The ICDA is a nonprofit organization made up of over 18,000 choral members and directors from across the state. “The goal of the organization is to bring all of the members together and help them become better choral directors,” said Alexander. ICDA members are encouraged to fine tune their directing skills through professional education, performance, and the advocacy of arts education in schools.
Alexander’s role as a collegiate board member of the ICDA is to share ideas and to encourage participation among her student peers at the annual Indiana Choral Directors Association summer conference.
Alexander serves on the board of directors alongside her mother. “When I first learned that I had been selected to be a part of the ICDA board, I felt really blessed that I would have the opportunity to share this part of my life with my mom, who taught me everything I know about music,” said Alexander. “Not only is it my dream, but it’s a dream for her, too. It is exciting to have the same passion as my mother.”
Alexander cites her AU education as a major influence in her ICDA appointment. Through participation in plays, concerts, tours, and student teaching, she felt prepared to accept the board role at the ICDA. “In the music education department, we are pushed to excel in leadership roles,” said Alexander. “Anytime I am on stage, or student teaching, or sitting in class, I’m being encouraged to be leader.”
Dr. Richard Sowers, AU professor of music and Chorale director, also serves on the ICDA board as the president elect. “Laura is a hard worker who has served in several different capacities here at AU,” said Sowers. Alexander serves as Sower’s student assistant, managing everything from tours and housing to publicity for events. She also teaches music to younger students. “Laura has grown up and learned from the best, her mother, so she was equipped with the skills needed for this type of position,” said Sowers.
After graduation, Alexander will continue to fulfill her duties on the ICDA board, while student teaching in a music education program. Her long-term goal is to teach elementary music in the same school corporation as her mother, while leading a choir on the side. “I want to be able to pour into others the same passion for music that my mother poured into me,” said Alexander.
For current and prospective music students, Alexander notes that two major parts of success in music education are focus and communication. “Buckle down, put yourself out there, initiate conversations, and find ways to be involved,” says Alexander. “Confidence is key. With confidence, you can ask questions when you don’t know the answer.”
— Kelli Webster is a 2013 graduate from Indianapolis, Ind., who majored in communication arts. Webster was an associate with Fifth Street Communications®, writing on behalf of the Anderson University Office of University Communications.
Anderson University is a private Christian university of about 2,600 undergraduate and graduate students in central Indiana. Anderson University continues to be recognized as one of America's top colleges by U.S. News and World Report, The Princeton Review, and Forbes. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, Anderson University offers more than 65 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, music, nursing, and theology.