November 2020
Monthly Member Update: Your ACDA News

  • 37 Performances – children’s, youth, worship, college/university, community, international, GALA choruses
  • 42 Interest Sessions – varied topics serving needs of choral musicians in every context
  • Reading Sessions, Virtual Exhibits and Composer Exhibition — resources for now and the future
  • Social Networking – alumni receptions, R&R Forums
  • Mentoring — middle and high school teachers – bring your students to the National Student Leadership Academy (NSLA), a unique opportunity for 8th – 12th graders ($10 per student)
  • Brock Commission Workshops with Bob Chilcott

This is a virtual conference, so your registration gets you access to the sessions and performances during the four-day event. In addition, most content will remain available on-demand after the conference for registered attendees.

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

Conference-related Deadlines

Here is the complete Dec. issue in PDF. This is a focus issues on Black composition and arranging, guest edited by Brandon Boyd. Following is a sampling of articles:

Choral Conversations:

Other articles in this issue:

ChorTeach - Practical Teaching Ideas for Today's Music Educator. Terry Barham, editor. Click here for the fall 2020 issue. Included:

International Journal of Research in Choral Singing - The Scientific Research Journal of ACDA. Patrick K. Freer, editor. Click here to see the current issue!


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.

Free Choral Music
We are grateful to our ACDA composers who have gifted pieces for our members’ use during the COVID-19 pandemic. Click here to visit the Resources for Choral Professionals During the Pandemic page and access 14 diverse pieces.
Discount on Christmas with John Rutter
Would YOUR choir members like to sing under the baton of John Rutter this Christmas? ACDA members are being offered a discount of 25% off regular registration for each of their choir members to participate in the Stay at Home Choir’s Christmas project with John Rutter and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra - bringing registration to just about $15 per singer.

  • Repertoire will be the Christmas classic "Star Carol" and a rendition of "Hark the Herald Angels Sing!"
  • Learn about the music from John Rutter himself.
  • Rehearse with world-class singers and workshop leaders.
  • Events to suit multiple time zones.
  • Socials with members of a 16,000 strong global community.

Simply provide your choristers with your ACDA membership number and direct them to the ACDA portal of the Stay At Home Choir to sign up (
Discount on CMI Membership
The Church Music Institute's (CMI) Sacred Music Library - a library of 20,000 choral titles searchable on 17 criteria, and 16,000 organ titles searchable by hymn tune - is one of the principal benefits of CMI membership. Because of ACDA's partnership with CMI, 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.

Sign up to Be an ACDA Choral Advocate!
We have always needed to speak up for arts funding and strong choral programs. Now, it is even more urgent. Visit our Choral Advocates microsite and sign up to add your voice. We will soon begin sending periodic advocacy news.

Do you have a partner choir, or would you like to find one? INTERKULTURE has opened up a call for submissions for their video award, which honors the best video cooperation between two choirs. This is an opportunity to make new friends, perform virtually in the homes of thousands of choir lovers around the world, and be ready to meet in real life as soon as we are back on a real stage. Learn more. Deadline for submissions: Nov. 25, 2020.

ACDA member Dr. Rebecca Lord has developed a living database of artists willing to make online guest appearances for choirs and music classes. It is an extensive list of diverse professionals offering to appear for choir classes, events, community and church choirs - about any choral situation. Explore the directory.

My Choral Coach is a simple guided practice and choral management system that will keep congregational, community, and university choirs engaged and reaching their goals during this time of physical distancing and isolation. Purchase this app via Match My Sound, and the K-12 version through one of their licensed partners - SoundCheck or PracticeFirst. Learn more.

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

Commonwealth Youthchoirs (Philadelphia, PA)

University of Illinois at Chicago School of Theatre & Music (Chicago, IL)

San Diego Women's Chorus (San Diego, CA)

Jacksonville University (Jacksonville, FL)

Cathedral of the Rockies (Boise, ID)

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 insights using the forums.

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 on!
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