Chora Link - December 2019
In this issue: Conference concert venues, election results,
College Fair, last call for College Worker program and Kegerreis Scholarships, SingUP! kudos, registration ongoing.
Peggy Dettwiler,

ACDA Eastern Region President
Dear ACDA East Friends,
Every president-elect in the ACDA regions spends a good deal of time researching and visiting sites for the biennial conference they are charged to host. Even though I am a graduate of the Eastman conducting program, I learned to appreciate even more what Rochester has to offer when I went through this vetting process!
To further tempt you to register for the 2020 conference, I am showing you the three stellar performance venues we shall enjoy next March.
The Downtown United Presbyterian Church was formed in 1974 from three historic churches: First, Brick, and Central Presbyterian. The present building was originally Brick Presbyterian and was built in 1904, while the Central Presbyterian building is now the Hochstein School. We have the privilege to hear performances in both historic buildings.
The stunning sanctuary in the Downtown Church, with its wrap-around balcony, seats about 800 people and will host the American Spiritual Ensemble , performing choirs and the Music in Worship event. The main organ in the sanctuary is a three-manual, tracker-action instrument consisting of 39 stops, 56 ranks, and 2,625 pipes built by C.B. Fisk, Inc., of Gloucester, Massachusetts, and installed in 1982. We will hear this magnificent instrument in the worship event, entitled “Singing with the Spirit.”
The Hochstein School of Music & Dance was founded in 1920, but was moved to the former Central Presbyterian Church in 1975 as the school expanded. The Hochstein Performance Hall, the former sanctuary of the church, has been fully renovated as a theater, seating about 800 people. We will hear Voices 21C and performing choirs in this glorious space.
The Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre is the largest performance venue at the Eastman School of Music and dates back to 1922. About ten years ago it was substantially revamped to become a 2,260-seat concert hall with state-of-the-art acoustics, while maintaining its original elegance. Attendees will hear Britten’s War Requiem presented by Eastman choral and orchestral forces in a plenary concert on Friday night and the four honor choirs on Saturday.
Don’t miss what promises to be a wonderful conference! Here is the link for registration:
Go to the ACDA East website to view the schedule and all of the events:

Students: take a look at the College Worker Program
 & Richard Kegerreis Scholarship opportunities:
Composers can still sign up for the Composer Meet & Greet:
There will be a College Fair on Thursday, March 5 for one and a half hours, where members of the High School and Musical Theatre Honor choirs will have the opportunity on a rehearsal break to visit tables with college admission information. 
A limited number of colleges will be accepted first-come, first served.
Counting the days!
Peggy Dettwiler
Our new
Eastern Region
President-Elect Designate!
Congratulations to the Eastern Region states for their exceptional work in the national membership drive!  We can be proud to have 6 ranked among the top 10 in the country!!!
Idaho (28.3%)
Rhode Island (26.3%)
Mississippi (20.8%)
Vermont (17.3%)
Delaware (15.4%)
New Hampshire (14.9%)
New Mexico (14.4%)
Connecticut (14.2%)
New Jersey (12.0%)
Wyoming (10.9%)
Join us in Rochester in March.
Rates increase on January 30, 2020.

If you are enrolled in a college or university for this current academic year, you are eligible to apply for a Kegerreis scholarship. This money is intended to assist with the expenses of attending the Eastern Region Conference.

Follow the link below where you will find a short form to fill out and instructions about submitting a letter of recommendation from your college conductor. The deadline of December 9th is very soon..
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Winter/Early Spring Events
in the Eastern Region
DELAWARE - All About That Bass Clef , January 16, 2020 - University of Delaware, Newark, DE. Headliner: Bryan Nichols

Vocal Jazz Honor Choir , February 13-15, 2020 - Location TBA. Chairs: Marty Lasserman

Children's Honor Choir, March 13-14, 2020 - Newark H.S, Newark, DE.

MASSACHUSETTS - MassACDA Intercollegiate Choral Festival, February 22, 2020
Fitchburg State University, Fitchburg, MA Headliner: Anthony Trecek-King.
Contact: Jonathan Harvey

Big Sing Central , March 14, 2020 - Fay School, Southborough, MA Headliner: Rebecca
Kenneally. Contact: Jennifer Kane

Big Sing East , March 21, 2020 - First Unitarian Universalist Church, Newton, MA
Headliner: Jamie Hillman Contact: Jennifer Kane

NEW YORK - Choral Grants for NYACDA members .

PENNSYLVANIA - Annual Choral Composition Competition - Deadline: March 15, 2020

VERMONT - Madrigal Festival 2019, December 13, 2019 - Cathedral of Saint Joseph, Burlington, VT Headliner: Amanda Hanzlik.
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