April 15, 2020
The Aeolians of Oakwood University, conducted by Jason Max Ferdinand, perform We Shall Overcome (arr. Robert T. Gibson), in a message to the global community.
Join Tim Sharp today (Wednesday, Apr. 15, 2:00 p.m. CST) for a free online webinar organized by the National Collegiate Choral Organization. He will join Karen Brunssen (National Association of Teachers of Singing), Catherine Dehoney (Chorus America), and Eileen M. Hayes (College Music Society) in a panel moderated by Dominick DiOrio (Indiana University Jacobs School of Music) entitled Onward, We Lead: Inspiring Our Singers, Students & Staff Through Adversity. Details here.

ACDA is hosting a webpage that is updated daily containing resources that are particularly useful for choral professionals: Resources for Choral Professionals During the Pandemic . Added over the past week:

  • J. W. Pepper's Statement on sharing music digitally
  • Laurier Fagnan's learning program applying bel canto pedagogy to choral singing is available for free to ACDA members.
  • SFGMC TV (San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus) is a free online platform showcasing performances, interviews, singers, and more.
  • Artist Relief is an emergency initiative to offer $5,000 grants and information to U. S. artists, including musicians.
  • And more . . .

Keep an eye on on this page, and please share with us any resources we should consider adding!

Americans for the Arts (AFTA) is leading a nationwide assessment of the impact of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic on the nation's arts and cultural sector. Organizations and individuals involved in the arts are urged to respond to AFTA's brief five-minute survey. https://surveys.americansforthearts.org/s3/CoronavirusImpactSurvey

Membership Portal Upgrade & Maintenance
Over the next week and a half, we will be sending all members an email notification that it is time to log-in and reset your password.

  • When you are ready, go to https://acda.org, enter your primary email as your username, and click on Forgot password? to start the process of resetting your password.
  • Once your password is reset, log-in and go to your profile to check it for accuracy.
  • Problems? Questions? Contact us at membership@acda.org.

We ask for your kindness and patience as we ensure everything gets up and running correctly.

Submit Your Choir to an International Stage
We are adding choirs to the Virtual Concert Halls daily. Have you submitted your choir yet? To do so, follow the instructions on this form and submit it with a YouTube link. While you're there, enjoy the wonderful playlists!

The ACDA mobile app provides the opportunity to catch up on the latest news, read recent thought leadership, message individual members or group of members, and share insights using the forums. Now more than ever, it's time to stay connected and strengthen our sense of community.

Note to subscribers: We anticipate the app being fully functional for all users again by Monday, Apr. 19. However, we ask your patience in the event it needs additional tweaks.
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