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November 2012 ChoraLink

ACDA Eastern Division ChoraLink


November 2012



This issue of ChoraLink is sponsored by Messiah College.


Dear colleagues,


The season of December is filled with joyous music among all our choirs. December is the month when, in the darkest days of the year, people are exposed to the beauty of choral music. Their spirits are touched and transformed by the sacred sounds of combined voices, declaring texts of hope and life.


While the season of giving begins, I'm pleased to share news about the Eastern Division, and upcoming programs. There are many new initiatives launching in 2013 at the Division level, and many new state offerings as well. Please take time to review these offerings, and register for the National Conference in Dallas.


This past weekend, ACDA lost a beloved member. It is with sadness that I need to inform you that Eileen Hower, past president of ACDA PA from 2007-2009, lost her fight to cancer and passed away yesterday morning, December 2. Eileen was an excellent middle school choral teacher, and her choirs excelled and performed at the ACDA National Convention in Los Angeles in 2005. Eileen was published in the "Choral Journal" and her contributions to the field were significant. In reporting this news, Chris Kiver, President of Pennsylvania ACDA, stated that he never "recalled meeting someone who had such joie de vivre and love of music and people. She will be greatly missed." Please keep Eileen, her family and students in your thoughts and prayers.



Upcoming Workshops and Conferences

Feb. 9, 2013        NY-ACDA Winter Conference Day. Co-sponsored by the Brooklyn Youth Chorus. Location: Brooklyn Youth Chorus Studios and Roulette (see this link for more information).


Feb. 9, 2013        MD/DC ACDA presents the Second Mid-Atlantic Collegiate Chorus Conference. Location: University of Maryland, College Park, MD (see this link for more information).


Feb. 23, 2013      MD/DC ACDA Workshops for the Church Musician. Location: St. John's Episcopal Church, Broad Creek, Fort Washington, MD (see this link for more information).


March 13-16, 2013    ACDA National Conference, Dallas, TX.

Registration information can be found at Please plan to attend, as this will be an incredible professional development opportunity.

Dallas Conference Information Links: 


Offerings for children and community youth choruses
Children's Choir Directors are Invited - to DALLAS
Children's Choir Directors are Invited - to DALLAS

Offerings for College & University choruses 

Collegiate Choral Directors are Invited - To DALLAS
Collegiate Choral Directors are Invited - To DALLAS
Offerings for Ethnic and Multicultural Perspectives choruses:
International Events Highlight ACDA Conference
International Events Highlight ACDA Conference


Feb. 5-8, 2014    ACDA Eastern Division Conference.
Location: Baltimore Marriott Waterfront, Baltimore, MD.

Detailed information about this conference will be presented at the beginning of 2013.  Calls for Interest Session proposals are now being accepted. Please visit this link for more information.


In closing I wish you the very best for a season of music that brings you peace and joy.


With best regards,


Bob Duff

President, ACDA Eastern Division

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