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April 2012 Membership Update

Hi ACDA-PA members!

"Spring is sprung, the grass is riz.  I wonder where the birdies is..." (Anonymous poet from Brooklyn).  It may feel like summer's here already, but we choral musicians know that we can't take a break yet, because the busiest time of the year is still to come.  We hope your rehearsals and concerts are going well!

Here are a few short reminders about upcoming ACDA-PA events. Remember to check our website at On the "News and Announcements" page, you can find more information about the summer conference and the Intergenerational Honor Choir... and while you're there, be sure to click on the icons for ACDA-PA's Facebook page and for the Choralnet Community too!

Find more information about the following below:

1) ACDA PA Summer Conference - early bird registration, call for presenters
2) Intergenerational Honor Choirs
3) ACDA PA Fall Conference - call for performance applications
4) ACDA PA Undergraduate Conducting Competition announcement
5) ACDA PA Conductor Awards - call for nominations 

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1) ACDA-PA Summer Conference July 29-31, 2012 at Penn State University, State College, PA.  

EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION BEGINS TODAY, APRIL 1!  Hopefully, you have already received a brochure in the mail with additional details and a registration form for the annual Summer Conference. Here are a few highlights to whet your appetite:

  • ACDA-PA Intergenerational Honor Choir: July 28-29 (Conference delegates may participate in the Honor Choir at a reduced rate! See Honor Choir information in this e-mail.)
  • "From High School to Future Music Educator" Day on July 30
  • Headliners  include Dr. Janet Galván and Dr. Tim Sharp
  • Plenty of interest, reading, and plenary sessions to inspire and inform
  • Annual  Summer Conference dinner
  • Masterwork  Sing-along
  • Social & Networking opportunities
  • ACT  48 credit available

You will notice that registration rates for this year's summer conference are significantly reduced: ACDA members who register between April 1 and June 30 will pay only $125! 

Participate as a PRESENTER! We are very interested in receiving additional proposals from our members for INTEREST SESSIONS and RESEARCH POSTERS. More information is available on the web at

For more information or any questions related to the Summer Conference, please feel free to contact Jason Bishop, ACDA-PA President-Elect, at 814-898-6078, or

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2) 2012 Intergenerational Honor Choir - (Authorization and Hotel forms are attached)

Dr. Janet Galván, conductor, July 28-29, 2012   State College, PA


ACDA-PA is pleased to announce the 2012 Intergenerational Honor Choir! This honor choir is open to all adult singers as well as student singers ages 9th grade through college. High school, college, church, and community singers and their directors are all encouraged to participate! This year’s honor choir is designed to provide opportunities for mentorship and integration between singers and their directors. Directors throughout Pennsylvania may select 4 singers to participate from their high school, collegiate, or community ensembles: 1 soprano, 1 alto, 1 tenor, and 1 bass per director. If you would like to bring additional singers, feel free! Please fill out an additional application form for every four participants. Directors and students will sing side by side in the same choir under the direction of Dr. Janet Galván.  Community ensemble members and college and university students will have the opportunity to serve as role models for high school students, and directors will provide mentorship within the ensemble as they participate fully with their singers. Directors will also have the opportunity to collaborate and network with other conductors from around the state of Pennsylvania in what will certainly be an exciting and memorable musical experience.

 Registration for this event is $95.00 for all singers, which includes music, meals, snacks/water, performance CDs, conductor’s fee, accompanist’s fee, and facility fees. A discounted rate of $75.00 is being offered to high school singers who also register for and participate in the Future Music Educators Day on July 30th and to all other singers who also register for and participate in the rest of the ACDA-PA Summer Conference on July 29th-July 31stSee conference registration information for more details. Each director who brings 4 or more students may participate in the honor choir free of charge. Due to ACDA policy, the registration fee does not include hotel costs. Directors of high school students are responsible for securing hotel rooms for their students. A block of rooms will be held at the Days Inn in State College until an announced date. All directors and chaperones of high school students must stay at the Days Inn with their students. Rooms will also be held for collegiate and community ensemble singers and their directors at State College Quality Inn. Collegiate and community ensemble singers and their directors will be responsible for securing their own rooms.

Please postmark all applications by May 1, 2012.

If you have any questions, please contact: 
Caitlin Henning, Intergenerational Honor Choir Chair, (814)

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2nd Annual Fall Choral Conference - October 19 and 20, 2012 at Zion United Methodist Church in York. 

3) ***NEW***  CALL FOR PERFORMING CHOIRS FOR THE FALL CONFERENCE - Bring your choir to the ACDA-PA Fall Choral Conference!  Attached to this email is the application form which must be postmarked by May 15, 2012.  If you have questions concerning this application, please contact Randy Yoder at .


The 2012 ACDA-PA Fall Conference will kick off with a conducting competition for undergraduate students. This special Friday-afternoon (October 19) event will feature eight conductors from Pennsylvania colleges and universities. Judges will include Dr. Ed Maclary (University of Maryland), Dr. Amanda Quist (Westminster Choir College) and Dr. Paul Head (University of Delaware), and will feature the Boyertown High School Chorus under the direction of Dan Kershetsky. Dr. Peggy Dettwiler, Director of Choral Activities at Mansfield University, will lead a special masterclass for all participating conductors and conference attendees following the competition, and the first- and second-place winners will be announced during the evening concert session.

Pennsylvania college/university ACDA members will have the opportunity to nominate outstanding students in their programs to take part. More information and nomination forms are forthcoming.

Please join us! 


5) Nominations Required - Elaine Brown Award for Choral Excellence and The Outstanding Young Conductor Award

Since 1998 and 2003 respectively, ACDA PA has presented two annual awards for outstanding lifelong work in the choral art and for new and aspiring conductors.  The deadline for nominations for the 2012 award is June 1.  For further information about the awards, past recipients, and nomination criteria and forms, visit

Best wishes to all of our ACDA-PA friends!

Chris Kiver, President,
Jason Bishop, President-Elect,
Randy Yoder, President-Elect Designate,

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