The American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) is a non-profit music organization composed of over 18,000 choral musicians representing schools, colleges and universities, industry and institutional organizations, houses of worship, and community and professional choirs. The mission of the American Choral Directors Association is to inspire excellence in choral music through education, performance, composition, and advocacy.
ACDA is divided into seven geographic regions as well as into state chapters, each with its own conferences, newsletters, and programming. Residents of Indiana who join ACDA also become members of the Indiana chapter, the Indiana Choral Directors Association (ICDA). All Indiana members receive copies of Choral Journal (the ACDA national magazine), Resound (the Central Division newsletter) and Notations (Indiana’s newsletter, printed three times a year).
All-State Vocal Jazz
ICDA has just wrapped up another successful summer conference last June. Our headliners, Joe Miller and Ken Fulton, were well-received by conference attendees. Their notes may be found under the “conference” tab, “previous years’ presentation and materials.” A welcome addition this year was the choral evensong at Trinity Episcopal Church of Indianapolis. And, the All State Jazz Choir gave a fine performance on Tuesday night of the conference, under the able direction of James Spillane.
One of the major events ICDA sponsors each year is the Indiana All State Honor Choir. The 2017 All State Choir will be conducted by Z. Randall Stroope, and will perform at the Indiana Music Educators Association conference in Fort Wayne, January 14, 2017. Dr. Stroope will conduct the premier of one of his own compositions that was commissioned in honor of the 2017 All State Choir.
Auditions for All State Choir will be completed no later than the end of September, 2016. If you have not auditioned yet, you may expect to hear from your Area chairperson soon. Area chairs are in charge of all auditions and rehearsals. The audition song and rehearsal materials are posted on this page. Prospective singers will be required to sight-read at the audition. All State singers have four mandatory, three hour rehearsals that will occur before the performance. Area chairs set the rehearsal schedule. All State Choir is a unique opportunity for your students to work with other strong singers under the direction of an internationally famous conductor.
To join ACDA, simply print and complete the ACDA membership form and follow its mailing instructions or join via the ACDA web site (click the appropriate button below). For ICDA information, click on the Leadership tab on this web page and contact anyone listed there.