GREENWOOD VILLAGE – Hosted by the Colorado Excessive College Actions Affiliation for the second consecutive yr, the Nationwide Federation of State Excessive College Associations Performing Arts Convention wrapped up on Wednesday afternoon on the Sheraton Tech Heart.
The annual three-day convention is an expert improvement occasion at which performing arts directors from state associations like CHSAA, in addition to different outstanding members of the nationwide highschool performing arts group, collect to change concepts and focus on pertinent points surrounding speech and debate, theater and music.
Because the occasion continues to develop, this yr’s NFHS Performing Arts Convention was the most important and richest up to now.
“The final a number of years, we’ve been making an attempt to ramp up the standard and influence of the convention,” mentioned James Weaver, Director of Performing Arts and Sports activities on the NFHS. “My first yr in 2016, we had 38 complete people who attended between speech and debate, theater and music. This yr, we had 102. We’ve slowly grown that over the course of time and have gotten extra states engaged, extra nationwide organizations engaged. We have now over 40 states represented right here, so we’ve actually moved that bar fairly a bit by participating a few of our new affiliate members and in addition participating different nationwide associations.
“All these individuals are right here as a result of they know the significance of interacting with their state affiliation directors.”
Among the many nationwide performing arts associations represented at this yr’s convention have been the American String Lecturers Affiliation, the American Choral Administrators Affiliation and the Nationwide Affiliation for Music Training.
Craig Manteuffel, NFHS Music Committee Chair, was impressed and energized by the engagement, in addition to the scope and variety of concepts on show this yr’s assembly of the performing arts minds.
“I’ve been concerned for about seven years at this convention, and three establishing the music aspect of the Performing Arts Convention,” Manteuffel mentioned. “Annually, it’s grown. It’s simply an incredible convention. We have now nationwide leaders from in all places, from all states. For music, we had 67 representing this yr. Once I first began in 2015-16, we in all probability had about 15 or one thing like that.
“We have now MEA (Music Educators Affiliation) of us right here, we’ve got state affiliation folks right here, and it’s simply nice to have of us getting collectively and discussing the present matters that we have to remedy in plenty of elements. That is one of the best skilled improvement that I can have all through all the yr as a state affiliation administrator. It’s completely a beautiful three days of studying.”
Session matters this yr included Educating Directors on the Values & Real Wants of Speech and Debate Applications, How Does a Group Commonplace in Theatre Work in 2022 and Past, Rebuilding Motivation in Coaches and College students, A Full-on Copyright Overview, State of Performing Arts within the NFHS, Trainer Scarcity and Alternatives it Can Create, The way to Develop Wonderful Adjudicators, and plenty of others.
On Tuesday, keynote speaker Jon Oglesby, Assistant Director on the Utah Excessive College Actions Affiliation, spoke about shaking up the way in which folks work, the relationships the have and the way in which they join with others.
Total, it was one more profitable three days for what figures to be an more and more constructive occasion shifting ahead.
“To have the NFHS Performing Arts Convention in Colorado is a win for music educators and state executives throughout the nation,” CHSAA assistant commissioner Rashaan Davis mentioned. “With all of the enjoyable actions occurring in our state and the benefit of navigating Denver Worldwide Airport, Colorado is a vacation spot location and a super place to host speech and debate, theater, and music educators. Thanks to everybody who attended this yr, we stay up for Colorado internet hosting this occasion once more within the close to future.”