Roush to present at NMEA Convention

Clark Roush, endowed chair of the Department of Fine and Performing Arts Dr. Clark Roush, Endowed Chair for the Fine Arts, has been selected as a guest clinician at the Nebraska Music Educators Association (NMEA) annual convention, to be held November 13-15 in Lincoln.

The NMEA is the largest music organization in the state, comprising band, orchestra, and choral educators from elementary through college settings. It is the state affiliate of the National Association for Music Education.

The York College Concert Choir has been selected by audition numerous times to perform at the convention. This is the first year for Roush to present.

Roush’s topic will be diction and declamation in the choral setting—a subject that he is passionate about.

Video: Roush discusses diction

“This will not be a surprise to anyone who has ever stood on my risers,” says Roush, who notes that this topic has been of interest to him since his undergraduate days.

There are several schools of thought when it comes to diction, says Roush. He plans to use his choir to demonstrate a few methods, including his preferred method, at the convention.

Roush says that this is a great learning opportunity for his students, as they will be exposed to different styles of diction than what Roush usually employs in his rehearsals. Also, it’s good for the music education students to see him participating in professional development activities so that they understand the importance of participating with colleagues in the field.

“I’m excited. I’m honored to be trusted to be one of the clinicians. I’m thrilled for the students to be able to be heard by my colleagues,” says Roush.

Last year, Roush was recognized at the NMEA convention for his 30 years as a music educator.

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