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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
The August issue of the Choral Journal is now available at the ACDA website.  The issue includes such articles as:
     “Toward a Choral Pedagogy for Composers” (Conte, Kyr, and Sametz)
     “Writing for the Amateur Chorus” (Thompson)
     “Conrad Susa (1935 - 2013): Composer, Teacher, Friend” (multiple)
     “August 4, 1964: 50 Years Later” (Swanson)
     “Developing Improvisation Skill and the Confidence to Teach It” (Ward-Steinman)
     “William Levi Dawson's Life in Speeches, Letters, and Writings” (Huff)
    . . . and MUCH more
The August issue will be in members' mailboxes soon, buy why wait for the postal service?  Read the Choral Journal online today.
Tired of looking for a place to listen to choral music? Look no farther than ACDA Radio, providing a continuous stream of choral music 24 hours a day.
Though it is usually a members-only benefit, for the remainder of the month of June, ACDA is offering a FREE PREVIEW.  Just CLICK HERE to start listening to the world’s best choral performances.
It's time to vist the ACDA website to take the poll of the week!  This week's question pertains to your plans for the summer months (today is, after all, the Summer Solstice).  Click here to TAKE THE POLL.
Soundwaves has generously donated a complete set of recordings from SIX of the seven recent ACDA divisional conferences to the American Choral Directors Association's Archive. Included in this large donation are CDs and DVDs from the Central, Eastern, North Central, Northwestern, Southern, and Western divisions.  This addition adds performances of 805 separate choral works to the ACDA collection.
The recordings in the ACDA Archive are an irreplaceable resource that are used almost daily by those studying such elements as repertoire, performance practice and programming trends.  These resources are play a critical role in ACDA’s ongoing educational efforts.
ACDA extends its gratitude to Soundwaves for this gracious gift.
Via Media has generously donated a set of recordings from the recent ACDA Southwestern Division Conference to the American Choral Directors Association's Archive. They provided both audio and video recordings.
The recordings in the ACDA Archive are an irreplaceable resource that are used almost daily by those studying such elements as repertoire, performance practice and programming trends.  These resources are play a critical role in ACDA’s ongoing educational efforts.
ACDA extends its gratitude to Via Media for this gracious gift.
The American Choral Directors Association is pleased to announce the appointment of Craig Dennison as the new national chair of the Boychoir Repertoire & Standards Committee.  Craig is in his twelfth year as the Artistic Director of the Florida's Singing Sons Boychoir.
ACDA's fourteen Repertoire & Standards (R&S) Committees provide support, vision, and resources for every major area of choral work. Committees play an important role in serving their respective choral genres.
     At any given moment, there are approximately 1,400 people in leadership roles within the ranks of the American Choral Directors Association.  In early June, 150 of those dedicated individuals met in Salt Lake City for several days of training, informative sessions and brainstorming meetings.  During their visit to Utah, they also had the chance to see some of the venues planned for the 2015 National Conference.
       The attendees at the 2014 ACDA Leadership Conference included state & divisional presidents and presidents-elect, the Choral Journal Editorial Board, the Research & Publications Committee, the Education Technology Committee, the National Board of Directors, and the Executive Committee.
       “There was great, positive energy for everything that was discussed throughout the weekend,” said Karen Fulmer, ACDA’s National President.  “The interactions between people were incredibly upbeat as they thought of creative ways to apply ACDA’s programs in their states and divisions.  We have outstanding leaders who are engaged and willing to lead.”
       Leadership opportunities in the American Choral Directors Association are available to any Active or Life member, and include both elective and appointive offices.  LEARN MORE about ACDA governance and leadership positions.
       During the summer of 2014, ACDA will enjoy the presence of two interns who will assist the association with various projects and who will in turn gain a unique perspective into their profession.
       Working in the ACDA national office for a second summer is Taylor Jack Conley (on the right in the accompanying photo).  Taylor Jack is a senior vocal performance major at the University of Tulsa.  He is actively conducting on campus, both as the assistant conductor for the choirs at TU and as the music director for the Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia chapter. This Oklahoma native is looking forward to pursuing a master’s degree next spring upon graduation.
       Lucas B. Ensign (on the left in the accompanying photo) is enjoying his first summer in Oklahoma City.  He has just completed his senior year at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, and will student teach in the fall.  The Illinois native is also an accomplished pianist who “played for everything at Platteville.”  Beyond music, Luke has earned the rank of Eagle Scout.
       ACDA is delighted to have these two fine gentlemen on our “campus” for the summer.
Tomorrow (June 1) is the deadline for applications for the Julius Herford Dissertation Prize.
LEARN MORE about the award.
The Wenger Corporation of Owatonna, Minnesota has generously donated six music stands to the McMahon International Choral Music Museum.  The museum is housed in a dedicated wing of the ACDA national office building in Oklahoma City.  The stands will be used both to enhance various installations and for the frequent performances that occur as a part of the Visiting Choir Series.
ACDA extends its gratitude to Wenger and their Marketing and Communications Manager, Stacy Hanson, for this gracious gift.
ACDA National Office Closed for Holiday
The National Office of the American Choral Directors Association has closed for the 2014 Memorial Day weekend. The office will re-open at 8:00 a.m., Tuesday, May 27.
The Julius Herford Dissertation Prize:
Each year the Julius Herford Prize Subcommittee of the Research and Publications Committee accepts nominations for the outstanding doctoral terminal research project in choral music.   Projects are eligible if they comprise the principal research component of the degree requirements, whether the institution defines the project as a “dissertation,” “document,” “thesis,” or “treatise,” etc.  
When a dissertation may be nominated:
                The prize name indicates the year in which the relevant doctoral degree was conferred.
                Dissertations must be nominated in the calendar year following the year in which the degree was conferred.
                The prize is awarded in the calendar year following the year of nomination. 
The award:
The winner will be awarded a $1000.00 cash prize and a plaque.  The committee reserves the right to award two prizes or no prizes in any given year.
Nomination Requirements and Procedure:
1. An institution may submit only one document for that year’s prize.  In the event that there are two nominations of equal merit from one school, the letter from the Dean, Director or Chair of the music school (described below) must justify the additional nomination.
The submitting faculty member, institution and/or the writer must be currently a member of ACDA in good standing.
2. To nominate a dissertation send, by US mail:
                A)   A signed letter from the Dean, Director or Chair of the music school recommending that the dissertation be considered for the Herford prize.  (Letters from the Chair of the Choral area are not acceptable.)  The letter must include the following information:
                                the name of the student
                                the year in which that student’s degree was granted
                                the full title of the dissertation
                B)   An abstract of the dissertation, from which any material identifying the student or institution has been removed.
                C)   An unbound copy of the dissertation (it may be double-sided). Excepting the title page, any material that identifies the student or the institution must be excised from the document before it is submitted.
                D)  The full name, title and contact information for the faculty member making the submission and the
                full name, current position(s) and contact information for the dissertation’s author (USPS address, email address and phone number(s)).
3. The dissertation and accompanying materials must be received at the national office (address below) by the date announced below (and in the Choral Journal and on the website).  Faxed material will not be accepted.
4. All materials must be submitted together in one envelope.
If one or more of these requirements is not met, the dissertation will be eliminated from consideration. 
Nominations for the 2013 Julius Herford Dissertation Prize must be received between Jan 1 and June 1, 2014. 
Note that this deadline is earlier than in previous years.
Mail applications to:
Craig Gregory

ACDA National Office

545 Couch Drive

Oklahoma City, OK 73102-2207
phone: 405/232-8161-5328;
You can help grow new choral singers and develop new choral conductors by making a tax deductible gift to the American Choral Directors Association Fund for Tomorrow.
To learn more and make an online contribution, please visit the Fund4Tomorrow website  (
The 2015 ACDA National Conference in Salt Lake City (February 25-28) will feature FIVE Honor Choirs:
     Children's Honor Choir
     Middle School/Junior High School Boy's Honor Choir
     Middle School/Junior High School Girl's Honor Choir
     High School Mixed Honor Choir
     College/University/Community Latin American Honor Choir
Online auditions are open September 1-30, 2014.  You can download audition information INFORMATION and MEET THE CONDUCTORS.
The American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) is proud to announce Ola Gjeilo as their 2016 Brock Composer. Gjeilo will compose a choral work to be featured at all seven of the 2016 ACDA Division Conferences throughout the United States by selected performing ensembles. 
The Raymond W. Brock Memorial Choral Series was established in 1991 to honor the life and contributions of Raymond W. Brock, who served as Administrative Assistant for ACDA from 1987 until his untimely death in 1991.   Annually, the ACDA Executive Committee will commission a recognized composer to write a choral composition in an effort to perpetuate quality choral repertoire and advance ACDA’s mission of inspiring excellence in choral music education, performance, advocacy, and composition. Tim Sharp, Executive Director of the American Choral Directors Association, said upon the occasion of this public announcement, “We are proud to add the create work of Ola Gjeilo to the distinguished list of past Brock Commission composers, including Morten Lauridsen, Dominick Argento, Stephen Stucky, Eric Whitacre,  Gian-Carlo Menotti, and a long list of other great choral composers. Ola is quickly becoming a household name due to his imaginative choral compositions.”
The album Northern Lights: Choral Works by Ola Gjeilo recorded by the Phoenix Chorale became Chandos' bestselling album for 2012.  This month Manhattan Concert Productions will present the World Premiere of Gjeilo’s latest large-scale work Dreamweaver at Carnegie Hall on Sunday, May 18, 2014.  Dreamweaver is scored for choir, string orchestra and piano, the work is a new setting of a well-known Norwegian medieval ballad, Draumkvedet; an epic text that has more than a few things in common with Dante’s infinitely longer Divine Comedy.  Draumkvedet has for this piece been adapted into a playful English text penned by Gjeilo’s regular collaborator, poet Charles Anthony Silvestri. The performance will also feature Gjeilo’s exquisite Sunrise Mass – this lush, cinematic-sounding piece has gained immense popularity around the world.
Ola Gjeilo (pronounced Yay-lo) was born in Norway in 1978, and moved to theUnited States in 2001 to begin his composition studies at the Juilliard School inNew York City. Ola’s concert works are performed all over the world, and his debut recording as a pianist-composer, the lyrical crossover album Stone Rose, was followed by its 2012 sequel, Piano Improvisations. Many of Ola’s choral works are featured onPhoenix Chorale’s bestselling Northern Lights album, which is devoted entirelyto his music for choir.
Presently a full-time composer based in New York City, Ola is also very interested in film, and his music often draws inspiration from movies and cinematic music. He is currently composer-in-residence with Manhattan Chorale, a professional New York based chamber choir led by Craig Arnold.  Ola’s choral works are published by Walton Music/Edition Peters, wind band works by Boosey & Hawkes/Hal Leonard, and piano pieces by Edition Peters.
The June-July issue of the Choral Journal is now available at the ACDA website.  The issue includes such articles as:
“The Piano in Rehearsal: A Tool or a Crutch?” (Sparks)
“Jean Gilles's Messe des Morts: A Study in Contextual Period Performance” (Ardrey-Graves)
“Giving Patient Hope: Rethinking Brahms's Requiem” (Faux & Rayl)”
“Retention Strategies” (Cavanaugh”
    . . . and MUCH more
The June-July issue will be in members' mailboxes soon, buy why wait for the postal service?  Read the Choral Journal online today.
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The latest issue of ACDA's on-line magazine, ChorTeach, is now available.  The Spring 2014 issue of ChorTeach includes:
     "World Music for Choirs: Benefits, Barriers, and Basic Pedagogy for Teachers" (Cash)
     "The Mother/Daughter Choir: A Unique Experience for Your High School Women's Choir" (Earnhardt)
     "iPads in the Choral Classroom" (Retzko)
     "Jo-Michael Scheibe: An Interview" (Burton)
     "The P.A.S.S.I.O.N.A.T.E. Choral Educator's Guide to Longevity and Happiness" (Fox)