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Tennessee's Union University Singers (Christopher Mathews, conductor) paid a visit to the McMahon International Choral Music Museum on March 27, to share part of their 2015 tour repertoire.  The Union University Singers' concert tour will include performance throughout the southwestern United States.
 
This performance was the latest in the ACDA Visiting Choir Series.  The series features casual concerts in the McMahon Museum (located in the association’s national office building) by touring choirs that visit the Oklahoma City area as a part of their tour itinerary.
 
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.
 
 
 
 
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As anyone who was present in the halls can attest, the concerts offered during the 2015 ACDA national conference were nothing short of stupendous.
 
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The American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) is pleased to announce the 2016 International Conductors Exchange Program (ICEP) with South Korea. 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 2016, ACDA will host fourteen choral conductors from South Korea who will travel to the United States to be official guests in each of the seven divisions. In turn, the Swedish Choral Directors Association (SCDA) will host fourteen U.S. conductors to be official guests in the summer of 2016.
 
ICEP Application Deadline: July 10, 2015.
 
To apply online go HERE
Or visit the ICEP Choralnet Community at http://choralnet.org/home/280632
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Here are two of the choral conductors who have been selected to participate in the 2015 ACDA International Conductors Exchange Program (ICEP).
If you are interested in learning more about the International Conductors Exchange Program or how to become involved with the conductor exchange in 2015, please contact your ICEP division liaison. Please consider joining our ICEP Group on Facebook or the ICEP Choralnet Community for the latest news and information about the upcoming exchange with South America in 2016 and South Korea in 2017.
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 2014 Julius Herford Dissertation Prize must be received between Jan 1 and June 1, 2015. 
 
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
The schedule for the Second National Symposium on American Choral Music: Searching for a Latin American Choral Musical Style has been released.
 
DOWNLOAD the schedule or LEARN MORE about the Symposium today.
Here are two of the choral conductors who have been selected to participate in the 2015 ACDA International Conductors Exchange Program (ICEP).
If you are interested in learning more about the International Conductors Exchange Program or how to become involved with the conductor exchange in 2015, please contact your ICEP division liaison. Please consider joining our ICEP Group on Facebook or the ICEP Choralnet Community for the latest news and information about the upcoming exchange with South America in 2016 and South Korea in 2017.
Here are two of the choral conductors who have been selected to participate in the 2015 ACDA International Conductors Exchange Program (ICEP).
If you are interested in learning more about the International Conductors Exchange Program or how to become involved with the conductor exchange in 2015, please contact your ICEP division liaison. Please consider joining our ICEP Group on Facebook or the ICEP Choralnet Community for the latest news and information about the upcoming exchange with South America in 2016 and South Korea in 2017.
Here are two of the choral conductors who have been selected to participate in the 2015 ACDA International Conductors Exchange Program (ICEP).
If you are interested in learning more about the International Conductors Exchange Program or how to become involved with the conductor exchange in 2015, please contact your ICEP division liaison. Please consider joining our ICEP Group on Facebook or the ICEP Choralnet Community for the latest news and information about the upcoming exchange with South America in 2016 and South Korea in 2017.
Here are two of the choral conductors who have been selected to participate in the 2015 ACDA International Conductors Exchange Program (ICEP).
If you are interested in learning more about the International Conductors Exchange Program or how to become involved with the conductor exchange in 2015, please contact your ICEP division liaison. Please consider joining our ICEP Group on Facebook or the ICEP Choralnet Community for the latest news and information about the upcoming exchange with South America in 2016 and South Korea in 2017.
Here are two of the choral conductors who have been selected to participate in the 2015 ACDA International Conductors Exchange Program (ICEP).
 
If you are interested in learning more about the International Conductors Exchange Program or how to become involved with the conductor exchange in 2015, please contact your ICEP division liaison. Please consider joining our ICEP Group on Facebook or the ICEP Choralnet Community for the latest news and information about the upcoming exchange with South America in 2016 and South Korea in 2017.
The April issue of the Choral Journal is now available at the ACDA website.  The issue includes such articles as:
 
   <> Exploring the Science of Ensemble: Gestures, Emotion, and Collaboration in Choral Music Making (Seighman)
   <> Monkey See, Monkey Do: The Choral Conductor and the Mirror Neuron System (Pietilainen-Caffrey)
   <> Effective Conducting in the Choral Classroom: An Interview with Rodney Eichenberger by Adam Con
   <> Working with Operatic Soloists in the Ensemble (Henderson)
   <> A Theory of Multiple Intelligences: Working with the Adolescent Brain/Voice (Blue)
   <> Helping Singers Learn: Why Teach Words First (Rafe)
    . . . and MUCH more
 
The April issue will be in members' mailboxes soon, buy why wait for the postal service?  Read the Choral Journal online today.
The 2015 ACDA National Conference is in full swing here in Salt Lake City.  The city is overrun with happy choral directors all having a wonderful time hearing astonishing ensemble performances, taking part in stimulating interest sessions, reading new literature, all while seeing friends old and new.
 
For those who can't be in Utah, ACDA is providing a daily blog to keep you abreast of the happenings during the 2015 National Conference.  Members of the Ithaca College Student Chapter are fanning out through the various performance venues to provide us with a running commentary on the choral happenings in Salt Lake City.
 
READ the Blog
 
The ACDA National Conference opens TODAY in Salt Lake City! If you can’t be with us, you can easily follow the action on the Conference Blog!
 
Plan NOW to attend your 2016 Divisional Conference!
 
Appearing in concert during the 2015 ACDA National Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah:
PACIFIC STANDARD TIME (California State University Long Beach)
 
Pacific Standard Time is the top vocal jazz ensemble at California State University Long Beach, Bob Cole Conservatory of Music. They have had the honor of performing at the JEN Conference, the IAJE Conference, national and divisional ACDA conferences, and multiple California State conferences. They have also performed at the New York Voices Jazz Festival, Los Angeles Jazz Festival, the Newport Beach Jazz Party, and the West Coast Jazz Party. Pacific Standard Time has won the Collegiate Vocal Jazz Ensemble category at the Monterey Next Generation Jazz Festival all three times they have competed. They have also received numerous DownBeat Magazine Student Music Awards: Outstanding Performance in 2010 and winners of the Collegiate Graduate Vocal Jazz Ensemble category 2011 through 2014.
 
LEARN MORE about the 2015 ACDA National Conference and REGISTER today.
The 2015 ACDA National Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah will feature the interest session:
OLÉ ACDA A SNEAK PREVIEW OF ACDA’S SECOND NATIONAL SYMPOSIUM IN AMERICAN CHORAL MUSIC: THE MUSIC OF LATIN AMERICA (John Silantien, clinician)
 
ACDA’s Second National Symposium on American Choral Music will be held June 12–13, 2015, in Austin, Texas. It will focus on Latin American choral music of the colonial and modern periods, featuring some of the leading composers, scholars, and conductors in that field. This session will highlight the headliners, ensembles, and workshops to be featured at the Symposium, including several devoted to Latin American drumming.
 
LEARN MORE about the 2015 ACDA National Conference and REGISTER today.