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March 2012
 
 
This issue of ChoraLink is sponsored by Messiah College.
 
  
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**Congratulations to Eastern Division's President-Elect Designate
Dr. David Fryling! Dr. Fryling's election was announced at the 2012 Eastern Division Conference in Providence.
 
**ACDA Eastern Division has partnered with Chorus America, the advocacy, research, and leadership development organization serving the choral music community. Their website has undergone an "extreme makeover" and we invite you to check it out at http://ChorusAmerica.org. The site offers hundreds of articles and resources for choral directors, chorus staff, and singers - it's a goldmine of information!
 
**Check out the State Events page for upcoming events in NJ, MA, and MD.
 
The Voices United Choral Conference is August 9-11, 2012 at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA (Washington, DC metro area).  This year's Conducting Masterclass features Dr. Tim Sharp, Executive Director of  National ACDA.  Four to six conductors will be chosen (conductors of any age or ability level may apply).  Information and an online application (applications are due April 1) can be found at: http://www.acdavoicesunited.org/?page_id=42
 
*Please consider making a donation to the Kegerreis Scholarship Fund so we may continue our tradition of offering scholarships to Honor Choir participants and to Collegiate members to attend our conferences.
 
Dr. Robert Eaton
President, Eastern Division ACDA
 
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January 2012

 

 

This issue of ChoraLink is sponsored by Luther Seminary.

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Hope to see you all at the Division Conference!

 

ACDA Eastern Division Conference Registration and Hotel Link.
(Reminder: Early Registration deadline is January 14.)


Conference Schedule.

 

Check out these special features of our conference:

  • Building Communities: series dealing with Special Needs, Homeless, Hospice, etc. Information here
    • Face to Face: 20-minute private interviews with members of ACDA leadership, and conference presenters and conductors. To schedule an interview go here.
      • Meet and Greet our composers whose works are being presented. Information Here.
        • Outstanding choirs, excellent presenters, networking over free breakfast, exhibit showcase, an all-in-one conference. For those who need accessible transportation information, see this page.

        Helen Kemp Award presented to Amy Story. Congratulations, Amy! More information here.

         

        Meet our International Conductors Exchange - Carmen Collado from Cuba, and Michael Kershner of YNYC.

        Remember to vote for Eastern Division President-Elect candidates.

         

        New updates on the Technology page; be sure to visit John at the Technology Kiosk at the conference.

         

        See what's happening in research. Information here.

         

        Please consider making a donation to the Kegerreis Scholarship Fund so we may continue our tradition of offering scholarships to Honor Choir participants and to Collegiate members to attend our conferences.

         

        Dr. Robert Eaton

        President, Eastern Division ACDA

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August 2011

 


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Openings are still available for February, March and June 2012.

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Performing Choirs announced for Providence Conference.

 

Building Communities Festival Choir for singers with intellectual and developmental disabilities and acquired brain injuries. Information and Application here.

 

Nominations being accepted for the Helen Kemp Award.

 

General information on Conference Fees and Hotels now online here.

 

Information for Exhibitors and Advertisers for our Feb. 2012 Division Conference is now online. Online registration will be open in the fall via the National ACDA office.

 

Please consider making a donation to the Kegerreis Scholarship Fund so we may continue our tradition of offering scholarships to Honor Choir participants and to Collegiate members to attend our conferences.

 

Bob Eaton

 

Dr. Robert Eaton

President, Eastern Division ACDA

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July 2011

This issue sponsored by sheetmusicplus at www.sheetmusicplus.com.

 

Eastern Division's Conference Creating a Choral Community promises to be an outstanding event. Check out this Overview of some of the highlights.

 

Thank you to all who submitted auditions and interest session applications. The committees have been hard at work and announcements should be made in August. We'll have some outstanding talent to present in Providence!

 

With great misgivings we say Farewell and Thank you to Troubadour.

 

The pre-conference Institute on Renaissance Music will feature Robert Hollingworth director of I Fagiolini and Eamonn Dougan assistant director of The Sixteen.

 

Information for Exhibitors and Advertisers for our Feb. 2012 Division Conference is now online. Online applications will be open in the fall via the National ACDA office.

 

Please consider making a donation to the Kegerreis Scholarship Fund so we may continue our tradition of offering scholarships to Honor Choir participants and to Collegiate members to attend our conferences.

 

Have a great summer!

Bob Eaton

 

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HONOR CHOIR DEADLINE:  JUNE 15

 

Questions about process? Contact Penelope Cruz, at pcruzacda@gmail.com.

Questions about recording or uploading files? Contact Sean Landers, at slanders@belmont.k12.ma.us

 

Honor Choir Deadline - June 15 - Information here

High School, Middle School choirs plus two very unique opportunities. Latino Repertoire for grades 11,12, collegiate and adult with Juan Tony Guzman conductor.

Elementary Choir for grades 4,5,6 with Joan Gregoryk conductor.  Encourage your colleagues and/or sponsor an elementary vocalist!

 

Don't forget the Honor Choir Kegerreis Scholarships.

Please consider making a charitable donation to the fund to support our efforts to provide financial aid to Honor Choir and Collegiate students.

 

Check out the updated Collegiate R & S page.

 

Find out what is happening in your state or your neighboring state at the State Events page.

 

There is lots happening for Providence Division Conference, with many announcements coming soon.  Check in often here.

 

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May 2011  

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Honor Choir Deadline June 15- Information here

High School, Middle School choirs plus two very unique opportunities. Latino Repertoire for grades 11,12, collegiate and adult with Juan Tony Guzman conductor.

Elementary Choir for grades 4,5,6 with Joan Gregoryk conductor.  Encourage your colleagues and/or sponsor an elementary vocalist!

 

Don't forget the Honor Choir Kegerreis Scholarships.

Please consider making a charitable donation to the fund to support our efforts to provide financial aid to Honor Choir and Collegiate students.

 

Latest Troubadour with Tom Lloyd "Bringing Transformative Collaborations to Life" and Michael Driscoll's article (first of two parts) "Not Enough Time! A Case for Teaching Music Literacy" and Robert Russell's "Rhetoric in Bach."

 

International Conductors Exchange applications are now open.

 

Check out updates on Male Chorus R & S page.

 

Congratulations to Anthony Trecek-King  and the Boston Children's Chorus for receiving the Margaret Hillis Award.

 

Congratulaions to Donald Nally and The Crossing for receiving the Chorus America/ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming.

 

Find out what is happening in your or your neighboring state at the State Events page.

 

Call for Troubadour Articles - Be published in the Troubadour. Share your research, experience and wisdom.

 

Jobs page at http://acdaeast.org/jobs/jobs.php 

Calendar at http://acdaeast.org/calendar.html  

 

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Participate in the Providence 2012 Conference:  WE NEED YOU to share your talent!  Online application deadlines!!! 

 

Interest Sessions    April 15 

 

Research Sessions  April 15 

 

Choir Performance  Extended to April 15 

 

High School Soundtable Extended to April 15 

 

Honor Choirs  June 15 

 

Latino Repertoire Honor Choir for Grades 11, 12, College and Adults.

A unique opportunity to explore and perform repertoire of various Latino cultures with an outstanding conductor and expert in the field of Latino Music Juan Tony Guzman.  

 

Elementary Honor Choir for Grades 4, 5, 6. 

The Elementary Honor Choir will focus on our younger choristers, sometimes overlooked in children's choirs, which have sometimes gone through age 16.  Encourage your elementary school choir directors to participate.  Offer to sponsor their children if they are not ACDA members. This could be a great way to ensure the future of choral music in your school and community and encourage your colleagues to experience all that ACDA has to offer.  Joan Gregoryk conductor. 

 

Traditional Junior High School Honor Choir with conductor Judy Bowers

and High School Honor Choir with Conductor Pearl Shangkuan 

 

Check out the new information on: 

 

College and University Choir page


Senior High School page


Community Choirs page


NEW- A State Events page listing upcoming events sponsored by our State Chapters.

 

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Dr. Robert Eaton

President, Eastern Division ACDA

rpesing@gmail.com

 

"The most important thing about performing is to make magic, to make a special moment in time.  The whole process ... is never about proving something but about sharing something."  - Yo Yo Ma 

"The woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sing the best." 
- Attributed to Henry David Thoreau

 

 


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February 2011

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Welcome to ChoraLink, a monthly update from ACDA's Eastern Division, with links to news, events, and resources.

Session and Performance Applications Now Accepted Online:

http://acdaeast.org/providence/

  • Interest Sessions
  • Research Sessions
  • Choir Performance
  • High School Soundtable


Honor Choir Information and applications:
New - Latino Repertoire Choir - Grades 11, 12, College and Adult - Juan Tony Guzman, Director.
Elementary Choir treble voices grades 4, 5, 6.
And the usual Middle School and High School Choirs.


Check out the updates on the College and University page.
Thank you, Peggy Dettwiler.

Congratulations to Ann Howard Jones - recipient of National's Robert Shaw Award.

Eastern Division Reception in Chicago Thursday, March 10, 5:30-7:30 PM Buddy Guy's Legend Blues Club, 500 Wabash St. (Across the street from The Hilton Chicago and Blackstone Hotel).

 

Call for Articles - Be published. Share your research, experience and wisdom.

 

Jobs page at http://acdaeast.org/jobs/jobs.php

 

Calendar at http://acdaeast.org/calendar.html

 

Join ChoralNet Communities

 

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January 2011

 

This issue of ChoraLink is sponsored by Bard College, www.bard.edu

 

Welcome to ChoraLink, a monthly update from ACDA's Eastern Division, with links to news, events, and resources.

I Fagiolini to perform in Providence.

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Applications now accepted online: http://acdaeast.org/providence/

  • Interest Sessions
  • Research Sessions
  • Choir Performance
  • High School Soundtable

Honor Choir applications February 1, 2011- http://acdaeast.org/providence/

 

ED Division Yoga Workshop for Directors - Lexington, MA - February 12, 2011

Call for Articles - Be published. Share your research, experience and wisdom.

 

December Troubadour now available-
1. Eroticism Redefined: The Sacred Contrafacta of Monterverdi's Secular Madrigals - Emery De Witt
2. An interview with Conducting Master Class participants from the Philadelphia Conference - David Fryling
3. New ideas for choral concert venues and collaborations - Andrea Goodman
4. Out of the Mouths - Sam Martinborough

 

Jobs page at http://acdaeast.org/jobs/jobs.php

 

Calendar at http://acdaeast.org/calendar.html

 

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October 2010 
 

This issue of ChoraLink is sponsored by

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Welcome to ChoraLink, a monthly update from ACDA's Eastern Division, with links to news, events, and resources.
 
Check out the following:
 
Kegerreis Collegiate awards to attend Chicago National Conference. Deadline November 15.  Apply online at http://acdaeast.org/k_scholarships.html
 
Retiree awards to attend Chicago National Conference. A memorial tribute to Brent Miller.  Apply online at http://acdaeast.org/retiree_awards.html
 
From Peggy Dettwiler, College and University R & S:  "Please join our ACDA Eastern Division College and University ChoralNet Community at http://www.choralnet.org/view/266120."
 
John Delorey, Male Choir R & S, offers a free arrangement at http://acdaeast.org/RS/mens/male-arr-1.html
 
Remember to read the new Troubadour and enter a contest to win free registration to the Eastern Division Conference in 2012. http://acdaeast.org/newsletter.html
 
Post your events or job listing on the Division Website.
Remember the new Jobs page at http://acdaeast.org/jobs/jobs.php
 
And the new Calendar at http://acdaeast.org/calendar.html  
 
Registration for National Conference is now open online. http://acda.org/conferences/2011


Remember to Join our Facebook http://www.facebook.com/acdaeast  and ChoralNet Communities http://www.choralnet.org/view/259794
 

In the past six months two of my choir members lost their daughters (in their 40s) and another lost her husband of 55 years.  None of them missed a rehearsal.  Music keeps them going.

 

Have a great Fall!
Bob Eaton

   
 
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September 2010 
 

This issue of ChoraLink is sponsored by

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Welcome to ChoraLink, a monthly update from ACDA's Eastern Division, with links to news, events, and resources.
 

 

Be sure to read the new Troubadour and enter a contest to win free registration to the Eastern Division Conference in 2012.  The Troubadour is no longer a 'newsletter' but full of interesting content - Women Conductors, White Zinfandel, Chausson,  and Martin Banner.  http://acdaeast.org/newsletter.html

 

Get your choral news at http://acdaeast.org

 

National Honor Choir Deadline is Oct. 1 http://acda.org/index.php?q=conferences/2011

 

Urban Initiatives- Participate or Host an Urban Initiative event http://acdaeast.org/urban_init.html

 

Division Calendar - get your ACDA events posted, see what else is going on. http://acdaeast.org/calendar.html

 

Jobs Listing - This is a beginning but a potential opportunity to post new jobs and/or find a position. http://acdaeast.org/jobs/jobs.php

 

See who our new members are. http://acdaeast.org

 

Coming soon:  Kegerreis Collegiate and Retiree National Conference award applications.

Providence 2012 announcements and more from your R & S Chairs

 

Remember to Join our Facebook http://www.facebook.com/acdaeast  and ChoralNet Communities http://www.choralnet.org/view/259794

 

Keep the music alive.

Bob Eaton

 

 

   
 
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August 2010 
 
YourAd/Event placed here will reach more than 2800 choral directors.  Contact Allyssa Jones aj@allyssajones.com
 
 
 
Welcome to ChoraLink, a monthly update from ACDA's Eastern Division, with links to news, events, and resources.
 
Congratulations to Eastern Division Choirs Performing at the Chicago Conference!  http://acdaeast.org
 
National Honor Choir Application links at http://acdaeast.org
 
How to make mp3 recordings- You might find this helpful even if not submitting Honor Choir applications: http://acda.org/index.php?q=honor-choirs
 
New Jobs listing page starting. http://acdaeast.org/jobs/jobs.php Post jobs here.
 
High School Repertoire list  http://www.acdaeast.org/RS/hs.html
 
More to come, lots happening in ACDA.  
 
Have a great start to the 2010-2011 Season!
 
 
Bob Eaton
 
P.S. - If you missed the July ChoraLink see below:
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Browse our updated Division website http://acdaeast.org and check out "What's New."
 
Technology tips for the novice and the adventuresome:  http://acdaeast.org/technology.html.
 
Who's Who in 2010-2012 Leadership:  http://acdaeast.org/officers.html.
 
President's Corner:  "It's Not the Music".
 
Post your ACDA-Sponsored events on our Calendar and attend a summer conference in NY, PA, or MD/DC/VA.
 
Women's Chorus Repertoire Links.
 
Junior High/Middle School Repertoire.
 
College and University Choir Repertoire.
 
Join our ED Facebook page:  Join here.
 
ACDA has taken over operations of ChoralNet, which has many resources. If you are not a member, you should join!
 
 
 
Bob Eaton
 
   
 
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It’s Not the Music
 
Thank you for taking a few moments to explore this corner of the ED website.  My hope in this corner is not to instruct but rather to present some ideas and thoughts that might stimulate some discussion and/or reflection.  Express your thoughts or reactions on this Blog. 
 
As the new school year approaches and with it the beginning of the process for honor choirs and auditioned conference choirs many will be focused on preparing the most polished and refined audition recordings.  Committees will be formed and procedures reviewed and scrutinized in order to provide a fair and impartial evaluation of those recordings.  In short, much effort, talent, and in some cases money will be invested in the attempt to showcase the very best musical performances and performers.  But, as an Association of Choral Directors, is this what we are all about?  While musical excellence is always a worthy goal should it be the predominant focus of our attention or should it be viewed more as a means to an end?
 
How one answers those questions depends a lot on how one answers the following:  Are we primarily choral Educators or choral Directors?  Is presenting outstanding choral performances the best way to promote the Choral Art or is it the process for preparing the choral performance the best way to promote the Choral Art?
 
The positive influence of choral music on the lives, mores, and values of participants has been well chronicled by numerous authors, philosophers, and educators.  All too often though, our training for chorus directors largely neglects these statements and almost exclusively focuses on the technical training of a conductor and musician.  Often significant time is spent developing strategies for dealing with “attendance policies” and chorus handbook rules and regulations.
 
In my own early years of teaching I too became irate with students who missed rehearsals or worse yet, a performance.  I would rant about the values of parents who dared to make family plans that conflicted with a chorus concert, trip, or festival. The primary goal was to make the best music possible.   Over time my attitude changed.  Perhaps it was the exchange with former students whose names I could not remember and whose faces I recollected only dimly.  They probably were one of those students I let stay in the choir because they ‘did no harm.’ Now they tells me how much chorus meant to them in high school, that it was what kept them in school, and how it was the source of their fondest memories.  Or perhaps it was watching the 70 and 80 year-old vocalists who dragged themselves weekly, often with physical pain, to church or community choir rehearsals.  Or the experience of vainly trying to comfort an elderly vocalist who tells you with tears that they can no longer sing in the ensemble.  These experiences gradually led to me to a belief that it is the process of making music that is most important, even more important than the music itself.
 
Anyone who has received an email from me has perhaps seen my two signature quotes.  They have become more and more a part of my moral compass as the years go by.
 
"The most important thing about performing is to make magic, to make a special moment in time.  The whole process ... is never about proving something but about sharing something."   Yo Yo Ma
 
"The woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sing the best."  Attributed to Henry David Thoreau
 
As we prepare for yet another competitive season of choral music I suggest we at least think about:
  • Is there a place in an honor choir for a dedicated but less talented vocalist with an overwhelming commitment to the choral art?
 
  • Is there a place for a conference choir that may not exhibit the ideal tone but sings with strong conviction and emotion?
 
  • Should we require testimonials from former students and ensemble members relative to the process of making music?
 
  • On a broader scale, how do we instill this understanding of the influence we have on the lives of the individuals in our ensembles to our young and future choral director/educators?
 
Thanks for listening.
 
Bob Eaton