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Appearing in concert during the 2015 ACDA National Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah:
ANÙINA
 
Anúna was founded in 1987 by Dublin composer Michael McGlynn with the aim of defining and developing a choral expression for his ancient and richly cultural homeland. Much of the group's repertoire explores the relationship between traditional choral ideas and McGlynn's particular  compositional voice. Anúna's name, originally An Uaithne, derives from the term for the three ancient types of Irish music: Suantraí (lullaby), Geantraí (happy song), and Goltraí (lament). Repertoire includes original works set to early texts, traditional arrangements, and works that explore aspects of ritual dating back to the earliest emergence of the Christian churches. Anúna can slip easily between  musical genres from the classical ethos of the BBC Proms to creating the hugely successful, unmannered vocal sound of the original Riverdance. They have appeared on two Grammy Award-winning albums, featured on multiple Billboard Charts, including the Hot 100.
 
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The 2015 ACDA National Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah will feature the interest session:
VOCAL PERCUSSION IN CONTEMPORARY CHORAL MUSIC (Justin Glodich , clinician)
 
The session will focus on vocal percussion and its place in contemporary vocal music. The importance of rhythm, steady beat, tempo, and form will be discussed. A demonstration will include basic percussion sounds using a variety of consonants, learning a variety of styles (swing, jazz, rock, pop), microphone technique for vocal percussion, and the use of throat microphones. Notation for vocal percussion will also be addressed. Sponsored by the A Cappella Education Association.
 
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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 Industry and Institutional members only.
 
Space in the both the Program Book (the February issue of the Choral Journal) and the exhibit hall is limited, and will sell fast, so do not put this off.
 
You can LEARN MORE and APPLY online.  Contact Chris Lawrence (lawrence@acda.org) with any questions.
The fall issue of ChorTeach (ACDA's online magazine for choral directors at all levels) is online.  This latest installment includes:
 
     "Having a Vision - A Question of Sanity?" (Meharg)
     "Recruiting, Training, and Mentoring Choral Music Educators to Make a Difference"  (Aamot)
     "Starting a Youth Choir in Your Church" (Zemek)
     "CPDL (Choral Public Domain Library) - A Gold Mine for Choral Directors" (Sickel)
     "Sabbath Rest for Choral Directors" "Benson"
The 2015 ACDA National Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah will feature the interest session:
CHORAL GEMS IN THE MUSICAL THEATRE CANON THAT FIT YOUR PROGRAM (William Sauerland & Brandon Adams, clinicians)
 
There is a treasure chest of choral gems in the musical theatre canon that remain fairly unknown. This session will highlight some off-the-beaten-path musical scores by musical greats such as Gershwin, Previn, and Kern that are appropriate for student singers. We will also present a rubric that can be used as a tool for you to look deeper into your program to assess quantitatively and qualitatively which musical score may be your optimum fit. The repertoire covered is viable for fully staged, semi-staged, or concert formats and is appropriate for junior high, high school, college, and university programs.
 
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Appearing in concert during the 2015 ACDA National Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah:
MILLER MIDDLE SCHOOL ADVANCED CHOIR
 
Established in 2002 under the direction of Anthony E. Arnold, the Miller Choral Music Department is a group of young men and women dedicated to the principle of excellence, striving to do the right thing all the time. Since 2005, the Advanced Choir of the Miller Choral Music Department has not scored any less than unanimous superior ratings at any choral festival they have attended. Highlights include a June 2014 Spotlight Performance  at Carnegie Hall for the Choirs of America Invitational Choral Festival; 2013 First Place, Highest Scoring, and Best Overall Middle School Choral Group at the Heritage Presidential Inauguration Festival in Washington DC; 2012 Gold Award and second-place finish in the Open Division Mixed Choir Category at the 7th World Choir Games in Cincinnati, Ohio.
 
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In an effort to better understand the current financial condition of those in the choral music profession, we are in the process of soliciting information from choral conductors in the United States and Canada though the Choral Conductor Salary Survey.
 
This study, produced with the support of the American Choral Directors Association, is designed to examine full-time and part-time conductor compensation from geographical, demographic, and professional perspectives.
 
The survey is completely anonymous and confidential.  The results of the study will be submitted for publication consideration to the Choral Journal and will be made publically available to those in the choral profession.
 
Appearing in concert during the 2015 ACDA National Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah:
VOCES8
 
Voces8 is one of the most exciting and versatile vocal groups in the world. Performance venues include the Wigmore Hall and Royal Festival Hall in London, Mariinsky Theatre St Petersburg, Tokyo Opera City, Tel Aviv Opera House, National Concert Hall Taipei, Cite de la Musique Paris, Dijon Opera House, National Centre for the Performing Arts Beijing, and Shanghai Concert Hall. The group records for Decca Classics and publishes with Edition Peters. Their London home is the Gresham Centre, forming the hub of their celebrated education work.
 
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The 2015 ACDA National Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah will feature the interest session:
SING GYPSY MUSIC: REPERTOIRE OF GYPSY CHOIRS IN UKRANE AND RUSSIA (Jeffrey Buettner, clinician)
 
This session explores the music of Romani (Gypsy) Choirs of Ukraine and Russia from folk tradition to professional ensemble to discover the artistic value, gratifying performance experience, and pedagogical applications of Romani music. Elements of vocal production, performance intensity, improvisation, and theater will be presented, and the audience will sing examples from the repertoire. The intensity, drama, expressiveness, and excitement of Romani music are made accessible through simple arrangements in common modern notation. Appreciating the beauty of the musical tradition of Roma can have a positive effect on how the people are perceived
 
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The 2015 ACDA National Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah will feature the interest session:
BUILDING A BEAUTIFUL SOUND WITH TENORS (Stephen Sieck, clinician)
 
Oh, those poor tenors! So much of the music we sing is written with the capabilities of professional adult tenors in mind, but tenors between twelve and twenty-two years are still working things out. In this session, Stephen Sieck brings his expertise as a professional tenor and conductor to help us look at what’s going on with tenors’ voices—e.g., why they tend to reach for high notes or break into falsetto. We’ll develop some voice-building activities to give your tenors the warmth and range you and they want.
 
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