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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 publication’s editorial team.  Naturally, the survey is anonymous.
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 encourage score preparation and advancement of conducting and rehearsal skills; and to promote student activity at the ACDA National Convention.
These cash prizes are awarded to the winners of the final round of the conducting awards:
     First Prize, Graduate Level: $1000
     Second Prize, Graduate Level: $500
     First Prize, Undergraduate Level: $500 Second Prize, Undergraduate Level: $250
In addition, the sixteen semi-finalists (up to eight undergraduate and eight graduate) each receive complimentary registration to attend the 2015 National Conference.  The event is sponsored by Manhattan Concert Productions.
LEARN MORE about the student conducting competition and then APPLY. Application deadline is October 31.
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 ( with any questions.
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 a poster describing their research and to be available during the presentation session to discuss their work with interested conference attendees.
LEARN MORE and APPLY today.  The deadline for applications is September 30.
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 important to you – all free to you.
  • Let opportunity find you – without even trying. Post your resume/curriculum vita anonymously (you can even upload your information from LinkedIn). Your candidate profile allows employers and recruiters to review your credentials, experience, and career objectives. If they are interested in further discussing an opportunity with you they request contact information. Releasing that information is completely up to you based upon your interest in the job.
Do you have a position to post?
  •  You can easily post open positions and search the resume bank.
  • Post your position before August 24 and receive 50% off a 60-day listing. Just use the coupon code ChoralNetUsers14.
Visit the ACDA Career Center from and access the best way to find new positions in the choral field!
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 available to anyone - ACDA member and non-member alike - through the ACDA website.
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 conference of the American Choral Directors Association.
     The application and guidelines for the Student Composition Competition Application are available online. 
The deadline for application is October 1, 2014.
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 a complete list of these important dates related to the upcomng 2015 ACDA National Conference:
Honor Choir applications:  September 1-30
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Poster Session application deadline:  September 30
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Registration begins:  October 1
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Student Composition Contest Applications due:  October 1
     [Learn More]          [Apply]
Conducting Masterclass Applications due:  October 1
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Student Conducting Competition applications due:  October 31
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Program Book advertising reservation deadline:  November 3
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Exhibit reservation deadline:  November 3
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Industry Showcase reservations due:  December 5
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Early Registration ends:  January 21
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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 Colonial Choral Music (Grases)
   “Choral Music of Resistance and Resilience (Dekaney)
    . . . and MUCH more
The September issue will be in members' mailboxes soon, buy why wait for the postal service?  Read the Choral Journal online today.
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
BYU Women's Chorus
California State University Long Beach Pacific Standard Time
Central Washington University Vocal Jazz 1
Choral Arts (Seattle)
Concordia Singers
Cypress Falls High School Varsity Women
Desert Chorale
Dreyfoos School of the Arts Singers
Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir
Iowa State Singers
Kettering Fairmont High School Eleventh Hour
King's Singers
Metropolitan Chorus of Tokyo
Miller Middle School Advanced Choir
Milwaukee High School of the Arts Vocal Jazz Ensemble
Mira Costa High School Vocal Ensemble
Mormon Tabernacle Choir
Muungano Nationa Choir of Kenya
National Youth Choir of Great Britain
Real Group
Roanoke Valley Children's Choir
Salt Lake Vocal Artists
Sine Nomine
Singing Girls of Texas Training Choir
South Dakota Chorale
Spivey Hall Children's Choir
St. Mary's Int'l. School Varsity Male Ensemble
Tour Choir of the Maryland State Boychoir
University of Kentucky Men's Chorus
University of Michigan Men's Glee Club
University of North Texas Jazz Singers
USC Thornton Chamber Singers
Utah State University Chamber Singers
Utah Symphony and Utah Singers
Vocal Jazz Ensemble  American River College
Waukee High School A Cappella Choir
West Ridge Varsity Treble Choir
Plan now to attend the 2015 National Conference.  Registration begins October 1.
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 series are ON SALE for just FIVE DOLLARS each (plus shipping).  You will loving adding these titles to your library:
Ho Ho Ho!  Don’t miss out.  Visit the ACDA Store today!
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 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 host fourteen choral conductors from Sweden who will travel to the United States to be official guests in each of the seven divisions and at the National Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah. In turn, the Swedish Choral Directors Association (SCDA) will host fourteen U.S. conductors to be official guests at the Scandinavian Choral Convention in Stockholm, Sweden, in October 2015.
ICEP Application Deadline: July 11, 2014.
To apply online go HERE
Or visit the ICEP Choralnet Community at
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): Composer, Teacher, Friend” (multiple)
     “August 4, 1964: 50 Years Later” (Swanson)
     “Developing Improvisation Skill and the Confidence to Teach It” (Ward-Steinman)
     “William Levi Dawson's Life in Speeches, Letters, and Writings” (Huff)
    . . . and MUCH more
The August issue will be in members' mailboxes soon, buy why wait for the postal service?  Read the Choral Journal online today.
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 start listening to the world’s best choral performances.
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 Western divisions.  This addition adds performances of 805 separate choral works to the ACDA collection.
The recordings in the ACDA Archive are an irreplaceable resource that are used almost daily by those studying such elements as repertoire, performance practice and programming trends.  These resources are play a critical role in ACDA’s ongoing educational efforts.
ACDA extends its gratitude to Soundwaves for this gracious gift.
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 almost daily by those studying such elements as repertoire, performance practice and programming trends.  These resources are play a critical role in ACDA’s ongoing educational efforts.
ACDA extends its gratitude to Via Media for this gracious gift.
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 Repertoire & Standards (R&S) Committees provide support, vision, and resources for every major area of choral work. Committees play an important role in serving their respective choral genres.
     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 meetings.  During their visit to Utah, they also had the chance to see some of the venues planned for the 2015 National Conference.
       The attendees at the 2014 ACDA Leadership Conference included state & divisional presidents and presidents-elect, the Choral Journal Editorial Board, the Research & Publications Committee, the Education Technology Committee, the National Board of Directors, and the Executive Committee.
       “There was great, positive energy for everything that was discussed throughout the weekend,” said Karen Fulmer, ACDA’s National President.  “The interactions between people were incredibly upbeat as they thought of creative ways to apply ACDA’s programs in their states and divisions.  We have outstanding leaders who are engaged and willing to lead.”
       Leadership opportunities in the American Choral Directors Association are available to any Active or Life member, and include both elective and appointive offices.  LEARN MORE about ACDA governance and leadership positions.
       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 (on the right in the accompanying photo).  Taylor Jack is a senior vocal performance major at the University of Tulsa.  He is actively conducting on campus, both as the assistant conductor for the choirs at TU and as the music director for the Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia chapter. This Oklahoma native is looking forward to pursuing a master’s degree next spring upon graduation.
       Lucas B. Ensign (on the left in the accompanying photo) is enjoying his first summer in Oklahoma City.  He has just completed his senior year at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, and will student teach in the fall.  The Illinois native is also an accomplished pianist who “played for everything at Platteville.”  Beyond music, Luke has earned the rank of Eagle Scout.
       ACDA is delighted to have these two fine gentlemen on our “campus” for the summer.