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It’s one of the great features of any ACDA conference: Honor Choirs!
There will be five honor choirs rehearsing and performing during the 2015 National Conference in Salt Lake City:
     Children's Honor Choir     [EXCERPT]       [AUDIO]
     Middle School/Junior High School Boy's Honor Choir          [EXCERPT]       [AUDIO]
     Middle School/Junior High School Girl's Honor Choir          [EXCERPT]       [AUDIO]
     High School Mixed Honor Choir          [EXCERPT]       [AUDIO]
     College/Community Latin American Honor Choir          [EXCERPT]       [AUDIO]
The audition process for all five honor choirs runs through September 30.
Interested in gaining access to the biggest choral audience of the 20154-15 academic year?  Then YOU need to advertise and exhibit during the 2015 ACDA National Conference (Salt Lake City, Utah, February 25-28).  Access to this remarkable commercial opportunity is limited to ACDA’s Industry and Institutional members only.
Space in the both the Program Book (the February issue of the Choral Journal) and the exhibit hall is limited, and will sell fast, so do not put this off.
You can LEARN MORE and APPLY online.  Contact Chris Lawrence ( with any questions.
The "A Cappella Federation" (Brian Hogan & Casey McCarty, co-directors) enjoyed a day of rehearsal on September 13, in the McMahon International Choral Music Museum located at the national office of the American Choral Directors Association.
This performance was the latest in the ACDA Visiting Choir Series.  Other recent choral performers have included the Nordic Choir from Luther College (Iowa), the Schola Cantorum from Houston Baptist University, the Baylor University A Cappella Choir, the Concert Choir from William Jewel College, the Lawrence High School Concert Choir, and the Young Choirs of Central Oklahoma.
If your choir would like to sing in the McMahon Museum as a part of the Visiting Choir Series, contact Scott Dorsey at
The American Choral Directors Association Research and Publications Committee is inviting research papers to be presented at the Second National Symposium on American Choral Music to be held in Austin, Texas, June 12­–13, 2015.  The event will be cosponsored by the University of Texas at Austin Music Department, the UT Center for American Music, and the UT Institute of Latin American Studies.  
The Symposium theme is "Searching for a Latin American Musical Style,” focusing on works from both the colonial and modern periods.  The Symposium will include performances, paper/poster presentations, and composer/scholarly panels.
ACDA invites interested scholars to submit proposals (2–3 pages) for paper presentations at the Symposium.  The papers will be included in the published proceedings of the Symposium.  Send proposals to Dr. John Silantien, Department of Music, University of Texas at San Antonio, One UTSA Circle, San Antonio, TX  78249. Electronic submissions can be e-mailed to
DEADLINE for submissions is September 30, 2014.
The American Choral Directors Association is currently accepting applications for the 2015 Raymond W. Brock Memorial Student Music Composition Contest.
     The award includes a cash prize of $1,000 and the prospect of having the work premiered during a divisional or national conference of the American Choral Directors Association.
     The application and guidelines for the Student Composition Competition Application are available online. 
The deadline for application is October 1, 2014.
The American Choral Directors Association will sponsor a session to disseminate the results of excellent research about any aspect of the choral art at its 2015 National Conference in Salt Lake City, February 25– 28, 2015. Participants chosen for the presentation will be required to prepare a poster describing their research and to be available during the presentation session to discuss their work with interested conference attendees.
LEARN MORE and APPLY today.  The deadline for applications is September 30.
ACDA will again offer the Student Conducting Awards during the next national conference, February 25-28, 2015, in Salt Lake City, Utah.
The objectives of the ACDA Student Conducting Awards are designed to acknowledge and reward outstanding graduate and undergraduate student conductors; to encourage score preparation and advancement of conducting and rehearsal skills; and to promote student activity at the ACDA National Convention.
These cash prizes are awarded to the winners of the final round of the conducting awards:
     First Prize, Graduate Level: $1000
     Second Prize, Graduate Level: $500
     First Prize, Undergraduate Level: $500 Second Prize, Undergraduate Level: $250
In addition, the sixteen semi-finalists (up to eight undergraduate and eight graduate) each receive complimentary registration to attend the 2015 National Conference.  The event is sponsored by Manhattan Concert Productions.
LEARN MORE about the student conducting competition and then APPLY. Application deadline is October 31.
The editor of the Choral Journal is currently conducting a reader survey to determine overall reader satisfaction with ACDA’s flagship publication.  The multiple-choice questionnaire takes less than five minutes to complete, yet it will provide enormously valuable information to the publication’s editorial team.  Naturally, the survey is anonymous.
Anyone who has ever attended an ACDA national conference knows they are large complex events that take untold thousands of hours of volunteer labor to stage.
Among the many challenges associated with a conference is the issue of keeping track of a wide variety of deadlines.   Here, then, is a complete list of these important dates related to the upcomng 2015 ACDA National Conference:
Honor Choir applications:  September 1-30
     [Learn More]          [Apply]
Poster Session application deadline:  September 30
     [Learn More]
Registration begins:  October 1
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Student Composition Contest Applications due:  October 1
     [Learn More]          [Apply]
Conducting Masterclass Applications due:  October 1
     [Learn More]          [Apply]
Student Conducting Competition applications due:  October 31
     [Learn More]          [Apply]
Program Book advertising reservation deadline:  November 3
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Exhibit reservation deadline:  November 3
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Industry Showcase reservations due:  December 5
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Early Registration ends:  January 21
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The American Choral Directors Association is pleased to introduce the 40 choirs invited to appear during the 2015 National Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah (February 25-28).  Conference attendees will hear stellar choral music from:
Ansan City Choir
Baylor University A Cappella Choir
BYU Women's Chorus
California State University Long Beach Pacific Standard Time
Central Washington University Vocal Jazz 1
Choral Arts (Seattle)
Concordia Singers
Cypress Falls High School Varsity Women
Desert Chorale
Dreyfoos School of the Arts Singers
Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir
Iowa State Singers
Kettering Fairmont High School Eleventh Hour
King's Singers
Metropolitan Chorus of Tokyo
Miller Middle School Advanced Choir
Milwaukee High School of the Arts Vocal Jazz Ensemble
Mira Costa High School Vocal Ensemble
Mormon Tabernacle Choir
Muungano Nationa Choir of Kenya
National Youth Choir of Great Britain
Real Group
Roanoke Valley Children's Choir
Salt Lake Vocal Artists
Sine Nomine
Singing Girls of Texas Training Choir
South Dakota Chorale
Spivey Hall Children's Choir
St. Mary's Int'l. School Varsity Male Ensemble
Tour Choir of the Maryland State Boychoir
University of Kentucky Men's Chorus
University of Michigan Men's Glee Club
University of North Texas Jazz Singers
USC Thornton Chamber Singers
Utah State University Chamber Singers
Utah Symphony and Utah Singers
Vocal Jazz Ensemble  American River College
Waukee High School A Cappella Choir
West Ridge Varsity Treble Choir
Plan now to attend the 2015 National Conference.  Registration begins October 1.
The 200th anniversary of the composition of the U.S. national anthem is only days away!  Help celebrate the event, and if you are a current ACDA member, help yourself to a FREE CD of rare Early-American vocal gems.

Post a photo of your choir singing the Star Spangled Banner (or commemorating this event in some other fashion) on Sing Up's Facebook timeline, then send your mailing address to ACDA ( The first 20 members to respond will receive a copy of this valuable musical collection.

Oh, say, can YOU see . . . ?
We are delighted to announce the new ACDA Career Center. Are you looking for a job, or just want to keep an eye on positions available?
  • Easily locate job postings that relate to your interests and priorities in the choral field. Create job alerts and search our listings using criteria most important to you – all free to you.
  • Let opportunity find you – without even trying. Post your resume/curriculum vita anonymously (you can even upload your information from LinkedIn). Your candidate profile allows employers and recruiters to review your credentials, experience, and career objectives. If they are interested in further discussing an opportunity with you they request contact information. Releasing that information is completely up to you based upon your interest in the job.
Visit the ACDA Career Center from and access the best way to find new positions in the choral field!
It's time to vist the ACDA website to take the latest poll!  The question of the moment pertains to your use of warm-ups in the choral rehearsalClick here to TAKE THE POLL.
The October issue of the Choral Journal is now available at the ACDA website.  The issue includes such articles as:
“Blending Genres: Elements of Jazz in Finnish and Swedish Choral Music” (Williams)
“Paul Salamunovich: A Beacon of the Choral Art” (Breden & Summer)
“The Millennial Generation of Parents” (Dupont)
“The Impact of Risers on Learning and Performance” (Rafe)
    . . . and MUCH more
The October issue will be in members' mailboxes soon, buy why wait for the postal service?  Read the Choral Journal online today.
The Choral Journal: An Index to Volumes 19-54 has been updated to include annotated and cross-referenced entries for the latest volume year (Vol. 54).  The current Index includes entries for 4,453 articles published in the Choral Journal from 1979 through the June/July issue of 2014.  It is available to anyone - ACDA member and non-member alike - through the ACDA website.
The September issue of the Choral Journal is now available at the ACDA website.  The issue includes such articles as:
   “Culturally Responsive Teaching in the Choral Classroom” (Bond)
   “Spirit and Song of the Maori of Aotearoa (Clements)
   “An Overview of Latin American Colonial Choral Music (Grases)
   “Choral Music of Resistance and Resilience (Dekaney)
    . . . and MUCH more
The September issue will be in members' mailboxes soon, buy why wait for the postal service?  Read the Choral Journal online today.
Oh the weather outside is frightful . . . but in a steamy, pass the sunscreen, fry-an-egg-on-the-sidewalk sort’a way.
What better way to mentally beat the heat than to have a little Christmas in July?
For the month of July, the first 13 volumes in the ACDA monograph series are ON SALE for just FIVE DOLLARS each (plus shipping).  You will loving adding these titles to your library:
Ho Ho Ho!  Don’t miss out.  Visit the ACDA Store today!
The American Choral Directors Association will be featured on Minnesota Public Radio’s live webcast on Google Hangout on Mondaym July 7, at 1:30 p.m. (central daylight time).  The event will include a conversation with ACDA’s Executive Director, Tim Sharp.  READ MORE . . . .
ACDA is pleased to announce the 2015 International Conductors Exchange Program (ICEP) with Sweden. ICEP is providing opportunities for the next generation of choral leaders to represent the United States as ambassadors to the world in the exchange of music, ideas, and cultures. In 2015, ACDA will host fourteen choral conductors from Sweden who will travel to the United States to be official guests in each of the seven divisions and at the National Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah. In turn, the Swedish Choral Directors Association (SCDA) will host fourteen U.S. conductors to be official guests at the Scandinavian Choral Convention in Stockholm, Sweden, in October 2015.
ICEP Application Deadline: July 11, 2014.
To apply online go HERE
Or visit the ICEP Choralnet Community at