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).
We are pleased to announce that the headliner clinicians for our 2015 summer conference, which will be held June 29 – July 1 at the University of Indianapolis, are Z. Randall Stroope of Oklahoma State University and Greg Gentry of the University of Colorado at Boulder. Professor Stroope is an internationally famous composer, conductor, and clinician. He was the headliner at the Arizona chapter of the ACDA last summer. Dr. Gentry is the Director of Choral Studies at UCB, and serves as the chorus master of the Phoenix Symphony Chorus. In addition to the lectures given by our headliners, we network ideas and techniques at the summer conference at sessions that are presented by our members. If you would like to share your experiences with your colleagues, or know of someone else who would be a good presenter, contact President-Elect Rick Gamble.
A new project of ICDA was the very successful Collegiate Choral Invitational Festival, which occurred November 16, 2013 on the campus of Ball State University. This event brought together collegiate choirs from around the state to sing for each other and also to combine forces and perform en masse. It also was a great time for the students to meet each other and make new contacts in the choral world. Thanks to College/University Repertoire & Standards Chair Dennis Malfatti for coordinating this effort and to the college ICDA member directors who brought their choirs! Watch for an announcement on the event's date and location for 2014.
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. This 250-voice SATB ensemble will perform under the direction of composer/arranger Rollo Dilworth of the Boyer College of Music and Dance at Temple University at the state music professional development conference in Fort Wayne, January 15-17, 2015. Information on auditioning (some areas audition in spring 2014, some areas in fall 2014) is 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.