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University of West Florida in Pensacola will host our 2022 North Regional Honor Festival. The event takes place on Saturday, October 22, 2022.

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Dr. Becky Halliday, Honor Chorus

Dr. Becky Halliday is an associate professor of music at the University of Montevallo, where she teaches courses in teacher preparation and music education. Prior to this appointment, she taught elementary general music in Georgia and Mississippi, and currently teaches pre-K – 6th grade music in Randolph, AL. She is the director of the University of Montevallo Kodály Institute and serves on the Board of Directors of the Organization of American Kodály Educators and on the Council of General Music Education for the National Association for Music Education. She earned her Ph.D. in music education from The University of Southern Mississippi and both her MMed and BMUS from The University of Georgia. In addition, she holds certifications in both the Orff Schulwerk Approach and the Kodály Concept. Her recognitions include the UM College of Fine Arts Distinguished Teacher Award and the AMEA Lacy Powell Outstanding Music Educator Award.


Dr. Rob Lyda, Orff Ensemble

Dr. Rob Lyda is the music teacher at Cary Woods Elementary in Auburn, AL. Throughout his career he has taught a variety of music courses for students in grades K-undergraduate. Dr. Lyda received the B.M.E. from Troy University and the M.Ed. and Ph.D. in Music Education from Auburn University. In addition to his academic degrees, Dr. Lyda has completed studies in World Music Drumming, TI:ME, Global Music Pedagogy, and is certified in both the Kodály concept (Levels I-III) and the Orff-Schulwerk approach (Levels I-III and Master Class). 


Dr. Lyda is the recipient of several awards including school and district Teacher of the Year, the Phi Kappa Phi Love of Learning Award, and he was named the 2019 Lacey Powell Outstanding Music Educator by the Alabama Music Educators Association.  Dr. Lyda is sought-after for his expertise in general music education as a clinician for professional development workshops, curriculum writer, educational consultant, and presenter at state, regional, and national conferences. He holds memberships in the Alabama Music Educators Association (AMEA), National Association for Music Education (NAfME), American Orff-Schulwerk Association, American Organization of Kodály Educators, Phi Kappa Phi, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, and the National Band Association. Currently, Dr. Lyda serves as the Chair of NAfME’s Council for General Music Education, Advocacy Chair of AMEA, and President of AMEA. In his spare time, Dr. Lyda enjoys facilitating lifelong music making as the director of the Auburn Ukulele Band

Regionals Schedule*

8:30 am Registration

9:00 am Rehearsal Session 1

10:30 Break

10:45 am Rehearsal Session 2

12:00 pm Lunch Break

1:00 pm Rehearsal Session 3

3:15 pm Break

3:30 pm Rehearsal Session 4

4:45 pm Dinner Break/Change

5:45 pm Dress Rehearsal on Stage

6:30 pm Line Up for Concert

7:00 pm Concert

*Rehearsal Times and Breaks subject to change.

North Regional Clinicians

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