The ACDA Sing-Up! campaign started Sunday and extends until November 15!
ACDA-PA’s membership goal is 626 members!
As ACDA-PA members, you have four very cool opportunities. May I ask you to consider how you can help with the following?
Help us reach our 626 goal!
ACDA-PA is sponsoring a Student Composer Competition with a $500.00 prize for the winning choral composition. Current undergraduate student composers who either reside or study in Pennsylvania are eligible to submit original compositions, not arrangements of pre-existing works, for the competition via the ACDA-PA website. The compositions must be 3-5 minutes in length, unaccompanied or piano accompaniment, and for SATB voices, divisi is acceptable. See the ACDA PA website for official guidelines and requirements. Deadline for submission is March 15, 2020.
For more information, see the composition competition page under the EVENTS menu tab.
As was announced at the beginning of the summer conference on August 4, the following changes to the ACDA-PA state board have been approved:
Check your e-mail for log-in information and a link to the ballot for our special election to fill the vacancy on the board due to Joy Hirokawa's appointment to the ACDA board as national R&R chair for Children and Community Youth Choirs. The election is run through ElectionRunner, and a separate e-mail with log-in and candidate bio information should have gone out to our active membership. Some e-mail filters may catch it, so check your spam. The voting window closes August 2, 2019.
Dear ACDA-PA members,
Happy July to you! I hope you are finding some rest and respite from your choral year as we reach mid-summer. Before we know it, the choral year will begin again!
As I begin my term as President, I want to extend a hearty “thank-you” to the 2017-19 board members, and especially to Susan Medley, for capably steering our state chapter. Starting July 1st, the 2019-2021 term began! We welcome five new board members and R&R Chairs to the state, including Shawn Funk (Youth R&R Coordinator), Maggie Sisson (Women’s Choirs R&R Chair), Ryan Perotte (Vocal Jazz and Contemporary Commercial R&R Chair), Matt Klenk (High School R&R Chair), and Jordan Shomper (Junior High R&R Chair). Welcome!
As ACDA-PA continues to evolve, I have asked our board members to take a thoughtful look at our current programs and services. We serve a dynamic membership (You!), and we are eager to grow and sustain important resources for the state. Please share your ideas with me as we move forward: email@example.com
I hope to see you at our summer conference!
The 2019 conducting masterclass is now full!
Please plan to attend and observe this valuable session. Conductors will be conducting “My Spirit sang all Day” (Finzi), Muusika (Uusberg), and Sing my Child (Quartel).
Conducting Masterclass with Lynda Hasseler
This event is open to conference attendees though application on the registration form for the Summer Conference (which will be posted soon!). Participants will conduct a semi-professional choir in a selection of mixed choral repertoire.
For more information, email President-Elect, Caron Daley at firstname.lastname@example.org
(All attendees are invited to observe the masterclass.)
As I write this it is 60 degrees and the daffodils are trying to open. Spring is finally here! As the weather gets warmer I start to think of summer, ACDA is offering some exciting events this summer that I want to share with you.
NextDirection Choral Leadership Conference for High School Students
July 23-26, Virginia Wesleyan University, Virginia Beach, VA
Dr. Shane Lynch and Dr. Lisa Billingham, headliners
A Special Leadership Opportunity for Outstanding High School Students
ACDA-PA will offer $350 scholarships to two high school students to attend the ACDA NextDirection Choral Leadership Conference. The scholarship covers housing, meals, and material costs. Transportation is the responsibility of the student. This is a two-step application process. Both applications are due April 15.
Please encourage your outstanding high school students to take advantage of this opportunity!
ACDA-PA 2019 Summer Conference, Bring Your Song
August 4-6, Shadyside Presbyterian Church, Pittsburgh, PA
We have an incredible lineup of offerings this year, and I want to personally invite you to Pittsburgh August 4-6 to take in all that this conference has to offer. Here are some highlights:
Headliner: Dr. Lynda Hasseler from Capital University
If you attended ACDA National and heard her choir perform the Brock Commission, you know what a passionate artist she is. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from her!
Conducting Masterclass with Lynda Hasseler
This event is open to conference attendees though application on the registration form. Participants will conduct a semi-professional choir in a selection of mixed choral repertoire. For more information, email President-Elect, Caron Daley at email@example.com (All attendees are invited to observe the masterclass.)
“Bring Your Song” session
Share your favorite piece of choral music with your colleagues. In addition to our dynamic reading sessions, conference attendees will find even more new repertoire in this exciting session. More information and the opportunity to apply to present a piece can be found on the registration form.
Performances – Now accepting applications for performing choirs! Apply here.
Interest Sessions – Would you like to present an Interest Session? Apply here.
Reading Sessions – Including music for all types of choirs
Roundtables – Share ideas with conductors who work with choirs similar to your own
Exhibits – Browse the latest choral music with The Musical Source
Great Food – Breakfast and lunch included with registration
Social Event – Sing the National Anthem at a Pittsburgh Pirates game at PNC Park!
Stand on the field of PNC Park in front of 30,000 of your closest friends. We will sing Robert Page’s unpublished arrangement of the National Anthem, which you will receive as a PDF via email after you register. Registration includes a game ticket loaded with $10 in concession credit. If friends and family would like to sit in our group for the game, additional tickets will be available for purchase. Game is Monday, August 5 at 7:05 pm vs. Milwaukee Brewers. We sing the anthem at approximately 6:45 pm.
Conference housing information is available here.
Mark your calendars now! Registration will be open soon.
You will receive an email when you can register online!
Susan Medley, DMA
Professor of Music
Director of Choral Activities
Washington & Jefferson College
60 S. Lincoln St.
Washington, PA 15301