Calendar of Events

Feb
25
Sat
2017
2017 MassACDA Intercollegiate Choral Festival @ Endicott College
Feb 25 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

2017 Intercollegiate Choral Festival

February 25, 2017 (2/26 snow date)
Endicott College, Beverly, MA

African-American Choral Collage
A Celebration of African-American Music
Dr. Dennis Slaughter will lead the combined choruses in a chronological program of music in the African-American tradition, from work songs to contemporary gospel.

This festival will give smaller college choirs and their members a chance to join forces, as well as to perform their own repertoire for one another.

Cost:
$25 per student (students bring lunch, dinner provided)

Attendees will also benefit from vocal and choral workshops and enjoy time for meeting and connecting with other area students who love to sing.

Tentative schedule:  10:00AM – 9:00PM (7PM Concert)

  • Morning workshop for students and directors (vocal health issues/technique, aural skills, etc.)
  • Sectional rehearsals
  • Meet-and-greet opportunities for students
  • Lunch mixer
  • Dress Rehearsal
  • Dinner mixer
  • Concert of each individual group’s repertoire and combined works

Frequently asked questions:
Q. My group may not be able to attend in full. Do we have to perform our own repertoire?
A. No. Individual members of your groups are welcome to participate in the workshops, rehearsal, and large group performance.
Q. I’m not sure of our schedule / enrollment for the Spring.  What’s the latest we can sign up?
A. The deadline to register your choir for participation will be January 21, 2017; however, you can wait to say exactly how many students are coming and whether your group will perform individually until February 10, 2017.

If you are thinking about attending, participating, or just sending a few students to participate, please let us know. This will help us finalize the budget, repertoire, clinicians, and other details. Register your interest and your suggestions for repertoire by emailing David Giessow at David.Giessow@umb.edu (or leave a voice message at 617-287-5799 with times to call you back).

2017 MassACDA Intercollegiate Choral Festival Concert @ Wax Auditorium
Feb 25 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

MassACDA 2017 Intercollegiate Choral Festival Concert

Saturday, Feb. 25th, 2017
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM (ET)
Endicott College – 376 Hale St. – Beverly, MA 01915
Wax Auditorium, Wax Academic Center
General Admission – $15

This year’s festival of the Massachusetts chapter of the American Choral Directors Association features choruses from area colleges who will perform music in the African-American tradition, from work songs to contemporary gospel.

http://events.endicott.edu/site/manninen/event/massacda-2017-intercollegiate-choral-festival/

Mar
4
Sat
2017
Big Sing West 2017 @ Christ Church Cathedral
Mar 4 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

BIG SING WEST

Non-competitive, Adjudicated Youth and Children’s Choir Festivals

Click here for the Big Sing West Application

Participating choirs will have the opportunity to present short, individual performances, also to listen to the performances of other choirs and to join together in singing a combined final selection. Singers and directors alike gain a sense of being part of a larger, enthusiastic community of choral musicians! Application Deadline is Monday, January 9th.

BIG SING WEST
Saturday, March 4, 2017
3:00 – 4:30 PM
Christ Church Cathedral, Springfield, MA
Combined Piece: The Joy I Feel! arr. Tim Gregory

vanessa-bondAdjudicator – Vanessa Bond

Dr. Vanessa L. Bond is Assistant Professor of Music Education at University of Hartford’s The Hartt School where she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in music education and serves as the Coordinator of Student Teaching. Dr. Bond’s research focuses on the musical lives of young children (with special interest in the application of Reggio Emilia early childhood approach principles to music education), culturally responsive teaching, and the choral experiences of underrepresented populations. She has presented this work at conferences throughout the United States and abroad.

Dr. Bond joined the Connecticut Children’s Chorus faculty in 2012 and is the current Education Director of CCC as well as the director of the Prelude Choir for children in grades three to five. She has served as a guest conductor for several honor choirs, most recently as the conductor of the Rhode Island All-State Children’s Chorus in 2016. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Music Education degree from Gettysburg College, a Master of Music in Voice Pedagogy and Performance degree from The Pennsylvania State University, and Doctor of Philosophy in Music Education degree from Case Western Reserve University.

Mar
8
Wed
2017
2017 ACDA National Conference @ Minneapolis, MN
Mar 8 – Mar 11 all-day

Plan ahead for the 2017 National Conference, being held in Minneapolis, Minnesota! Click here for more information.

Mar
18
Sat
2017
Big Sing East 2017 – Fully Subscribed @ St. Paul Parish
Mar 18 @ 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

BIG SING EAST

Non-competitive, Adjudicated Youth and Children’s Choir Festivals

Big Sing Central is now fully subscribed. Acceptance into the festivals is on a first-come, first served basis, based on receipt of a completed application and payment.

Participating choirs will have the opportunity to present short, individual performances, also to listen to the performances of other choirs and to join together in singing a combined final selection. Singers and directors alike gain a sense of being part of a larger, enthusiastic community of choral musicians! Application deadline is Monday, January 9th.

BIG SING EAST
Saturday, March 18, 2017
1:30– 3:00 PM
St. Paul Parish, Cambridge, MA
Combined Piece: The Storm Is Passing Over, by Charles Albert Tindley, arr. by Barbara W. Baker

michele-headshotAdjudicator – Michele Adams

Michele Adams joined the Boston Children’s Chorus (BCC) in 2007 and serves as the Director of Choirs for the award-winning organization. She conducts two of BCC’s choirs and directs the innovative education program. Described as “eloquent and perfectly tuned” (Boston Musical Intelligencer), her choirs have collaborated with The Boston Pops and the Portland Symphony Orchestra. She is an active guest conductor, adjudicator, and speaker and is the creator and leader of the BCC Professional Development Workshop. Adams earned a Master of Music in Choral Conducting from Florida State University and Bachelor of Music in Music Education from The University of South Carolina.

Apr
8
Sat
2017
Big Sing Central 2017 – Fully Subscribed @ Fay School
Apr 8 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

BIG SING CENTRAL

Non-competitive, Adjudicated Youth and Children’s Choir Festivals

Big Sing Central is now fully subscribed. Acceptance into the festivals is on a first-come, first served basis, based on receipt of a completed application and payment.

Participating choirs will have the opportunity to present short, individual performances, also to listen to the performances of other choirs and to join together in singing a combined final selection. Singers and directors alike gain a sense of being part of a larger, enthusiastic community of choral musicians! Application deadline is Monday, January 9th.

BIG SING CENTRAL
Saturday, April 8, 2017
3:00 – 4:30 PM
Fay School, Southborough, MA
Combined Piece: There Is Peace by Jim Papoulis

jimAdjudicator – Jim Papoulis
Jim Papoulis composes in many genres and is known for work that combines contemporary, classical, and world sounds. His choral work is constantly inspired by the work he does through the Foundation for Small Voices. He firmly believes that music can heal, educate, celebrate, and empower the lives of children.

Through the Foundation for Small Voices he has conducted workshops with choirs around the globe and has also worked with: Aretha Franklin, Celine Dion, Beyoncé, New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, London Boys Choir, London Symphony, Beijing Children’s Choir, Faith Hill, Natalie Cole, Snoop Dogg, Tokyo String Quartet, Moscow Philharmonic, Portland Symphony and New World Symphony. His music has been featured at: the Beijing Olympics, the 2008 Presidential Inauguration and the World Cup in South Africa 2010.

Jul
16
Sun
2017
2017 MassACDA Summer Conference @ Smith College
Jul 16 – Jul 19 all-day

Conference dates are July 16-19, 2017, at Smith College in Northampton, MA.The Conference Chorus, a popular addition to our schedule last year, will be conducted by Jo-Michael Scheibe. More information coming soon!

Interested in presenting an Interest Session? Click here!

Conference Headliners:

Jo-Michael Scheibe

Jo-Michael Scheibe chairs the Thornton School of Music’s department of Choral and Sacred Music at the University of Southern California. Currently serving as Chair of the Past President’s Council of the American Choral Director’s Association (ACDA), Scheibe has served as National President, National President Elect, Western Division President, and National Repertoire and Standards Chairperson for Community Colleges. Under his leadership, the USC Thornton Chamber Singers received the 2015 American Prize in Choral Music, performed for the 2015 ACDA National Convention in Salt Lake City (his seventh appearance at that event) and were one of twenty-five choirs selected to perform at the Tenth World Choral Symposium in Seoul, South Korea in 2014.

Prior to his appointment at USC, Scheibe served as Director of Choral Studies at the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music, Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Long Beach City College, Vintage High School in Napa, California, and Huntington Beach High School. He received his DMA from the University of Southern California and his BA and MM degrees from California State University at Long Beach, where he was presented with the distinguished alumnus award.

Scheibe has collaborated with artists ranging from Luciano Pavarotti to Sir Elton John and the Rolling Stones, and he has prepared choruses for international conductors Helmuth Rilling, Michael Tilson Thomas, Sir Colin Davies, and more. Recordings of his ensembles have been released on the Albany, Cane, Naxos, Arsis and ANS labels.

A champion of contemporary music, Scheibe regularly commissions and performs new works of choral literature. Music publishers Walton, Colla Voce Music, Pavane, and Santa Barbara distribute the Jo-Michael Scheibe Choral Series internationally.

Scheibe presents nationally and internationally as a clinician, conductor, and adjudicator for choruses at all levels. Future engagements include international presentations in Shanghai, Bangkok, and Salzburg; and university presentations and all-state choirs across the country.

www.jomichaelscheibe.org

Jay Broeker

Jay Broeker teaches general music at The Blake School in Hopkins, Minnesota.  Mr. Broeker holds both Kodály and Orff Schulwerk certification, and is a frequent clinician for AOSA, OAKE, and NAfME conferences and state music education organizations. During the summer he is an instructor in music teacher education courses at the University of Kentucky in Lexington and the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota. Jay’s commissioned choral works have been performed by honor choirs in the US and abroad. His choral arrangements are published by Santa Barbara Music Publishing and by Boosey & Hawkes.

Alice Parker

Alice Parker, internationally renowned composer, conductor and teacher, studied composition and conducting at Smith College and the Juilliard School where she began her long association with Robert Shaw. The many Parker/Shaw settings of American folksongs, hymns and spirituals from that period form an enduring repertoire for choruses all around the world.

Her list of published compositions has over five hundred titles, ranging from operas through song cycles, cantatas and choral suites to many individual anthems. She has been commissioned by hundreds of community, school and church choruses, and her works appear in the catalogs of a dozen publishing companies. Each year she tours the United States and Canada, leading performances and workshops on improvisation, rehearsal techniques and score study. To take part in one of her SINGS is to have a rare experience of group improvisation, remarkable for its high level of musical sound.

In 1985, with the founding of MELODIOUS ACCORD, INC., she focused her activities on the heart of vocal music: the melody. The Musicians of MELODIOUS ACCORD, a sixteen-voice professional chorus, has released fourteen albums in the last two decades. Through the Melodious Accord Fellowship Program, mid-career professional musicians are brought together for inspiration and refreshment in their teaching, composing and conducting under her mentorship. The organization also sponsors workshops, symposia, Parker appearances, and publishes an e-Newsletter.

Now a resident of western Massachusetts, Parker has published books on melodic styles, choral improvisation and church music. The Anatomy of Melody (2006) and The Answering Voice (2014) set forth her views on a compositional universe that begins in song, and flowers in musical conversations. The Melodious Accord Hymnal (2010) contains brief versions of many American folk hymns, as well as herown settings of contemporary poets. The second edition of her classic essays on song leading and congregational singing, Melodious Accord: Good Singing in Church, appeared in 2013.

Alice Parker has served on the Board of Directors of Chorus America and was named their first Director Laureate. In 2013 she received the Robert Shaw Award from the American Choral Directors Association. Named Distinguished Composer of the Year 2000 by the American Guild of Organists, she is also a Fellow of the Hymn Society of the United States and Canada. She is the recipient of six honorary doctorates and the Smith College Medal as well as grants from ASCAP, the National Endowment for the Arts, The Aaron Copland Fund for Music, and the American Music Center.

For more information, please consult the website www.melodiousaccord.org.