Save the Date!
ACDA-PA Summer Conference
August 4-6, 2019
Shadyside Presbyterian Church
Mark your calendars now!
Choral Kaleidoscope is a professional development event exploring the multi-faceted choral educators, conductors, and church musicians! This year’s guest clinician, Dr. Hilary Apfelstadt, Professor Emeritus at the University of Toronto, will present engaging sessions on rehearsal technique, podium leadership, and a conducting masterclass with the Duquesne Voices of Spirit. Dr. Caron Daley, Director of Choral Activities at Duquesne University, will lead sessions on movement in the choral rehearsal and re-tooling your conducting gesture.
Registration begins October 1! Act 48 credits available through the American Choral Directors Association of Pennsylvania.
8:30-9:00am Sign in (Room 206)
9:00-9:45 “Using Movement in the Choral Rehearsal” (Daley)
9:45-10:00 Morning coffee
10:00-11:00 “The Conductor as Teacher: Rehearsing-in-Action” (Apfelstadt)
11:15-12:00 “The Conductor as Leader: Modeling-in-Action” (Apfelstadt)
1:00-2:00 “Re-tooling your Conducting Gesture” (Daley)
2:15-4:00 Conducting Masterclass with the Duquesne Voices of Spirit (Apfelstadt)
Opens October 1: Visit www.duq.edu/choralkaleidoscope
Early bird (October 1-December 31): $50
After January 1: $60
On-site registration: $65
Conducting masterclass repertoire:
Muusika, Pärt Uusberg
I have had singing, Steven Sametz
Haec Dies, William Byrd
Joshua fit the Battle of Jericho, arr. Moses Hogan
Interested in conducting one of the above pieces in the conducting masterclass with the Duquesne Voices of Spirit (Duquesne’s 40-voice touring choir)? Send a short statement of interest or resume to Dr. Caron Daley by December 1, 2018 (email@example.com)
ACDA Sing Up! Membership Drive
Is your membership in ACDA up to date?
Are you sure?
ACDA's Sing Up! Membership Drive ends on November 15.
ACDA-PA is pleased to announce the following choral ensembles that will be featured at the Fall Conference:
Chris Elek and I are very excited to welcome the Sweet Harmony festival to South Fayette High School this year. The festival is scheduled to be held on November 9, 2018.
Attached to this email you will find the informational letter as well as the director information and student application forms. Please return these to me through postal mail or electronically no later than Friday, September 28th.
Please let Chris or me know if you have questions or need further information. We look forward to seeing you and your students in November.
Mrs. Jessica Horzempa, M.Ed.
Choral Director | Music Teacher | Musical Director | Drama Club Sponsor | Student Council Advisor
South Fayette Education Association Treasurer & Membership Chair
South Fayette Middle School
3700 Old Oakdale Road
McDonald, PA 15057
(412) 221-4542 x721
Small world, big future. - 2018-2019 Operational Theme
I hope your school year is off to a great start! McGuffey MS/HS will be hosting Mucho Macho this year on Tuesday, October 30, 2018!
Attached are the following:
Since this festival is so early on in the year, your promptness is greatly appreciated.
We should be hearing from Dr. Boyle within the next couple weeks in regard to repertoire selections.
A sincere thank you to Amanda Rosco for assisting with this festival as the festival registrar.
Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions/concerns. Thank you & have a restful weekend!
Christie King Amanda Rosco
Festival Site Host Festival Registrar
McGuffey MS/HS East Allegheny HS
Nominations for 2018 ACDA-PA awards are due by October 1, 2018.
If you have a colleague who is doing extraordinary work or who has left a legacy of choral excellence that should be remembered and recognized, please take a moment to recognize their contributions.
The Elaine Brown Award for Choral Excellence highlights the accomplishments of a veteran choral director who exemplifies outstanding work in the choral art.
The Outstanding Young Conductor Awardrecognizes the efforts of a new or aspiring choral director who, in their first 3 to 5 years of experience has already demonstrated outstanding leadership or musicianship in the field of choral music.
The Eileen M. Hower Memorial Award is presented in honor of Eileen M. Hower, gifted choral musician and choral educator.
For details and information, visithttp://www.acdapa.org/awards.html
Any member of ACDA PA is eligible to nominate a candidate for these awards.
College and University Members Take Note!
The 8th annual Undergraduate Conducting Competition is now receiving applications for participants. The event takes place in conjunction with the annual ACDA-PA Fall Choral Conference in October at Lincoln University.
Any ACDA member teaching at a college or university in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is eligible to submit ONE undergraduate student nominee for the conducting competition. Only the faculty member MUST be a current member of ACDA. For additional information, please visit
Deadline for submitting nominees is
Friday, September 28, 2018
CLICK TO NOMINATE A STUDENT
ACDA-PA invites proposals for interest sessions to be presented during the 2:45-3:45 hour at the Fall Conference on Saturday, October 27, 2018. Sessions should be one hour in length and can be on any topic related to choral music. These could include, but not be limited to: repertoire, conducting, warmups, rehearsal techniques, vocal health, commissioning, and advocacy.
To be considered as a presenter, please submit a proposal using the link below. Proposals should be submitted by October 1, 2018.
It is understood that ACDA-PA will not assume financial responsibility for travel, registration, food, or lodging for presenters or interest session participants. Submitting a proposal implies that the presenter is prepared to travel and present at the conference if accepted.
To submit a proposal, click here:
Thanks to all who attended our annual summer conference. We hope you found the days meaningful and are recharged for a new season of choral music making. Thank you to conference chair Susan Medley, registrar Matt Fritz, program designer Shaun Cloonan, headliner Andrew Megill, all of the R&R chairs and interest session leaders, The Musical Source; and to Mark Anderson & Shadyside Presbyterian Church for providing the beautiful space and food! See you at the Fall Conference in October!