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Hosted by the American Choral Directors Association and Organización America Cantat, in conjunction with the Ministry of Tourism of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas, America Cantat is an international, non-competitive, cultural immersion choir festival.
 
The event is designed for all levels and ages of choral singers.  Participants can include entire choirs, portions of ensembles, or individual choristers (called a "Come Solo!" participant).  In addition to the Bahamas’ typically sunny weather and equally warm hospitality, those attending America Cantat 8 will also enjoy world-class clinicians and choirs in residence throughout the festival.
 
America Cantat 8 is scheduled for August 21-31, 2016 in Nassau, Bahamas at Atlantis Paradise Island and various Nassau venues.
 
LEARN MORE about America Cantat 8 and then REGISTER for this event.  You can also read a recent Choral Journal article on the history of the America Cantat program.
 
PSSSST!  Super-Secret Hint:  There is also a SPECIAL PROMOTION for the first 500 registrants!
 
The Second National Symposium on American Choral Music: Searching for a Latin American Choral Musical Style will feature the interest session:  “Hogwarts House Rules and the Cathedral Choir of Mexico City” (Jorge Adan Torres, presenter) 
 
Could the popular Harry Potter series unintentionally reveal elements about the daily lives of 16th-century Mexican choristers? Both groups were subject to an arbitrarily implemented point system based upon their behavior.  Points in the Harry Potter series determined the House Cup winner, but their use in Mexico is not clear.
 
The pre-registration deadline has been extended to Monday, June 1.  Register now to enjoy this exciting event!
 
DOWNLOAD the schedule or LEARN MORE about the Symposium.
Interested in participating in American Cantat 8?  Be one of the first 500 active participants to register and receive a special package that includes:
 
     > $50 off the regular registration fee
     > Early access to workshop selections
 
Conductors who register their choir as part of this offer will receive:
 
     > Invitation to an exclusive VIP reception
     > Free membership in ACDA for one year
 
America Cantat 8 takes place August 21-31, 2016 in Nassau, Bahamas at Atlantis Paradise Island and various Nassau venues.
 
LEARN MORE about America Cantat 8 and then REGISTER for this event.  You can also read a recent Choral Journal article on the history of the America Cantat program.
The Second National Symposium on American Choral Music: Searching for a Latin American Choral Musical Style will feature the interest session:  “Intention and Performance in Modesta Bor’s Choral Music: Twentieth-Century Venezuelan Musical Nationalism” (Susan Medley and Antonio Fermin:, presenters) 
 
This poster presentation will explore the confluence of elements, both cultural and musical, that gave impetus to a nationalistic style in Venezuelan composer Modesta Bor’s choral works. It will also examine Bor’s musical and academic trajectory as means to arrive at a better understanding of the composer’s intentions in performance.
 
The pre-registration deadline has been extended to Monday, June 1.  Register now to enjoy this exciting event!
 
DOWNLOAD the schedule or LEARN MORE about the Symposium.
Ready . . . Set . . . REGISTER!
 
Hosted by the American Choral Directors Association and Organización America Cantat, in conjunction with the Ministry of Tourism of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas, America Cantat is an international, non-competitive, cultural immersion choir festival.
 
The event is scheduled for August 21-31, 2016 in Nassau, Bahamas at Atlantis Paradise Island and various Nassau venues.
 
LEARN MORE about America Cantat 8, and then REGISTER for this event.
The Second National Symposium on American Choral Music: Searching for a Latin American Choral Musical Style will feature the interest session:  “José Maurício Nunes-Garcia’s Requiem: A Reflection of his Admiration for Mozart” (David McConnell:, presenter) 
 
José Maurício Nunes Garcia (1767-1830), a key figure in the music of Brazil’s colonial period, is still in need of serious scholarly study. This poster provides a biographical sketch of Nunes Garcia, including a discussion of how he came to know music from the European tradition. Additionally, Nunes Garcia’s Requiem is discussed and compared with Mozart’s more famous setting. The presentation offers attendees side-by-side examples that reveal the striking similarities between the two works.    
 
The pre-registration deadline has been extended to Monday, June 1.  Register now to enjoy this exciting event!
 
DOWNLOAD the schedule or LEARN MORE about the Symposium.
The deadline to pre-register for the  Second National Symposium on American Choral Music: Searching for a Latin American Choral Musical Style has been extended to Monday, June 1.
 
Register now to enjoy this exciting event!
 
DOWNLOAD the schedule or LEARN MORE about the Symposium.
The Second National Symposium on American Choral Music: Searching for a Latin American Choral Musical Style will feature the interest session:  Songs of Cifar and the Sweet Sea, Composed by Gabriela Lena Frank with Poetry by Pablo Antonio Cuadra: A New Major Work for Chorus, Soloists, and Two Pianos” (Jennifer Kelly:, presenter) 
 
The presentation will introduce a new major work: Songs of Cifar and the Sweet Sea, by Gabriela Lena Frank. It will explore the work’s cultural connections with Nicaraguan and Peruvian/Andean inspirations as realized by soloists, large chorus, and two pianos, as well as the performance practicalities and possible interdisciplinary collaborations exploring poetry, language, culture, intention, and creative process.
 
The pre-registration deadline has been extended to Monday, June 1.  Register now to enjoy this exciting event!
 
DOWNLOAD the schedule or LEARN MORE about the Symposium.
The Second National Symposium on American Choral Music: Searching for a Latin American Choral Musical Style will feature the interest session:  “Exploring the Experimental, Virtuosic, Avant-Garde, Contemporary Choral Music of Latin America” (Carolina Gamboa Hoyos:, presenter) 
 
This project will experimental and avant-garde choral repertoire by Latin American composers since 1960 (virtuosic pieces for soloistic ensembles; experimental, conceptual, and graphic pieces; repertoire for choir and media; and inter-disciplinary pieces). It will include a general survey of the field; specific pieces; the archives and sources; the REVCLA online database; and an upcoming anthology of repertoire.
 
The pre-registration deadline has been extended to Monday, June 1.  Register now to enjoy this exciting event!
 
DOWNLOAD the schedule or LEARN MORE about the Symposium.
The Second National Symposium on American Choral Music: Searching for a Latin American Choral Musical Style will feature the interest session:  “The Choral Music of Carlos Guastavino: a Selected Examination of Published Music and Archival Materials” (Galen Darrough, presenter) 
 
The choral music of Carlos Guastavino (1912-2000), one of the foremost Argentine composers of the 20th century, is known throughout his homeland. This presentation will include a biographical overview, representative works outside of choral music, octavos available in the US with a brief analysis of those octavos, and an examination of selected unpublished works.
 
The pre-registration deadline has been extended to Monday, June 1.  Register now to enjoy this exciting event!
 
DOWNLOAD the schedule or LEARN MORE about the Symposium.
The Second National Symposium on American Choral Music: Searching for a Latin American Choral Musical Style will feature the interest session:  “Two Choral Music Settings of the Poetry of Manuel Bandeira: Cussarum  Em 2 Tempos (Jose Vieira Brandão) and Belo, Belo (Ronaldo Miranda)” (Lisa A. Billingham, presenter) 
 
This poster will discuss the settings of three poems of  Manuel Bandeira, analyzing and translating the poetry and an analysis of the compositional style of J. Vieira Brandão and Ronaldo Miranda from a historical perspective. An analysis of the poetry chosen will be translated for a potential future critical edition.
 
The pre-registration deadline has been extended to Monday, June 1.  Register now to enjoy this exciting event!
 
DOWNLOAD the schedule or LEARN MORE about the Symposium.
The Second National Symposium on American Choral Music: Searching for a Latin American Choral Musical Style will feature the interest session:  “Technique and Expression: An Exploration of the Style of Roberto Caamaño Through his a cappella Choral Output” (Martín Benvenuto, presenter) 
 
Largely unknown outside his country, Roberto Caamaño (1923-1993) was one of the most outstanding Argentinean musicians of his generation. His a cappella output displays command of technique and facility of expression. This presentation will provide a survey and a performer-friendly analysis of six works, including unpublished material.
 
The pre-registration deadline has been extended to Monday, June 1.  Register now to enjoy this exciting event!
 
DOWNLOAD the schedule or LEARN MORE about the Symposium.
The Second National Symposium on American Choral Music: Searching for a Latin American Choral Musical Style will feature the interest session:  “Cosmopolitanism in the Sacred Repertoire of 19th Century Guatemala: Insights from the Responsory Libera Me by Benedicto Saenz, Sr.” (Andrés R. Amado, presenter) 
 
As this symposium contemplates the search of a “Latin American sound” I propose the study of the Libera Me Responsory for choir and orchestra by Guatemalan composer Benedicto Saenz (17??-1831). The piece was composed at a significant moment near the turn of the 19th century: a time when Central America began to contemplate independence from Spain and issues of national identity began to surface in local discourse. The musical style of the Libera Me raises questions regarding what a Central American musical style might have meant at the time of its composition and performance and allows us to examine the historical validity of contemporary notions of musical nationalism in Guatemala and Latin America more generally. I argue that Western-European cosmopolitanism, at best tangentially addressed in many historical narratives of music, constitutes a significant component of the cultural heritage of the Americas. This presentation is a first attempt at drawing inferences from the function and style of this piece (which I discovered and began transcribing), situating it in its historical contexts, and suggesting ways in which it may informed a more nuanced understanding of Latin American Musical styles. The presentation also suggests ways in which the piece may be including in contemporary performance and curricula.
 
The pre-registration deadline has been extended to Monday, June 1.  Register now to enjoy this exciting event!
 
DOWNLOAD the schedule or LEARN MORE about the Symposium.
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
The Second National Symposium on American Choral Music: Searching for a Latin American Choral Musical Style will feature the interest session:  “A Pedagogy for Conducting Vernacular Music of Spanish Latin America” (Ana Alvarez, presenter)
 
This presentation examines three pedagogical steps, which provide a model for Latin American repertoire studies: Historical Context, Aural Analysis and Interpretative Analysis. These three steps acknowledge the musics’ primary musical influences, compare vocal techniques and instrumentation of studied audio versions, and connect those to a score through an interpretative analysis.
 
The pre-registration deadline has been extended to Monday, June 1.  Register now to enjoy this exciting event!
 
DOWNLOAD the schedule or LEARN MORE about the Symposium.
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
It’s time for a new single-question ACDA poll.
 
This week’s poll deals with the matter of after-hours employment.
 
Visit the ACDA website to take the poll.
 
 
The American Choral Directors Association wants to know how YOU use its on-line resources.  Please take a few moments to give some feedback on your experience with the ACDA Website and ChoralNet with a simple survey.
 
The June/July issue of the Choral Journal is now available at the ACDA website.  The issue includes such articles as:
 
     Pedagogy for the Jazz Singer (Spradling and Binek)
     The Collegiate Vocal Jazz Ensemble: A Foundational History (Amerind)
     The Scat Singing Dialect: An Introduction to Vocal Improvisation (Weir)
     Vocal Jazz and Improvisation as Expressions of Artistry (Ward-Steinman)
 
   . . . and MUCH more
 
The June/July issue will be in members' mailboxes soon, buy why wait for the postal service?  Read the Choral Journal online today.