2020 All State SSAA Choir Conductor

Elizabeth Parker, Boyer College of Music 

Elizabeth Cassidy Parker, PhD, is Associate Professor of Music Education at the Boyer College of Music and Dance at Temple University where she instructs undergraduate choral and general music methods, and graduate research, sociology, and history and philosophy courses. Prior to her work at Temple, Parker taught choral and general music education at the Schwob School of Music at Columbus State University, GA.  Her research interests include the social, vocal, and philosophical development of adolescent musicians as well as issues of preservice music educator identity. She presents her research regularly and is widely published nationally and internationally. Parker has held PreK-12 school positions in New York, Nebraska, and Georgia, specializing in the vocal development of young people through both general and choral music. An active children’s choral conductor and clinician, Parker is an artistic director of the Commonwealth Youthchoirs, a community choral program that serves 800 singers in the greater Philadelphia area, and has led the Troubadors, an ensemble of the Pennsylvania Girlchoir, for the past five years. She holds degrees from Oberlin Conservatory of Music and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Parker is the sole author of the forthcoming book in February 2020, Adolescents on Music published by Oxford University Press.

2020 SSAA Choir Accompanist

Laura Artesani, UMaine

 2020 SSAA Choir Co-Managers

Laura Whitney, Gray-New Gloucester Middle School

Jane Kirton- Sanford High School


2020 Program Selections

The Water Is Wide- Darmon Meader

This Little Light of Mine- Ysaye Barnwell



2020 SSAA Learning Tracks

2020 SSAA Virtual Choir Notes From the Conductor

Virtual SSAA Choir Instructions

Important Info To Know 
Video Attire: Nice, school appropriate clothing, no text or logos.  No hats or hoods.
Video Background: A neutral/blank background, please avoid anything that might distract from your performance.
Solo Audition Recording Deadline: Friday May 29th (See Note Below)
Choral Track Recordings Deadline: Wednesday June 3rd
Now please review the full recording instructions: 
Are you ready to record and submit? 
FIRST remember to:
– find a quiet, well lit space- make sure your we can see your face clearly
– orient your camera “portrait”-wise (up and down), so we can see more of you
– plug in headphones so only you can hear the guide track
– play the guide track while you play and record
– play 2-3′ from your camera
– don’t forget to smile =)
Here is a YouTube playlist for The Water Is Wide Guide Videos:
Here is a YouTube playlist for the This Little Light of Mine Guide Videos:
– use your VOICE PART as you First Name
– use your FULL NAME as your Last Name
– use your preferred email address
*Solo Auditions
Students interested in submitting an audition video for the solo should follow the above recording instructions and submit them to:
– use your VOICE PART as you First Name
– use your FULL NAME as your Last Name
– use your preferred email address