Upcoming May 2023
Debbi Ponella will present at the Creativity Conference at Southern Oregon University in Ashland, Orgegon.
April 14, 2023
Debbi Ponella co-presented with Dr. Harold Popp for the 2023 National Association for Music Education (NAfME) Eastern Division Conference in Rochester, NY. The theme for the conference was Connect, Create, Communicate! and their presentation was titled "Inside-Out Creativity."
October 27, 2022
"Kids Compose helps students compose their own music" by Connie Shakalis
The Herald-Times, Bloomington IN, October 16, 2022
Debbi Ponella developed a month-long program to work with 2nd graders at Clear Creek Elementary School in October 2022. Joining Debbi to work with the students were music education, composition, and performance majors from the Jacobs School of Music, along with musicians from the surrounding community.
The elementary school students composed as entire classes, in small groups, and independently, creating a smorgasbord of imaginative melodies. An assembly was held to share the culmination of their work with other classes, administration, parents, and other invited guests from the community.
November 3, 2020
The MOViEs Award Show- an incredibly uplifting election night event celebrating the incredible work being done by members of the M.O.V.E. community.
Literally Holding Up Families, Children, and Seniors Award presented to Sofiya Cheyenne, Debbi Ponella, and Stephanie Windland.
Debbi was also one of the numerous people acknowledged as having completed the
Edify Justice Advocate program. Check it out!
July 21, 2020
Debbi Ponella presented for the 2020 International Conference on Knowledge, Innovation, and Enterprise (KIE)
"Composing with Children: Cultivating Creativity, Connections, and Community" published in 70 Years of Research into Creativity: JP Guilford's Role and Today's Focus (Chapter 11, p.203)
Video presentation on YouTube
September 13, 2019
Debbi Ponella participated in the M.O.V.E. Gala at the Professional Performing Arts School (PPAS) in New York City celebrating that organization's 10th Anniversary.
June 7, 2019
M.O.V.E. founder, Nicole Johnson, along with MOVEr and Bloomington native, Tony Ponella, visited from NYC to work with the Parks & Rec's Teen Leadership program at Banneker Community Center.
February 2019, outside the Professional Performing Arts School, Hell's Kitchen NYC
After a recording session for music to be featured in Nicole's upcoming documentary.
Students who have been winners and/or runners up in the Kids Compose Competition were invited to interview each of 8 composers commissioned to write a movement of the Vonnegut Requiem to be premiered by Voces Novae during the Vonnegut Granfalloon May 9-11, 2019.
Excerpts from the interviews can be found on the Vonnegut Requiem composers interviews page.