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PUBLICATIONS | Choral Journal – ChorTeach – IJRCS – IFCM
NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS | Julius Herford Disseration Prize Deadline - Composer Activity Type Added - Write for ChoralNet - COVID Mitigation Strategies for Choir
PARTICIPATION OPPORTUNITIES | Third-Party Choral Research Surveys
MEMBER BENEFITS | Church Music Webinar Recording – CMI Membership Discount – ACDA App
JOBS | Highlights of Current Listings in the ACDA Career Center
We Are Grateful to You!
We are deeply thankful for your continued support of ACDA. Many of you were key in planning virtual events in your states, in collaborating with choral ensembles within and outside your own communities, and in keeping the choral fires alive. You were resilient, persistent, and diligent about that and we appreciate each of you. Thank you for remaining faithful to ACDA and helping us promote our purposes and initiatives, new and old. We have work to do as we come out of the pandemic and turn our attention to the future, but with your engagement, we will succeed! Read full message.
Hilary Apfelstadt, Interim Executive Director

Looking Forward: Inspiration for Revitalizing Your Middle School & High School Choirs, hosted by ACDA's Education & Communication Committee
Tuesday, Jun. 8, 5:00 p.m. PT / 8:00 p.m. ET
Host: Jamila McWhirter, Chair, ACDA Education & Communication Committee. Panelists: Gretchen Grace Harrison, Chris Munce, and Vincent Oakes.

Register for the Zoom session now, or watch the livestream on Facebook. The session will be recorded. Learn more.

Eastern Region (Feb. 9-12, Boston, MA)
Interest Session application period open. Deadline: Jun. 15.

Midwestern Region (Feb. 16-19, Chicago, IL)

Southern Region (Feb. 23-26, Raleigh, NC)

Southwestern Region (Feb. 28-Mar. 3, Little Rock, AR)

Western Region (Mar. 2-5, Long Beach, CA)

Northwestern Region (Mar. 9-12, Spokane, WA)

Jun. 21-22 - Ohio Choral Directors Association's Summer Conference. Registration: $35 members; $20 retired & student members. Learn more.

Jun. 25 – Vermont ACDA’s Gather at the River 2021 Conference, Composer to Conductor: From Score to Stage. Will focus on the collaboration between composer and conductor, and how to engage the composer’s spark of inspiration by exploring the synthesis between composition and performance. Amanda Quist and Tim Brent, clinicians. Registration: Free for ACDA members, $40 for nonmembers. Learn more.

Jun. 29 – New Jersey ACDA’s Beyond Song Selection: An Intro to Decolonizing and Antiracist Approaches in the Music Classroom. Led by Brandi Waller-Pace. Registration: $20 per Zoom screen. Learn more.

In Person & Hybrid
Jun. 24-25 - Montana ACDA's Summer Institute. In Bozeman, MT, with hybrid options. Registration: $115. Learn more.

Limited time offer! Access all 2021 national conference sessions and performances - through December - by registering today. Click here to learn more & register.

Practical Teaching Ideas for Today's Music Educator. Terry Barham, editor. Current: Spring 2021 issue.

The Scientific Research Journal of ACDA. Patrick K. Freer, editor. Current: Volume 9.


Julius Herford Dissertation Prize. Nomination period open. Learn more. Deadline: Jun. 15.

Are You a Composer?
"Composer" has now been added as one of the "activity" options in ACDA membership profiles! The Composition Initiatives Committee strongly encourages anyone interested in choral composition to sign into their account at, go to "My Profile," and select "Composer" as either your "Primary Activity Type" or additional "Activity Type." This will help ACDA better serve and communicate with you.

"As a ChoralNet blogger (The Conductor as Yogi), I have a regular opportunity to think more deeply about issues that matter to me as a choral conductor, teacher, leader, and human . . . and then to 'make a date with myself' to work it out in my writing, hoping it helps readers to navigate their lives better, in some small way." - Ramona Wis

Are you interested in writing a blog post? Submit your draft post (approximately 750 words or fewer), targeted to a general choral or singing audience, to Sundra Flansburg at

Summarizing the latest CDC recommendations and results from the choral/singing-specific research ACDA has helped sponsor:

  • If everyone in your group is fully vaccinated, the CDC says they can sing inside or outside without masks and without needing to follow the other protocols of distancing, ventilation, and so on. Exceptions would be people with compromised immune systems (early research is showing that vaccines are not as effective in building immunity for that group) or if your local city or state still has a mask mandate superseding the CDC recommendation. In sum, for rehearsals that include only fully vaccinated people, no masks or other protocols are necessary.
  • In settings where there are some unvaccinated people, for example school choirs and choral performances in settings like performance halls and sanctuaries, the protocols of masking, ventilation (timing), and distancing should continue to be followed. The three-minute video “COVID-19 Mitigation Strategies for Choir,” which shares results from the  Performing Arts Aerosol Research Study, provides a clear and concise explanation of the necessary protocols.

ACDA note: The operative term is “fully vaccinated.” How you determine that is up to you and your boards or governing agencies. Read complete summary and research updates.

Motivation to Participate in Choirs and Singing Groups
Dr. Kerry Boyle of Canterbury Christ Church University in the United Kingdom invites your choir members to participate in a new international study that explores the reasons why people sing in choirs and singing groups. Please share the invitation and survey link with your choir members.

Identifying Shared Norms of Borrowing, Attribution, and Intercultural Performance Practice
Researchers at the University of Illinois and the UK Copyright and Creative Economy Centre (University of Glasgow) seek input from choral directors on directing and composing/arranging practices in order to identify shared norms of borrowing, attribution, and inter-cultural performance practices. Take the survey.

Church Music Re-Enters Worship Webinar
Did you miss the April webinar co-hosted by ACDA and CMI? Watch the recording and access the handouts on our National Webinars webpage.

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.

Find Copyright Tips and Solutions for Small Budgets on the App!
Rebecca Lord and Nate Wise's recent ChoralNet posts "Copyright 101 for Conductors" and "Top Ten Solutions for Copyright Compliance on a Dime" are in the Resources area of the App! 📲 Click here to download the App!

Where employers go to find choral professionals. A selection of current postings:

Topeka Public Schools (Topeka, KS)

Colorado Children's Chorus (Denver, CO)

Case Western Reserve University (Cleveland, OH)

Mid-Columbia Mastersingers (Richland, WA)

Oregon Repertory Singers (Portland, OR)

Meadows Presbyterian Church (Charlottesville, VA)
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