Conferences and Competitions
MACCC Conference 2017, Nov.16-18
Keynote Speaker: Jenny Worley, Vice President of the City College of San Francisco Faculty Union.
Conference Schedule

2017 MACCC Conference Band
Dr. Andy Collinsworth, Sonoma State University

Mother Earth | David Maslanka
Psalm for Band | Vincent Persichetti
The echo never fades | David Gillingham
Folk Dances | Dmitri Shostakovich/ed. Reynolds

Dr. Collinsworth received his Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education and Master of Music degree in saxophone performance from the University of Nevada at Reno. He received his Doctor of the Musical Arts degree in Conducting from Arizona State University. Prior to joining the Sonoma State faculty in 2008, Dr. Collinsworth taught for nearly twenty years in California public schools. From 1996 to 2005 he was Director of Instrumental Music at Maria Carrillo High School in Santa Rosa, California, where ensembles under his direction were recognized for their superior performances. Dr. Collinsworth maintains an active schedule as a guest conductor, adjudicator and clinician throughout California and the Western states.  His critical edition full score to Samuel Barber’s Commando March, is published by G. Schirmer. In addition to his university duties, Dr. Collinsworth is an active member of several professional organizations. He is President of the Bay Section of the California Music Educators Association (CMEA), and is President-Elect for the Western Division of the College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA).

2017 MACCC Conference Choir
Dr. Angel M. Vázquez-Ramos, CSU Bakersfield

“Canticum Novum” | Ivo Antognini | Walton Music WW 1556
“Jauchzet Dem Herrn, Alle Welt” | J.S. Bach Ed. Andre J. Thomas | Hinshaw Music HMC2411
"There Shall a Star from Jacob Shine Forth” | Felix Mendelssohn
“The Rose that Bare Jesu” | Ron Kean | Pavane Publishing P1583
“Love is a Sickness” | Dale Trumbore (to purchase:
“El cumbanchero” | arr. Ruben Colón-Tarrats
(to purchase directly from arranger 787-218-3428 or
“Unclouded Day” | arr. Shawn Kirchner | Boosey & Hawkes 48021256

Angel M. Vázquez-Ramos, a native of Carolina, Puerto Rico is Assistant Professor and Director of Choral & Vocal Studies at California State University, Bakersfield. He teaches undergraduate courses in music education, choral conducting, and conducts the University Singers and Chamber Singers. Before his appointment to CSUB, he served as Director of Choral Music Education at Chapman University from 2010 to 2015. Before completing his doctoral studies at Florida State University, Dr. Vázquez-Ramos taught secondary choral music for seven years in Pinellas County Schools in the Tampa Bay Area. He previously held positions in churches in both Largo and Tallahassee, Florida, and San Clemente, California. His research interests include: teacher preparation, rehearsal techniques, adolescent choirs, and assessment in music education. He is currently serving on the CCDA Board as the College and University Repertoire & Standards chair and previously served on the board as Youth and Student Activities chair. Dr. Vázquez-Ramos is a member of the American Choral Directors Association and NAfME: National Association for Music Education. He completed his Bachelors of Music Education degree at the University of Puerto Rico.  In addition, he received a Masters in Music Education and Ph.D. in Music Education/Choral Conducting at Florida State University where he studied with André J. Thomas, Rodney Eichenberger, Judy K. Bowers, and Kevin A. Fenton. He has published articles on assessment in music education and teacher preparation in the Journal of Research in Music Education, the International Journal of Research in Choral Singing and the Florida Music Director.

MACCC Strings Master Class
Mads Tolling

MACCC is pleased to announce our strings master class clinician - Mads
Tolling!! I have performed with Mads and he is not just a great player but a
great person as well. Here is a portion of his bio- and you can see the rest at his
website. He is the real deal!
Mads Tolling, internationally renowned violinist and composer, is a two-time
Grammy Award-Winner and the 2016 DownBeat Critics Poll Rising Star winning
violinist. As a former nine-year member of both Turtle Island Quartet and
bassist Stanley Clarke’s band, Mads has spent most his professional life touring
internationally. Since 2007 Mads has lead his own group, Mads Tolling Quartet. “The Playmaker”
released in the fall of 2009, features Stanley Clarke and jazz greats Russell Ferrante & Stefon Harris. A
MTQ album: “Celebrating Jean-Luc Ponty – Live at Yoshi’s” was released in May, 2012. Mads’ latest
album is called “Mads Tolling & The Mads Men – Playing the 60s,” which features classic songs from
TV, film and radio in fresh jazzy versions with guest vocalists Kenny Washington and Spencer Day. Mads
has been featured on NPR’s Morning Edition, and his recordings have received rave reviews in
Downbeat Magazine, Strings Magazine, Washington Post and the San Francisco Chronicle. He has
performed with Chick Corea, Ramsey Lewis, Kenny Barron & Paquito D’Rivera.

MACCC Piano Master Class
Omri Shimron, CSU East Bay

Our Northern California instrumental representative, after procuring Mads,
has also booked the piano professor from CSU East Bay (formerly CSU
Hayward) to teach our Piano Master class! A brief bit from his Bio - and his
web site:
Omri Shimron is a pianist, educator, and recording artist. He was born in the
United States but raised in Israel, where he received his early musical
training. His debut album, featuring Frederic Rzewski’s 36 Variations on ‘The
People United Will Never Be Defeated!‘ was released in July 2014 on New
Focus Records. Since 2013, he has been on faculty at the Rebecca Penneys
Piano Festival at the University of South Florida, Tampa. As a pianist, he
appeared at the Jerusalem Music Center, the Jerusalem Academy of Music
and the Tel Aviv Museum. In the United States, he won prizes from the Josef Hoffman Piano
Competition and the Chautauqua Institution. As an orchestralsoloist, Shimron played with the Hillsdale
College/Community Orchestra, the Finger Lakes Symphony, and the Elon University Orchestra.
Collaborative and solo concerts have included appearances at the Kennedy Center’s Millennium
Stage and New York City’s Sundays on the Island series. Live radio performances featured sessions for
WBFO, WXXI, and WUSF stations.

MACCC Composition Master Class
Ken Eberhard

Ken Eberhard is a two-time Emmy winning composer who writes music for
television and film. He has been working as a composer, orchestrator, and
director of production at Ah2 Music since 2006. His music has been heard
on numerous television productions such as Shark Tank, Hotel Hell,
Cutthroat Kitchen, Best New Restaurant, The Profit, Restaurant Startup,
Police Women, The Quest, Deal With It, Monsters Inside Me, and Married
by Mom and Dad. He has orchestrated for composers Mark T. Williams and
Jeff Lippencott on programs such as The Biggest Loser, Masterchef,
Masterchef Junior, The Apprentice, The Celebrity Apprentice, Extreme
Weight Loss, and Who Do You Think You Are. In addition to music for
television Ken has scored two independent horror films, Huff (Big Bad Wolf) and Filth to Ashes, Flesh
to Dust. The soundtracks to both films are available on iTunes, Spotify, and Amazon. Below are a few
examples of Ken's compositions currently in use in the Filtered Music Library.

You MUST be an active member in order to register for and attend the conference. If you have not done so, please activate your membership via the "Membership" tab.

Holiday Inn Golden Gateway
1500 Van Ness Avenue
San Francisco, CA 
Our negotiated room rates are amazing this year: Single and Double rates are $179 a night! | Triple and Quads are $199!


Guests should make reservations as soon as possible, the rate will be valid as long as we have rooms available, up to and including 24-October 2017.

Schools making group reservations should contact Meliza Pineda:
Meliza Pineda | Convention Services Manager
Holiday Inn Golden Gateway | San Francisco
1500 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94109
Direct: 415.447.3007
Fax: 415.775.5425

If your school wishes to submit a tax exempt form, please submit the Type B form.  This form needs to be accompanied with a letter of Certification on a School Letterhead.
Type B Occupancy Tax Exemption Form
Pre-registration Form
Band and Choir application
Band Schedule
Choir Schedule
Student Master Class Form
Composition Competition 2017
Composition Competition Flyer
Composition Competition Entry Form
MACCC 2017 Student Theory Scholarship Competition
This year we will be running our third annual MACCC music theory scholarship competition! All community college music students with a MACCC faculty member sponsor are eligible.
Qualifying rounds will be held online from September 17 – October 5, 2017. The top music theory scholars from each school will advance to the semifinals. The semifinals will run for three weeks in October. The top students from the semifinals will advance to the finals. The finals will be held live, Friday November 17, 2017, 1 PM at the MACCC conference in San Francisco. Students must be present to participate in the live, game show music theory finals.  Arrangements and costs of travel, food, and lodging are the responsibility of the student finalist.
How does it work?
There is a weekly music theory tournament that is accessed online. All problems are randomly generated and automatically corrected. In each weeks competition quiz, there will be five sections covering music theory topics such as key signatures, scales, rhythm, intervals, note reading, chords and Roman numerals.
Students compete in two areas: speed and number of correct problems answered. Students can repeat the quizzes as many times as they choose, until the competition closes each week (Thursday evening at midnight), improving their speed and adding to their number of problems answered correctly. At the end of the qualifying rounds students will see their cumulative total and average speed. Winners are calculated automatically, so students will know their standing as soon as the qualifying rounds close. 
How do students gain access to the online competition?
Information will be sent via MACCC members (faculty).  Community college faculty members that express interest will be given online access and information on student registration for the competition.  Students may begin working as soon as they register.  
Scholarships and Fees
There will be $10 registration fee for students advancing to the semifinals. The first and second place winners will win scholarships - $200 and 100.
How many semifinalists and finalists will be chosen?
The number of semifinalists depends on how many schools are participating. There will be 9 finalists, and 2 scholarship winners.  
How do I sign up?
Contact Dr. Momilani Ramstrum ( with your contact information and the name of your school. Only one contact per school is necessary.

MACCC Master Class Schedules
Composition Master Class Schedule
Piano Master Class Schedule
Strings Master Class Schedule