Composition Contest Deadline Approaches

Don’t forget the ACDA Raymond W. Brock Memorial Student Composition Contest application submission deadline is Friday, August 1, 2008.

National Leadership Conference (July 2008)

ACDA held a national leadership conference in Oklahoma City July 9-13. During this time, state, division and national leaders convened for training sessions, vision planning and social events. We are working together to effectively guide our organization together into the 21st Century and beyond.

Several immediate out comes from the weekend include:

  • A re-energized core leadership
  • State president’s blog to aide in communication and sharing of ideas
  • Membership retention and new member campaign
  • and many more great ideas with action items to come…

Current ACDA Executive Committee:

L-R: Mitzi Groom, Jo-Michael Scheibe, Michele Holt, Jerry McCoy, Tim Sharp, Hilary Apfelstadt, Julie Morgan

Current National R&S Chairs:

Standing: Jeff Carter, John Paul Johnson, Ken Thomas, Bob Johnson, Kirk Marcy, Frank Albinder, Tom Shelton, Julian Ackerley, Paul Aitken
Seated: Debra Spurgeon, Nancy Cox, Amy Johnson-Blosser, Sharon Gratto

Choral Journal Available through EBSCO (6/6/08)

Members can now access full-text articles from the Choral Journal beginning with the February 2008 issue through the Academic Search Complete Database.  Abstracts of articles are available from January 2006 – present.  This service is available only to subscribing libraries.  Check with your library to see if you have access, or contact www.ebscohost.com  to find a library in your area that subscribes.

His goal: amplify love of singing (5/25/08)

His goal: amplify love of singing 
by Rick Rogers
The Oklahoman, Sunday, May 25, 2008

“Tim Sharp discovered a love of singing at an early age. His participation in a local children’s choir sparked a love of choral music that continues to this day. After spending many years as a choral director, Sharp recently was named executive director of the American Choral Directors Association

“It comes as no surprise that Sharp is a passionate advocate for singing. For many young people, choral music becomes an entry-level arts experience. Whereas band and orchestra players spend considerable time learning the complexities of their instrument, choral music allows young people to experience an artistic moment without a significant investment of time. …”

Library of Congress Collaboration

ACDA and the Library of Congress have entered into an historic agreement:

Whereas the LIbrary is the oldest federal cultural institution in the United States and it maintains collections of historical materials, with more than 130 million items in its collections at this time, including more than 100,000 choral sheet music items;

Whereas the ACDA, founded in 1959, is a nonprofit music-education organization whose central purpose is to promote excellence in choral music through performance, composition, publication, research, and teaching, and it strives through arts advocacy to elevate choral music’s position in American society;

Whereas the Library and ACDA wish to cooperate to develop a Choral Music of America web site within the LIbrary’s existing web site at www.loc.gov/performingarts/

American Choral Music page

ACDA for the Twenty-First Century (5/1/2008)

Today ACDA officially welcomes Dr. Tim Sharp as the new Executive Director. Dr. Sharp outlined four visions for ACDA in the Twenty-First Century in the April 2008 issue of Choral Journal.

I envision a twenty-first century ACDA that establishes the opportunity for every child in the United States to sing in a choir.

I envision a twenty-first century ACDA that becomes fully engaged in world choral initiatives.

I envision a twenty-first century ACDA that utilizes the full extent of technological communication and other technologies for the benefit of our membership.

I envision a twenty-first century ACDA that sets the research and publication agenda for the best thinking, past and present, in choral music.

Read Dr. Sharp’s complete vision statement here.

Listen to a PodCast with Dr. Sharp here.

Contribute your thoughts and vision of ACDA here.

National Student Conducting Competition (3/27/08)

The ACDA Student Conducting Awards were initiated during the 1993 ACDA National Convention in San Antonio, Texas. We again offer this highly successful event at the 2009 ACDA National Convention in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The ACDA Student Conducting Awards are now funded through ACDA’s Endowment Trust.

The objectives of the ACDA Student Conducting Awards are three-fold:

  1. To acknowledge and reward outstanding graduate and undergraduate student conductors;
  2. To encourage score preparation and advancement of conducting and rehearsal skills; and
  3. To promote student activity at the ACDA National Convention.

These cash prizes are awarded to the winners of the final round of the conducting awards:

  1. First Prize, Graduate Level: $1000
  2. Second Prize, Graduate Level: $500
  3. First Prize, Undergraduate Level: $500
  4. Second Prize, Undergraduate Level: $250.

In addition, the sixteen semi-finalists (up to eight undergraduate and eight graduate) each receive a $200 scholarship funded by corporate sponsors to defray costs to attend the National Convention.

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  1. Hold valid ACDA student membership.
  2. Be a full-time undergraduate student (junior or senior status) or a full-time graduate student at a college or university in the United States at the time of application.
  3. Submit a complete application portfolio.

Click here to view and print the complete application guidelines, eligibility requirements and the official application form.

Application postmark deadline: October 31, 2008.

ACDA National Election Results (3/27/08)

Congratulations to the winners of the recent ACDA National Election.

Jo-Michael Scheibe, National President-Elect

Robert Eaton, Eastern Division President-Elect

Aimee Beckmann-Collier, North Central Division President-Elect

Solveig Holmquist, Northwestern Division President-Elect

Margie Camp, Southwestern Division President-Elect

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