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The Best Thirty Minutes of a Career

       If you have attended even a single ACDA Conference, you’ve seen it.  It’s the look on the face of every conductor as they turn to acknowledge the applause of peers at the conclusion of their appearance on the main stage of the Conference.  One calls it “The Grin.”
       But it’s the NEXT look to cross their faces that is the most profound and to our way of thinking vastly more important.  It is the look of unrestrained pride in the accomplishment of the singers under their care – a feat that often bring tears to their eyes. 
       It’s a fair bet that most singers in the choirs we hear at Conferences don’t grasp the magnitude of performing for a room full of choral directors.  But the conductor certainly does.  One colleague summed it up rather nicely. As he stepped off stage following his performance at a recent divisional conference, he said to us, “That was the best thirty minutes of my career.”  He wore the biggest grin one has ever seen.  And a well-deserved grin it was, too.
       Sound interesting?
       Then you – yes, YOU! – should audition to perform at the 2015 ACDA National Conference, scheduled for February 25-28 in Salt Lake City. Read the Audition Guidelines for Performance, then complete the On-line Application.  The deadline for application is April 30.
       You have nothing to lose and everything to gain.  The best 30 minutes of your career awaits!