June 10, 2020
How Can I Keep from Singing (attributed to Robert Lowery, arranged by Troy Robertson) - ACDA Virtual Leadership Choir
We created this recording for last week's 2020 ACDA Leadership Conference to demonstrate that "through all the tumult and the strife," the music continues to "ring." For now, it will be with the aid of technology, but that will never replace "the echo in our souls," which will again soon be heard as "endless song" in the rehearsal hall, the concert venue, and in places of worship throughout the world. We will NEVER Keep From Singing!

Lynne Gackle, National ACDA President

ACDA COVID-19 Response & Advocacy Guidance
ACDA's Executive Committee announced last week the formation of a response committee to create a document available on June 15 that will endeavor to provide a strong, unequivocal statement of advocacy for choral music in our culture and choral musicians. Additionally, the document will offer considerations and current parameters for ensembles, scenario planning with instructional and community-building models to guide our thinking, as well as resources that guide us in the direction of additional information in the near future and beyond.

The ACDA COVID-19 Response Committee is representative of membership throughout our country and is representative of all regions of ACDA. Read full description and list of committee members here.

ACDA, in collaboration with MatchMySound™ and GIA Publications, has created a highly innovative and user friendly web app for the choral community that aids in choral rehearsing and part-learning: My Choral Coach. My Choral Coach is a simple guided practice and choral management system that will keep choirs engaged and reaching their goals during this time of physical distancing and isolation. 

My Choral Coach is easy to use and does not require software installation. The app is inexpensive, just a one-time $50 fee for six-month access, and FREE for all choral singers in your choirs during this COVID-19 period. Learn more.

Curious? Join one or all of the free webinars planned beginning this afternoon! All webinars begin at 10:00 a.m. PDT / 11:00 a.m. MDT / 12:00 p.m. CDT / 1:00 p.m. EDT.
  • Weds., Jun. 10 - My Choral Coach Tool Palette
  • Thurs., Jun. 11 - Receiving & Reviewing Submissions
  • Weds., Jun. 17 - Creating & Uploading Lists Using My Choral Coach Templates
  • Thurs., Jun. 18 - Creating & Assigning Content to Groups
  • Weds., Jun. 24 - Getting Started Uploading Public Domain Content
  • Thurs., Jun. 25 - How to Build a Recording Using My Choral Coach
  • Mon., Jun. 29 - Introduction to the My Choral Coach Mobile App

Janice Bane, copyright & licensing manager and Barbershop Harmony Society board member, moderated the coalition's third webinar, hosted on Jun. 9 by NATS, ACDA, Chorus America, Barbershop Harmony Society, and PAMA. Watch the recording.

Thursday! Jun. 11 , 11:00 a.m. PDT / 12:00 p.m. MDT / 1:00 p.m. CDT / 2:00 p.m. EDT. ACDA: Connecting with the World - Kenya , co-hosted by T. J. Harper and Tim Sharp
The fifth and final episode in the series ACDA: Connecting with the World features guests from Kenya : Ken Wakia and Philip Tuju. The session is free.   Register .

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 .

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