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).
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!
All-State Vocal Jazz
One 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 Pearl Shangkuan of Michigan's Calvin College at the state music professional development conference in Fort Wayne, January 24-25, 2014. Information is available under the All-State Groups tab.
Another part of ICDA's mission is to help its members to improve their skills, to meet new choral conductors, and to come together annually at a summer conference. We are pleased to announce that the headliner clinicians for our 2014 summer conference (June 30 – July 2) will be Vijay Singh of Central Washington University and Sigrid Johnson of St. Olaf College in Minnesota. Vijay Singh is a well-known composer, performer, and clinician (he was the headliner at the Illinois chapter of the ACDA last year). Sigrid Johnson is a prominent conductor and clinician and is a return clinician for the ICDA summer conference. Patrice Madura of Indiana University will also present a session that outlines the results of her research into the common ingredients in successful Indiana choral programs. If you have an idea for a session, know of someone else who would be a good presenter, or would like to otherwise help out, please contact President-Elect Rick Gamble.
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.