Dear ACDA-PA members,
Whether your concerts are over for the season or you are trying to survive through the end of your Christmas services, know that no matter how hectic our lives are in December, what we do brings joy to countless people during the holidays.
Warm wishes for a wonderful holiday season and a happy healthy 2018.
ACDA East offers college students the opportunity to shave off some of the cost of attending our Division Conference by providing assistance during the conference. Student workers who provide six hours of assistance will receive a refund of $90. Those completing twelve hours will receive a $180 refund.
If you are interested in participating in this program, please provide the information requested. The program is first-come, first-served so please apply soon to take advantage of this opportunity.
College students must register for the conference. Those completing hours as described will receive a reimbursement check from ACDA.
1. Register for conference (and pay registration fee)
2. Complete the application online: https://form.jotform.com/acdapa/collegiatevolunteer
3. Work your assigned hours
4. Receive a reimbursement check
Questions? Contact Dr. Matthew Fritz at firstname.lastname@example.org
Craig G. Cannon is the recipient of the 2017 Elaine Brown Award for Choral Excellence, the highest award for choral music excellence from the Pennsylvania chapter of the American Choral Directors Association, awarded to an individual for outstanding lifelong work in the choral arts. Cannon’s nomination, submitted by colleague Marvin Huls, describes Craig’s wonderful contributions to choral music, recognized at so many levels. These include high school, college, community, young singers, church, ACDA involvement, and PMEA.
Pictured below: Marvin Huls welcomes Craig to the stage, Randy Yoder presents the award plaque, Craig shares the special day with his family.
Dear ACDA Members,
I personally invite you to attend our upcoming fall conference. It's a busy time of year, but I guarantee, this conference will be a very special one. Internationally-renowned choral clinician, Bob Chilcott, is our invited guest. Bob's music is heard world-round - it's fresh and effervescent quality lifts choirs to the next level! I am conducting his "Little Jazz Mass" for a November concert, and the choir simply delights in this music. Apart from his brilliant compositional talent, Bob is a charismatic clinician. His positive and upbeat personality will inspire and recharge you!
Our conference performances also promise to delight us! Our four invited choirs are exceptional ensembles. And the Pennsylvania Collegiate Choral Festival choir, with guest conductor Dr. Mary Breden, will finish off our conference with a bang!
Take some time this November to join us, even for a day. We are eager to support your choral work and to help connect choral professionals across the entire state. Registration information can be found below.
See you there,
ACDA-PA is pleased to announce the piece "O Me! O Life!" by Matthew Zimnoch as the winner of this year's Composition Contest. The work will be premiered at the Fall Conference at Susquehanna University on November 11, 2017. Thanks to coordinator Peter de Mets and the panel of judges for their work in reviewing the submissions: Mark A. Boyle (Seton Hill University), Christopher D. Holster (Susquehanna University), Daniel Hall (Lycoming College), and Julie Neish (Theil College).
Matthew Zimnoch (b.1960) is a composer, operatic baritone, and trombonist. He has composed works for Choirs, Children's choirs, Solo Instruments, Songs for Voice and Song Cycles, and Chamber works of various instrumental combinations. He has been published in work-for-hire situations with educational publishers of Children's music. Most recently he has had several performances and a recording of his Unaccompanied Flute Solo, 'Balance', Premieres of his song cycle for Baritone and Piano, 'To Love and Be Beloved' (text by RW Emerson), and the 2016 Choral Composition Contest Winner for the ACDA-PA for his Children's Choir piece, 'Let Dogs Delight to Bark and Bite'. This year's contest winner (again for the ACDA-PA) is a 6 part a cappella setting of the Walt Whitman poem, 'O Me! O Life!'. For more information please visit www.matthewzimnoch.com
We are pleased to announce the addition of an online member bulletin board and discussion forum to this website. Click on the Connect menu item to visit our new way to keep in touch with members from across the commonwealth.
Several years back, ChoralNet had a "Communities" feature that allowed individual state chapters to create a channel to communicate with each other. As ChoralNet has made upgrades, the Communities feature disappeared. ChoralNet is still a great way to collaborate with ACDA members across the country, but for more localized things like sharing events, searching for musicians, calling for volunteers, and asking questions from area colleagues, ACDA-PA CONNECT will fill that void!
Create a profile today and start posting. Categories currently available include: general discussion, announcements, classifieds, Repertoire & Resources boards for our 4 areas, and a Student Chapter section for our collegiate membership to communicate. You can customize your notification settings as well to receive emails when someone responds to your question or thread.
So, post away and be a part of the online community at ACDA-PA CONNECT!
I wanted to let you know that you have a way to publicize your choral concerts, festivals, adjudications, and other events to the membership of ACDA-PA. On our website, www.acdapa.org, we have a calendar of events. Below the calendar, click on "Open full calendar." At the top of the screen is a green button that says "Submit event." This will open a form that you can fill out with all the details of your event. I encourage you to let us know what is going on in your area, and check back frequently to see new events that have been posted.
Since I'm new to this position, I'm not always aware of the ways that are most appropriate to get the word out about our events. Last evening you received an email to the state membership, sent by me on behalf of Kelli Rocchi, our R&R chair for High School Choirs, about an event in the eastern part of the state that she is organizing. Rather than send out these emails for all events, the online calendar seems to be the most efficient way to let everyone know about choral events of interest without crowding our inboxes. This also accomplishes one of the things that I feel ACDA-PA is intended to do - to be a vehicle for communication between conductors and to help us promote our events across the state. We can learn so much from each other, and attending each other's concerts is one of the best ways to show support for the choral music we love.
So, post away! Let us know what you are doing! There is tremendous choral music being made in Pennsylvania, and there are terrific opportunities for our singers. Check the online calendar frequently to see what is happening in your area.
As always, if I can be of help to you in any way, I'm only an email away.
Fall Conference Performing Ensembles Announced!
ACDA-PA is pleased to share that the following choirs will perform at the Fall Conference at Susquehanna University in November:
Fall Conference Headliner: Bob Chilcott
If you haven't registered for the Fall Conference yet, do it today! Early bird registration prices end on October 7, so register early to get discounted rates.
Here's what you will miss from our clinician if you don't attend:
Writing Music for Choirs - Bob Chilcott is passionate about enabling choral singing, and divides most of his time between composing and conducting choral music. Today he talks about the importance of text, vocal line, musical appeal, and a little about how his time as a chorister and later a member of the King’s Singers has influenced the music he writes today.
Open Rehearsal with Pennsylvania Collegiate Choir and Bob Chilcott - As the Pennsylvania Collegiate Choir prepares to perform The Marvellous Birth by Bob Chilcott, the composer joins them to conduct a final rehearsal.
Open Sing with Bob Chilcott - Explore a selection of new choral pieces with composer and conductor Bob Chilcott, and experience some of his newest publications and old favourites.
Click Here to Register for the Conference!
College and University Members Take Note!The 7th annual Undergraduate Conducting Competition is now receiving applications for participants. The event takes place in conjuction with the annual ACDA-PA Fall Choral Conference in November at Susquehanna 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 29, 2017
CLICK TO NOMINATE A STUDENT
ACDA Sing Up Membership Drive
New student members can join for only $5
Dear fellow choral conductors,
Fall has arrived! In our worlds, that means that our seasons have begun. Repertoire decisions have been made (and are still being made!), auditions are over, and rehearsals are well under way. As you proceed full speed ahead into your season, remember that there are colleagues all over the state doing the same thing that you are doing. Our jobs can feel very isolating sometimes, but ACDA can help us by connecting us with a network of colleagues and professional development opportunities.
ACDA’s “Sing Up” Membership Drive runs from now until October 25. Renew your membership and encourage your fellow choral conductors to join this tremendous organization that is specifically for us. Just go to www.acda.org and click “Log In,” then “Membership.” New members can just click “Join Now.”
Pennsylvania is participating in the $5 new student member initiative. Students joining ACDA for the first time will pay only $5! Eighty of these $5 new student memberships will be offered. It’s easy to get started.
And don’t forget ACDA-PA’s upcoming Fall Conference at Susquehanna University November 10-11, 2017, featuring Bob Chilcott. Visit www.acdapa.org for more information and to register.
ACDA is our organization. Please take advantage of all it offers us. And if there is anything I can do for you, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me at email@example.com. Have a great year. Hope to see you at the Fall Conference!