Articles from our state presidents
ACDA has so much to offer you the choir director. Be an advocate. If you are already an ACDA member, encourage someone in your community, district or church to find out more about our organization. Use the following information to encourage others to get involved.
FOUNDED: ACDA was founded in 1959 as a nonprofit music-education organization whose central purpose is to promote excellence in Choral Music through performance, composition, publication, research, and teaching. In addition, ACDA strives through arts advocacy to elevate choral music's position in American society.
MEMBERSHIP: ACDA membership consists of approximately 18,000 choral directors who represent more than one million singers across the United States. ACDA members teach choral music in public and private schools- kindergarten through senior high school-and at the college and University levels. They conduct a variety of choral groups, including boys choirs, children's choirs, men's and women's choirs, junior, middle and senior high school choirs, college and Universities choirs, ethnic choirs, vocal-jazz ensembles, and symphony choruses. They also conduct choirs in their communities and at their places of worship.
ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE: ACDA is divided into seven geographical regions as well as fifty state chapters, each with its own conventions, newsletters, festivals, clinics, workshops and boards. Whether at the National, divisional, or state level, ACDA is structured so that its members can easily involve themselves in the organization's activities.
CONVENTION: ACDA offers conventions at the state, division, and national levels. National conventions are offered in March of odd-numbered years, the seven division conventions take place in February or March of even numbered years. Through concert performers by accomplished choirs, educational clinics by leading experts, and exhibits by music industry representatives. ACDA offers its members a diverse and practical forum in which to develop their skills and professional knowledge.
THE CHORAL JOURNAL: The official publication of the American Choral Directors Association is the Choral Journal. This national publication, issued monthly except for June and July, contains articles and columns of a scholarly and practical nature in addition to reviews of newly released CD recordings, books, and printed music. The Choral Journal is a benefit of membership in the American Choral Directors Association. Subscriptions are available to libraries.
COMMITTEES: ACDA has numerous national committees engaged in enhancing the choral profession in its many facets. The committees work in several areas of the choral profession whether through establishing high performance standards, recommending quality choral literature, encouraging research in choral studies, or advocating the importance of choral music in our society.
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|Mozart for Everyone
by Kevin Allen-Schmid, President, Montana ACDA
With 2006 being the 250th anniversary of Mozart’s birth, it’s a great time to program some of the master’s music. If you have shied away from Mozart’s sublime harmonies due to difficulty level or lack of male voices in your program, hopefully here are several pieces that will work in any situation. Don’t we all have a think stack of Mozart pieces in our files? This is the year to pull something out and do it.
has written an original melody with a flute obligato and combined it
with a Mozart canon. Younger singers
can easily master the three four measure phrases.
“Praise the Lord, Our God, Forever” arranged by Walter Ehret,
weaves three easy themes together. The arrangement calls for 3
equal voices, but you can adapt it for any number of parts.
SAB/3 Part Mixed
I do this Hal Hopson arrangement every two or three years with my beginning
mixed choir because it is fun to sing. The baritone part can be bumped
up an octave in a few places, if necessary.
“Ave Verum” is about the most classical choral work there
is and you can trust that your singers will find a satisfaction in hearing
themselves sing it beyond anything that you have to explain to them. Joyce
Eilers’ put the piece in C major, which works well for the middle
school boys, and added a piano accompaniment.
Advanced Treble Choirs
(from “Requiem”), arr. Patrick Liebergen
Let’s join the world wide celebration and ensure that our students sing some of Mozart’s marvelous music this year.
Take your choir to Russia and Finland. International Choral Festival
a great event...attend it!
by Pualeilani Monds, President, AK-ACDA
January 30, 2006
Greetings from the semi-frozen North!
I doing things the right way?" Conferences
are a way to self-check: am I doing things the right way? Have I fallen
into a rut, or have new techniques/methods been developed? Am I up
on current standards/literature/ideas? Have I developed bad habits,
or do I have some good ideas to share?
only a few reasons to take the time to attend a conference. I'll be
hopping on a plane in March heading down to warm(er) Portland, city
of roses and decent shopping malls and Target and Pottery Barn and,.ummm,
anyway, I hope to see YOU there too.
|An Internet resource you'll really find useful...
by Hal Eastburn, President, OR-ACDA
It is ironic that a self professed Internet-wary musician should be reporting on the presence of the latest and best of internet resources. I know it is valuable by experience, which is indeed of questionable validity, but more importantly, by the integrity of the originator of this research. Valery King is a longtime member of my past church choir and current member of the Corvallis Repertory Singers. She is an OSU librarian with love for and knowledge of music. She recently sent this note to all the members of CRS.
recently had a column published in College & Research Libraries
a publication of ACRL (Academic & College Research Libraries)
and, since the subject is music,
I thought some of you might have some interest in the contents. Although
written for librarians, I think that some of you may find something
useful here, in particular those who teach. “
The list is organized in a way that it is easy to find the correct research tool for each task. The list is inclusive of the wide spectrum of music. Many of you will be familiar with these sites, but I was surprised the number of sites that were new to me. Those of you, who know me, probably won’t be surprised by that.