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Fall Choral Conference Announced!

2011 Inaugural ACDA-PA Fall Choral Conference

Friday-Saturday, October 21-22, 2011
York, Pennsylvania

Conference to feature choral ensembles from across the Commonwealth and Paul Rardin

The first ever Fall Choral Conference will take place on Friday evening, October 21 and all day, Saturday, October 22 in York, PA     The professional staff of Zion United Methodist Church will serve as our hosts for this new event which will focus on performances by choirs from throughout the Commonwealth!  We will also welcome Paul Rardin to Pennsylvania!  Paul was recently appointed Director of Choral Activities at Temple University.  Paul will present a session on Choral Artistry and will present a conducting master class.
The fall event will have a very different feel and purpose.  We know that our membership enjoys and appreciates hearing performances by choirs.  In the summer, it is difficult for choirs to commit to coming to University Park in August, and we feel that this format will be appreciated by one and all.
This year also marked the debut of the ACDA-PA Choral Composition Competition.
A highlight of the fall conference will be the premiere performance of the winning competition!  The winner of the competition will be announced at the Summer Conference for Choral Musicians in August.
Since the conference is early in the concert season, we are asking for directors to plan concerts of roughly 20 minutes, and to showcase several vocal warm-ups as well.  Currently, we estimate that there will be 7 concert slots on Saturday, October 22. 
If you are interested in having your choral ensemble perform, please download the Application for Choral Performance form and submit your application by May 15, 2011.  Selected choirs will be notified by early June so that conductors and their ensembles can plan accordingly.
Further details will be announced as they are finalized.  The fall conference will have a very modest  $30.00 registration fee to cover expenses.  This new event is a part of our 50th Anniversary celebration! dfa

  • Conductor must be current paid member of ACDA.
    • Conductor must be employed in the same position for this and previous school/calendar year. < >Conductor must have conducted the auditioning ensemble for this and previous school/calendar year. >Mail Materials to:
      Robert Drafall, ACDA-PA President
      622 East McCormick Avenue
      State College, PA   16801
      Process Schedule
      May 15, 2011
      Postmark deadline for mailing to Auditioned Choirs Co-Chairs.
      May 21, 2011:
      Executive selection committee convenes for final screening.
      Early June, 2011:
      Invitations extended to choirs. All notification will be sent via email.

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