Bass Clef Choir

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Coordinator: PJ Uhazie - uhazipe@masd.k12.wi.us
Conductor: James Kinchen
Repertoire:
• Soon Ah Will Be Done – arr. William L. Dawson
• There Is Faint Music – Dan Forrest

James Benjamin Kinchen, Jr., Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, is a native of Jacksonville, Florida, and has taught music and directed choral groups at Stanton High School, Jacksonville; Florida Community College at Jacksonville; Southern Illinois University; Southeastern Illinois College; Hampton University; and Winston-Salem State University. His degrees are from Jacksonville University, Southern Illinois University, and the University of North Carolina Greensboro.

Dr. Kinchen is in frequent demand as a guest conductor, adjudicator, and clinician, and has been listed in the International Who’s Who in Music, Personalities of the South, Outstanding Young Men of America, and, most recently, Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers. Dr. Kinchen has been a Wisconsin Teaching Fellow and received the university’s 2003-2004 Stella Gray Teaching Excellence Award, an award made to two outstanding teachers at the university each year. He was highly honored to become one of the very few faculty members to receive the Stella Gray award a second time when he was selected to receive it for the 2014-15 academic year. He was also given the university’s 2005-2006 Faculty Distinguished Service Award and the 2011-2012 Campus Diversity Award.

He is an affiliate of the Center for Black Music Research, and holds membership in the National Association for Music Education, and National Collegiate Choral Organization. An active member of American Choral Directors Association, he has served ACDA in several leadership capacities at state, regional, and national levels. He has presented at state, divisional and national ACDA conventions, and has written for and reviewed new music and new recordings for the Choral Journal at various times. He was President-elect, President, and Vice-President respectively of Wisconsin Choral Directors Association from 2004- 2009. He has also served as President-elect, President, and Vice President of the former North Central Division of ACDA, a region that embraced Wisconsin, Minnesota, Nebraska, Iowa, and the Dakotas. He was Chair of the 2014 NCACDA Conference, which met in Des Moines, Iowa. He currently serves on the Executive Board of Wisconsin Music Educators Association as Vice President for the Southeast Wisconsin District.

Music Director of the Milwaukee Choristers, a large, self-sustaining community chorus, since 1993, he has conducted the Choristers in several significant performances, including concert tours of Germany, Austria, Poland, the Czech Republic, and Italy, and performances for the Wisconsin Choral Directors Association in 1996, 1999, and 2002. He is also on the music staff of Saint Paul Baptist Church, Racine.

“I am deeply honored to have been invited to lead the WCDA AllState Bass Clef Choir this year. This honor is all the more special because it was as a 10th grader in an All-State Choir that I first realized that music was calling to me to become my lifelong endeavor!”
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