Chora Link - October 2018
Peggy Dettwiler

Eastern Region President






I write with news of the first meeting of the 2018-2020 Eastern Region Board held in Rochester, New York, on September 21. Twenty made the journey to this lovely city and two joined us online. You can see most of these dynamic folks “on the move” standing on the escalators of the Rochester Riverside Hotel. Admittedly, the stairs were turned off!
I am excited about the vision we have begun to develop for the 2020 conference and humbled by the profound and bold statements made as we broke new ground in leading this dynamic organization. A tentative conference schedule has already been drafted, negotiations are progressing with two invited choirs, and plans are underway to broaden the categories for auditioned choirs. Britten’s War Requiem with the Eastman choral and orchestral forces and faculty and alumni soloists is firm in the schedule for Friday night, March 6! And we have added an additional Repertoire & Resource committee entitled Equity & Justice led by André de Quadros and Andrew Clark!
One of our goals is to bring additional infor-mation into the application process so that more directors from large and small schools and rural and urban populations might be encouraged to submit their choirs for consi-deration. Hopefully, the categories that are often under-represented might be expand-ed as well. We also plan to put diversity into action! 
Rochester, NY
Site of the 2020 Region Conference
The board meeting reminded me of the tremendous work ethic in-herent in most choral conductors!

I close with portions of a poem by Marge Piercy, “To Be of Use.”
   “The people I love the best
   jump into work head first
  without dallying in the shallows
  and swim off with sure strokes
almost out of sight.
  I love people who harness themselves,
an ox to a heavy cart,
who pull like water buffalo,
with massive patience,
who strain in the mud and the
muck to move things forward,
who do what has to be done,
again and again.
I want to be with people who
submerge in the task, who go
into the fields to harvest
and work in a row and pass the
bags along,
who are not parlor generals and
field deserters
but move in a common rhythm
when the food must come in or
the fire be put out.”

So proud to be connected with the movers and shakers of ACDA! 
More to come in the coming months!

Peggy Dettwiler

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Upcoming Events in the Eastern Region
CONNECTICUT - Fall Conference, Oct. 27 - Guilford H.S., Guilford, CT

DELAWARE - Festival for Women's Voices , Nov. 9 - Sanford School, Hockessin, DE
Registration due by Oct. 1, 2018 Joanne Ward:

MAINE - Fall High School Festival, Nov. 7 - Mesalonskee H.S. (northern site); Nov. 8 - South Portland H.S. (southern site)

MARYLAND/DC - Repertoire Workshop, Oct. 13 - UMBC campus, Baltimore, MD.

MASSACHUSETTS - High School Choral Festival, Oct. 20 - UMass, Amherst, MA. Registration closes Oct. 5, 2018. Kirk Averitt:

NEW JERSEY - Voices United Choral Festival, Nov. 2 - East Orange H.S., East Orange, NJ

PENNSYLVANIA - Fall Conference, Oct. 26-27 - Lincoln University, Chester County, PA.

Mucho Macho Festival, Oct. 30 - McGuffey MS/HS, North Versailles, PA

Sweet Harmony Festival, Nov. 9 - South Fayette H.S., McDonald, PA

RHODE ISLAND - Fall Workshop, Oct. 20 - Providence College, Providence, RI

 VERMONT - Winter Madrigal Festival, Dec. 7 - Cathedral of St. Joseph, Burlington, VT
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