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ACDA National Conference, Kansas City, February 27-March 2, 2019

NWACDA Regional Conference March 11-14, 2020, Spokane, WA

See listing HERE for NW choirs; easy access to their website

Transformational Conducting and Teaching; Workshop with Boers, Nace, Helgeson, and A. Boers - August 16-18, 2018 Read more

Brian Galante elected; to become president-elect of NWACDA Read more

Richard Sparks on conducting...blog with superb information/ideas Read more...>

ChoralNet - your source for virtually every kind of choral resource MORE...>

Commission a new choral work for $1 - $100...or maybe even for free; find out how Read more...>

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robertsPast-presidents page now online!
(Left) Robin Roberts - 1964-69

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Conference (2016) is summarized HERE.




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Wonderful ideas and inspiration for teachers of choral music; edited and compiled by Dr. Terry Barham Read more...>
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For 2018 conference information, click on "Conferences" in the menu above.
For photos (in a slide show type of presentation) click or tap HERE

For a summary article about the conference by Bruce Browne which
appeared in Oregon ArtsWatch CLICK HERE


A message from Dr. Nicole Lamartine, President, NWACDA

My heart is full... over two years of planning and it was everything I had hoped for.
There were so many highlights in the conference and it confirmed for me that we have a duty and a responsibility to strive for excellence in our teaching of choral music, but, more importantly, that we have a calling to provide an opportunity for personal journey through the experience of the music- as performer and observer.

My list of people to thank is immense and reminds me that it truly does take a village to put on a conference. There are too many to list here, but I am so, so grateful for everyone’s contributions. 
Brian Galante- Program Chair who worked tirelessly day and night to make the vision come alive. I am indebted to you for your commitment to this project. It has been so much fun working with you.
Amy Ballard - Honor Choir Chair who orchestrated all of the details for five honor choirs. I am inspired by your energy and extraordinary organization. 
Zach Vreeman- Reading Session Chair
Paul Aitken and MacKenzie Blakely Aitken- Interest Session Chairs
Carol Stewart-Smith
- our fearless region Treasurer
Howard Meharg
- conference photographer and webmaster.... loving friend to all and legend in our region
Sandy Babb- Site Chair for First Congregational Church... we literally could not have done this conference without you
Taylor Iverson
- Student Worker Coordinator
Erika Lockwood
- Equipment Manager
Julie Parsons
- App Manager
And our Board members who helped in planning and volunteering. 
Evans Mbinji- our Kenyan ICEP conductor
Craig Johnson
- for being the most inspirational headliner I could have asked for!
Roomful of Teeth- for opening our minds and helping us to re-imagine ensemble singing.

Much love to my favorite region of ACDA. It has been an honor to serve you as President. Thanks for a great time together.

Bill Mayclin receives Leadership and Service Award on March 9th at the 2018 NW ACDA conference, Portland
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Tim Westerhaus elected to the position of president-elect-designate for NWACDA. Read all about Tim HERE

"STANDING IN THE CENTER"... ARTICLES WRITTEN BY CHORAL DIRECTORS FOR CHORAL DIRECTORS - over 100 inspiring and informative articles from the past 25 years, with more being added monthly READ MORE

Roberta Jackson, Deb Burgess, Jerome Wright, and Rebecca Rottsolk join with Bartle, Gregoryk, Rao, and others in the writing of Working With Young Singers: Educational Philosophies of Expert Children’s Choir Conductors, Volume 2, The book has just been released by GIA Publications. SEE MORE HERE

Music has power to bring us together, boost our brains (Article in "The Columbian," daily paper from Vancouver, WA by Greg Jayne, editorial page editor, based on research and presentation by Dr. Larry Sherman, University of Oregon Read more

Skones inspires Bottens with an idea; the result is Kapellmeister Choir Stools
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Rethinking the closer Read more
by Dale Trumbore, Composer (this article reprinted with permission from "Cantate," CA's ACDA magazine)

Creating a culture of trust in the music classroom Read more
by Amy Logan, President, Montana ACDA

At the risk of your eyes glazing over, let's talk about the fascinating subject of vowels
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by Howard Meharg, Editor, NW Notes

Choral elitism ---it's real Read more
by Chris Maunu, R&R Chair for High School Choirs, Colorado ACDA
(guest article)

Teaching culturally: encounters with immigrant students Read more
by Sarah J. Graham, D.M.A., Lewis-Clark State College, Lewiston, ID

Hitting the bull's-eye Read more
by Tina Niederbrach, Choral Director, Searcy High School, Searcy, AR
(guest article from SWACDA online newsletter, Common Times)

Four first year fundamentals Read more
by Stacia Cammarano, Director of Choral Music at Shadle High School, Spokane


Here's a link to an article called "Neuroscience of Singing" that you'll enjoy. HERE

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Voice Care Network - 2018 Events - including info on Montana Summer Institute

E.C. Schirmer Music Company/Galaxy Music | Morning Star Music

Willamette University Music...>

Tools for Conductors (4-Minute Mastery)


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