January 2021
Monthly Member Update: Your ACDA News
Have you tried to log-in and renew your membership, but encountered an issue? Please let us know! (And learn more at the bottom of this email.)
A Message from André Thomas, ACDA Vice President
Get the best rate by registering on or before Jan. 27

Your registration allows you access to the sessions and performances during the three-day event. In addition, almost all content will remain available on-demand after the conference for registered attendees.

Special Early Registration Rate (through Jan. 27) - $179
Retired members: $149
Student members: $79

A First! - Student Leadership Academy for Grades 8-12. Looking for substance for your students? Conference attendees can register up to four students for this unique experience at just $10 each. Space is limited - first come, first served.

Reservations for exhibits, advertising, and sponsorships being accepted now.

Conference-related Deadlines
Congratulations to Oklahoma ACDA member Darla Eshelman, who has been appointed ACDA's National R&R Youth Choirs Coordinator.
  • National president-elect. This election is currently open until Jan. 29. Candidates for the position are Aimee Beckmann-Collier and Edith Copley.
  • State chapter elections currently open or that will run this month: Tennessee (Jan. 5-22), Iowa (Jan. 12-25), and North Carolina (Jan. 12-25).

All voting eligible members (Active, Retired, Life, and Paying Life) receive a notification email on the morning the election opens, with a link to their eBallot and instructions for accessing candidate information.
Four Members Named Finalists for Music Educator GRAMMY
Four ACDA members are finalists for the Music Educator of the Year Award, given by the Recording Academy and GRAMMY Museum. Big congratulations to Jeffrey Murdock, Chris Maunu, Michelle Folta, and Pamela Dawson!

State Conferences & Webinars
Chapter virtual conferences and webinars open to members in other states:

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

Be a part of this year’s Raymond W. Brock Memorial Composition première through virtual informative chats, dialogue (Q&A), and rehearsals led by 2021 Brock composer Bob Chilcott! He is joined by poet Delphine Chalmers to introduce and rehearse movements from this year’s Brock commission, Songs my heart has taught me, in three interactive workshops:
  • SA/treble voices: Sunday, Feb. 7, 2021; 12:00 p.m. PST/3:00 p.m. EST
  • TB/lower voices: Sunday, Feb. 21, 2021; 12:00 p.m. PST/3:00 p.m. EST
  • SATB/all voices: Sunday, Feb. 28, 2021; 12:00 p.m. PST/3:00 p.m. EST

ACDA is delighted to offer the workshops free of charge. Learn more and register.
Autorenewal Now Available!
Would you like to sign up to have your ACDA dues renew automatically every year? Skip renewal reminders and ensure your membership never lapses!

You can now opt in to autorenewal when you renew your ACDA membership online (you will need to pay the dues with a credit or debit card). The checkbox for opting in is available once you start the payment process. In future years, you'll receive an email notification advising you when the upcoming payment is scheduled. You may cancel that automatic renewal at any time.

This option is available for Active members only. Questions? Contact us at membership@acda.org.
Discount on Church Music Institute Membership
ACDA members receive a $35 discount on CMI membership (reg. $75; ACDA members $40). To access the discount, sign in at https://acda.org and click on "My Offers" in the upper right of the screen.

Sign up as an ACDA Choral Advocate!
With hopeful news on progress with vaccines and witnessing the wonderful ways choral professionals have adapted to this time of uncertainty, we are seeing a much-needed light at the end of the tunnel.

Now we need to ensure that choral programs and activities continue forward so that we can rebuild and reimagine choirs in a post-COVID world. Sign up as an ACDA Choral Advocate!

The ACDA Career Center is the place where employers go to find choral professionals. A selection of current postings:

Casper Children's Chorale (Casper, WY)

Orange County Public Schools (Orlando, FL)

Valdosta State University (Valdosta, GA)

Newark United Methodist Church (Newark, DE)

Commonwealth Youthchoirs (Philadelphia, PA)

The ACDA mobile app provides the opportunity to catch up on the latest news, read recent thought leadership, message individual members or groups of members, and share your own announcements.

You can click here to download the iPhone/iOS app and here for the Android app. Already a user? Update the app and log-in again. Hint: Your log-in information is the same on the app as it is at https://acda.org!
*Our apologies if we’ve added another change to your plate during this crazy time of seemingly unending changes and confusion.

We embarked on a plan for an upgraded membership platform long before March – wanting to continue along the path toward improving member services. We are moving through and out of the transition period, but we also know that some members – much to our dismay – have been frustrated by impediments logging in and/or during the renewal process. Are you one of them?

First, can you log in? Remember, your email address is your username. If you’re not receiving the reset password email at that address, we may need to update your username manually. Please contact us at membership@acda.org or (405) 232-8161 and ask for help!

Second, can you renew once you log-in? If you aren’t able to move through the renewal process for some reason, please contact us and ask for a “pro forma invoice.” We’ll email you a link to simply click on and pay your renewal dues.

We value you and your membership. Let us know how we can assist.
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