Chora Link - July 2019
In this issue: performing choirs, interest sessions, summer events,
the Allen Lannom Award and the passing of Jim Hudson.
Peggy Dettwiler,
ACDA Eastern Region President

Without a doubt, one of the most important parts of planning an ACDA Region conference is the selection of the performing choirs and interest sessions! Luckily, we have an experienced and committed team working on these preparations for Rochester 2020.  I am grateful to Penelope Cruz , Program Chair; Michael Driscoll , Performing Choirs Chair; and Michael Schmidt , Interest Sessions Chair, for learning a new platform called Submittable , and preparing the audition materials for our members to make applications with ease and clarity. We are pleased to announce those selected to perform and present next March!
From Michael Driscoll : “59 choirs from communities, colleges, universities, high schools, middle schools, youth organizations, and religious institutions applied for just thirteen individual concert sessions. The applications were adjudicated in two rounds with the first round completed online and the second round completed in person. For the first round, three adjudicators independently listened to and scored the three recordings provided by each applicant. Based on the results of the first-round scores, the top four to six scoring choirs from each category of choir (children's chorus, middle school, high school, adult, community, worship, etc.) were forwarded on to the second round. The second round committee consisted of eight adjudicators, who listened to the recordings again and then made the difficult decision of selecting just 13 choirs for performance at the conference.”
One of the ACDA East conference committee's goals was to encourage more diversity among the performing ensembles. Both rounds of adjudication included an ACDA Diversity Initiative representative to ensure that the committee itself was made up of people with diverse backgrounds and musical experiences, thus bringing with them a wider variety of expectations and listening viewpoints. Identifying information about the choirs was kept hidden from all adjudicators until after the final 13 choirs had been chosen.” And here they are!
Accord Treble Choir
Liz Geisewite, director
New York, NY 
Bridgewater-Raritan High School Symphonic Choir
Bridgewater-Raritan High School
John Wilson, director
Bridgewater, NJ
Central Bucks High School-West Women's Choir
Central Bucks High School-West 
Joseph Ohrt, director
Doylestown, PA 
The Choir School of Delaware
Arreon Harley-Emerson, director
Wilmington, DE 
The EO Smith Chamber Singers
Edwin O. Smith High School
Amanda Hanzlik, director
Storrs, CT
Handel and Haydn Society Concert Choir
Handel and Haydn Society
Jennifer Kane, director
Boston, MA
The Mansfieldians
Mansfield University
Sheryl Monkelien, director
Mansfield, PA 
Poquessing Middle School Select Choir
Poquessing Middle School
Jason Leigh, director
Feasterville, PA
Rowan University Concert Choir
Rowan University
Christopher Thomas, director
Glassboro, NJ
Rutgers University Glee Club
Rutgers University
Patrick Gardner, director
New Brunswick, NJ 
Rutgers University Voorhees Choir
Rutgers University
Brandon Williams, director
New Brunswick, NJ
Syracuse University Singers
Syracuse University
John Warren, director
Syracuse, NY 
Young People's Chorus of New York City
Elizabeth Núñez, director
New York, NY

From Michael Schmidt: “117 interest applications were reviewed by the interest session selection committee and recommendations were made to the conference chair, program chair, and interest session chair for final review and selection. Both the selection committee and the chairs took into consideration the overall conference theme, balance, and timeliness of the topic being discussed when choosing the presentations for the 2020 conference. We believe the following interest sessions support our commitment to present sessions that challenge, honor, and move our profession firmly into the 21st-century.”
Arranging for my ACapella Choir: Can I do that?
Bryan Tuk
Breaking the Silence: Empowering Voices Seldom Heard
Brad Dumont
Building a Culture of Choral Improvisation
with the African-American Spiritual
Lee Wright
Choral Teaching for Community Transformation: Purpose,
Exploration, and Agency
Elizabeth Parker & Rollo Dilworth
ChoralWorks - Rehearsal Tracks on your Smartphone for Free
Robert Natter
Composer/Poet Collaboration: Living Composers with Living Poets
Peter de Mets, Mark A. Boyle, and Joseph Gregorio
Copyright Law: A Primer for Choral Musicians
Bryan Tuk
Culturally Responsive Choral Arranging: Considering the Source
Philip Silvey, Rollo Dilworth, and Diana Sáez
Culturally Responsive Teaching in the Choral Classroom
Lulu Mwangi Mupfumbu
Developing a Community of Empowered Musicians:
Literacy Through Literature
Hillary Ridgley & Carol Krueger
Earthtones Vocal Ensemble: Exploring Cultures Through Song
Mary Ellen Junda
Embracing Learner Variability: Strategies to Cultivate Inclusive
Choral Ensembles
Kathryn Evans
Embracing LGBTQIA+ Singers with Open Ears and Hearts
Stephen Paparo
Empowering Students to Unleash Their Creativity:
Composition in the Rehearsal
Aimee Pearsall
Equipping the Versatile Singer: Teaching Vocal Registration
Kyle Weary

Exploring Gender Choirs
Christopher Kiver
Hospice Singing: The Spirit of the Movement
Trey Pratt, Peter Amidon, & Mary Alice Amidon
I.P.A. for All!: Teaching the International Phonetic Alphabet
through Warm-ups
Patrick Murray
Improving the Sectional Rehearsal: Steps to Productivity,
Musicality, and Unity
Ryan Kelly & Felicia Mulé
Korean Choral Music in the 20th and 21st Century
Dong-Kyu Lee
Living the Song: War Requiem, Choirs, and Peacebuilding
Mark Bartel
Looking Outside the Choral Canon:
Exploring Overlooked Historic Choral Works
Jeremy Wiggins
Music Literacy in the Elementary Choral Rehearsal
Craig Knapp
Musician and Clergy Collaboration as a Model for Leadership
Jeffery Seeley
Programming, Rehearsing, and Performing Music without Notation
Nils Klykken
Singers 55+ Can Sound Fabulous!! Come Find Out How!
Jeanne Kelly
Singing is Singing for Goodness Sakes!: Soloist vs. Choral Singer?
Nicolas Dosman & Malinda Haslett
South African Musicing...YES! Cultural Appropriation...MAYBE?
Steven Fisher
The Choral Cantatas of Margaret Bonds and Langston Hughes
Allegra Martin
Understanding Registration Events in Children’s Voices:
Implications for Practice
Mara Culp, Elizabeth Banaszak, & Christina Svec
Women Giving Voice to Women
Andrea Maas
Womens' Composer Panel
Kayla Pierson, Deirdre Robertson, Jessica French, Melissa Dunphy
Congratulations to those who have been chosen and thank you to all who submitted an application! We hope to see you all in Rochester next March.
Peggy Dettwiler
Dr. James William Hudson, age 87 of Corning, New York passed away peacefully listening to his favorite music, on Wednesday, June 26, 2019.
Born on June 20, 1932, in Rochester, NY, Jim received his B.S. and M.S. in Music Education from the Crane School of Music, Potsdam, and his DMA in Music Education from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester. Jim served in the Air Force during WWI, performing on a weekly radio broadcast with his fellow singing airmen ensembles, the Sampsonaires and the Chord Dusters, and married the love of his life, Bonnie Hooey on August 13, 1960.

Jim was a Life Member of ACDA and served as President of the New York ACDA, President of Eastern Division ACDA and as Assistant Chair of the 1999 Chicago and 2003 New York City ACDA National conventions. He was active in the New York State School Music Association for 59 years, where he was Chair for Higher Education Two-Year Schools.

Doc Hudson, as he was referred to by his students, was Professor Emeritus of Music at Coming Community College, where he was Director of Choral Activities for thirty-four years. After 47 years as Director of Music and Organist at Grace United Methodist Church in Corning, Jim retired from his position in 2016. Jim was also a recipient of the Paul Harris Fellow Award.
Jim was a soloist for Robert Shaw, sang in the Robert Shaw Chorale and later presented Shaw with an Honorary Doctorate from the Crane School of Music. He was Coordinator of Choral Groups for the Opening and Closing Ceremonies and Conductor of the 700-voice Liberty Chorus for the Statue of Liberty Centennial in New York City, July, 1986.

For the full obituary and further information about sending flowers or a donation, please click below:

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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 Division 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.

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

DELAWARE - Voices United Conference, August 1-3, 2019 - George Mason University, Fairfax, VA. Featured Clinicians: Thea Kano, Amanda Quist and Tom Shelton.
Early Reg. ends June 15 .

MARYLAND/DC - Voices United Conference, August 1-3, 2019. - George Mason University, Fairfax, VA. Featured Clinicians: Thea Kano, Amanda Quist and Tom Shelton.
Early Reg. ends June 15 .

MASSACHUSETTS - Summer Conference, July 14-17, 2019 - Smith College, Northampton, MA Featured Clinicians: Andrea Ramsey and Rosephanye Dunn Powell.
Early Reg. ends June 1 .

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

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, Bring Your Song - August 4-6, 2019 - Shadyside Presbyterian Church, PIttsburgh, PA Headliner: Lynda Hasseler
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