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).
The schedule for our summer conference, which will be held June 29 – July 1 at the University of Indianapolis, may be found under the “Conference” on the menu bar. Bios of our headliners and a listing of the interest sessions to be presented is included, as well. A reading session of the music of Z. Randall Stroope, to be presented by the composer, will close our first day’s activities. Gregory Gentry (University of Colorado, Boulder) will address the need to stay balanced – physically and emotionally – in the midst of your busy teaching schedules. The All State Vocal Jazz choir will be led by Ly Wilder of Indiana University. We have scheduled an all-conference get together at the Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery following the concert. Graduate credit is available from the University of Indianapolis for participation in the conference. Online registration will be available by April 15. Make plans to attend, and invite your choral colleagues!
All-State Vocal Jazz
Another of ICDA's primary functions is to promote high quality singing in the schools of the state, including through the Indiana All-State Honor Choir. Our 2016 All-State Honor Choir guest conductor will be Anton Armstrong of St. Olaf College. Information on auditioning for the 2016 choir (some areas audition in spring 2015, some areas in fall 2015) will be available under the All-State Groups tab.
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.