Title

Performance by Nada Cantata: Central's Student Run A cappella Group

Presenter Information

Isaiah Ragland

Document Type

Oral Presentation

Location

SURC Ballroom D

Start Date

19-5-2012

End Date

19-5-2012

Abstract

I am Isaiah Ragland, a Choral Music Education Major and student director of Nada Cantata. We are a student-run a cappella group who rehearse, arrange, choreograph, and perform at CWU and around the Northwest. Nada Cantata has two primary purposes. First, the ensemble allows its members to gain precious experience working with and leading ensembles. Second, the group provides its members with valuable performance experience. For a future music educator like me, directing Nada Cantata allows me to practice my choral leadership in a friendly, classroom-like atmosphere. This way, I will be ready to lead ensembles in my career as a music educator. In Nada Cantata, I'm working with students who are my age, so it's not the same as working with school-age children. However, this experience will help me bridge the gap between training and reality, and lets me hone my skills before I graduate. In addition to its educational value, Nada Cantata provides ample opportunity for performance. We perform two large concerts on the CWU campus a year and do many smaller performances and competitions around the Northwest throughout the year. Here are three of our songs that we have arranged and performed at concerts this year. The performance order goes as follows. Ain't No Mountain High Enough Originally performed by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell Arranged by Reece Sauve Already Gone Originally Performed by Kelly Clarkson Arranged by Isaiah Ragland Stereo Hearts Originally Performed by Gym Class Heroes Arranged by Matt Mayrhofer

Faculty Mentor(s)

Gary Weidenaar

Additional Mentoring Department

Music

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Performance by Nada Cantata: Central's Student Run A cappella Group

SURC Ballroom D

I am Isaiah Ragland, a Choral Music Education Major and student director of Nada Cantata. We are a student-run a cappella group who rehearse, arrange, choreograph, and perform at CWU and around the Northwest. Nada Cantata has two primary purposes. First, the ensemble allows its members to gain precious experience working with and leading ensembles. Second, the group provides its members with valuable performance experience. For a future music educator like me, directing Nada Cantata allows me to practice my choral leadership in a friendly, classroom-like atmosphere. This way, I will be ready to lead ensembles in my career as a music educator. In Nada Cantata, I'm working with students who are my age, so it's not the same as working with school-age children. However, this experience will help me bridge the gap between training and reality, and lets me hone my skills before I graduate. In addition to its educational value, Nada Cantata provides ample opportunity for performance. We perform two large concerts on the CWU campus a year and do many smaller performances and competitions around the Northwest throughout the year. Here are three of our songs that we have arranged and performed at concerts this year. The performance order goes as follows. Ain't No Mountain High Enough Originally performed by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell Arranged by Reece Sauve Already Gone Originally Performed by Kelly Clarkson Arranged by Isaiah Ragland Stereo Hearts Originally Performed by Gym Class Heroes Arranged by Matt Mayrhofer