July 29, 2020
ACDA supports this powerful message from the CMA Foundation 100 percent!

From Britain's The King's Singers:
We’re all trying to innovate to keep the world of choral music alive, and also to stay afloat! As such, we have our first online concert, live-streamed through IDAGIO’s Global Concert Hall, tomorrow (July 30) at 3:00 BST [7:00 a.m. CDT!]. The good news is that the hour-long concert is available for you to enjoy for 24 hours following the concert.
  • The ticket/information link is here, and it costs the princely sum of just €9.90 per ticket (under $12).
  • An interactive poll on their Facebook page, completed yesterday, allowed people to vote to help decide their encore ("Penny Lane," by the Beatles, arr. by Bob Chilcott).
  • After-concert feature: Coffee with the Singers.

This could be a great way to wake up tomorrow (and offers ideas for small ensemble performance virtually)!

You have a variety of professional development opportunities this summer! Many state chapters are offering virtual conferences and other events that are open to members in other states. You are invited to attend one or all!

VIrtual Conferences

Webinars (time provided in local time zone)
  • Aug. 2 (7:00 p.m. EDT) - Pennsylvania ACDA's Organizing, Rehearsing, and Programming for Socially Distant Choirs. Participation free. Click here for more information and to register.
  • Aug. 3 (12:00 noon CDT) - GIA's Tim Sharp Speaks on Innovation in the Ensemble Arts: Sustaining Creativity. Participation free. Click here to register.
  • Aug. 11 (12:00 noon PDT) - Santa Clara University Choirs & C4: the Choral Composer/Conductor Collective (co-hosted by ACDA and others) All Together Now: Live Remote Choral Performance in the Age of Social Distancing. Participation free. Click here for more information.

The first TCDA Virtual Conference exceeded all of our expectations. We presented over fifty clinics, roundtables, and reading sessions to over 1,300 attendees. Nearly 50 vendors and with approximately 125 employees engaged in the online platform. While we were concerned that reading sessions, in particular, would be a challenge in the virtual environment, we found that there were many things our members liked better about the virtual environment. Specifically, they enjoyed hearing their colleagues' recordings of the pieces rather than trying to sight-read them in a group.

We are still gathering feedback from our exhibitors, but as I visited the virtual exhibit booths I often observed attendees in the booth having personal interaction with the vendor. Our members also like that everything was recorded and is now accessible for several months. . . .

My favorite feedback from attendees so far has been, "For anyone who doesn't think virtual learning can be engaging and meaningful, you should be attending the TCDA Virtual Conference.

More than anything, teachers were able to see that instruction can happen in this environment. Certainly, there were challenges, but nothing insurmoutable. Click here for the full reflection.

Thomas Rinn, President, Texas Choral Directors Association

Note: TCDA produces the biggest chapter conference in ACDA, as befits the size of the state.

Update: It has taken longer than expected for the expert researchers to complete testing and analyze the data from the preliminary tests of singers just completed. Your patience is appreciated as they coordinate the results and prepare for the release of data as soon as possible.

Interested in the statements ACDA has issued and signed onto? the scientific research we are helping to sponsor? Take a look at our  new Advocacy page on the website. https://acda.org >> Resources >> Advocacy.

The CMI Sacred Music Library is a library of 20,000 choral titles searchable on 17 criteria and 16,000 organ titles searchable by hymn tune. ACDA members receive a $35 discount on CMI membership (reg. $75). To access the discount, sign in at  https://acda.org and click on "My Offers" in the upper right of the screen.
My Choral Coach is a simple guided practice and choral management system that will keep choirs engaged and reaching their goals during this time of physical distancing and isolation. The cost is $50 for six-month access, and free for all choral singers in your choirs through December. Learn more.

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