March 24, 2021
Of Eric Whitacre's national conference keynote, listeners said "We definitely needed to hear this!" "Needed this." "This was a great way to start the conference!" "The best keynote possible for these trying times." Listen [again] for yourself!
Silver Linings: Giving Grace, Growing Closer, and Building Trust
Everyone has had a hard year. I think choral directors might have had it a bit worse. We will be dealing with the fallout from this pandemic for the next few years at least, rebuilding our programs from the ground up. We haven’t been teaching “choir” as we have known it to be for our entire professional lives. We have made up our curriculum weekly to keep our students engaged, check on their emotional well-being and maybe learn musical skills along the way, if we are lucky. For me personally, technology has never been my friend. I’ve learned more this year than any other year in my 18 years of teaching. I’ve made mistakes, I’ve had to teach myself some skills to share with my students, and I’ve celebrated each success along the way.
There are positives from this that I will incorporate into my teaching forever. I have given more grace than I ever thought possible. And because of this, I feel I have grown closer to many of my students. There is a different level of trust and respect that I hope to maintain. Without the stress of upcoming performances, there has been more time to check on their individual skill level, mental state, and their understanding of concepts. . . . I am currently thankful for every student who has stayed in choir and I will continue to focus on what’s important, like why I love music and why they love music. Read full post.

Hilary Morton, Director of Choirs
Shawnee Mission North High School (Overland Park, Kansas)
What members are saying about the conference:

"The American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) national conference is so refreshing! My soul has been revived!" - Ocie Shaquán Banks

"What an incredible American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) national conference! My heart, soul, and mind have not only been fed, but challenged and uplifted. . . . I’m so thankful all were recorded so that not only can they be rewatched, but so many other sessions can be explored! Our musical world is bright, and indeed, can be a beacon of inspiration globally." - Ryan Heller

"The sessions have been chock-full of awesome, applicable information which will definitely be utilized in my classrooms, and the concert performances have been awe inspiring. Thank you to all involved for surpassing all of my expectations from a virtual conference by a long shot! This has renewed my hope - not in a return to what we once did, but in a realized vision of what we are about to do! Bravo, ACDA!" - Brenda Jarrett

"I was honored to be in attendance and overjoyed to be able to just LISTEN. I'll go back again and then I'll take notes. The luxury of having these sessions available through December is indescribable." - Lou De La Rosa
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J. W. Pepper Reading Packets Available
The ACDA session viewer is now available for 2021 under Editor’s Choice / ACDA / 2021 on the J. W. Pepper site.

If you haven't already, create a login to Editor’s Choice, and once in, you will have access to the PDFs from the session booklets, plus any audio that they have for each title. Click here.
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
State Conferences & Webinars
Chapter virtual conferences and webinars open to members in other states:

  • 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.
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!
Find the Latest COVID-19 Resources in the App!
Did you know you can find the latest COVID-19 resources inside the app? Be the first to access updated information on how the pandemic is affecting our industry (think planning for a safe return to singing together!) right at your fingertips. 📲 Click here to download!
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: Missouri (Mar. 23-Apr. 5). Opening soon: Alabama (Mar. 29-Apr. 11), Delaware (Mar. 29-Apr. 11), 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.
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