July 8, 2020
The USAF Singing Sergeants perform "Freedom Song" (composed by Betsy Listenfelt; arr. by Master Sgt. Ben Park). The choir is led by Enlisted Conductor Master Sgt. Taylor Armstrong. Submitted to the ACDA Professional Choirs Virtual Concert Hall . Editorial: for heros in the military, but also in hospitals, schools, grocery stores, the service industry, and elsewhere.
STATE ONLINE OFFERINGS

Many state chapters are offering virtual conferences and other events that are open to members in other states. Some are free; some are lower cost than in-person events.

We encourage you to take advantage of any or all - remembering that your state's financial health may depend on revenue generated by a conference, and registration fees will support your state chapter and its future activities.

VIrtual Conferences

Webinars

Is your state offering a virtual conference, webinar, or other event open to other ACDA members? Please ask your president or president-elect to submit it to us using this form.
TOOLS

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. It's just a one-time $50 fee for six-month access, and FREE for all choral singers in your choirs through the end of the calendar year. Learn more.

  • Tim Sharp and Timothy Powell were guests on a June 29 webinar with a live student demonstration and a how-to on creating virtual choirs. You can view the recording by clicking here.
  • Are you using My Choral Coach with your choir? Would you be interested in sharing your experience? Contact My Choral Coach at info@mychoralcoach.com and consider being a webinar guest.
RELEVANCE

Conceived as a response to the difficult times recently facing our world, and choral art in particular, the Genesis Prize is a new initiative of the ACDA Composition Initiatives Standing Committee. The prize seeks to stimulate art emerging from crisis by funding both poets and composers to create new choral works that speak to our time with voices of comfort, hope, peace, and justice.
Application deadline: Aug. 15. Learn more

The Jun./Jul. issue of   Choral Journal announced a partnership between ACDA and the  Church Music Institute. The CMI Sacred Music Library referenced in that article, a library of 20,000 choral titles searchable on 17 criteria, and 16,000 organ titles searchable by hymn tune, is available only to CMI members.

We are pleased to announced that - as a result of this partnership -  ACDA members receive a $35 discount on CMI membership (reg. $75). To access the discount, sign in at  https://acda.org and click on "My Offers" in the upper right of the screen.
CHORAL RESOURCES FOR THESE TIMES

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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