The new committee is co-chaired by Margaret Clark (artistic director of the Children's Chorus of Washington) and Paul Heins (associate conductor of the Gay Men's Chorus of Washington and director of the GenOUT Youth Chorus).
One of the goals of the Diversity Initiatives Committee is ongoing investigation and research into, understanding of, and problem-solving related to underrepresentation in our ACDA Chapter membership. This effort is underway as we dig into data collected in our recent member survey.
We are also looking for ways to increase membership in our ACDA Chapter among underrepresented populations of choral directors, notably DC-based directors, directors of HS and adult choral programs, directors from private and independent schools, and directors of community choruses large and small.
The Committee also plans to host education opportunities for our membership, related to the topic of diversity. Topics might include cultural appropriation, examination of song texts, and resources/strategies for creating and sustaining welcoming spaces for underrepresented singers.
If you are interested in being a part of this committee's work, please contact Margaret and Paul.