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Items by Sundra Flansburg

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Community Forum Post: New member benefit: ACDA Career Center
Please help us spread the word that we have a new member benefit! The ACDA Career Center launches today. Great for job seekers - they can post their resume/CV for free, search openings, and create tailored job alerts. Employers have a lot of options, including searching the resume pool and paying on...
Comment: Re: GUEST BLOG: "Every Child an Opportunity to Sing?" by Sundra Flansburg
Becky et al.,   The link to donate online is now up and running. Go to acda.org/fund4tomorrow. Thank you!   Sundra
Comment: Re: GUEST BLOG: "Every Child an Opportunity to Sing?" by Sundra Flansburg
Oh, Becky, you've caught us up short. I apologize. The button was supposed to be ready last week but we're still gettin' 'er done. If you message me your email (to sflansburg@acda.org) I would be delighted to let you know when that is up. Hopefully today or tomorrow. Alternatively, I'd be delighted ...
Comment: Re: GUEST BLOG: "Oh Say . . . Can You Sing?" by Tim Sharp
For a complete version of the lyrics that Ronald has mentioned, you can visit the Smithsonian Museum of American History's page devoted to the lyrics of the Star-Spangled Banner. There is even a recording there of what a 19th century audience would have heard - performed on original instruments from...
Comment: Re: GUEST BLOG: “Who are Your Feet?” by Lucy Hudson Stembridge
A wonderful post on how choral teachers and conductors are all connected as singers develop and bloom.
Comment: Re: GUEST BLOG: “The Times They Are a-Changin’” by Sundra Flansburg
A great suggestion, Lucy! It seems like that might make a good session at a conference, or a state meeting. Have you thought about that?
Comment: Re: GUEST BLOG: "When the Young Teacher Becomes the Mentor," by Emily Hacklethorn
What a wonderful post, Emily! ACDA will be rolling out a mentoring program for choral conductors later in the year, after the Eastern Divsion pilot tests it. We had thought about traditional matches between experienced conductors and students or newer conductors, as well as between peer to peer, mor...
Comment: Re: The Young Conductor I
I am eager to see how this blog develops. Thanks for this focus.
Comment: Re: GUEST BLOG: "Choral Music Education as Social Justice Education," by Emily Pearce
Beautiful post!
Comment: Re: Bumgarner Joins ACDA Staff
Delighted you are here, Amanda!
Community Forum Post: Sing Up! Membership Drive Web Pages
Just a heads up that web resources are up and available to you as a a few weeks ago. You can get to the landing (central) page by going to www.acda.org/singup. You'll be able to find the major tools - Refer a Friend Program, Student Membership Initiative, and Seeding New Members - by clicking around...
Comment: Re: 501(c)3 status
[Coming from me as a private citizen without legal training] Membership dues are common in the nonprofit world and wouldn't be a cause for denying 501(c)3 status. My guess is that it was something else. The IRS has a lot of information online, but basically, you have to show that your choir would be...
Community Forum Post: Early Contact with College Students
I am in Georgia and as already mentioned money and time are the biggest issues. I do believe that early intervention is HUGE!! This has been our task in Georgia to get the college students more involved. The biggest reason I am in ACDA and active is because my college conductor took me to a state ...
Community Forum Post: Incentives - Honor Choirs - State Conferences
SC does some similar things that Kathleen described. Our Fall Conference is also our Honor Choir Festival, which brings in 400+ students from around the state along with the choral directors and many parents. We offer several incentives to attract new membership in our state that have worked fair...
Community Forum Post: Sharing Ideas - Emailing Just Lapsed Members - One-on-One Contacts
This is all very exciting and I totally agree with the thoughts below, especially the membership kits.  I think it would be a wonderful idea for those who are their state's membership chair to post what they do to either maintain or create new members.  We can all learn from each other and benef...
Community Forum Post: Following up With Lapsed Members - Personal Contacts
Thanks for all the ideas and discussion. Maine has a small membership. We created an email list of all our members, current and lapsed, for announcements to the group. So we keep track of each other that way. We make personal contact every time we get an updated expired membership list from Easter...
Community Forum Post: Students at Conferences - Giving Value Throughout the Year - Membership Summits?
Great questions from Kevin!  Thanks for providing so much to think about.  Everyone seems to be in agreement that there are many exciting things getting started for membership promotion.   Our state is working on three target groups:  Students (to get them involved, and keep them involved as ac...
Community Forum Post: Sundra's Original Email
Dear ACDA Officers & Leaders, We are in the beginning stages of creating a membership campaign for the fall, and would appreciate your input. I'm aiming to get the basics together in time to share at the board meeting in June, with a mailing of detailed information in August, and a "drive" duri...
Community Forum Post: Students - Against Competition - Personal Contacts
I am with Bill, there are many good things beginning to happen and I am very excited about the membership kits.  I believe that the recent Collegiate Membership drive was very successful, and if we continue to focus on these young members we have potential to  bring in many young members as they e...
Community Forum Post: Cons of Competition Between States
I am excited by many of the ideas presented by the National ACDA, and having done this for many years, this is the most we've received in many years, so well done on getting the creative juices flowing.  I like the idea of an August membership kit, as well as a Membership Drive.  I also like the ...
Community Forum Post: Music in Worship - Questioning Growth Paradigm
All true.  I just left a meeting this morning where some of the time was spent discussing how NAfME’s attendance at conferences got so low during the economic downturn.  The difference is their members have to belong to NAfME in order for their member’s students to be eligible for NAfME’s e...
Community Forum Post: Money & Validation of Quality Teaching
These are great ideas, Sundra.    Lack of money is usually the reason I hear when I ask choral directors to join ACDA, especially young directors. Could you include info for public school principals that would stress the importance of having their choral director become a member. Perhaps there co...
Community: ACDA Membership Development
A forum for state and division leaders to exchange ideas and practices related to membership growth. Created by ACDA's membership development director.
Community Forum Post: New Teacher Welcome in Dallas
If you are going to the Dallas conference, the ACDA Membership Team would like to cordially invite you to join us:   NEW TEACHER WELCOME Saturday, March 16 4:30 - 6:00 p.m. Meyerson Symphony Center - Horchow Hall (lower level)   Meet other K-12 teachers to informally share experiences and ...
Community Forum Post: New Teacher Welcome in Dallas
If you are going to the Dallas conference and are a new or fairly new high school choir teacher, the ACDA Membership Team would like to cordially invite you to join us:   NEW TEACHER WELCOME Saturday, March 16 4:30 - 6:00 p.m. Meyerson Symphony Center - Horchow Hall (lower level)   Meet ot...
Community Forum Post: New Teacher Welcome in Dallas
If you are going to the Dallas conference and are a new or fairly new junior high/middle school school choir/music teacher, the ACDA Membership Team would like to cordially invite you to join us:   NEW TEACHER WELCOME Saturday, March 16 4:30 - 6:00 p.m. Meyerson Symphony Center - Horchow Hall...
Community Forum Post: New Teacher Welcome at Dallas
If you are going to the Dallas conference and are a new or fairly new elementary school choir/music teacher, the ACDA Membership Team would like to cordially invite you to join us:   NEW TEACHER WELCOME Saturday, March 16 4:30 - 6:00 p.m. Meyerson Symphony Center - Horchow Hall (lower level) ...
Comment: Re: GUEST BLOG: "Want a Year of ACDA Membership for Free?" by Sundra Flansburg
John - You should now be able to log-in with the information Leane provided you earlier. As you might imagine, our wonderful IT person has been deluged with all of the conference things and had not gotten to your issue as quickly as he normally does. He just fixed the problem that for some reason ...
Comment: Re: GUEST BLOG: "Want a Year of ACDA Membership for Free?" by Sundra Flansburg
Sue - I am so sorry you're having some technical issues with our online joining process. We are still offering the two years for the price of one! You should be able to use a Mac and do the process from abroad. If you would, please send me a message at sflansburg@acda.org so that I can get you con...
Comment: Re: GUEST BLOG: "Want a Year of ACDA Membership for Free?" by Sundra Flansburg
Gordon: Welcome! And thank you so much for joining ACDA and financially supporting ChoralNet in that way. In addition to the online journal access, as a member you will also be able to stream choral music online via ACDA Radio and First Listen (links are on our home page at acda.org). The discount...
Comment: Re: GUEST BLOG: "Want a Year of ACDA Membership for Free?" by Sundra Flansburg
It looks as though "Active" members, in your words, "would receive all of the above, plus the print Choral Journal, be able to attend the national conferences", but in the next sentence it is stated that one should join as an International member (at 3 x the fee) "if you plan to take advantage of ...
Comment: Re: GUEST BLOG: "Want a Year of ACDA Membership for Free?" by Sundra Flansburg
Q.3: Can I join as an Associate member as a composer? . . . Q.4: What does a FULL member receive from membership that an Associate member would not receive? In other words, what would be the benefit of being a FULL member (not being a conductor) rather than an associate member. I guess this...
Comment: Re: GUEST BLOG: "Want a Year of ACDA Membership for Free?" by Sundra Flansburg
Q.2: Now that the Choral Journal is provided only online to Canadians (if I am correct in this) what would be the reason for a price difference between the rest of the (choral) world and Canadians? . . . As a member of Composers Community, I would hope that Composers could (if they wished) be c...
Comment: Re: GUEST BLOG: "Want a Year of ACDA Membership for Free?" by Sundra Flansburg
Donald, thanks for your questions and thoughts. Let me take this in chunks. Q.1: What does 'retired' mean in this context? ('not conducting anymore'? or 'receiving retirement income from a full time job not related to being a conductor, but still conducting'?) Q.1a: Can I become a 'Retire...
Comment: Re: GUEST BLOG: "Want a Year of ACDA Membership for Free?" by Sundra Flansburg
Jack, we are so delighted to have the revised ACDA Associate category in place and approved - so thank YOU. I very much appreciate your suggestion about composers. We are very aware how committed choral composers are and really do see a full partnership between conductors, composers, and choral ad...
Comment: Re: GUEST BLOG: "Want a Year of ACDA Membership for Free?" by Sundra Flansburg
Great question, Chris! Canadian members are, of course, included as full members with full benefits. For those outside the U.S. and Canada, all of the benefits listed for ACDA Associates would be available since they are online benefits. "Active" members outside the U.S. and Canada would join as i...