January 13, 2021
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INSPIRATION
Silver Linings
As choral educators, it is easy this school year to think about all of the things we cannot do right now. However, my students and I have also discovered what we can do since we no longer have the same level of performance pressures. The "tyranny of the concert" is, at least temporarily, gone. With that in mind, we now have time to create space for conversations specifically about decentering whiteness in our rehearsal and performance space. . . .
 
One change I made is to focus our listening activities solely on non-Western European choral music. The goal is not to check off our "diversity" box. In fact, quite the opposite. . . . Our guiding objective this year is to dig deeper rather than broader. We are not skipping around the globe like tourists. Instead, we plant roots in one culture and remain there for some time. . . .
 
I certainly will be grateful to resume normal rehearsals in the future, but I also recognize I must better and more intentionally incorporate the activities that especially focus on creating an enhanced awareness and appreciation for music that is not inherently rooted in Western traditions. And for that, I am grateful. Read full post.
 
Michael J. Goede, Head of Music Department and
Director of Choral Programs at the Nightingale-Bamford School
NATIONAL CONFERENCE 2021
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NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
Results from ACDA's Access, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Survey
On Dec. 10, 2020, Dr. Antonio Cuyler presented an overview of the results of a survey on access, diversity, equity, and inclusion (ADEI) that he conducted with ACDA membership, at the request of ACDA's Executive Committee. Present in the online meeting were members of the National Board, the Diversity Initiatives Standing Committee, and some national staff. You are invited to watch the recording!
Elections
Voting eligible members (Active, Life, Paying Life, Retired) receive an email notification the morning that the election opens, which contains instructions for accessing and submitting their eBallot.

  • National president-elect. This election is currently open until Jan. 29. Candidates for the position are Aimee Beckmann-Collier and Edith Copley.
  • National vote. Vote on additions to ACDA’s purposes in the constitution. This vote is currently open until Jan. 25.
  • State chapter elections currently open: Tennessee (Jan. 5-22), Iowa (Jan. 12-25), and North Carolina (Jan. 12-25).
Holiday Closing
The national office will be closed Jan. 18 in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
STATE & OTHER VIRTUAL EVENTS
State Events
Chapter virtual conferences and workshops open to members in other states:


State presidents: submit your ACDA event here to be included in this list!
Be a part of the Raymond W. Brock Memorial Composition première through virtual informative chats, dialogue (Q&A), and rehearsals led by 2021 Brock composer Bob Chilcott! There are three interactive workshops, each at 12:00 p.m. PST/3:00 p.m. EST:

  • SA/Treble voices: Sunday, Feb. 7
  • TB/Lower voices: Sunday, Feb. 21
  • SATB/All voices: Sunday, Feb. 28

The workshops are free of charge. Learn more and register.
RELEVANCE
Complimentary Music from Contemporary ACDA Composers
We are grateful to ACDA composers who have gifted pieces for our members' use during the COVID-19 pandemic. New this week:

  • In Paradisum (Z. Randall Stroope) for a cappella SATB chorus

See the complete list on the Resources for Choral Professionals page.
The latest results of our sponsored research studies on COVID-19 and choral singing are posted on this resource page, as well as information on online tools and professional development, free choral music from ACDA composers, and much more. Check this page regularly for added resources.
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