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Professional Development Conference

Thank you for attending our 2023 Professional Development Conference. We appreciate all those who made the 2023 conference a success. Recorded video and conference materials are available to view until November 3. You can access the video and materials on our conference presentation materials page.

Thank you 2023 Sponsors!

Sponsors from ICSEW_Agenda 2023

2023 Music

Below is a list of the music played during our 2023 conference. We appreciate all of the artists who gave us permission to share.

“If you can imagine all of the best things that the Pacific Northwest has brought us—Mount Eerie, Grunge, Sleater-Kinney, The Girls Rock Camp, and lush mountain ranges—reimagined and told through the perspective of an Indigenous Swinomish/Iñupiaq woman; if you can imagine the magic that would bring to your life then you can imagine Black Belt Eagle Scout.”​

This land runs through Katherine Paul’s blood. And it called to her. In dreams she saw the river, her ancestors, and her home. When the land calls, you listen. And KP found herself far from her ancestral lands during a time of collective trauma, when the world was wounded and in need of healing. In 2020 she made the journey from Portland back to the Skagit River, back to the cedar trees that stand tall and shrouded in fog, back to the tide flats and the mountains, back to Swinomish.​

Chord progressions born out of moments of sadness and solitude transform into the islands that sit blue along the horizon. The Salish Sea curves along her homelands, and when the singer is close to this water she is reminded of her grandmother, how she looked out at these same islands, and she’s held by spirit and memory.

Fehlya Ehrlander is a local songleader, songwriter, and vocal coach here in Olympia. As well as leading her weekly women’s community singing circle (please join us if you are called- no experience needed), she hosts seasonal events open to everyone such as the relaxing song bath coming up Dec. 29. In the community, she leads seasonal and transitional song circles such as solstice gatherings and birth blessings (also certified in childbirth education, Waldorf teaching, and Simplicity Parenting). ​

She is a Full Voice vocal coach, engaging play to expand vocal awareness, and she co-created the local song zine ‘Every Seed Has a Song’ along with Madeline Moss and Rose Metting. ​

She is currently co-leading an earth wisdom based educational program, caring for her three young boys, dancing with many inspiration projects, and tending the garden through the seasons. ​

Explore or reach out at www.OlySongMama.com

Sumi Jo is a world-famous Korean soprano. She’s one of the world’s greatest exponents of Bel Canto and one of the most sought-after sopranos of her generation. ​

She’s the UNESCO Artist for Peace, delivering a message of peace and friendship on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the Korea-US alliance. She is also currently acting as Global ambassador for the 2030 Busan World Expo. Jo is an advocate for animal rights.​

Voted as one of the best-dressed opera singers, Sumi Jo, a Korean soprano Grammy-award winner is married to her music. She has studied music since she was 4 years old. As a child, Jo would often spend up to eight hours a day studying music. In 1986, Jo made her European operatic debut as Gilda in Verdi's Rigoletto at the Teatro Comunale Giuseppe Verdi. In 2002, Jo sang the theme song for the Korean Broadcasting System's broadcast of the 2002 FIFA World Cup, "The Champions". In 2018 Jo sang "Here As One", during the opening ceremony of the 2018 Winter Paralympic Games in South Korea.​

Academy Award nomination and exclusion​

"Simple Song Number 3",  performed by Jo, featured in 2015 film Youth, was nominated for an Academy Award in 2016, Best Song category. Other nominees were "Manta Ray", by Anohni; "Til It Happens to You", performed by Lady Gaga; "Earned It", performed by The Weeknd; and "Writing's on the Wall", performed by Sam Smith. Although Jo was invited to the ceremony and attended, she was not invited to perform the song. The other nominees performed their songs during the ceremony.

Aria, written by Richard Strauss in 1912, is a difficult piece over 20 minutes in length with numerous high notes. Therefore, Strauss modified part of the sheet music because he thought it was impossible to sing. In 1994, however, Jo became the world's first artist to record the unedited original version of the song. In 1993, she became the first Asian soprano to win La Siola d'Oro. In addition, Jo won six international competitions for the first time as an Asian soprano and was recorded as the first Asian prima donna who starred in the world's opera theaters.​

"Her voice is the best gift God has given," said Herbert von Karajan, who is considered as one of the greatest conductors of the 20th century and praised her as "a voice from above".​

Jo has over 50 recordings to her credit and celebrated the 35th anniversary of her international opera debut in the 2021-22 season, touring Moscow, Paris, Thailand Singapore, Hong Kong, Australia, Korea among many other countries.​

Sumi Jo has actively participated in social awareness issues in cultural and environmental area of the society. She was invited as guest speaker in Asian Leader's Conference in 2021, UNESCO Cultural Diversity Declaration Ceremony in 2021 and Environment Preservation in 2021. Sha was included into the Asian Hall of Fame, awarded as Best Korean Cultural Brand ad Korean Imagen Award in 2022.​

To keep her voice in top shape Jo doesn’t eat any chocolate, cold foods, or deep-fried foods. No ice cream, milkshakes, refrigerated juices, deli meats, seafood cocktails, or salads. Also, no smoking or drinking alcohol.  ​

Jo knows six languages including Korean, German, French, Italian, Russian, and English

Mariachi Huenachi is a nationally recognized high school program under the direction of Eduardo Cortés-Solorio. This talented group of students have earned the reputation as the best high school mariachi in the state of Washington performing annually at dozens of events and festivals. ​

They have performed alongside icons like Beatriz Adriana, Ana Barbara, and Marco Antonio Solis and shared the stage with some of the greatest mariachis in the world, including Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán and Mariachi Sol de México de José Hernández.

OlyFiddle: Violin and Fiddle instruction and performance by Pamela Margon. Based in the Olympia, Washington area, Pamela helps students worldwide learn to play the violin/fiddle. ​

Education & Background

Initially trained as a classical violinist, Pamela’s current passions include Southern Old-Time, Irish, French-Canadian Fiddle music and Klezmer. ​

In June 2011, she became the first teacher in Washington State to be certified in the Mark O'Connor Violin Method, a developmental curriculum of American folk music for students of all levels. ​

A frequent studio recording musician, she also performs locally and tours regionally with various ensembles. 

Sumi Jo is a world-famous Korean soprano. She’s one of the world’s greatest exponents of Bel Canto and one of the most sought-after sopranos of her generation. ​

She’s the UNESCO Artist for Peace, delivering a message of peace and friendship on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the Korea-US alliance. She is also currently acting as Global ambassador for the 2030 Busan World Expo. Jo is an advocate for animal rights.​

Voted as one of the best-dressed opera singers, Sumi Jo, a Korean soprano Grammy-award winner is married to her music. She has studied music since she was 4 years old. As a child, Jo would often spend up to eight hours a day studying music. In 1986, Jo made her European operatic debut as Gilda in Verdi's Rigoletto at the Teatro Comunale Giuseppe Verdi. In 2002, Jo sang the theme song for the Korean Broadcasting System's broadcast of the 2002 FIFA World Cup, "The Champions". In 2018 Jo sang "Here As One", during the opening ceremony of the 2018 Winter Paralympic Games in South Korea.​

Academy Award nomination and exclusion​

"Simple Song Number 3",  performed by Jo, featured in 2015 film Youth, was nominated for an Academy Award in 2016, Best Song category. Other nominees were "Manta Ray", by Anohni; "Til It Happens to You", performed by Lady Gaga; "Earned It", performed by The Weeknd; and "Writing's on the Wall", performed by Sam Smith. Although Jo was invited to the ceremony and attended, she was not invited to perform the song. The other nominees performed their songs during the ceremony.

Aria, written by Richard Strauss in 1912, is a difficult piece over 20 minutes in length with numerous high notes. Therefore, Strauss modified part of the sheet music because he thought it was impossible to sing. In 1994, however, Jo became the world's first artist to record the unedited original version of the song. In 1993, she became the first Asian soprano to win La Siola d'Oro. In addition, Jo won six international competitions for the first time as an Asian soprano and was recorded as the first Asian prima donna who starred in the world's opera theaters.​

"Her voice is the best gift God has given," said Herbert von Karajan, who is considered as one of the greatest conductors of the 20th century and praised her as "a voice from above".​

Jo has over 50 recordings to her credit and celebrated the 35th anniversary of her international opera debut in the 2021-22 season, touring Moscow, Paris, Thailand Singapore, Hong Kong, Australia, Korea among many other countries.​

Sumi Jo has actively participated in social awareness issues in cultural and environmental area of the society. She was invited as guest speaker in Asian Leader's Conference in 2021, UNESCO Cultural Diversity Declaration Ceremony in 2021 and Environment Preservation in 2021. Sha was included into the Asian Hall of Fame, awarded as Best Korean Cultural Brand ad Korean Imagen Award in 2022.​

To keep her voice in top shape Jo doesn’t eat any chocolate, cold foods, or deep-fried foods. No ice cream, milkshakes, refrigerated juices, deli meats, seafood cocktails, or salads. Also, no smoking or drinking alcohol.  ​

Jo knows six languages including Korean, German, French, Italian, Russian, and English

 

“If you can imagine all of the best things that the Pacific Northwest has brought us—Mount Eerie, Grunge, Sleater-Kinney, The Girls Rock Camp, and lush mountain ranges—reimagined and told through the perspective of an Indigenous Swinomish/Iñupiaq woman; if you can imagine the magic that would bring to your life then you can imagine Black Belt Eagle Scout.”​

This land runs through Katherine Paul’s blood. And it called to her. In dreams she saw the river, her ancestors, and her home. When the land calls, you listen. And KP found herself far from her ancestral lands during a time of collective trauma, when the world was wounded and in need of healing. In 2020 she made the journey from Portland back to the Skagit River, back to the cedar trees that stand tall and shrouded in fog, back to the tide flats and the mountains, back to Swinomish.​

Chord progressions born out of moments of sadness and solitude transform into the islands that sit blue along the horizon. The Salish Sea curves along her homelands, and when the singer is close to this water she is reminded of her grandmother, how she looked out at these same islands, and she’s held by spirit and memory.

Mariachi Huenachi is a nationally recognized high school program under the direction of Eduardo Cortés-Solorio. This talented group of students have earned the reputation as the best high school mariachi in the state of Washington performing annually at dozens of events and festivals. ​

They have performed alongside icons like Beatriz Adriana, Ana Barbara, and Marco Antonio Solis and shared the stage with some of the greatest mariachis in the world, including Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán and Mariachi Sol de México de José Hernández.

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