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ChoralBuzz: Scientific Study of Boys’ Voices
Science has long attempted to quantify art.  From the numerology associated with St, Mark’s Cathedral, to the mathematics at play in the works of Bach, to recent studies highlighted in an article called “This is your Brain on Music,” all forms of art have been subjected to objective examinat...
ACDA News: "A Cappella Federation" Performs in ACDA Museum
The "A Cappella Federation" (Brian Hogan & Casey McCarty, co-directors) enjoyed a day of rehearsal on September 13, in the McMahon International Choral Music Museum located at the national office of the American Choral Directors Association.   This performance was the latest in the ACDA Visi...
Announcement: "Art is Good" says U.S. Government
Washington, DC – The U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) released prototype estimates today from the new Arts and Cultural Production Satellite Account (ACPSA). This is the first federal effort to provide in-depth analysis of the arts and cultural s...
Announcement: "Banner Moments" Summer Institue
From June 30th to July 25th, the University of Michigan’s American Music Institute, with support from the Star Spangled Music Foundation, will be hosting the national “Banner Moments” Summer Institute at the University of Maryland, College Park, funded by the National Endowment for the Human...
Announcement: "Conrad Susa" by Philip Brunelle
I received a call last night at midnight – Conrad Susa had passed away.  He had not been well physically, but at 78 his mind was as keen as ever – and this man KNEW what music was about, still making his way to the San Francisco Conservatory to teach every day.   I first heard of Conrad whe...
ACDA News: "Everyone's Fantastic, and They're Really Nice!"
Announcement: "Survey Underway on Pitch Drift" by Richard Seaton
SURVEY UNDERWAY ON PITCH DRIFT by Richard Seaton   Pitch drift in a cappella choral singing – a Ph.D. research project at the UK Open University – needs your help!   No doubt you have experienced times when your choir struggles to maintain the pitch when singing u...
Announcement: "The 2nd Contemporary Japanese and American Music (CJAM) 2014
"The 2nd Contemporary Japanese and American Music (CJAM) 2014" “The Choral Festival” will be held at Sakaiminato Symphony Garden, Tottori, Japan, on May 11 (Sunday), 2014 at 3 p.m.  (http://sakaiminato-bunka.jp/index.php?id=29)  The entry requirements are as follow: The number of choral sub...
ChoralBuzz: "Vocal Advantage: Body Alignment (part 4)" by Dina Else
VOCAL ADVANTAGE: BODY ALIGNMENT (part 4), by Dina Else   Hopefully your school year is off to a fabulous start and the body alignment and breath intake information have been helpful reminders.  Before we move on to breath management I wanted to touch base with body alignment now th...
ChoralBuzz: "Vocal Advantage: Breath (part 2)" by Dina Else
VOCAL ADVANTAGE: BREATH (part 2), by Dina Else   (During our last discussion, we shared an instructional yoga video that has a great image of the diaphragm in action that I show my students: www.3Dyoga.com  I turn down the volume to avoid the yoga lesson but the visual is awesome!!...
Featured photo: . . . And to All a Good Night!
. . . And to All a Good Night!
ACDA News: 1,200 Singers Want you to Go to Dallas
ChoralBuzz: 100 Days Away!
Cincinnati 2012 World Choir Games... ...is coming soon! Günter Titsch, President of the World Choir Games, and his team are exited about the upcoming Games and the numbers of participating choirs for the World Choir Games in July in Cincinnati. "We can’t wait to meet you all ...
ChoralBuzz: 12, um 8, no, um 4, wait 11 Days of Christmas
Announcement: 175 Boys Sing Together
All-City Boychoir Festival: 175 boys from Greater Cincinnati to spend a day singing together   On Saturday, February 25th, the Cincinnati Boychoir will present the first-annual All-City Boychoir Festival, for any boy in the first through fourth grades from the Greater Cincinnati area. ...
Announcement: 2012 Julius Herford Dissertation Prize: Call for Nominations
2012 JULIUS HERFORD DISSERTATION PRIZE CALL FOR NOMINATIONS           The Julius Herford Dissertation Prize: Each year the Julius Herford Prize Subcommittee of the Research and Publications Committee accepts nominations for the outstanding doctoral terminal research project in choral m...
ACDA News: 2013 JULIUS HERFORD DISSERTATION PRIZE: CALL FOR NOMINATIONS
2013 JULIUS HERFORD DISSERTATION PRIZE: CALL FOR NOMINATIONS   The Julius Herford Dissertation Prize: Each year the Julius Herford Prize Subcommittee of the Research and Publications Committee accepts nominations for the outstanding doctoral terminal research project in choral music.&nbs...
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: 2015 National Honor Choirs Announced
The 2015 ACDA National Conference in Salt Lake City (February 25-28) will feature FIVE Honor Choirs:        Children's Honor Choir      Middle School/Junior High School Boy's Honor Choir      Middle School/Junior High School Girl's Honor Choir      High School Mixed Honor Choir...
Announcement: 2nd World Choir Festival in Greece
We have the honor to invite you to Thessaloniki on April 2012 to participate to the 2nd World Choir Festival in reference to Musical. Thessaloniki, a sea front city with a history of 2.300 years, is situated in North Greece and it is the second in population city of Greece. It is a major economic,...
Announcement: 2nd Contemporary Japanese and American Music (CJAM) 2014 (Revised)
"2nd Contemporary Japanese and American Music (CJAM) 2014" (Revised) “The Choral Festival” will be held at Sakaiminato Symphony Garden, Tottori, Japan, on September 14, 2014 (Sunday), at 13:30, http://sakaiminato-bunka.jp/index.php?id=29 or Yonago Culture Hall (http://www.yonagobunka.n...
ChoralBlog: 38 Days on the Road
Concert tours are a relatively common event in the life of a college choir.  The litany is familiar to many of us – long rides in a motor coach, pot-luck suppers in a church basement, warm receptions from concert audiences full of smiling alumni, and a welcome to a host home to end the day.  To...
ChoralBlog: 5 ... 4 ... 3 ... 2 ...
Over 300 published pages spread across several issues of the Choral Journal.  Multiple hundreds of postings on ChoralNet, ACDA’s website, ACDA divisional & state sites, and the Association’s various sundry web properties.  Incalculable numbers of calls, e-mails, and maili...
ACDA News: 500th Video on ACDA’s YouTube Channel
There are now over 500 videos on ACDA’s YouTube Channel.  The 500th video was a performance by the West Orange High School Concert Choir recorded during the 2007 National Conference.   ACDA’s YouTube Channel contains concert performance from national and divisional conferences (including a ...
ChoralBuzz: 900 Year Old Glass Shattered: Lincoln Cathedral Adds Female to Choir
It has been a bastion of male dominance for more than 900 years - but an historic choir is now breaking with its well-worn tradition by letting a woman join its ranks for the first time. Lincoln Cathedral's director of music said the recruitment of 22-year-old choral scholar Helen Vincent a...
ChoralBuzz: A Call from the Arts Action Fund
Dear American Choral Directors, I wanted to personally wish each of our Arts Action Fund members a Happy National Arts and Humanities Month (NAHM). This coast-to-coast celebration of the arts is held every October and is coordinated by Americans for the Arts.  President Obama issued t...
ChoralBlog: A Choral Conductor's Summer Vacation
Vacation . . .   For some people that term conjures dreams of lying on a seaside beach amid flowing palm trees. For others it’s fly fishing in an icy mountain stream.    For ACDA Executive Director Tim Sharp, his 2011 summer “vacation” ...
ChoralBuzz: A Choral Ghost Town
There’s something eerie about getting off a late-night flight and walking through a deserted airport terminal.  The shops are all closed, the agent counters are vacant, the PA system is silent, the normally crushing bustle of humanity is nowhere to be seen.  In other words, it’s a modern-...
ACDA News: A Conference Sounds Sampler
ChoralBuzz: A Fresh Look
The ACDA website is sporting a new look!  After months of development, the Association's website has been completely rebuilt from the ground up.  This improved site will allow ACDA to better serve its members. "We are happy to present this completely redesigned site to our members and hope it w...
Announcement: A Holiday Gift from ACDA: "First Listen"
The American Choral Directors Association has added an exciting NEW FEATURE to the ACDA website – exclusively for ACDA members. Thanks to a special arrangement with Naxos, ACDA members can now enjoy “FIRST LISTEN,” a program that previews excerpts from 15 new choral re...
ChoralBuzz: A Holiday Gift from ACDA: "First Listen"
The American Choral Directors Association has added an exciting NEW FEATURE to the ACDA website – exclusively for ACDA members. Thanks to a special arrangement with Naxos, ACDA members can now enjoy “FIRST LISTEN,” a program that previews excerpts from 15 new choral recordi...
ChoralBuzz: A LEGO Dream
It's reasonable to assume that a great many kids (and some of us who are supposed to be adults) are hoping for a LEGO ® set under the tree next week.  We will confess to just a wee bit of envy for this guy, whose entire house is made of the delightful little bricks.  
ChoralBlog: A Primary Proposal
       In the new issue of the Choral Journal (September 2012), "Children’s Choir" column editor Ann Small offers this worthwhile challenge . . .          I am asking every director of elementary age ...
ChoralBlog: A Taste of the World Choir Games
The heat has been brutal here at the World Choir Games in Cincinnati, but the singing has been divine.  This is one of those experiences that is difficult – if not truly impossible – to adequately describe in words.  To try to report on any single facet of thie remarkable happening would ...
ChoralBuzz: A Valentine Treat from SoundWaves
Roses are red, violets are blue, we hope you enjoy, jazz, choir, band and orchestra too! Please enjoy up to $30 off any size order for the following CDs and DVDs. Use the code LOVESOUNDWAVES at checkout. CDs are $16 and DVDs (available for NAfME All-Eastern and All-Northwest) are $30. Shipping...
Announcement: ACAPPELLA Contest Announces Choirs
Young international vocal talents compete at the 6th International A CAPPELLA Contest Leipzig 2012   The groups admitted to the 6th International A CAPPELLA Contest Leipzig 2012 are chosen. Out of several talented groups, eight could convince the jurors and were admitted to participate...
Announcement: ACDA & Nationwide
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ChoralBuzz: ACDA 4 U: Central Conference is Just Two Weeks Away
The ACDA Central Division Conference is just two weeks away.  This grand event takes place March 7-10 in Fort Wayne, Indiana.  This is one of seven divisional conferences being offered by ACDA in 2012.   According to Central Division President, Tom Merrill, “The ACDA Central Divisi...
ChoralBuzz: ACDA 4 U: Eastern Conference is Just Two Weeks Away
The ACDA Eastern Division Conference is just two weeks away.  Taking place February 15-18 in Providence, Rhode Island, this grand event is one of seven divisional conferences being offered by ACDA in 2012.   “The Eastern Conference is all about "Community" beginning the day with Yog...
ChoralBuzz: ACDA 4 U: North Central Conference Includes Immersion Day
The pre-conference Immersion Day on Wednesday, February 8, will focus on the sequential teaching of musical literacy. Clinicians John Armstrong and Kristin Zaryski will emphasize the development of tone and expressivity using singers from Dallas Center-Grimes (IA) High School. Participants wi...
ChoralBuzz: ACDA 4 U: North Central Conference is Just Two Weeks Away
The ACDA North Central Division Conference is just two weeks away.  This grand event takes place February 8-11 in Madison, Wisconsin.  This is one of seven divisional conferences being offered by ACDA in 2012.   According to North Central Division President Aimee Bekman-Collier, “I...
ChoralBuzz: ACDA 4 U: Southern Conference is Just Two Weeks Away
The ACDA Southern Division Conference is just two weeks away.  This grand event takes place February 29-March 3 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.  This is one of seven divisional conferences being offered by ACDA in 2012.   “This is an event not to be missed,&...
ChoralBuzz: ACDA 4 U: Western Conference is Just Two Weeks Away
The ACDA Western Division Conference is just two weeks away.  This grand event takes place February 29-March 3 in Reno, Nevada.  This is one of seven divisional conferences being offered by ACDA in 2012.   “Western Division ACDA Choral Conference, Singing the Legacy, will highlight...
ChoralBuzz: ACDA 4 U: Western Division Includes Movement Session
Among the fabulous interest sessions scheduled for the Western Division Conference is "Movement: The Key to Making your Choir Sound Good."  This session – presented by Charlene Archibeque – will cite recent research into how movement helps people learn and retain ideas, concepts, and sound...
ChoralBuzz: ACDA 4 U: Western Division Music Spans Centuries
The Western Division Conference will include a wide variety of muscial performances -   from the ancient (watch a doumentary on the Rose Ensemble) to the modern (sample this smooth performance by Pacific Standard Time).   Read the complete Conference Profile or Register on-line.
ChoralBuzz: ACDA 4 U: Western Division Preview: Trio Mediaeval
Here's a little taste of Trio Mediaeval, scheduled to perform during the ACDA Western Division Conference.  
ChoralBuzz: ACDA 4 U: Central Conference Features "Amazing Mass Music"
The Central Division Conference (March 7-10 in Fort Wayne, Indiana) will feature the concert session "Buenos Aires to Bluegrass: Amazing Mass Music."  This evening concert will highlight two settings of the Mass, the Ariel Ramírez Misa Criolla (performed by the Indiana University/Purdue Universi...
ChoralBuzz: ACDA 4 U: Central Conference Opens TODAY
The great lakes are no match for ACDA members in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio who are converging on Fort Wayne for the start of the ACDA Central Division Conference, running today through March 3.   “Run, drive, fly, or crawl your way to Fort Wayne,” said Central Division ...
ChoralBuzz: ACDA 4 U: Central Conference Preview: Conspirare
A taste of a PBS special featuring Conspirare, who will perform durring the ACDA Central Division Conference.