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2019 All State SSAA Choir Conductor

Bridget Sweet, University of Illinois

Bridget Sweet is Associate Professor of Music Education at University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, Illinois. After completing her Bachelors Degree in Music Education at Western Michigan University, Dr. Sweet enjoyed a successful tenure as a middle school choir teacher for nearly ten years. Her interests in adolescent music education intensified during her Masters and Doctoral programs in Music Education at Michigan State University, which contributed to her research focused on characteristics of effective and exemplary music teachers. Prior to her work at the University of Illinois, Dr. Sweet was Assistant Professor of Music at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, PA, where she taught music education courses and coordinated the music student teaching program. At the University of Illinois, Dr. Sweet teaches music education pedagogy, including choral methods and literature, middle-level general music methods, graduate courses in music education, as well as a course focused on the development of healthy practices for all musicians.

Dr. Sweet has worked extensively with adolescent singers as a teacher, clinician, and adjudicator. She published the book Growing Musicians: Teaching Music in Middle School and Beyond (2016, Oxford University Press) and her research interests include middle level choral music education, female and male adolescent voice change, educating and empowering adolescent music students, and intersections of diversity and the music classroom. Dr. Sweet’s research has appeared in publications of Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education, Choral Journal, International Journal of Music Education: Research, Journal of Research in Music Education and Update: Applications of Research in Music Education. She was invited to author the chapter “Qualitative Choral Music Research” in The Oxford Handbook of Qualitative Research in American Music Education (2014). Dr. Sweet is a member of the Editorial Committee of the International Journal of Research in Choral Music and New Directions: A Journal of Scholarship, Creativity and Leadership in Music Education.


2019 SSAA Choir Accompanist

Colin Graebert is a choral conductor, accompanist, jazz pianist, and singer currently serving as the Director of Vocal Music at John Bapst Memorial High School, accompanist and choir director at the North Brewer-Eddington United Methodist Church, and as the conductor of the Bangor Community Chorus.  His career has taken him all over New England and abroad as a performer and clinician, most recently in Rome, Italy as a member of a six-piece ensemble representing the University of Maine playing the final composition of Maine composer, Don Stratton. He studied jazz piano at the Berklee College of Music and received his B.M. in Music Education at the University of Maine.  He resides in Stockton Springs with his wife, Hilary, and his two children, Eric and Ruth.


 2019 SSAA Choir Co-Managers

Sarah Bailey, Greely High School

Laura Whitney, Gray-New Gloucester Middle School

 


2019 Program Selections

How Can I Keep from Singing?, Gwyneth Walker

Makedonska Humoreska, Todor Skalovski

Lux Aeterna, Michelle Roueche

The Rising, Andrea Ramsey

Ain’t No Grave Can Hold My Body Down, Paul Caldwell & Sean Ivory

Ah! Si Mon Moine Voulait Danser, Donald Patriquin

 


Letter From the Director

Letter to the SSAA Choir


SSAA Learning Tracks-TBD