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The 2015 ACDA National Conference is in full swing here in Salt Lake City.  The city is overrun with happy choral directors all having a wonderful time hearing astonishing ensemble performances, taking part in stimulating interest sessions, reading new literature, all while seeing friends old and new.
 
For those who can't be in Utah, ACDA is providing a daily blog to keep you abreast of the happenings during the 2015 National Conference.  Members of the Ithaca College Student Chapter are fanning out through the various performance venues to provide us with a running commentary on the choral happenings in Salt Lake City.
 
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The ACDA National Conference opens TODAY in Salt Lake City! If you can’t be with us, you can easily follow the action on the Conference Blog!
 
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Appearing in concert during the 2015 ACDA National Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah:
PACIFIC STANDARD TIME (California State University Long Beach)
 
Pacific Standard Time is the top vocal jazz ensemble at California State University Long Beach, Bob Cole Conservatory of Music. They have had the honor of performing at the JEN Conference, the IAJE Conference, national and divisional ACDA conferences, and multiple California State conferences. They have also performed at the New York Voices Jazz Festival, Los Angeles Jazz Festival, the Newport Beach Jazz Party, and the West Coast Jazz Party. Pacific Standard Time has won the Collegiate Vocal Jazz Ensemble category at the Monterey Next Generation Jazz Festival all three times they have competed. They have also received numerous DownBeat Magazine Student Music Awards: Outstanding Performance in 2010 and winners of the Collegiate Graduate Vocal Jazz Ensemble category 2011 through 2014.
 
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The 2015 ACDA National Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah will feature the interest session:
OLÉ ACDA A SNEAK PREVIEW OF ACDA’S SECOND NATIONAL SYMPOSIUM IN AMERICAN CHORAL MUSIC: THE MUSIC OF LATIN AMERICA (John Silantien, clinician)
 
ACDA’s Second National Symposium on American Choral Music will be held June 12–13, 2015, in Austin, Texas. It will focus on Latin American choral music of the colonial and modern periods, featuring some of the leading composers, scholars, and conductors in that field. This session will highlight the headliners, ensembles, and workshops to be featured at the Symposium, including several devoted to Latin American drumming.
 
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The 2015 ACDA National Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah will feature the interest session:
MUSIC 5: FOSTERING DIVERSE MUSICIANS BEYOND THE PERFRMANCE (Reid Larsen, clinician)
 
Do you want to break the stereotype of singers and musicians being mutually exclusive? Are you tired of not knowing your students as musicians and spending so much time developing the concert without developing the musician? Through a paradigm shift, we can work in small groups and teach musical skills and knowledge that are otherwise next to impossible to teach in a “traditional” rehearsal. This session will include practical ways for teachers to implement music literacy activities, work in small groups to assess learning, and still prepare a high-quality musical performance.
 
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Get on a plane, drive your car through the rain, hop a train!  Come to Salt Lake City for the 2015 ACDA National Conference.
 
Registration will be open on site from 2:00 - 8:00 p.m. Tuesday and again at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday morning. On-site Registration will be located in EXHIBIT HALL C in the Salt Palace Convention Center.
Appearing in concert during the 2015 ACDA National Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah:
MORMON TABERNACLE CHOIR
 
The Mormon Tabernacle Choir is one of the most venerable musical institutions in the nation. Comprising 360 volunteer voices, the Choir is heard by millions worldwide through television, radio, satellite broadcasts, Internet streaming, concert tours, and recordings. They have received a Grammy award plus two Grammy nominations, two Emmy awards, five gold and two platinum records with Billboard Magazine naming them the #1 Traditional Classical Albums Artist for 2012. Among recent releases, Homeward Bound, featuring Bryn Terfel, is on the Deutsche Grammophon label. The Choir also has its own recording label—Mormon Tabernacle Choir®—with more than thirty CDs and twenty video releases produced since 2003. The Mormon Tabernacle Choir is the only choral ensemble to receive the National Medal of Arts. Renowned guest artists who have recently appeared with the Choir include Renée Fleming, Bryn Terfel, Deborah Voigt, Frederica von Stade, James Taylor, and Audra McDonald. An important companion of the Choir, the Orchestra at Temple  Square was organized in 1999. Members are selected from a roster of 150 all-volunteer instrumentalists.
 
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The 2015 ACDA National Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah will feature the interest session:
NEW DEVELOPMENTS IN AND OPPORTNITIES FOR DYNAMIC STATE ACDA WEBSITES (Michael Driscoll & Tom Hale, clinicians)
 
This session will explore Content Management System (CMS) technology using WordPress and offer a tour of Massachusetts ACDA’s WordPress blog/website. No software developer skills are needed for editing content on this website. You’ll also explore Minnesota ACDA’s website (for members and non-members), using Drupal software, leveraging site content, and communicating with members via The Daily Beat.
 
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When starting a new job, one usually expects to have a little time to come up to speed with the rest of the team.  Not so for ACDA’s newest staff member, Eden Badgett.
 
As has just been announced, Eden is joining the ACDA National Staff in a brand-new position, specifically Festival Development Director.  However, before she even has the chance to re-locate from Colorado to her new home in Oklahoma, Eden is being tossed into the deep end during the National Conference.
 
Eden Badgett earned a Bachelor of Arts in Music with a focus in Choral Conducting from Rhodes College in Memphis, where she studied under Dr. Tim Sharp, and a Master of Music in Choral Conducting at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Most recently she has worked as Content & Communications Manager for Bravo! Vail, a six-week-long summer classical music festival in Vail, Colorado.
 
During the conference Eden will perform a variety of functions, from suite host, to registration desk.