Important Announcements

Important Announcements
 
 

"It sounds to me as if that statement is almost the cornerstone of everything you've done ever since."

"Exactly! You know, it's that idea that there's no separation between the voice and music and the body."

Meredith Monk speaking with CBS News Correspondent Martha Teichner attributes the first statement to Emile Jaques-Dalcroze.

She goes on to add: "One day, I just had a revelation that the voice could be an instrument; that it could move like my hand moves, that it could be like the spine, that it could jump, that it could turn, that it could fall ... that within it were all these feelings that we don't have words for."

"Renowned for her groundbreaking vocal techniques," iconoclastic composer, singer and performer, Meredith Monk "reimagined the instrument of voice with her innovative work." We might add that, much as Jaques-Dalcroze did more than a century ago, Monk also reimagined the entire human body as an instrument.

Monk has spoken eloquently about the Dalcroze training she received as a child, most recently in a segment of CBS Sunday Morning, now available as a podcast here: ​http://www.cbsnews.com/news/the-singular-voice-of-meredith-monk/ (the entire transcript is posted here).

Born with strabismus, Monk could not fuse the vision of each eye into a single perspective. When she was three her mother enrolled her in Dalcroze Eurhythmics classes to help with coordination. Speaking of Dalcroze, Monk recalled that: "one thing that he said that was very beautiful was: 'All musical truth resides in the body.'"

Many warm congratulations to Monk for the well-deserved recognition she is now receiving for a career in music and movement that spans more than fifty years, as noted on the National Endowment for the Arts website. Many thanks to esteemed colleague, Annabelle Joseph for sharing this important news with us.

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Meet the Composer on WQXR: Meredith Monk
 
According to WQXR host Nadia Sirota, "From an extremely young age, music and movement were braided together for Meredith. Her earliest musical instruction was in Dalcroze Eurhythmics, which teaches students concepts of rhythm, structure, and musical expression through the motion of their own bodies. Born into a musical family, music came easily to Meredith, but movement didn't. For Meredith, instead of learning music through movement, Dalcroze taught her her body through music. Once these two arts were fuzed together, Meredith never unstuck them, creating sophisticated works that existed in that liminal space from the get-go."
 
From 8:35 to 11:15 she goes into some depth about her Dalcroze experience. Check it out.
 
(Date Posted: June 11, 2015)

Moving Forward, Moving Together

Summary

 

DATE:        Thursday, 11 June 2015

FROM:        DSA Executive Board

TO:    DSA Membership

RE:    “Virtual Town Hall Meeting”

 

DSA Executive Board will host “Virtual Town Hall Meeting”

WHEN: Monday June 22 at 9 pm Eastern Daylight Savings Time

 

  • (8 pm Central / 7 pm Mountain / 6 pm Pacific)
  • Conference call in number: 513-386-0000
  • Access code 149178#.

 

PURPOSE OF CONFERENCE CALL:

  • Announce site of the 2016 National Conference.
  • Report on several important changes the Board is proposing (see agenda for the DSA Executive Board meeting scheduled for 6/25/201, below).
  • Inform membership about the Board’s plans to:
    • Vote on changes to the DSA Bylaws and Constitution
    • Name three new Board members as part of a Board expansion
    • Give DSA membership a chance to ask questions and give the Board feedback.
    • Give the Board a chance to clarify any points of confusion, answer any questions, and field any input members may have regarding these agenda items, which include proposed changes to its governance structure.

 

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BACKGROUND

  • Many DSA members have given the current Board constructive input on how the national organization should proceed.
  • This input came to the board during a special “brainstorming” meeting that Michael Joviala chaired last June at the 2014 National Conference in Fort Collins, CO.
  • Attendees proposed a list of seventeen actions the DSA should take, and then ranked them according to priority.

 The top three were:

  1. Develop a strategic plan (ten-year)
  2. Encourage Licentiates to play a larger role in the United States’ Dalcroze community
  3. Hire a paid administrator to promote greater continuity between boards.

STRATEGIC PLAN

  • DSA Administrator Lauren Hodgson has worked with the Board to forge a Strategic Plan.
  • This document doesn’t map out in detail how the DSA should proceed over the next decade.
  • The three-year plan it sets forth has been informed by the Board’s emerging vision of our practice and the role the DSA will play in it ten years from now.
  • For your review and input Lauren has posted a draft of this document here on the DSA website.

 

OTHER RECOMMENDATIONS

  • The Board has folded several of the other recommendations our members made last June into the plan.
  • Regarding the second item above, the Board plans to take the following steps:

 

  • Expand the Board (see below)
  • Establish a Development Committee charged with drawing more volunteers into the working of the national organization
  • Embark on a new project called The Dalcroze Leadership Initiative (more on this in a separate paper).

 The following proposals from our members also figure in the Strategic Plan:

  • Bring Dalcroze Education to populations that are now demographically and geographically underserved
  • Create a standing Conference Committee that is separate from the Executive Board
  • Create and implement accounting standards [and encode them in the (revised) Bylaws]

 The Board has addressed some of the other proposals our members made last June:

  • “Create a public directory” (it’s now available on our website’s for members only area)
  • “Collaborate more closely with FIER” (the DSA is helping to promote this summer’s centennial celebration of the Institute Jaques-Dalcroze’s founding in 1915 and a joint effort to celebrate the 150th anniversary of EJ-D’s birthday).

BYLAWS REVISION

  • The Board formed a task force to revise the Bylaws.
  • They were last revised in 2008, when former DSA President Nicole Brockman revised them.
  • Since then, the organization’s structure and function have evolved considerably.
  • The revisions bring the Constitution and Bylaws into conformity with our current way of doing things.
  • The traditional functions of the DSA Board have been to:
    • Mount the biannual national conference.
    • Publish the ADJ three times a year.
    • Maintain the website.
    • Fund scholarships.

 

A RATIONALE FOR BOARD EXPANSION

  • The DSA has taken on several new functions in the Dalcroze community
  • The Board formed the Professional Development Committee (PDC)
  • A key goal of this committee: to address concerns regarding the criteria for administering examinations and granting credentials.
  • The PDC has made substantial progress.
  • It has nearly completed its first pass at a training manual.
  • All Dalcroze training programs are participating in the decision-making process.
  • The participating training programs are considering adopting this document.
  • The emerging consensus about the practice of Dalcroze Education could very well serve as the basis for conceiving of each of these separate entities as a DSA-Affiliated Training Program,.
  • The proposed formation of a Council of Diplomates will figure substantially in realizing this potential.
  • These steps lay the groundwork for the DSA to evolve into a professional society that its membership empowers to ensure the credibility and prestige of Dalcroze Education in the United States of America.
  • The revised Bylaws (if approved) would not commit us to this course of action.
  • The revised Bylaws (if approved) would make allowance for seizing the opportunity to make such a move, if our shared vision and collective will guides us to do so.

 

GOVERNANCE, GOING FORWARD

  • The Bylaws Task Force has revised the DSA’s governance structure so it better supports future continuity and growth.

 

  • The present model
    • entrusts the business of the DSA to an Executive Board consisting of five individuals
    • cannot readily sustain the organization’s current ambitions
    • cannot advance new initiatives that will be critical to the organization’s survival.
    • The Bylaws Task Force is urging the DSA to adopt a “staggered board” model that many not-for-profit entities use.

 

  • According to the proposed model, the DSA’s governing body will become a nine-member Board of Trustees.
  • Bringing more members into the national organization will
    • spread the DSA’s expanded workload among more hands,
    • promote a higher level of volunteerism throughout the organization, and
    • facilitate the essential growth that needs to take place.

 

  • At the meeting, the Board will vote to approve
    • The Strategic Plan.
    • The revised Constitution.
    • The revised Articles of the Bylaws (5, 6, and 7).
    • These documents are embedded in the DSA website as downloadable ‘PDF’s in the following menu hierarchy:
      • Membership - For Members - Governance Documents

Read these documents before the Virtual Town Hall Meeting on Monday 6/22 at 9-10 pm EDT.

By midnight on Sunday 6/21, direct reactions, questions, concerns, and other input to me at president@dalcrozeUSA.org

 

IN CLOSING

As you can see, the Dalcroze Society of America is an organization on the move in more ways than one. In response to recommendations DSA members made at the last national conference in Fort Collins, CO, the DSA Board has taken several steps to strengthen the national organization, affiliated chapters, and training programs. I look forward to your participation in the Virtual Town Hall Meeting we will hold on June 22 at 9-10 pm EDT, and to your engaging with the DSA as a volunteer. Your contributions will make it possible for the DSA to enact its Strategic Plan, and, more crucially, advance into the future with confidence.

 

Dalcroze Society of America

Executive Board Meeting

June 25 2015, 9-10 pm EDT

Agenda (draft)

 

  1. Approval of Minutes from last meeting

  2. Administrator’s Report: Website redesign

  3. Committee Reports

  1. Bylaws Task Force Report

    1. Motion: Approve amendment of the DSA Bylaws, and, specifically, adopt the revised Constitution.

    2. Motion: Approve amendment of the DSA Bylaws, and, specifically, adopt Articles 5, 6, and 7.

      • 5. DSA Chapters, Chapter Divisions, and Affiliated Training Programs

      • 6. Conflict of Interest policy

      • 7. Amendments

    3. Motion: Approve the nomination of three new Trustees—Charles Aschbrenner, Eiko Ishizuka, and Jessica Schaeffer

    4. Motion: Approve the nomination of officers

      • William R. Bauer, President

      • Jeremy Dittus, Vice-President

      • Kathryn Jones, Treasurer

      • Secretary,

    5. Motion: Authorize the Bylaws Task Force to become a standing committee, to be named “Governance Committee,” which will be responsible for maintaining the DSA’s articles of governance and ensuring that the Bylaws reflect our evolving governance structure

    6. Motion: Authorize the creation of a Development Committee, which will be charged with promoting volunteerism and advancing the DSA through fundraising, grant writing, and developing other revenue streams

    7. Motion: Authorize the creation of a Finance Committee, which will be responsible for drafting a budget projection for the forthcoming fiscal year and monitoring revenue and expenditures on an ongoing basis

  2. Conference Planning Task Force

    1. Draft Conference Schedule: Symposium/Atelier

    2. Licensing Agreement with Westminster Choir College of Rider University and associated costs, including Facilities Fee, Equipment, Tech Support

    3. Data Fields for online Registration

    4. Housing, Meals, etc.: We can direct online registrants to Rider’s website for these

    5. Marketing the Conference

  3. Treasurer’s Report: Revenue and Expenditures, 2014-2015 Fiscal Year

  4. Professional Development Committee Report

  1. Motion: Accept Chris Rose’s resignation from the DSA Board

  2. New Business

  3. Adjourn

(Date Posted: June 11, 2015)

Congratulations to the 2015 DSA Scholarship Winners!

Summer is upon us, and for many of us and many of our students, our best summer memories will be made studying and practicing Dalcroze together. In this spirit, the DSA awards scholarships each year to a number of students who are studying for a credential in Dalcroze Education. This year, the executive board chose to give each of the winners $500, to be used to defray the cost their chosen program's tuition.

Our top four 2015 Scholarship Applicants are... 
 
Lauren Hodgson (DSR Summer)

"I realize that I was experiencing pure joy, an essential element to any Dalcroze class...I know that I still have a long way to go to become a Dalcroze teacher that so artfully conducts a class that it almost seems like magic, but I know I am dedicated to improving myself and in pursuing this unique and powerful method."

Katie Couch (DSR Academic Year)

"Dalcroze Eurhythmics has changed my life...Thank you for your consideration in helping me to become one of the next generation of Dalcroze educators and teacher trainers in this country."

Molly Porterfield (DSR Summer)

"I was dissatisfied with published music for ballet class; there was next to none available for modern dance classes; so I began to improvise...the key to remembering uneven measures and phrases was that my body was taught first, and the kinesthetic memory served me later when I was charged with improvising musical support."

Skylar Bunk (CMU Summer)

"I truly believe that as a performer, conductor, and music educator that Dalcroze is a wonderful vehicle to natural, musical expression."

Thank you very much to the chapter representatives who offered their time and talent to adjudicate the 2015 applications: Aaron Butler, Tristate Chapter; Jamie Rea, Three Rivers Chapter; Melissa Tucker, New England Chapter; Margaret Brink, Northwest Chapter, and Jeremy Dittus, Rocky Mountain Chapter. 

As in past years, adjudicators reviewed applicants' resumes, personal statements, tax returns, and letters of recommendation and gave applicants a chronological ranking. DSA Secretary Chris Rose averaged the scores and recommended the top four to the executive board. Jeremy Dittus, DSA Vice President and Director of the Dalcroze School of the Rockies recused himself of scholarship-related votes to avoid any conflicts of interest. Would you like to serve on the Scholarship Task Force? If so, contact:secretary@dalcrozeusa.org

(Date Posted: June 11, 2015)

Lisa Parker, Diplôme Supérieur Receives the Nadia Boulanger Award for Excellence in the Art of Teaching

The Dalcroze Society of America warmly congratulates Lisa Parker on receiving the Nadia Boulanger Award for Excellence in the Art of Teaching from the Longy School of Music. 
The Boulanger Award honors a music teacher who has had a remarkable career, “opening the eyes and hearts of young people to the beauty, expression, and energy of great music.”

Recently retired, Lisa served on the Longy faculty since 1977.

(Date Posted: June 11, 2015)

Wanted:
Marketing/Web Designer 
The DSA is looking to redo its marketing profile. If you know of a highly skilled individual that has gifts in this area, please reach out to us at admin@dalcrozeusa.org

(Date Posted: June 11, 2015)

One of the many highlights of the International Congress that will take place in Geneva from July 20 to 24, 2015 will be several collaborations produced in celebration of the 150th Anniversary of Emile Jaques-Dalcroze's birth. 

Can't be there to join the congress but would like to participate in some way?

The Institute Jaques-Dalcroze is inviting us and our students to participate in a collaborative project, a video assembled from clips contributed by schools from across the globe. The video will feature students working on selections from “Et Pan dans l'Emile.”*


Send your creations by June 30 to:

helene.nicolet@dalcroze.ch

Submit a short video segment of the following:

  • A song in French or another language
  • Dance, plastique animee, or choreographed movement 
  • Both of the above

*PAN in Emile 

A large choir of primary school children accompanied by a top-flight ensemble will perform a dozen songs by Emile Jaques-Dalcroze on Saturday, June 20 at Victoria Hall as part of Music Festival 2015. Official site of the music festival: www.ville-ge.ch/culture/fm. The cd of this concert, produced in partnership with the Department of Public Instruction (DIP), will be available to order by email:info@editionspapillon.ch. It will also be for sale at events of Jubilee 2015 and center Documentation JDI at a price of 25 Swiss Francs.The album is for music lovers, young, old, and timeless. Scores include with the accompanying booklet.

(Date Posted: May 2, 2015)

 
We are sad to announce that, due to un-forseen programmatic circumstances, the Dalcroze Institute at Longy will not take place this summer. We will be back in 2016 with Lisa Parker, Eiko Ishizuka, Adriana Ausch, Ginny Latts and Melissa Tucker, so stay tuned!

There will be a one week workshop at Christ Church in Cambridge, just down the street from Longy, June 22-26 with Lisa Parker, Adriana Ausch and Liz Lurie. For information, please contact Jeanette Wong at jeanettewy@hotmail.com.
 
(Date Posted: April 24, 2015)

Finally, Spring is starting (Hooray!). How's the weather in your neck of the woods? Hope it's great!

A few quick announcements for you:

The Kids' Way In

"We're letting the kids have their say.
We're asking them all to weigh in
On what it's like to learn
The Dalcroze way."

As you know, this year's the 150th anniversary of Émile Jaques-Dalcroze's birth. To mark the occasion, the Institut Jaques-Dalcroze is inviting our students to work together with their counterparts in Geneva on the creation of a video.

The goals:

This collaboration will give all children taking Dalcroze classes a great opportunity to share impressions of their experience with others by means of short video clips or drawings. The producers in Geneva will merge the clips and images they receive into a final video, which the IJD will feature during this summer's festivities.

If you'd like your students to take part in this project, or if you have any questions, please contact Hélène Nicolet at helene.nicolet@dalcroze.ch as soon as possible.

Let's all seize this opportunity to join the global community of Dalcroze practitioners in celebrating Jaques-Dalcroze's birth and legacy! Although all submissions should be sent directly to Hélène, the DSA would love to see what is happening in different parts of the US! Please feel free to copy admin@dalcrozeusa.org in your e-mail.

Membership Directory

If you haven't checked out the Dalcroze Society of America Member Directory yet, make sure you head over to the member's section of the DSA website here to see if there are other members near you! If you have recently renewed your membership, or you are a new member, please allow for up to two weeks for your information to appear on the directory.