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.
See you at our NWACDA Convention in Portland!
NW NOTES HOME
Final Glacier Chorale program a fitting tribute
conductor Shauneen Garner
by Kevin Allen-Schmid, President, Montana ACDA
recent Sunday afternoon concert entitled “The
Road Not Taken”
Shaun and a handful of friends started the Glacier Chorale in 1982
is an insightful and inspired musician. I
and her many fans and colleagues
will miss her leadership with church, community and children’s
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Here are Shaun’s program notes:
from Markings, by Dag Hammarskjöld
am being driven forward
notes for this concert; the works you will hear require no explanation.
They speak for themselves, boldly, poignantly, ethereally.
When I took the position as Chorale Director in 1982, I knew nothing about music. Yes, I had my degrees in hand, with twenty-five years of piano, twenty years in the field of church music, prior experience with various choral organizations. I assumed those credentials qualified me as a musician. What the past two decades have taught me, however, is that music is not about singing the right notes at the right time, or waving one’s arms in the right direction, or even choosing just the right dress for a concert(!)
Rather, music is all about taking hold of one’s soul, exposing it bare-naked to the world, then coaxing, cajoling, pleading, demanding that the singers do the same. Then together, we walk onstage and invite our audience to join in this experience, to feel what it means to be simultaneously human and divine.
This is the purpose of music, and anything less is simply pretentious noise.
music is about journeys, visions, dreams;
the true substance of our existence, not the mundane pitter-patter
we too often refer to as “life.”
My friends, may the music you hear inspire you to commit to that journey
which seeks a better world.
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Here’s the program:
The Road Not Taken
St. Ignatius Mission
April 30, 2006
High School Concert Choir
Portones Abiertos . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Paul Basler
Make Me an Instrument . . . . . . . . . . Mary McDonald
Untraveled Worlds . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Paul Halley
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 (January - 2006)
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.