March 31, 2021
Dr. Anton Armstrong from his 2021 national conference keynote:

"True love [acknowledges] where we have fallen short in the care of our neighbor and creation, but also [gives] us the vision to actually seek justice for all people, in all we say, and more importantly, all we do in the choral art. These conversations and this work will not be easy. . . . Only in this honest and difficult self-assessment of ourselves, our work, and our organizations can we refocus the work and mission of our ensembles to achieve justice for all. Yet it ultimately requires from each and every one of us respect, trust, and love."

Listen to the complete keynote address in the video below.
Silver Linings: Commitment and Engagement
At Concordia University, St. Paul, we’ve been fortunate to have been able to meet face-to-face, with distancing, masks, and 30-minute rehearsal times. This has led us to working on less literature and more focus on skill-building. Unable to do live concerts, we’ve engaged in sharing recorded videos of our music. The “silver linings” have been manifold. . . .
Perhaps the greatest “silver lining” has been the palpable increase in singers’ level of commitment and engagement in our choral community. The glamorous aspects (concerts, tour) were taken away from us, but what remains—making music together in community—is more than enough. Learning and embracing the intrinsic value of our precious art is a wonderful gift that will carry us into the future. Read complete post.

David L. Mennicke, Director of Choral Studies
Concordia University (St. Paul, Minnesota)
"Thank you for feeding my heart and mind and soul." - Martha Regelmann

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Awards: Applications & Nominations Open

  • Raymond W. Brock Competition for Student Composers. The prize includes a cash award and attendance at their regional conference premiere. Learn more. Deadline: June 1.
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Save the Date:
A Music in Worship Webinar, co-hosted by ACDA & The Church Music Institute (CMI) - Monday, Apr. 26, 1:00 p.m. PDT / 4:00 p.m. EDT
This webinar will include a tour of CMI's enormous library of sacred choral and organ music.

Looking Forward: Inspiration for Revitalizing Your Middle School & High School Choirs, hosted by ACDA's Education & Communication Committee - Tuesday, Jun. 8, 5:00 p.m. PDT / 8:00 p.m. EDT
This webinar will feature a panel of clinicians who will share practical ideas for sixth through twelfth grade choral educators.

Look for more information on these events in next week's e-newsletter and coming communications!
State Conferences & Webinars
Chapter virtual conferences and webinars open to members in other states:

  • Apr. 6 - New Jersey ACDA's Pop-Up PD Series - What Worked for Me: Elementary & Middle School Strategies. Registration: $10, free for NJ ACDCA members. Learn more and register.
  • Apr. 13 - New Jersey ACDA's Pop-Up PD Series - Innovative Ways to Use Soundtrap. Registration: $10, free for NJ ACDCA members. Learn more and register.
  • Apr. 20- New Jersey ACDA's Pop-Up PD Series - Using PearDeck to Engage & Assess Student Progress. Registration: $10, free for NJ ACDCA members. Learn more and register.
  • Apr. 27- New Jersey ACDA's Pop-Up PD Series - Flexibility and the Church Musician. Registration: $10, free for NJ ACDCA members. Learn more and register.
  • May 1 - Pennsylvania ACDA's May Motivator - explore strategies for inclusive teaching and conducting. Registration: free for members, $20 for nonmembers. Learn more and register.
  • Jun. 21-22 - Ohio Choral Directors Association's Summer Conference. Registration: $35 for members, $20 for retired and student members. Learn more and register.
ACDA Western Region's Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Virtual Series
No registration required. View sessions live (all at 6:00 p.m. PST/9:00 p.m. EST) from Western Region’s Facebook page. Recordings posted on Western’s YouTube channel for asynchronous viewing.

  • Apr. 22 – Amplifying Womxn’s Voices in the Reimagined Choral Ensemble, with Dr. Alyssa Cossey
  • May 7 – Choral Mentorship: Culturally Responsive Approaches, with Dr. Coreen Duffy, joined by educators of the Western Region
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