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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: 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: CALL FOR PAPERS for ACDA’S 2nd National Symposium on American Choral Music: The Music of Latin America
The American Choral Directors Association Research and Publications Committee is inviting research papers to be presented at the Second National Symposium on American Choral Music to be held in Austin, Texas, June 12­–13, 2015.  The event will be cosponsored by the University of Tex...
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: Take the Latest ACDA Poll
It's time to vist the ACDA website to take the poll of the week!  This week's question pertains to your plans for the summer months (today is, after all, the Summer Solstice).  Click here to TAKE THE POLL.
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 ...
Classified ad: Director of Choral Music
Servite High School (all boys Catholic HS) is looking for a new Director of Choral Music.  For more information, please go to edjoin.org or email Michael P. Brennan (principal) at mbrennan@servitehs.org.
Announcement: Call for Papers: American Guild of Organists
The Houston AGO Workshops Committee invites applications for presentations at the 2016 National Convention of the American Guild of Organists in Houston, TX, June 19-23, 2016. Proposals should consist of a single-page 250-word abstract, which summarizes the topic and the particular contribution the ...
ACDA News: New Boychoir R&S Chair Appointed
The American Choral Directors Association is pleased to announce the appointment of Craig Dennison as the new national chair of the Boychoir Repertoire & Standards Committee.  Craig is in his twelfth year as the Artistic Director of the Florida's Singing Sons Boychoir.   ACDA's fourteen Repe...
ChoralBuzz: Conference Morsel: Diction
(An excerpt from the interest session “ Teaching Your Singers to Fish: How Diction Frees Us to Sing around the World,” presented by Stephen Sieck during the 2014 ACDA North Central Division Conference)   When we try to teach our singers how to pronounce songs in a foreign language, we often ...
ChoralBuzz: Conference Morsel: Promoting a Student Chapter
(An excerpt from the interest session “From the Ground Up: Building a New Student Chapter,” presented by Andrew McNair during the 2014 ACDA Southwestern Division Conference)          One thing that anyone wanting to start or grow an ACDA chapter should consider is how you plan to publi...
ACDA News: ACDA Leadership Gathers in Salt Lake City
     At any given moment, there are approximately 1,400 people in leadership roles within the ranks of the American Choral Directors Association.  In early June, 150 of those dedicated individuals met in Salt Lake City for several days of training, informative sessions and brainstorming meetin...
ChoralBuzz: Conference Morsel: Aging Choral Singer
(An excerpt from the interest session “Enriching the Life of the Aging Choral Singer,” presented by Sarah Parks during the 2014 ACDA North Central Division Conference)          When working with aging singers, three areas of vocal production tha...
ACDA News: Interns Join ACDA Team for Summer
       During the summer of 2014, ACDA will enjoy the presence of two interns who will assist the association with various projects and who will in turn gain a unique perspective into their profession.        Working in the ACDA national office for a second summer is Taylor Jack Conley...
ChoralBuzz: Conference Morsel: American Indian Choral Music
(An excerpt from the interest session “American Indian Choral Music: The Works of Brent Michael Davids,” presented by Robert Gehrenbeck and Brent Michael Davids, with the University of Wisconsin–Whitewater Chamber Singers during the 2014 ACDA North Central Division Conference)        ...
ChoralBuzz: Conference Morsel: Not-So-Major Works
(An excerpt from the interest session “Not-So-'Major' Works: Alternative, International Offerings from Outside the Canon,” presented by Trey Davis during the 2014 ACDA North Central Division Conference)   Requiem - Jean Richafort (c. 1480-c. 1550) "Introitus" (1st Section) - Composed in c. ...
ChoralBuzz: Conference Morsel: Is Translation Blasphemy?
(An excerpt from the interest session “What Language Shall I Borrow? Singing in Translation,” presented by Daniel A. Mahraun during the 2014 ACDA North Central Division Conference)          While we have all done it at one time or another, there...
ChoralBuzz: Conference Morsel: Teaching Courageously
(An excerpt from the interest session “Conductor “Creature” Vs. Conductor-Teacher: Empowering Singers Through Authenticity in the Choral Rehearsal,” presented by Ryan Beeken and Andrea Ramsey during the 2014 ACDA Southwest Division Conference)          In his book “The Courage to...
Announcement: CONDUCTING 21C: Musical Leadership for a New Century
CONDUCTING 21C: Musical Leadership for a New Century is a course that aims to provide conductors with professional development by combining artistic excellence and social justice. Emerging and experienced conductors alike will develop powerfully creative, profoundly artistic, and compassionate appro...
Announcement: Choral Masterclass at Örebro University
The School of Music, Theatre and Art at Örebro University and Länsmusiken I Örebro/SWICCO will offer a master class in Choir and Orchestra Conducting and Symphonic Choir, October 18 –24, 2014.  Five and ten credit packages are available.   LEARN MORE about this opportunity.  DEADLINE for ...
ChoralBlog: One Last Thought as Summer Begins
Except for a very few holdouts, the academic year is over.  Time for a little rest and rejuvenation.  A change of scenery is in order, as is some time for reflection.  Here, then, is a little something to ponder from your hammock.  The following is by Kevin Peter Hand, a planetar...
ChoralBuzz: Conference Morsel: Linking with the Visual Arts
(An excerpt from the interest session “Hearing the Hidden Harmonies: Paring the Choral Art with the Visual,” presented by Susan Rice and Joy Beckman during the 2014 ACDA North Central Division Conference)          Before embarking on a performance project that pairs choral music with t...
ChoralBuzz: Monday Motivation: It's Over. Do THIS!
ChoralBlog: Composition Spotlight: "Les Cloches"
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.)   Les Cloch...
ChoralBuzz: Conference Morsel: Fine Tuning
(An excerpt from the interest session “Fine Tuning Your Choir,” presented by James Franklin during the 2014 ACDA Southwestern Division Conference)   If we want to have a more finely tuned choir, we need to have an understanding of how intervals might sound.  We are so entrenched in a modern s...
ACDA News: Herford Prize Application: Times Up!
Tomorrow (June 1) is the deadline for applications for the Julius Herford Dissertation Prize.   LEARN MORE about the award.
ChoralBuzz: Conference Morsel: Re-Voicing Choral Works
(An excerpt from the interest session “Re-Voicing Public Domain Choral Music for SSA, TTBB, etc.: Tips, Tricks, and Time Savers,” presented by William C. Powell during the 2014 ACDA Southern Division Conference)          When re-voicing choral music, it is helpful to compare SATB score...
ChoralBuzz: Conference Morsel: Church Choir Demographics
(An excerpt from the interest session “A Place in the Choir, a Choir in the Place,” presented by Charlotte Kroeker during the 2014 ACDA Southwestern Division Conference)          According to a Chorus America study,  More choirs are f...
ACDA News: Wenger Donates Stands to Museum
The Wenger Corporation of Owatonna, Minnesota has generously donated six music stands to the McMahon International Choral Music Museum.  The museum is housed in a dedicated wing of the ACDA national office building in Oklahoma City.  The stands will be used both to enhance various installations a...
ChoralBuzz: Conference Morsel: Mindfullness for Conductors
(An excerpt from the interest session “Beyond Burnout Prevention: Embodied Wellness for Conductors,” presented by Amelia Nagoski during the 2014 ACDA Eastern Division Conference)          Embodied is the term that psychologists are usin...
ChoralBuzz: Conference Morsel: Engaging the Audience
(An excerpt from the interest session “A Passion for Programming ,” presented by Philip Brunelle during the 2014 ACDA Central Division Conference)          How does our concert repertoire and programming serve our chorus and our audience?  As we consider an ideal program there are man...
ChoralBuzz: Monday Motivation: Almost Done . . .
ChoralBuzz: Sunday Inspiration: It is Well with My Soul
ChoralBlog: Composition Spotlight: "The Lake Isle of Innisfree"
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.)   The Lake ...
ChoralBuzz: Speaking of Voice: "The Life and Work of Leon Thurman: Ongoing Contributions" by Mary Lynn Doherty
THE LIFE AND WORK OF LEON THURMAN: ONGOING CONTRIBUTIONS by Mary Lynn Doherty   As you prepare for your summer, many of you are probably looking forward to a less hectic schedule and time to retool.  Many teachers and conductors take the summer months to rest the voice and/or to continue to lea...
ChoralBuzz: Conference Morsel: Embodying Music
(An excerpt from the interest session “Embodying Music: Transferring Movement from Rehearsal to Performance,” presented by Marci Major during the 2014 ACDA Southwestern Division Conference)          After attending or hearing about the session o...
ChoralBuzz: Conference Morsel: Strategies for Smaller Church Choirs
(An excerpt from the interest session “Where 10 or 12 Are Gathered: Strategies for Smaller Church Choirs,” presented by Matt Caine during the 2014 ACDA Southern Division Conference)          . . . In any of these situations you may have to help the choir develop a new vision, but in th...
ACDA News: ACDA National Office Closed for Holiday
ACDA National Office Closed for Holiday   The National Office of the American Choral Directors Association has closed for the 2014 Memorial Day weekend. The office will re-open at 8:00 a.m., Tuesday, May 27.
ChoralBuzz: Conference Morsel: True Inclusion
(An excerpt from the interest session “For Everyone Born, A Place in the Choir,” presented by Christopher Larson during the 2014 ACDA North Central Division Conference)          Keep an open mind.  Use inclusive language. – Even though a lot of the composers of the songs we sing are...