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ACDA Technology Committee

(Section 1) There shall be five standing committees ... Technology ... and further clarifies :
(Section 8) ... each committee shall be comprised of not more than six voting members, including the chair. The national officer having supervisory responsibility for each respective committee will serve as an ex officio member of that committee. The National Executive Director will also serve as ex officio member of each committee. The National Office Systems Analyst will serve as ex officio member of the Technology Committee ... (Section 9)  Chairs for committees ... shall be appointed by the Executive Committee, with approval by the National Board. The chair for each of these committees will appoint the members of his/her committee, with approval by the Executive committee. Chairs and committee members are appointed for a two-year term. A Chair or committee member may be reappointed twice, for a maximum of six years.
The Technology committee was formed in 1992 with Michael Shasberger as the first chair.  He was followed by Charles L. Fuller and Philip Copeland.  All three were also members of the ChoralNet Board of Directors prior to ChoralNet's merger with ACDA. The committee's agenda and focus is set largely by the chair via consultation with the Executive Director and National Office Systems Analyst. It can serve as an advisory body as well as a working committee that works to interface the ever-changing world of technology with the choral profession.
James D. Feiszli
James D. Feiszli, Chair, founded Choralist in 1993 and has guided its development into ChoralNet since then. A former two-term President of SDACDA, Feiszli is also serves ACDA as director of ChoralNet and director of the International Choral Exchange Program. He is a member of IFCM, NATS, NCCO, and an Advisor to Musica International. He has been Director of Music Activities at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology since 1983 where he administrates the music program, directs three choirs, and teaches applied voice. He is active as a tenor with Dakota Voices, his six-voice vocal ensemble.
Ryan Holder is the Associate Director of Choral Studies at Northern Arizona University, where he directs the Women's Chorale, Northern Voices and High Altitude; teaches undergraduate and graduate conducting and choral methods; supervises choral student teachers; and serves as the adviser for the NAU student chapter of ACDA. He received his doctoral degree from the University of Miami and holds bachelors and masters degrees from Southern Oregon University and University of Northern Colorado, respectively.
Joshua Oppenheim holds degrees from the University of North Texas, the University of Mississippi, and Western Michigan University.  He is co-Director of Choral Activities at Kansas State University and has directed choral ensembles at the Crane School of Music SUNY Potsdam and Arkansas State University. He is the Director of Curriculum Development for Choraltech, L.L.C.
Julie Parsons is in the process of finishing her DMA at the University of Washington, holding a MM in choral conducting from New England Conservatory and a BA in music from Central College. She serves ACDA on the state level as R&S Chair of Youth and Student Activities.  She is also Worship Coordinator for Maplewood Presbyterian Church and Musical Director at Youth Theatre Northwest.
Zachary Speer holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from the University of Georgia and will receive a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from the University of Illinois at Chicago in May of 2012. He has worked as a technology professional in the areas of healthcare and internet retail, and managed the University of Illinois at Chicago Choirs, with whom he sings baritone.
Jeff Tillinghast holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Theory from Whitman College in Washington and a Master of Science degree in Music Technology from Purdue University in Indianapolis.  He has  taught vocal and choral music in public schools in both Washington state and Alaska.  He is currently the IT specialist for the American International School of Kingston in Jamaica.