March 17, 2021
The 2021 National Conference Opens Tomorrow!

Planning to register but haven't yet done it? Register today, especially if you want to attend live events on opening day.

Have you registered but haven't yet logged into the conference platform? Do it today! You will need the email you were sent upon registering (from with your personal link and log-in information.

Some final reminders. App chair Mark Boyle has prepared another excellent video with invaluable tips, reminders, and other information. Watch video.
Conspirare Premiering Winners of ACDA’s Genesis Prize - TONIGHT!
Conspirare (Craig Hella Johnson, conductor) will perform the world premieres of the two Genesis Prize winning pieces “Holding Our Breath,” by Carlos Cordero and Julie Flanders, and “Call Across,” by Kyle Pederson and Brian Newhouse, in a special online event entitled RE:Genesis, co-presented with October Music Project. 
The premieres are tonight (Weds., Mar. 17, 5:30 p.m. PDT / 8:30 p.m. EDT), in an online, free event. There is an optional RSVP by 3:00 p.m. PDT / 6:00 p.m. EDT today for the option to participate via Zoom. Listeners who do not wish to RSVP in advance can view the event by going to the event page.
Meet the Women of BWCCN (Black Women Conductors & Composers Network) - Mar. 19, 5:30 p.m. PDT / 8:30 p.m. EDT
Nyadia Thorpe and Maria A. Ellis are hosting this event in conjunction with the ACDA national conference. Panelists include B. E. Boykin, Jasmine Fripp, Jessica Milner, Gina Moore, Coty Raven Morris, Chantae Pittman, Dr. Zanaida Robles, Jan Taylor, and Maestra D'Walla Simmons-Burke. This event is open to all members. Learn more.
Workshop: William Grant Still Initiative for Black Conductors - Mar. 21, 23/25, 27
This three-session event welcomes Black conductors, musicians aspiring to conduct, and those curious about a career in conducting. The workshop includes a preview of the Conductors Retreat at Medomak experience, and information about applying for the William Grant Still Scholarship, which provides five Black conductors and aspiring conductors with full tuition and expenses to participate in the Conductors Retreat at Medomak (its 25th year), and mentoring following it. Only workshop participants will be eligible for the scholarship to the summer retreat (Jun. 30 - Jul. 18). Learn more and register.
State Conferences & Webinars
Chapter virtual conferences and webinars open to members in other states:

  • Mar. 23 - New Jersey ACDA's Pop-Up PD Series - Low Tech Rehearsal & Performance Solutions. A professional development series of 30-min. "pop-ups." Registration: $10, free for NJ ACDCA members. Learn more and register.
  • Apr. 6 - New Jersey ACDA's Pop-Up PD Series - What Worked for Me: Elementary & Middle School Strategies. Registration: $10, free for NJ ACDCA members. Learn more and register.
  • Apr. 13 - New Jersey ACDA's Pop-Up PD Series - Innovative Ways to Use Soundtrap. Registration: $10, free for NJ ACDCA members. Learn more and register.
  • Apr. 20- New Jersey ACDA's Pop-Up PD Series - Using PearDeck to Engage & Assess Student Progress. Registration: $10, free for NJ ACDCA members. Learn more and register.
  • Apr. 27- New Jersey ACDA's Pop-Up PD Series - Flexibility and the Church Musician. Registration: $10, free for NJ ACDCA members. Learn more and register.
  • 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.
  • Jun. 21-22 - Ohio Choral Directors Association's Summer Conference. Registration: $35 for members, $20 for retired and student members. 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 page. 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

Does your chapter or region have a virtual event coming up that is open to other members? Ask your president to submit your ACDA event here to be included in this list!
Jeffrey A. Murdock Named 2021 GRAMMY Music Educator of the Year
ACDA Southwestern Region President-elect Jeffrey A. Murdock has just been named GRAMMY Music Educator of the Year. “I am thankful for my current students at the University of Arkansas, who have bought in to my radical positions related to justice and equality and who are committed to engage learners with a praxis that is both culturally responsive and paradigm shifting,” he said.  “I am thankful for the American Choral Directors Association, who continues to move in tangible ways toward the inclusion of ALL in our noble art. Thank you all for your support, and I look forward to continuing this great work alongside each of you, my dear friends and colleagues.” Read more.
Update Your Member Profile in the App!
Did you know that you can manage your member profile directly from the ACDA app? Update your profile photo, change your contact info, or check your member status with just a few taps! 📲 Click here to download!
National Women's History Month & National Black History Month
Dr. Jeffrey A. Murdock kicked off an idea in February - Black History Month - by profiling "Black Conductors and Clinicians You Need to Know" every day of the week on Facebook. You can still scroll through his February postings here!

This month, National Women's History Month (with International Women's Day on March 8), Dr. Janet Galván is taking on the mantle by profiling many "Women Choral Conductors and Clinicians You Need to Know" via her Facebook timeline. Scroll through her Facebook posts here.
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.
Voting-eligible members (Active, Life, Paying Life, Retired) receive an email notification the morning that the election opens.

  • State chapter elections. Currently open: Idaho (Mar. 9-22), New Hampshire (Mar. 9-22), South Dakota (Mar. 9-22), and Washington (Mar. 9-22). Opening soon: Alabama (Mar. 29-Apr. 11), Delaware (Mar. 29-Apr. 11), Missouri (Mar. 23-Apr. 5), Ohio (Mar. 29-Apr. 11), Oregon (Mar. 29-Apr. 11).
Awards: Applications & Nominations Open

  • Raymond W. Brock Competition for Student Composers. The prize includes a cash award and attendance at their regional conference premiere. Learn more. Deadline: June 1.
  • Julius Herford Dissertation Prize. The prize includes a cash award and recognition plaque. Learn more. Deadline: June 15.
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 the page regularly for added resources. Recently added:

You Still Have Time to Register!
Retired members: $169
Student members: $99

The Mar. 2021 issue of Choral Journal is the conference program book. Please note: while the times listed in the book say Standard Time (ST), they are really Daylight Time (DT).
Final Tips & Reminders for the Virtual Conference, by Mark Boyle
Silver Linings: Cross-Country Collaborative Choral Initiatives

“Shared joy is a double joy. Shared sorrow is half a sorrow.”

This Swedish proverb rings true as we reach the one-year mark of this pandemic and reflect on how COVID-19 continues to impact the global choral community. In Canada, the changing restrictions for this evolving pandemic have prompted choral leaders to be more creative, flexible, and resourceful when it comes to keeping the choral community active while adhering to health and safety guidelines. Creative collaborations that were launched since the start of the pandemic continue to help organizations to share resources, while contributing towards continued creation of new music and learning experiences. As a choral conductor and composer, I am fortunate to be a part of the creation of Canada’s cross-country collaborative choral initiatives such as the Bridge Choral Collective (BCC) and Sonic Timelapse Project (STP). . . .

At this point of writing, there are a number of events/workshops by BCC and STP that are still available for those who are interested. BCC's Building Bridges program is still accepting registrations for upcoming workshops for youth/young adult choirs and music educators featuring Sir Mark Carpio (of The Philippine Madrigal Singers) and Lone Larsen & VONO (Sweden). STP continues to welcome participating choirs and conductors to their crowdfunding community - participants in Tiers 2 and up will have exclusive access to purchase and perform (digitally/live) a number of the new commissions (based on their Tier) during the Exclusivity Period (up until Jun. 1, 2021). Their educational workshops are ongoing. For more information, kindly visit: and Read full post.

Tracy Wong, Assistant Professor and Choral Director
McMaster University (Hamilton, Ontario)
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