Professional Development

Swartout holds active membership with the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA).

Founded in 1959, the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) is a nonprofit music-education organization whose expressed purposes outline the association's dedication to the advancement of choral music.

The mission of ACDA is to inspire excellence in choral music through education, performance, composition, and advocacy. - ACDA Website

Swartout has been a collegiate member of the American Orff-Schulwerk Assocaition (AOSA) since March of 2022.

Swartout has also been a member of the Greater Cleveland chapter of AOSA since July of 2022.

The American Orff-Schulwerk Association is a professional organization of educators dedicated to the creative music and movement approach developed by Carl Orff and Gunild Keetman. - AOSA Website

Swartout holds active membership with the National Association for Music Education (NAfME).

National Association for Music Education (NAfME), among the world’s largest arts education organizations, is the only association that addresses all aspects of music education. NAfME advocates at the local, state, and national levels; provides resources for teachers, parents, and administrators; hosts professional development events; and offers a variety of opportunities for students and teachers. The Association orchestrates success for millions of students nationwide and has supported music educators at all teaching levels for more than a century.

Since 1907, NAfME has worked to ensure that every student has access to a well-balanced, comprehensive, and high-quality program of music instruction taught by qualified teachers. NAfME’s activities and resources have been largely responsible for the establishment of music education as a profession, for the promotion and guidance of music study as an integral part of the school curriculum, and for the development of the National Standards for Arts Education. -NAfME Website

Swartout holds active membership with the Ohio Choral Directors Association (OCDA).

The Ohio Choral Directors Association is an organization affiliated with the American Choral Directors Association. Our goal is to promote excellence in the choral art throughout Ohio. - OCDA Website

Swartout holds active membership with the Ohio Music Education Association (OMEA).

The Ohio Music Education Association (OMEA) is the principal organization in Ohio promoting music education in elementary and secondary schools as well as colleges and universities. OMEA is one of the largest of the 52 federated state affiliates of NAfME, The National Association for Music Education. OMEA members are involved at all levels of music education, serving more than 1.7 million public school students in 613 public school districts and 108 colleges and universities in Ohio. -OMEA Website

Swartout attended the OMEA Professional Development Conference in 2019 and 2022.