Chora Link - August 2019
In this issue: Voices 21C, Elementary and Junior High honor choir
applications extended, and the Allen Lannom Award.
Peggy Dettwiler,
ACDA Eastern Region President

The ACDA Eastern Region planning committee is proud to announce that VOICES 21C, a Boston-based chamber choir, will appear in concert next March. VOICES 21C, led by artistic director André de Quadros, is a chamber choir and artists’ collective, dedicated to a mission of global understanding through music, beautifully fitting with our theme, “Open Ears, Open Hearts.”
VOICES 21C aligns itself with the great American voices of compassion, love, and non-violence. The chamber choir seeks to combine technical proficiency with creativity and compassion. VOICES 21C creates personal meaning in performance by connecting its musical messages to social justice issues in the USA and abroad, representing the voices of the silenced, the forgotten, and the marginalized. VOICES 21C is a welcoming space for LGBTQ, committed to contemporary composers, and improvisational, interdisciplinary modes of performance through a co-creating, egalitarian consensus model. Tours have taken the choir to France, Israel and Palestine, and Mexico. In August 2019, the choir performed a program on women’s issues for an audience of over 7,000 people in the south of France.
Their programs have received considerable acclaim across the US and abroad. Recent appearances and concert themes include:
  • “Pain and Promise” at the CHORALP Festival in Briançon, France
  • “Here I Am” in Israel and Palestine
  • “Somehow This Madness Must Cease” in Cuernavaca and Mexico City
  • “Half the Sky” (Voices, Struggles, Resilience, and Power of the Feminine Spirit) in Vaison-la-Romaine, France
Visit their website for more information and some musical examples!

Members of the ACDA Board are currently listening to hundreds of applications for the honor choirs: High School, Musical Theater, Junior High, and Elementary. We have decided to re-open the applications for the Junior High (tenors and basses only) and Elementary choirs.   Applications are available now from August 1 through midnight, September 18.   We are committed to providing thrilling experiences for young singers on which to build a life-long love for the choral art.
Please visit the ACDA East website for application information and encourage your singers to apply!
Please read the information about the Lannom Award below. You can apply for funds to study with your favorite mentor in the conducting field.
Don't miss this annual opportunity!
Happy end of summer!

Donations of any size are welcome!
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ACDA East and mail to:

Peggy Dettwiler
452 N. Main St., Mansfield, PA 16933

All donations are tax-deductible and you will receive a letter to that effect.

Allen C. Lannom was a leader in choral music for over fifty years, a distinguished career during which he conducted public school, church, community, and college and university choirs. In addition, he taught choral conducting and courses in choral literature and techniques at Boston University and the Boston Conservatory. He was recognized nationally for his commitment to excellence in the choral art and was a Past President of the Eastern Division of the American Choral Directors Association.

Several former students and colleagues of his, wishing to honor him for his outstanding leadership in choral music, decided to establish a fund in Allen’s name that would be used to provide choral conductors with the types of experiences and opportunities that would increase their ability to achieve excellence in choral conducting. The purpose of the Allen Lannom Study Award is to provide funding for young conductors to receive mentoring from an esteemed conductor that would enhance their musical understanding and artistry in conducting. 

The Lannom Study Award information and application have been relocated to the Eastern Region website. Applications for the current award cycle are due by October 1, 2019, with the amount awarded varying from $500 - $600. Applicants must possess an undergraduate degree and be no older than 29. Don't wait to apply - these are funds specifically allocated for the improvement of young conductors! For further information, please visit:

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Summer/Autumn Events in the Eastern Region
CONNECTICUT - Summer Conference : Riding the Wave of Possibility, August 17, 2019 - Westbrook High School, Westbrook. CT.
Registration opens July 1 . Contact: Dr. Cara Bernard

Fall Conference - October 19, 2019 - Guilford High School, Guilford, CT

DELAWARE - Festival for Treble Voices, November 8, 2019 - University of Delaware.
Headliner: Duane Cottrell

NEW HAMPSHIRE - 8th Annual New England Area Collegiate Conference, September 28, 2019 - Keene State College, Keene, NH

NEW JERSEY - Summer Conference, August 5-6, 2019 - Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ. Headliner: Composer Abbie Betinis will present her music which ranges from treble, to church to university and community, and from easy to complex, and she will discuss her work with

Voices United Choral Festival, November 1, 2019 - East Orange Campus High School, East Orange, NJ

NEW YORK - Junior High Honor Choir, August 10-11, 2019 - The Hilton Albany, Albany, NY. Application deadline: April 1, 2019. Contact: Cyndi Feinman, Kristy Koonz

Elementary Children's Honor Choir, August 12-13, 2019 - The Hilton Albany, Albany, NY.
Application deadline: April 1, 2019. Contact: Johna Rae Barrow
Applications at

PENNSYLVANIA - Summer Conference, August 4-6, 2019 - Shadyside Presbyterian Church, Pittsburgh, PA

Mucho Macho Music XVI , November 8, 2019 - South Fayette HIgh School, McDon ald, PA

Sweet Harmony Festival, November 2019 - Avonworth Middle/High School, Pittsburgh, PA
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