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Results: 2024
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ACDA News: Take the Latest ACDA Poll
It's time to vist the ACDA website to take the latest poll!  The question of the moment pertains to your freedom (or lack thereof) on the weekend.  Click here to TAKE THE POLL.
ChoralBuzz: “Five from the Folder: Asia, Australia, and the Pacific Islands” by Sarah Ross
FIVE FROM THE FOLDER: ASIA, AUSTRALIA and the PACIFIC ISLANDS by Sara Ross   1. "Hush on the Death of a Bush Church." Iain Grandage.  Morton Music MM2062. Absolutely stunning work that combines Aboriginal chant, imperial Christian hymn structure, and Outback mining work ...
ChoralBuzz: Choral Music Baseball Card: Handel
ChoralBuzz: CJ Replay: Show Choir Production
(An excerpt from the Choral Journal article “Show Choir production for Music Educators,” by Randy Boothe [p.25])          Current trends of music in the public schools insure choral education majors an opportunity to direct a vocal jazz ensemble...
ACDA News: Take the Choral Journal Survey
The editor of the Choral Journal is currently conducting a reader survey to determine overall reader satisfaction with ACDA’s flagship publication.  The multiple-choice questionnaire takes less than five minutes to complete, yet it will provide enormously valuable information to the pub...
ChoralBuzz: Name That Choir Tune (No. 2)
ChoralBlog: National A Cappella Convention
If, like me, you have experienced the benefits of including contemporary a cappella in your choral program, I invite you to attend a new, transformative event—the first annual National A Cappella Convention April 24-25 in Memphis, TN.  Featuring the godfather of a cappella himself, Deke...
ChoralBuzz: Stick Time: Defying Expectations
Watching choirs succeed is just a bucket-full of fun!   That’s why attending an ACDA conference is such a joy.  We have the chance to not simply hear wonderful concerts but to celebrate the months (or years!) of incredible effort that landed a choir on that distinguished stage.  These choirs...
ChoralBuzz: Monday Motivation: Set Your Pace NOW
ChoralBuzz: Speaking of Voice: “The Changing Voice” by Kenneth H. Phillips
(Excerpted from the Choral Journal article, “The Changing Voice: An Albatross?” by Kenneth H. Phillips)          Healthy vocal production in the junior high and middle school years requires a good understanding of how vocal registers impact on v...
ChoralBuzz: Sunday Inspiration: Ach grosser König (Bach)
ChoralBlog: Composition Spotlight: "They That Sow in Tears"
COMPOSITION SPOTLIGHT ~ by Jack Senzig   (Each week we look at one or two of the best choral works posted in the Composition Showcase here on ChoralNet.  This is where we store a treasure trove of works that your choirs will love to sing and your audiences will love to hear.)   They that...
ChoralBuzz: Saturday Respite: Animals are Smarter than Humans
Wait, let me see if I understand this.  Some moronic humans get "upset" and kill innocent children, but these two critters from different species get along like best pals.  Our friends here have life figured out nicely.  
ChoralBuzz: “Five from the Folder: Ethnic and Multicultural” by Sharon Davis Gratto
FIVE FROM THE FOLDER: ETHNIC & MULTICULTURAL by Sharon Davis Gratto   (Note:  Selections #1 and #2 are effective works to perform for November Kristallnacht (Night of Broken Glass) or April Holocaust observances.)   1.  “Tsen Brider” (Ten Brothers) (Yiddish).  Martin Rosenberg arr....
ChoralBuzz: Who's in YOUR Choir . . . Micah?
ACDA News: 2015 National Conference Exhibit and Advertising Space Now Available
Interested in gaining access to the biggest choral audience of the 20154-15 academic year?  Then YOU need to advertise and exhibit during the 2015 ACDA National Conference (Salt Lake City, Utah, February 25-28).  Access to this remarkable commercial opportunity is limited to ACDA’s...
ACDA News: Student Conducting Award Applications Sought
ACDA will again offer the Student Conducting Awards during the next national conference, February 25-28, 2015, in Salt Lake City, Utah.   The objectives of the ACDA Student Conducting Awards are designed to acknowledge and reward outstanding graduate and undergraduate student conductors; to enco...
Featured photo: National Conference Conducting Competition Choir
National Conference Conducting Competition Choir
Featured photo: National Conference Conducting Competition Choir
National Conference Conducting Competition Choir
Featured photo: National Conference Conducting Competition Choir
National Conference Conducting Competition Choir
ACDA News: ACDA Launches Career Center
We are delighted to announce the new ACDA Career Center. Are you looking for a job, or just want to keep an eye on positions available? Easily locate job postings that relate to your interests and priorities in the choral field. Create job alerts and search our listings using criteria most i...
ACDA News: Poster Session Applications Sought
The American Choral Directors Association will sponsor a session to disseminate the results of excellent research about any aspect of the choral art at its 2015 National Conference in Salt Lake City, February 25– 28, 2015. Participants chosen for the presentation will be required to prepare ...
ChoralBuzz: CJ Replay: Yes, Choral Music Can
(An excerpt from the Choral Journal article “A Selected Choir in a Liberal Arts College”, by Carl A. Fehr)          It may be assumed that educators in general agree that music, and in this case choral music, is an important aspect of the well-r...
Featured photo: National Conference Conducting Competition Choir
National Conference Conducting Competition Choir
ACDA News: Updated Choral Journal Index Available
The Choral Journal: An Index to Volumes 19-54 has been updated to include annotated and cross-referenced entries for the latest volume year (Vol. 54).  The current Index includes entries for 4,453 articles published in the Choral Journal from 1979 through the June/July issue of 2014.  It is availa...
ChoralBuzz: Name That Choir Tune (No. 1)
ChoralBlog: GUEST BLOG: "The Novelty Concert'" by Dianna Campbell
THE NOVELTY CONCERT by Dianna Campbell   I often refer to myself as a classicist… I love classical music and classic rock.  At my wedding twenty-five years ago I played Bach and Led Zeppelin (Thank you). Each year at the college, I end our season with a “novelty’ conce...
ChoralBuzz: Stick Time: Craft Beauty
The present writer is unwavering (and unapologetic) in his belief that choral music is about the phrase.  The latest literature “hit,” pretty wardrobe, various dance moves, and other affectations are no substitute for great choral music sung well.   Consider the accompanying performance fro...
ChoralBuzz: Monday Motivation: Let's Get This Started
ChoralBuzz: Speaking of Voice: "Anatomy and Vocal Aging" by Robert T. Sataloff
(Excerpted from the Choral Journal article, “Vocal Aging and its Medical Implications: What Choral Conductors Should Know. Part One: Anatomy and Vocal Aging, Childhood through Adulthood,” by Robert T. Sataloff)          Like death and taxes, most people have considered aging changes in...
ChoralBuzz: Sunday Inspiration: Wake Awake (Christiansen)
ChoralBlog: Composition Spotlight: "You Stand Above Time"
COMPOSITION SPOTLIGHT ~ by Jack Senzig   (Each week we look at one or two of the best choral works posted in the Composition Showcase here on ChoralNet.  This is where we store a treasure trove of works that your choirs will love to sing and your audiences will love to hear.)   You Stand...
ChoralBuzz: Share Five from YOUR Folder
It’s time for YOU to share your programming through the “Five from the Folder” column on ChoralBuzz.   Each week we feature a brief list of FIVE selections that conductors find particularly useful to their choirs.  Combining the clarity of someone presently rehear...
ChoralBuzz: ChoralBuzz Fall Line-up
ACDA News: Student Composition Contest
The American Choral Directors Association is currently accepting applications for the 2015 Raymond W. Brock Memorial Student Music Composition Contest.      The award includes a cash prize of $1,000 and the prospect of having the work premiered during a divisional or national co...
ACDA News: ACDA Conference Deadlines
Anyone who has ever attended an ACDA national conference knows they are large complex events that take untold thousands of hours of volunteer labor to stage.   Among the many challenges associated with a conference is the issue of keeping track of a wide variety of deadlines.   Here, then, is ...
ACDA News: September Choral Journal Now Available
The September issue of the Choral Journal is now available at the ACDA website.  The issue includes such articles as:      “Culturally Responsive Teaching in the Choral Classroom” (Bond)    “Spirit and Song of the Maori of Aotearoa (Clements)    “An Overview of Latin American Co...
ACDA News: National Conference Performing Choirs Announced
The American Choral Directors Association is pleased to introduce the 40 choirs invited to appear during the 2015 National Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah (February 25-28).  Conference attendees will hear stellar choral music from:   Ansan City Choir Baylor University A Cappella Choir BY...
ACDA News: It’s Christmas in July!
Oh the weather outside is frightful . . . but in a steamy, pass the sunscreen, fry-an-egg-on-the-sidewalk sort’a way.   What better way to mentally beat the heat than to have a little Christmas in July?   For the month of July, the first 13 volumes in the ACDA monograph...
Featured photo: Plan Now to Attend the ACDA National Conference
Plan Now to Attend the ACDA National Conference
Featured photo: Plan Now to Attend the ACDA National Conference
Plan Now to Attend the ACDA National Conference
ChoralBlog: ChorTeach Summer Edition now Available
Whether you work with elementary singers or graduate students, conduct community voices or professional, ChorTeach has something of value for YOU.     The latest issue of ACDA's on-line magazine, ChorTeach, is now available.  The Summer 2014 issue of ChorTeach includes:   Creating an Inclus...
ACDA News: ACDA Featured on MPR Live Webcast
The American Choral Directors Association will be featured on Minnesota Public Radio’s live webcast on Google Hangout on Mondaym July 7, at 1:30 p.m. (central daylight time).  The event will include a conversation with ACDA’s Executive Director, Tim Sharp.  READ MORE . . . .
ACDA News: Conductors Sought for 2015 Swedish Exchange
ACDA is pleased to announce the 2015 International Conductors Exchange Program (ICEP) with Sweden. ICEP is providing opportunities for the next generation of choral leaders to represent the United States as ambassadors to the world in the exchange of music, ideas, and cultures. In 2015, ACDA will ho...
ACDA News: August Choral Journal Now Available
The August issue of the Choral Journal is now available at the ACDA website.  The issue includes such articles as:          “Toward a Choral Pedagogy for Composers” (Conte, Kyr, and Sametz)      “Writing for the Amateur Chorus” (Thompson)      “Conrad Susa (1935 - 2013...
Featured photo: BHS Meets in Las Vegas This Week!
BHS Meets in Las Vegas This Week!
ACDA News: FREE PREVIEW of ACDA Radio
Tired of looking for a place to listen to choral music? Look no farther than ACDA Radio, providing a continuous stream of choral music 24 hours a day.   Though it is usually a members-only benefit, for the remainder of the month of June, ACDA is offering a FREE PREVIEW.  Just CLICK HERE to star...
ACDA News: Soundwaves Donates 805 Choral Works
Soundwaves has generously donated a complete set of recordings from SIX of the seven recent ACDA divisional conferences to the American Choral Directors Association's Archive. Included in this large donation are CDs and DVDs from the Central, Eastern, North Central, Northwestern, Southern, and West...
ACDA News: Via Media Donates Recordings
Via Media has generously donated a set of recordings from the recent ACDA Southwestern Division Conference to the American Choral Directors Association's Archive. They provided both audio and video recordings.   The recordings in the ACDA Archive are an irreplaceable resource that are used almos...
Announcement: Festival 500 Materials Available
Dear colleagues both near and far....   Over the past 16 years, we have been privileged to be co-directors of The Phenomenon of Singing International Symposia, an integral, academic component of Festival 500. We invited you to “indulge your musical, creative, and scholarly spirit” and join us ...