WCDA is proud to announce the candidates for the following elected leadership role in our organization:

Southwest District Representative: Rebecca de Waart and David Murphy

ONLY WCDA members in ZIP codes 535, 537, 538, 539, and 546 may vote for SW rep.

Southwest District Representative 

Rebecca de Waart 

Rebecca de Waart is in her third year as the choir director at Edgewood High School in Madison, where she directs 3 choirs, is music director and conductor of musicals, and teaches piano. She obtained her BA in Music from Duke University, and a Master’s Degree in Opera and Vocal Performance from the Hartt School of Music. Previously, Rebecca was an opera singer with companies throughout the US, Europe and Asia, taught at the Hong Kong Performing Arts Academy and currently continues to teach in her private studio. Rebecca is also a certified yoga teacher and loves to incorporate yoga into all of her teaching. She is a member of the American Choral Directors Association, Wisconsin Choral Directors Association, the National Association for Music Educators, Wisconsin School of Music Association/Wisconsin Music Educators Association. She lives in Verona, WI, with her husband, Edo, and has two college-aged children.

Choral education, and music education in general, should be comprehensive and inclusive in its scope while encompassing a multi-disciplinary approach to learning challenging repertoire by diverse creators. My aim is to not only use pedagogical aspects of music and singing, but more importantly, to help students become better musicians, more open minded to new and inclusive ideas, and to foster a lifelong love of music, singing and learning.
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David Murphy

David Murphy has been teaching vocal music in Lancaster, WI since 1992. Presently, he teaches at Lancaster High School and Lancaster Middle School. In addition, Murphy conducts the Lancaster Congregational Church Choir and the St. Clement Catholic Church Choir. He has been a clinician for choirs around southwest Wisconsin. Murphy
has served WCDA as All-State Choir coordinator and as a guest conductor for Singing in Wisconsin. He has also served as tenor coach and choir coordinator for the WSMA Middle Level State Honors Choir as well as tenor coach for the High School State Honors Choir. Mr. Murphy directed the choirs at the UW-Platteville Pioneer Music Camp for nine summers and is presently a co-conductor for one of the Platteville Children’s Choirs. Murphy has also sung with the Heartland Singers, the Isthmus Vocal Ensemble
and the Midwest Choral Artists.

His wife, Patricia, and six children are the anchors, inspirations and joys in his life. Patricia is an accompanist for various local churches and the Platteville Children’s Choir. The Murphy kids are students, musicians, athletes; they are in many ensembles and on many teams. Home is a busy place with a calendar full of events to attend.

WCDA has been a key component of my growth as a teacher.  I continue to be challenged and inspired by the work of my colleagues all across the state.  My students and I have benefited immeasurably through my involvement in WCDA.  I am indebted to our organization, and, if elected to do so, I will serve to the best of my ability, representing my colleagues and the students of the southwestern quadrant of Wisconsin.  Some effects of this pandemic remain to be seen.  Moving forward, it will be our continued solidarity and united effort that will guarantee inspirational, musical experiences for all the people of our state well into the future.
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SW District Representative Voting

ONLY WCDA members in ZIP codes 535, 537, 538, 539, and 546 may vote for SW rep.