November 18, 2020
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Performing Arts Aerosol Study - Third Release of Preliminary Data
The latest preliminary results from the University of Colorado study that ACDA is helping to sponsor on performing arts aerosols was released on Friday.

Final results are expected in January 2021.

ACDA Reflections on Preliminary Findings
The long-awaited third phase of the Performing Arts Aerosol Study was released on November 13 and verified previous findings, affirming the importance of wearing well-fitting surgical-style masks; the need to observe physical distancing; the important of 30-minute rehearsal limits with air exchange in rehearsal space between uses; and the need to observe careful hygiene habits such as washing hands frequently and cleaning equipment.

New to these results is the observation that plexiglass partitions between musicians are not recommended due to HVAC system design limitations. These partitions can affect the air flow. Outdoor rehearsals are still regarded as safer than indoor but given the climate in many parts of the country, these are not practical year-round, so inside rehearsal parameters must be carefully designed and observed.
One encouraging finding was that among college bands engaged in real-time rehearsals with appropriate precautions this fall, “contact tracing has shown there have been zero transmissions during music activity.” While researchers did not examine choral ensembles, one hopes that similar results would happen.
Hilary Apfelstadt, ACDA Interim Executive Director

Registration Is Open!

Visit “Conferences” to view information and upcoming deadlines for our 2021 national conference. Registration gives you the full conference experience online, including interest sessions, performances, reading sessions, virtual exhibits, composer exhibitions, receptions, and more. Most content will remain available to you on demand after the conference.

Early Registration (through Jan. 27): $179. Retired: $149; Student: $79. You must have current membership to register.
Current Conference Deadlines:
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, February 7, 2021; 2:00 p.m. CST
  • TB/Lower voices: Sunday, February 21, 2021; 2:00 p.m. CST
  • SATB/All voices: Sunday, February 28, 2021; 2:00 p.m. CST

ACDA is delighted to offer the workshops free of charge. Learn more and register.
State Events
Chapter virtual conferences and webinars open to members in other states:

  • Now through Nov. 21 - ACDA of Minnesota's MN Choral Renaissance 2020: A Season of Change - An Oasis of Choral Inspiration, Learning, and Connection. Registration: $125 ACDA members, $205 nonmembers, $55 retired, $15 students for on-demand 8-week series. Click here for more information and to register.
  • Jan. 9 - Pennsylvania ACDA's January Jumpstart: Inclusive Teaching Practices and Repertoire. Registration: free for members, $20 for non-members. Click here for more information and to register.

State presidents: submit your ACDA event here to be included in this list!
A John Rutter Christmas Experience
Would YOU or your choir members like to sing under the baton of John Rutter this Christmas season?

Work on the second piece in this Christmas project, Star Carol, has just been launched, so now is a good time for new singers to join the project.

ACDA members and their singers receive a 25 percent discount to participate in the Stay At Home Choir’s Christmas project with John Rutter and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

Sign up yourself (if you like), then simply send your singers your ACDA membership number and direct them to the ACDA portal to sign up. A portion of each registration fee is being donated back to ACDA's Fund for Tomorrow, in support of its mission to grow new choral singers and develop new choral conductors.
Read a Story of One State Chapter's Advocacy Work!
We have always needed to speak up for arts funding and strong choral programs. Now, it is even more urgent.

The first email to our burgeoning group of ACDA Choral Advocates will be sent this Friday, containing a story about Connecticut ACDA's inspiring and effective advocacy work last spring, led by President Amanda Hanzik.

Visit our Choral Advocates microsite and sign up now to be an ACDA Choral Advocate and receive that email. Add your voice to those supporting the choral art!
Who's Who?
Were you able to identify the composers and arrangers featured on the cover of the December Choral Journal, a focus issue on Black composers and arrangers by guest editor Brandon Boyd?

Wonder no longer:

1st row -- (L to R) Robert Morris, André Thomas, Thomas Whitfield
2nd row -- Lena McLin, Rosephanye Powell
3rd row -- Linda Twine
4th row -- Undine Smith Moore, Margaret Bonds
5th row -- Moses Hogan
6th row -- R. Nathaniel Dett

You can access the complete issue by signing in at and visiting Publications >> Choral Journal.
The latest results of our sponsored researched 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.

We invite you to check this page regularly for added resources. The list has recently been reformatted to make it easier for you to locate information!
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