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The National Office of the American Choral Directors Association has closed for the 2014 Easter weekend. The office will re-open at 8:00 a.m., Monday, April 21.
Get more information HERE.
It's time to vist the ACDA website to take the poll of the week!  This week's question pertains to the salary paid to your rehearsal pianiost.  TAKE THE POLL.
The American Choral Directors Association is currently seeking choral performance applications for the 2015 ACDA National Conference, scheduled for February 25-28 in Salt Lake City.
 
 
The deadline for application is April 30.
The choir from Lawrence (Kansas) High School (Dwayne Dunn, condictor) paid a visit to the McMahon International Choral Music Museum on March 19 as a part of their 2014 performance tour.  The choir's 115 singers filled the Museum to overflowing with sound.
 
This performance was the latest in the ACDA Visiting Choir Series.  Other recent choral performers have included the Nordic Choir from Luther College (Iowa), the Schola Cantorum from Houston Baptist University, the Baylor University A Cappella Choir, the Concert Choir from William Jewel College, and the Young Choirs of Central Oklahoma.
 
If your choir would like to sing in the McMahon Museum as a part of the Visiting Choir Series, contact Scott Dorsey at dorsey@acda.org.
 
The American Choral Directors Association and the Jazz Education Network (Highland Park, Illinois) have entered into a partnership to share resources and information for the furtherance of the vocal jazz genre of the choral art.
 
“The partnership of ACDA and JEN makes perfect sense for the advancement of the art of vocal jazz. I am so grateful to the leaders of both entities, and to all the forward thinkers in making this alliance a reality,” said Patrice Madura Ward-Steinman, ACDA's National R&S Chair for Vocal Jazz. “There is no doubt in my mind that this artistic relationship of mutual promotion and shared resources will benefit both groups enormously.”
       The American Choral Directors Association is pleased to announce that the Choral Journal  has been released in the JSTOR archive as part of the Arts & Sciences XI Collection.
       JSTOR recently introduced a new initiative as part of our ongoing efforts to make access more widely available, specifically to independent scholars, in ways that are consistent with our publisher partners’ interests.
        The Register & Read Program (R&R) provides free, read-only access to independent scholars with MyJSTOR accounts. Through this program, we aim to share strategic information about usage behavior with publishers to reach a larger audience.
        JPASS is a monthly or annual subscription option for unaffiliated scholars and independent researchers. JPASS subscribers have unlimited read-only access to the JPASS collection and limited PDF downloads based on their subscription model.
        LEARN MORE about JSTOR.
THE APPLICATION DEADLINE IS LOOMING!
 
ACDA is currently seeking interest session applications for the 2015 National Conference in Salt Lake City (February 24-March 1, 2015).  If you have ever dreamed of sharing your choral experience at an ACDA national conference, this is the opportunity.
 
Download the Call for Interest Session Proposals.  The application deadline is THIS SUNDAY, MARCH 30.
The May issue of the Choral Journal is now available at the ACDA website.  The issue includes such articles as:
 
     “Enriching the Choral Singer's Experience through Text Narrative Exploration” (Silvey)
     “Icon in Sound: An Interview with Sir John Tavener” (Pysh)
     “Developing Critical Thinking Skills with Adolescent Singers” (Garrett)
     “Choral Directors Are from Mars and Voice Teachers are from Venus”
           (Hansen, Henderson, McCoy, Simonson, and Smith)
     “Finland's YL Male Voice Choir: An Interview with Conductor Pasi Hyokki” (Palant)
 
    . . . and MUCH more
 
The May issue will be in members' mailboxes soon, buy why wait for the postal service?  Read the Choral Journal online today.
The Schola Cantorun from Houston Baptist University (John Yarrington, condictor) paid a visit to the McMahon International Choral Music Museum on March 18 to share part of their 2014 tour repertoire.  The Schola Cantorum's concert tour will include a performance at the ACDA Southwestern Division Conference n Little Rock, Arkansas.
 
This performance was the latest in the ACDA Visiting Choir Series.  Other recent choral performers have included the Nordic Choir from Luther College (Iowa) the Baylor University A Cappella Choir, the Concert Choir from William Jewel College, and the Young Choirs of Central Oklahoma.
 
If your choir would like to sing in the McMahon Museum as a part of the Visiting Choir Series, contact Scott Dorsey at dorsey@acda.org.
 
The 2014 ACDA Southwestern Division Conference will take place THIS WEEK in Little Rock, Arkansas.  On-site registration will be available.  Preview the conference in the January issue of the Choral Journal.
The 2014 ACDA North Central Division Conference will take place THIS WEEK in Des Moines, Iowa.  On-site registration will be available.  Preview the conference in the January issue of the Choral Journal.
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:
Or visit the ICEP Choralnet Community at http://choralnet.org/home/280632
During the 2014 North Central Division Conference, ACDA will present . . .
 
CANTUS
 
       Acclaimed as “the premier men’s vocal ensemble in the United States” (Fanfare), Cantus is known for its trademark warmth and blend and its engaging performances of music ranging from the Renaissance to the twenty-first century. Cantus performs more than seventy concerts each year both in national and international touring, as well as in its home of Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota. As one of the nation’s few full-time men’s ensembles, Cantus has grown in prominence with its distinctive approach to creating music. Working without a conductor, the members of Cantus rehearse and perform as chamber musicians, each contributing to the entirety of the artistic process.  Cantus has a rich history of collaborations with other performing arts organizations. Cantus is the recipient of numerous awards, including Chorus America’s highest honor, the Margaret Hillis Award for Choral Excellence (2009), as well as Chorus America’s Education Outreach Award (2011). Cantus was also the 2010-2011 artist in residence on Minnesota Public Radio and American Public Media’s Performance Today.
 
The ACDA North Central Division Conference will take place March 18-22, 2014, in Des Moines, Iowa.  You can register NOW.
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.   Projects are eligible if they comprise the principal research component of the degree requirements, whether the institution defines the project as a “dissertation,” “document,” “thesis,” or “treatise,” etc.  
 
When a dissertation may be nominated:
                The prize name indicates the year in which the relevant doctoral degree was conferred.
                Dissertations must be nominated in the calendar year following the year in which the degree was conferred.
                The prize is awarded in the calendar year following the year of nomination. 
 
The award:
The winner will be awarded a $1000.00 cash prize and a plaque.  The committee reserves the right to award two prizes or no prizes in any given year.
 
Nomination Requirements and Procedure:
1. An institution may submit only one document for that year’s prize.  In the event that there are two nominations of equal merit from one school, the letter from the Dean, Director or Chair of the music school (described below) must justify the additional nomination.
The submitting faculty member, institution and/or the writer must be currently a member of ACDA in good standing.
 
2. To nominate a dissertation send, by US mail:
                A)   A signed letter from the Dean, Director or Chair of the music school recommending that the dissertation be considered for the Herford prize.  (Letters from the Chair of the Choral area are not acceptable.)  The letter must include the following information:
                                the name of the student
                                the year in which that student’s degree was granted
                                the full title of the dissertation
                B)   An abstract of the dissertation, from which any material identifying the student or institution has been removed.
                C)   An unbound copy of the dissertation (it may be double-sided). Excepting the title page, any material that identifies the student or the institution must be excised from the document before it is submitted.
                D)  The full name, title and contact information for the faculty member making the submission and the
                full name, current position(s) and contact information for the dissertation’s author (USPS address, email address and phone number(s)).
 
3. The dissertation and accompanying materials must be received at the national office (address below) by the date announced below (and in the Choral Journal and on the website).  Faxed material will not be accepted.
 
4. All materials must be submitted together in one envelope.
 
If one or more of these requirements is not met, the dissertation will be eliminated from consideration. 
 
Nominations for the 2013 Julius Herford Dissertation Prize must be received between Jan 1 and June 1, 2014. 
Note that this deadline is earlier than in previous years.
 
Mail applications to:
Craig Gregory

ACDA National Office

545 Couch Drive

Oklahoma City, OK 73102-2207
phone: 405/232-8161-5328;
e-mail: gregory@acda.org
During the 2014 Southwestern Division Conference, ACDA will present . . .
 
MARY HARDIN-BAYLOR CONCERT CHOIR
 
The Concert Choir is the premiere choral ensemble at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor. Open to all 3,400 students by audition, membership comprises undergraduates from a variety of disciplines, including music, Christian studies, nursing, business, sociology, and psychology. As ambassadors for the college, they perform literature from all historical periods with special emphasis on the great unaccompanied tradition. Annual concert tours have taken the choir from coast to coast. Under the direction of Michelle Roueché, this marks the ensemble’s first appearance at an ACDA conference.
 
The ACDA Southwestern Division Conference will take place March 19-22, 2014, in Little Rock, Arkansas.  You can register NOW.
During the 2014 North Central Division Conference, ACDA will present . . .
 
LAKE EFFECT
 
Lake Effect is one of two vocal jazz ensembles at the University of Minnesota-Duluth (UMD), where there are twelve thousand students enrolled in the University’s undergraduate, graduate, and professional schools. The UMD music department consists of 185 music majors and over 500 enrolled in performing ensembles. Lake Effect is an auditioned vocal jazz ensemble comprised of sixteen singers representing a variety of majors/minors and is accompanied by a four-piece rhythm section and four horns. Lake Effect maintains an active performing schedule, including campus concerts, community functions, vocal jazz festivals, and UMD athletic events. In spring 2006, Lake Effect was selected as a winner in the collegiate vocal jazz category of DownBeat magazine’s student music awards. That same year, Lake Effect was selected to perform at the Minnesota ACDA State Convention and the Minnesota MEA Conference. They also performed at the 2008 North Central ACDA Division Conference in Fargo, North Dakota. In 2010, Lake Effect released their first CD, Lake Effect Live! and represented American vocal jazz at the twenty-ninth World Conference of the International Society of Music Education in Beijing.
 
The ACDA North Central Division Conference will take place March 18-22, 2014, in Des Moines, Iowa.  You can register NOW.
During the 2014 Southwestern Division Conference, ACDA will present . . .
 
NORMAN NORTH CHORALE WOMEN
 
The Norman North Chorale Women have established a tradition of musical excellence and national recognition in its fifteen years under the direction of Tony Gonzalez. It has earned fifteen consecutive State Sweepstakes Awards, won major festivals in Dallas, San Antonio, Houston, New Orleans, Chicago, San Diego, Washington DC, New York City, and at Festival Disney. The Women of Chorale have made a record seven appearances as an OMEA Honor Choir. This is their first appearance as a performing choir at a Southwestern ACDA Division Conference.
 
The ACDA Southwestern Division Conference will take place March 19-22, 2014, in Little Rock, Arkansas.  You can register NOW.
The 2014 ACDA Northwestern Division Conference will take place THIS WEEK in Seattle, Washington.  On-site registration will be available.  Preview the conference in the January issue of the Choral Journal.
During the 2014 Northwestern Division Conference, ACDA will present . . .
 
ELEKTRA
 
With a mandate to inspire and lead in the choral art form through excellence in performance and through the creation, exploration, and celebration of women’s repertoire, Vancouver’s ElektraWomen’s Choir has long held a leadership role in the international classical women’s choir movement. The choir is known for its adventurous programming, seeking out music written specifically for women, and frequently commissioning new works. Elektra is a multiplefirst-place winner in Canada’s national choral competition for women’s and contemporary repertoire. Elektra has commissioned nearly sixty compositions and arrangements in itstwenty-six-year history. Through eleven recordings the choir has become a valuedresource for conductors the world over looking to program the best of Canadian and international repertoire for treble voices In addition to its concert season of three unique productions, outreach programs for young singers and conductors are a priority for Elektra.
 
The ACDA Northwestern Division Conference will take place March 12-15, 2014, in Seattle, Washington.  You can register NOW.