July 22, 2020
The Rowan University Concert Choir (Christopher B. Thomas, conductor, and James Sparks, collaborative pianist) performs Johannes Brahms's Sehnsucht, op. 112, no. 1 (Franz Theodor Kugler, poet) at the 2020 ACDA Eastern Region Conference.

“Keeping an active mind has been vital to my survival, as has been maintaining a sense of humor.” Stephen Hawking

Since the middle of March, or there abouts, it’s been a strange time for all of us. Most of us have planned for some pretty outrageous situations before but never for this situation, never for a pandemic. We weren’t prepared because something like this has never happened to us, or to anyone we know. We’ve gotten into some sort of rhythm but still have no idea what we are doing.

In summer in normal times, right about now I would be doing research and practicing for my upcoming rehearsal and concert cycle. There is huge doubt we’ll be rehearsing or performing in any sort of traditional sense, so I am NOT practicing or doing research and feel lost. I decided to do some pandemic professional development. I’m reading, watching online lectures, and streaming concerts. I’m reviewing notes I’ve taken from various conferences and material from those courses. Books I’ve read in the past, part of my own library, has been calming and comforting and I read only the sections and chapters I want to because I’m the one in charge. Read the full post, including book recommendations

Marie Grass Amenta, Founder & Music Director of the Midwest Motet Society

You have other professional development opportunities open this summer! Many state chapters are offering virtual conferences and other events that are open to members in other states. Some are free; some are lower cost than in-person events. You are invited to attend one or all!

VIrtual Conferences


Is your state offering a virtual conference, webinar, or other event open to other ACDA members? Please ask your president or president-elect to submit it to us using this form.

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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