CONFERENCE EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN
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.
Nominations for the ALL-NEW Distinguished Service Award
Nominations are now being accepted for the inaugural ACDA Southern Region Distinguished Service Award to be presented at the ACDA Southern Region conference in February 2022. The award was established this year to recognize an ACDA member who has demonstrated significant or lengthy service to regional activities, notable leadership in a member state, or considerable contributions to the advancement of choral music in ACDA’s Southern Region. The nomination process is now open, and it closes at 11:59 p.m. on Friday, October 29. The nominations will be reviewed and a recipient selected by the regional Past-Presidents council, and the award will be presented at the regional ACDA Conference (February 23-26, 2022) in Raleigh NC.
COVID-19 Guidelines for Raleigh, NC
For the latest policies regarding guidelines and mitigation practices for the city of Raleigh, go to visitraleigh.com.
Applications for the 2022 Colleen Kirk Award Now Being Accepted
The award is presented to new and aspiring choral conductors who are members of ACDA, in support of their attendance at regional or national conferences of the American Choral Directors Association. Choral music teachers in their first three years of full-time pre-collegiate teaching will be eligible. The award supports a goal articulated at the National Leadership Conference in August 2001 that ACDA provide support and mentoring for aspiring and new teachers in choral music education.
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
- University of Montevallo Concert Choir – Melinda Doyle
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