Congratulations to the recipients of this year’s ACDA-PA Awards!
These awards will be presented in person at the ACDA-PA 2021 Summer Conference.
Outstanding Young Conductor Award
This award recognizes the efforts of a new or aspiring young conductor.
Elaine Brown Award for Choral Excellence
This award is presented to an individual for outstanding lifelong work in the choral art.
Full biographical information can be found in the special summer edition of POLYPHONY.
This summer, in response to our canceled conference, we are bringing the ACDA-PA newsletter, Polyphony, out of retirement to showcase some of the material you would have seen in-person! Several of the people who applied to present an interest session have written up their session in prose! In lieu of reading sessions, President-Elect Liz Colpo has compiled lists from our eleven Repertoire and Resource areas! Thank you to our R&R Coordinators and Chairs! Click the graphic below to view the newsletter:
Join Moderator Dr. Dustin Cates as he and his panel discuss Justice and Equity Issues in Your Choral Spaces. As we prepare for the fall, taking the opportunity to explore how current events, particularly as they relate to inclusion, diversity, and representation may manifest themselves in your rehearsals. Rep resources will be discussed, as well as how COVID-19 disproportionately impacted communities of color.
For complete biographical information about the panelists, click here.
A Virtual Happy Hour will follow the session in a separate Zoom meeting with a link that will be posted at the end of the webinar for participants.
Register here: https://setonhill-edu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJItcu-hqTssHNZDNGIMARHt8jT_hXnFeWr2
This Webinar DOES require pre-registration (a correction to the May 20 email), and is open to ACDA-PA members, ACDA members from other states, and choral colleagues who are not a part of ACDA (be sure to share how great ACDA membership can be!).
There is a limit of 500 participants, so please register early. Once you register, an email will be sent to you with the webinar link!
Register here: https://duq.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_hFgTn6KpTMGt46uPlelVPA
After the webinar, join us for a VIRTUAL HAPPY HOUR! Hosted by Susan Medley, ACDA-PA’s Vice-President, this session promises to be a great opportunity to socialize and connect. The Happy Hour link will be shared during the webinar!
MARK YOUR CALENDARS! ACDA-PA’s *first ever* Zoom Webinar and “Virtual Happy Hour” take place on Sunday, June 7 at 7pm! There is no need to pre-register for this event. The Zoom link will be sent out in the June 1 email.
TEACHING CHOIR ONLINE!
Join our four esteemed panelists as they share strategies for choral instruction and performance in a virtual paradigm. Four R&R areas will be represented: Community, Collegiate, Middle School and High School!
Janet Galvan, Professor and Director of Choral Activities, Ithaca College
Jordan Shomper, Choral Director, Cocalico Middle School, ACDA Middle School Repertoire and Resources Chair
Lee Saville-Iksic, Executive Director, Pittsburgh Youth Chorus
Matthew Klenk, Choral Director, North Penn High School, ACDA-PA High School Repertoire and Resources Chair
The ACDA-PA board has been busily discussing alternate forms of professional development for members, and we would like to invite you to the following events:
In addition, each month we will be sharing several video and print resources with you, including repertoire lists from each R&R area!
We are looking for more content to share this summer! Please submit the following by May 25:
You should have just received an email from firstname.lastname@example.org. Our website content management system, Weebly, sent that out automatically after I uploaded the membership database to the site to create member accounts. Please follow the link to complete your membership registration.
Since most of us have a lot of time on our hands right now, I figured it would be a good time to get this taken care so we can start using the member area to share content in the future to our members.
Stay healthy and safe!
ACDA-PA Communications Chair
For those members attending the Eastern Region conference this week, ACDA-PA is able to provide Act 48 professional development hours for your participation. You must complete the hour log as well as the assessment survey and return it to Regina Gordon within 2 weeks of the conference completion. Hours will be submitted to the Department of Education and, once approved, should appear in your Professional Education Record Management System account.
The election for ACDA-PA President-Elect Designate has begun. The voting window runs from February 5-16, 2020. Ballots are provided through ElectionRunner.com. E-mails with log-in credentials were automatically sent out when the election began using the primary email on file with the national office. Biographical information and vision statements are listed next to each candidate on the electronic ballot to assist members in making informed voting decisions about the future of ACDA-PA leadership.
The winner of this election will begin a 1-year term on July 1 as President Elect-Designate and then will automatically assume the position of President Elect on July 1, 2021, beginning a 6 year period on the board (2 years as President Elect, 2 years as President, 2 years as Vice President).