Happy July! I hope this finds you enjoying a much-deserved summer of rejuvenation! It is a tremendous honor for me to begin serving as your President. As I begin my term, I want to extend a profound “thank you” to the 2019-21 board members, especially Caron Daley, for their exceptional work steering our state chapter through the pandemic.
Starting July 1st, we welcome nine new Executive Board members and R&R Chairs to the state, including: Kyle Zeuch (Community Choirs/Life-Long Choral Music), Waltier Blocker (Music in Worship), Kathryn Hylton (Upper Voices R&R Chair), Samantha Roberts (Vocal Jazz and Contemporary Commercial R&R Chair), Stephanie Magaro (Junior High R&R Chair), Kelsey Hendler (Membership Chair/Secretary), Jordan Shomper (Treasurer), Rachel Cornacchio (Act 48 Coordinator), and Delaney Reed (Student Representative). Welcome!
As ACDA-PA continues to evolve, we are eager to sustain and develop important resources for the state. Please share your ideas with me as we move forward: email@example.com
I hope to see you (virtually) at our summer conference!
The early-bird deadline for the 2021 ACDA-PA Summer Conference “New Horizons” is just 14 days away (June 15). Join us for this special time of connection, learning, and musical inspiration!
As was just sent in the most recent membership update for mid-April, here is a recap of the upcoming ACDA-PA and ACDA East events and deadlines. For Eastern Region conference information, visit acdaeast.org. All other details can be found on this site under the appropriate menu options:
Come join your ACDA Eastern Region colleagues on Friday, March 19 at 8:30PM EDT for some March Madness (choral repertoire edition), Conductor mixology, news about our 2022 Boston conference applications, events, and headliners, and breakouts with your state chapters. PJs and Loungewear encouraged!
Please find attached forms for ACDA-PA Act 48 credit for national conference attendance. Special note: although much of the conference material will be available until December, these forms are due June 18 to Dr. Regina Gordon, Act-48 Chair for ACDA-PA.
Nominations are now open for the ACDA-PA Awards! If you know a choral colleague who is doing exemplary work, consider nominating this conductor for one of ACDA-PA’s special awards. We offer three awards, described below. Please send a letter of nomination describing the candidate’s qualifications and why you feel they are deserving of the award to Susan Medley at firstname.lastname@example.org by May 31, 2021. Awards will be presented at the 2021 Virtual Summer Conference.
The Elaine Brown Award for Choral Excellence is presented to an individual for outstanding lifelong work in the choral art. Started in 1998, this award is named in honor of Elaine Brown, the founder/director of Singing City in Philadelphia, PA. The candidate must demonstrate:
The Eileen M. Hower Memorial Award is presented in honor of Eileen M. Hower, gifted choral musician and choral educator. The award is given to a Pennsylvania choral music educator who has been teaching for more than 15 years; has a proven record of commitment to developing voices, particularly at the middle school level; maintains high artistic standards; is actively involved in ACDA or some other professional leadership; models a passionate, positive, energetic, and joyful approach to their work. More information and a list of past recipients can be found at https://www.acdapa.org/eileen-m-hower-memorial-award.html
The Outstanding Young Conductor Award is presented to a rising young conductor doing exceptional work. Candidates must meet the following criteria:
Recognition by one’s peers is represents tremendous affirmation to a choral conductor, whether they are early in their career, mid-career, or have been at this for a long time. Please consider honoring a fellow conductor by nominating them for one of these awards.
In this time of virtual choirs, remote and hybrid learning, spend the morning with fellow choral directors as we explore more strategies for inclusive teaching and conducting. This interactive online workshop will be led by experts in the profession and will be sure to keep you motivated through the spring and into summer!
Free for ACDA-PA members! Register by April 26.
ACDA-PA is moving our summer conference ONLINE! Join us August 1-2, 2021! I am so excited to be presenting Dr. Rosephanye Powell and Dr. Andrew Clark as our guest clinicians. We want to engage as many choral directors and choirs as possible! Our Call for Performing Choirs and Interest Sessions is now open and due May 1!
For those who attended (or missed!) the January Jumpstart event a few weeks ago, videos of each session are posted as well as a link to several handouts from the presenters. Apologies that the videos were recorded in gallery view and so the screen sharing from the presenters is not captured to see their slide shows, however audio from examples played can be heard.
Go to the EVENTS menu option and select January Jumpstart to view the materials!