Fall Conference at Susquehanna University October 30 & 31
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ACDA-PA announces the 5th Annual Composition Contest

•August 3 and 4, 2015, ACDA-PA Summer Conference, Elizabethtown College - featuring the University of Delaware's Dr. Paul Head, and a wide variety of interest and reading sessions. Registration starts in March.

•October 30 and 31, ACDA-PA Fall Choral Conference, Susquehanna University - For the first time, ACDA-PA will be collaborating with the Pennsylvania Collegiate Choral Association. The conference will feature PCCA's Festival Honor Chorus under the direction of Dr. Eric Nelson (Director of Choral Activities at Emory University and conductor of the Atlanta Master Chorale) and a half dozen of Pennsylvania's finest choirs, auditioned by ACDA-PA. Auditions for choirs will be held in March.

Fall Conference Pictures

•Emily Fredericks receives Outstanding Young Conductor Award

•James Casey Rule's composition "Draw On, Sweet Night" selected as winner of the ACDA-PA 2014 Composition Contest.

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American Choral Directors Association of Pennsylvania
announces the
5th Annual Composition Contest

Pennsylvania composers are invited to submit works to ACDA-PA. The winning composition will be premiered at an ACDA-PA Conference in 2015.
Entry deadline: May 15, 2015
Winning Composition Award: $1,000
Contest sponsored by ACDA-PA, Randy Yoder, President
Eligible composers: Pennsylvania residents who are 18 or older by March 15, 2015
Compositional requirements: an original work for Middle School chorus, approximately 3-5 minutes in length. Although “Middle School” is a general term,composition should be accessible to singers between 6th and 9th grades.(texts must be free of copyright restriction, or written permission from the copyright holder of the text must be included in the application)

Entry form

Additional Information: may be obtained from Peter de Mets, Chair, ACDA-PA Composition Contest at pdm@peterdemetsmusic

ACDA National Conference Recap- PA Shines!

If you weren’t able to attend the ACDA National Conference in Salt Lake City at the end of last month, here is what you missed:

47 concerts including:
• Pennsylvania's Nittany Valley Children's Choir Concordia Singers, directed by Lou Ann Shafer

70 interest sessions and poster presentations including:
• Pennsylvania's Rollo Dilworth's session "Making Joyful Noise: Achieving Stylistic Nuance in Gospel Music".

• Pennsylvania's Michael Kemp's session "Innovative Warm-ups for the Volunteer Choir: Creative Concepts to Improve Choral Sound."

• Pennsylvania's Jason Vodicka's doctoral thesis poster presentation.