Dear ACDA-PA members,
Fall is most definitely upon us! Our new choral paradigms have challenged our resources and energies, while also bringing unexpected victories. This November, I am excited to present a two-part interactive webinar series: “Resilient Leadership”. The purpose of this series is to celebrate the amazing and tireless leadership of choral directors in this pandemic season. Join me and special guests Dr. Hilary Apfelstadt and Drs. Troy Robertson and Stephanie Robertson to explore essential topics in choral leadership as they pertain to you!
Click here for more information and to register.
Dr. Caron Daley
The 2020 “Sing Up” drive starts September 15! In PA, we are charged with raising our membership 10% by November 15, which amounts to 48 new members!
Here are some great talking points for recruiting student and K-12 members:
There is a limit on the number allowed into our Zoom webinar, so it is being live streamed on YouTube at this link:
A panel of conductors representing elementary through adult choirs will share their ideas and resources for how they plan to creatively and enthusiastically approach social-distancing in the choral rehearsal in Fall 2020.
Panelists include (click name for biographical information):
In response to member requests in our survey, we have organized a set of virtual roundtable discussions focused on specific Repertoire & Resource areas. On Sunday, July 26, select one of the following roundtables to join for a discussion on how to move forward in this unprecedented time for choral musicians:
Children's & Middle School Choirs
moderated by Shawn Funk & Jordan Shomper
High School Choirs
moderated by Liz Colpo & Kelly Rocchi
moderated by Chris Jackson & Andrew Withington
Community & Worship Choirs
moderated by Mark Boyle & Joe Stuligross
Dear ACDA-PA members,
We want to thank all those who attended tonight’s panel, “Justice and Equity in your Choral Spaces”. It was a wonderful discussion, filled with thoughtful and practical advice. Thank you to each of our panelists for your wisdom and for taking time to share it with us.
In this technological age, online security is always a concern. Unfortunately, we encountered a situation this evening where our session was hijacked by offensive content. We immediately ended the session and canceled the Virtual Happy Hour.
Although the situation was out of our control, we would like to sincerely apologize for any distress this has caused. In the future, we will work diligently to better secure our state-wide offerings, while continuing to offer vital and valuable programming to the ACDA-PA membership.
Thank you again for your support.
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.
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!