National ACDA COVID-19 Conference Guidance

In support of the choral profession and the return to in-person activities and performances, ACDA is providing the following guidance for all in-person conference activities coming this spring.

COVID-19 Guidelines for Raleigh, NC

For the latest policies regarding guidelines and mitigation practices for the city of Raleigh, go to

Congratulations to our 2022 Conference Performing Ensembles

Performing choirs comprise one of the largest and most anticipated aspects of the conference programming, and are a sure highlight of each conference, featuring the best of performance and repertoire from across our region.

Auditions for the 2022 conference were accepted between February 5 – April 16, 2021.

ACDA Southern Region congratulates the following ensembles on their invitation to perform at the 2022 Southern Region Conference in Raleigh, North Carolina!

  • A Cappella Choir, Samford University  Philip L. Copeland
  • Cantabile, Nashville School of the Arts  Trey Jacobs
  • Cantoras, University High School  Yelitza Greene
  • Concert Singers, University of Mississippi  Donald Trott
  • Davidson Chorale, JS Davidson Fine Arts Magnet School  Phillip R. Streetman
  • Louisville Chamber Choir  Kent Hatteberg
  • Orpheus Men’s Ensemble  Jeffrey Bauman and Paul Neal
  • Pinellas County Center for the Arts Women’s Chorale, Pinellas County Center for the Arts  Matthew David Clear
  • Shenandoah Valley Children’s Choir, Eastern Mennonite University  Janet M. Hostetter
  • Singing Brothers of Stillwell, Stillwell School of the Arts  Jimmy Cheek
  • Sola Voce Choir of Voices of the Valley, Voices of the Valley Children’s Chorus  Michelle Folta
  • The Cordova High Concert Singers, Cordova High School  Adrian L. Maclin
  • The Rose Singers, Coral Reef High School  Shanpatrick Davis
  • The Southern Chorale, The University of Southern Mississippi  Greg Fuller
  • University of Kentucky Men’s Chorus, University of Kentucky  Jefferson Johnson
  • University of Kentucky Women’s Chorus, University of Kentucky  Lori R. Hetzel
  • University Singers, Georgia State University  Deanna Joseph
  • Western Branch Middle School Concert Choir, Western Branch Middle School  Kyle J. Cook

Announcing our 2022 Interest Sessions

  • “Quarter Notes, Eighth Notes, and Dendrites! How Brain Research Can Make Your Rehearsals More Effective” – Bradley Almquist
  • “Meet Me in the Middle: Choral Music for Middle School Voices” – Andy Beck
  • “Anyone Can Arrange Music! (And Everyone Should)” – Garrett Breeze
  • “Breaking Barriers – Blurring Lines: genre-homogenous choral music of resilience-works by Ellington, Williams, Brubeck, Bonds” – Melodie Galloway
  • “Honoring Trans and Gender-Expansive Singers” – Matthew Garrett & Joshua Palkki
  • “Begin with the End in Mind – One Warm-Up at a Time!” – Holly Grefe & Victoria Atkins
  • “Running an efficient rehearsal: Rehearsal techniques to improve rhythm, intonation, and diction” – Kent Hatteberg
  • “Improving the Sectional Rehearsal: Steps to Productivity, Musicality, and Unity” – Ryan Kelly & Felicia Mulé
  • “Show Me the Rhythm!” – Pamela McDermott
  • “A Choral Tune-Up: Time Savers and Stress Relievers” – Erynn Millard, Amy Kotsonis, & Lesley Maxwell Mann
  • “Repairing the Racial Divide – ways to promote a more inclusive choral world” – Paul Neal & Gary Packwood
  • “Conducting Outside the Box: Creative Approaches to Practicing Conducting” – Aaron Peisner
  • “Looking for Treble in Old and New Places: Historical Repertoire for Treble Voices” – Erin Plisco
  • “Shaping the Sound: Attaining Artistic Authenticity in Your Jazz and Pop Vocal Ensemble” – Darden Purcell
  • “Creative Classroom Management: Stop Disciplining and Start Teaching” – Lauren Whitham Raynaud
  • “More than a “Treat” – Making Broadway, Pop, and Jazz a Part of Your Curriculum” – CJ Redden-Liotta
  • “Australian choral repertoire for all age levels” – Kym Scott
  • “A New Approach to Mandarin-Chinese Lyric Diction in Choral Music” – Pingyi Song
  • “Time for a Tune-up: Efficient Strategies to Manage Symptoms of Artistic Burnout” – Peter Steenblik
  • “Fixer Upper: Transforming Choral Communities Post-Pandemic” – McKenna Stenson
  • “Will I Ever Be Good Enough?: Finding Our Worth as Conductors” – Alan Stevens
  • “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: Navigating the Quest for Repertoire that Affirms All Our Singers” – Wes Stoner & Jami Lercher
  • “Growth Mindset: Striving for Improvement in Your Choir and Yourself” – Trevor Tran
  • ‘”What Would You Do?”: An Interactive Panel Discussion on Real-World Classroom Scenarios” – Christina Vehar, Maria Ellis, Jasmine Fripp, Kanisha Howard, Chantae Pittman, Emily Williams Burch