March 2021
Monthly Member Update: Your ACDA News
Have you tried to log-in and renew your membership recently, but encountered an issue? Please let us know! (And learn more at the bottom of this email.)

Still Planning to Register?

Now is the time to do it! Access to the platform is not instantaneous upon registration, so we suggest registering as soon as possible, and no later than Mar. 17.
Highlight: Music in Worship. This year's virtual ecumenical service - "De Profundis" - will explore the deep difficulty and grief church musicians have experienced during the pandemic. Participating:

  • The Rev. Dr. Martha Moore-Keish, J. B. Green Associate Professor of Theology at Columbia Theological Seminary
  • Auditioned choirs from the Dallas First United Methodist Church and Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church
  • Other singers from the Georgia Spiritual Ensemble, the Chapel Choir of St. Olaf College, the Indianapolis Children's Choir, and Florida A&M University

Retired members: $169
Student members: $99

Your registration will give you access to all conference sessions and concerts via recordings through December.

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Diversity in Composing Workshop - Mar. 13
Choristers Guild and its partners, including ACDA, are hosting this workshop as part of our commitment to actively engage with and support those creators who have historically been underrepresented in choral music publishing, and to intentionally and consistently seek to represent diversity and inclusivity in our programming and outreach. Learn more and register.
Victor Johnson, composer and school editor for Choristers Guild.
Outstanding Student Chapter Award
The student chapter at the University of Southern California (USC) has been awarded ACDA’s 2021 Outstanding Student Chapter Award. The chapter’s faculty advisor is Dr. Cristian Grases, and the chapter president is Rachel Tan. The chapter will be recognized with the award at ACDA's national conference this month. The chapters at Ithaca College and Indiana University received honorable mention. Read more.
State Chapter Elections
  • Currently running: Connecticut (Feb. 23 - Mar. 8), Michigan (Feb. 23 - Mar. 8), and Minnesota (Mar. 2-9).
  • Opening soon: Idaho (Mar. 9-22), South Dakota (Mar. 9-22), and Washington (Mar. 9-22).

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.
HerVoice: Emerging Women Composers Competition
An exciting new opportunity for emerging women composers, including mentorship and hands-on training in choral composition. More information. Deadline: Apr. 1.
Awards: Applications & Nominations Open
  • Raymond W. Brock Competition for Student Composers. Learn more. Deadline: Jun. 1.
  • Julius Herford Dissertation Prize. Learn more. Deadline: Jun. 15.
International Federation for Choral Music (IFCM)
It has come to our attention that not all ACDA members were aware of the fact that ACDA members no longer have full, automatic membership in IFCM. Although for two years that was the case, in Mar. 2019 the relationship shifted to recognizing ACDA members as "associates" of IFCM. Associates receive the digital communications (via our monthly newsletter), and can attend IFCM General Assemblies as observers. If you wish to be a full member of IFCM, with the right to vote and be elected, as well as be able to benefit from reduced IFCM event fees, please go to the IFCM website to join IFCM directly and pay your IFCM membership dues.

State Conferences & Webinars
Chapter virtual conferences and webinars open to members in other states:
  • May 1 - Pennsylvania ACDA's May Motivator- explore strategies for inclusive teaching and conducting. Registration: free for members, $20 for nonmembers. Learn more and register.

ACDA Western Region's Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Virtual Series
No registration required. View sessions live (all at 6:00 p.m. PST/9:00 p.m. EST) from Western Region’s Facebook group. Recordings posted on Western’s YouTube channel for asynchronous viewing.
  • Mar. 26 – Having the Conversation: Right Relationships in the Choral Rehearsal, with Dr. Zanaida Robles
  • Apr. 22 – Amplifying Womxn’s Voices in the Reimagined Choral Ensemble, with Dr. Alyssa Cossey
  • May 7 – Choral Mentorship: Culturally Responsive Approaches, with Dr. Coreen Duffy, joined by educators of the Western Region

Is your state or region offering a virtual conference or webinar open to other ACDA members? Please ask your president to submit it to us using this form.
Access Industry News and Insights in the ACDA App!  
Download the ACDA App if you haven’t already! Users will be the first to access top industry news, insights, member benefits, and more! We encourage all of our members to continually check the app for updates and explore its many features! 📲 Click here to download!
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 and click on "My Offers" in the upper right of the screen.
Are You a Choral Educator or General Music Teacher?
You can help a Kean University graduate student with her research on ways music and other factors can increase on-task behaviors, engagement, and motivation in the classroom. Click here to go to the survey, which takes approximately 15-20 min. to complete.

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)

Princeton University (Princeton, NJ)

Whitworth University (Spokane, WA)

Raleigh Boychoir (Raleigh, NC)

Glen Ellyn-Wheaton Chorale (Wheaton, IL)
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