Northwestern Welcoming K-12 Vocal Teachers to Build Music Education During Sept. 17 Conference; Registration Due Sept. 13

September 10, 2021

Music educators who teach kindergarten through 12th grade vocal music in the region are welcome to register for a unique professional development opportunity at Northwestern Oklahoma State University on Sept. 17 from 9 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. in the Student Center Ranger Room.

Building Our Music Education Community: Day of Collaboration, Networking and Inspiration will be a one-day conference. Registration, which is due by Sept. 13, may be completed at and will cost $65 per person.

Dr. Karsten Longhurst, director of choral studies and assistant professor of music, said the event will be led by Oklahoma Music Educator Hall of Famer Sandy Knudson, artistic director of Oklahoma Youth Sing. She holds a Master of Music Education degree and Kodaly certification from The University of Oklahoma. She also holds national board certification in early and middle childhood music.

Well-known as a clinician, master teacher and guest conductor, Knudson has presented workshops at numerous state and national conferences.

“I attended Sandy’s sessions at the summer OkCDA conference,” Longhurst said. “I was blown away with her rich knowledge, passion and fresh approach to teaching music at any level. This is a unique professional development opportunity to unify our region’s music teachers through networking, learn from an expert teacher and support the music educators in our region.”

Longhurst also noted that early childhood education students at Northwestern have been invited to attend the conference as well.

Throughout the day, there will be two breaks and a catered lunch, along with a brief performance by the NWOSU Singers.

The sessions will include the following:

  • Creating Community One Game at a Time (two sessions at different times)
  • The Engaging Choral Classroom: Vocal Warm-ups and Beyond
  • Building Beautiful Tone with Young Singers
  • Engaging Choral Classroom Part 2: Choral Lesson Planning
  • Creating Community with Collaboration

Longhurst said that checks and purchase orders are accepted and should be made out to “NWOSU Choir.”

For more information on the event, contact Longhurst at (801) 645-8064 and/or Sandy Knudson at (405) 615-2095.


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