral Festival, enabling you to prepare your choir with intention for this experience. Andrew Brown, Artistic Director of the Contra Costa Children’s Chorus, will present repertoire for middle and high school students. This workshop will be an inspiring opportunity to learn from two educators who are renowned for their ability to instill musicianship in young people.


April 9, 2016

Kodály Strategies for the Instrumental Classroom

Location: TBD
9:30 a.m. -1:00 p.m.

Tom Salvatore, Michele Winter, and John Eros



Tom Salvatore, Instrumental Music Teacher at Emery Secondary School in Emeryville: “Organizing and Scaffolding Folk Song Materials for Instrumental Ensembles.”




Michele Winter, Orchestra and Music Theory Teacher at Lowell High School in San Francisco: “Teaching Rhythm to Instrumental Ensembles.”   





John Eros, Coordinator of Music Education and Chair of the Department of Music at Cal State East Bay: “Incorporating the Kodály Approach in Beginning Instrumental Ensembles”


Learn how experienced Bay Area instrumental music teachers are using the Kodály approach with their instrumental music students. Bring home strategies and materials to use in your classroom immediately, as well as long-term approaches to sequencing concepts in your curriculum. 


Save the date for the 20th annual HNU/NCAKE Children’s Choral Festival with guest conductor Gemma Arguelles on Saturday April 30, 2016!