Sangeetha Rayapati made a presentation on March 12, 2006 to the Iowa and Blackhawk chapters of the American Guild of Organists entitled "Aging Singers in our Musical Communities", an interactive presentation that focuses on the benefits of and techniques for training aging singers who are often members of church choirs. She has also been asked to be a presenter on this topic
at the summer workshop of the Illinois Chapter of the American Choral Directors Association in July 2006 in Bloomington, IL.
On March 24 she will perform new works by composer, William Campbell at St. Ambrose University as part of a research project related to contemporary vocal music and establishment of audience support for new music.
Also, her article "Teaching Reaches Out: Voice Class and the Aging Singer" has been selected for publication in the Journal of Singing, the peer-reviewed journal of the National Association of Teachers of Singing.
Stacey Skoning spent a full in-service day working with more than 70 area teachers, administrators, and other professionals. She spent the morning defining inclusion, examining the benefits and challenges, and determining the kinds of support needed to make the transition to teaching in this manner. The afternoon was spent addressing specific strategies that could be used to modify particular classroom lessons and activities to reach a wider range of student abilities.
Over the break, Sharon Varallo attended the International Service Learning Conference in Indianapolis, sponsored by the International Partnership for Service Learning and Leadership. The conference attendees included administrators, faculty, and staff working in foreign study offices or in service learning offices -- or those who were interested in finding out how to start such programs.