Lift Every Voice is a new column in Choral Journal concerning issues of access, diversity, equity, inclusion, belonging, and restorative practice (ADEIBR) in choral music. ACDA hopes that this column can provide a space to incubate ideas about inclusive practices and provide mentorship for choral practitioners.
- 1,000-word minimum; 3,500-word maximum
- Shorter pieces on similar topics may be combined into one column
- The author need not be an ACDA member to submit
- Send submissions to
- Please submit a bio or resume along with your article
- Use Choral Journal style guide, available online at acda.org/choraljournal
- Use Choral Journal end notes guide, available online at acda.org/choraljournal
- Submit the article to the DIC chair at the email above, who will decide whether or not to send it out for review to two content area experts on the topic of the submission.
- If the article goes out for review, the identity of the author will be known to the two reviewers.
- Authors will receive constructive comments from the two reviewers.
- No submission will be guaranteed publication until after review by two content area experts.
We echo the editorial process of the New Directions in Music Education journal: “Reviewers should approach the editorial process as a collegial exchange, not as a critical investigation. . . . The approach to the editorial review process described above should represent an empowering, invigorating experience for all concerned.”
- Editorials and opinion pieces will be accepted with strong preference given to those representing authentic, lived experiences
- Interviews centering the voices of historically marginalized groups within the choral community
- Articles exploring inclusive, equitable choral pedagogy
- Research articles on ADEIBR topics in choral settings
- Reflections on personal experiences: writing grounded in lived experience
- For articles with musical examples/figures, placement of musical figures should be indicated within the body of the article (i.e., “Figure 1”).
- Permission of copyright owner should be given underneath each musical example (e.g., copyright year, publisher, and a reprint permission statement). It is strongly encouraged that the author obtain all necessary copyright permissions prior to submission; however, in the event that the publisher requests proof of acceptance prior to granting permission rights, authors can submit their article with the understanding that they will need full copyright permission prior to scheduling should their article be accepted.