Calendar of Events

Feb
21
Sat
2015
2015 MassACDA Intercollegiate Choral Festival Concert @ Wax Auditorium
Feb 21 @ 7:30 pm – 9:15 pm

Choruses from several area Colleges and Universities

Programs by individual choruses including Classical pieces ~ Folk tunes ~ Gospel songs ~ Spirituals ~ Oldies

Combined Choruses will perform excerpts from Carmina Burana by Carl Orff,
Dr. William Cutter, Conductor
with the Salem State University Percussion Ensemble, Abe Finch, Director

TICKETS:
General Admission: $10
Seniors and Students: $5
EC ID Holders: FREE
Tickets are also available at the door. General Seating.
BOX OFFICE: www.endicott.edu/centerforthearts
978-998-7700

WAX AUDITORIUM:
WAX Academic Center
Endicott College
376 Hale Street
Beverly, MA 01915

To download a poster for this event, please click here.

Feb
25
Wed
2015
2015 ACDA National Conference in Salt Lake City
Feb 25 – Feb 28 all-day

For more information on the National Conference in Salt Lake City, please click here.  If you are a MassACDA member attending the conferences, make sure to meet up for our Eastern Division reception! Thursday evening, February 26 10pm to Midnight in Rm 150G of the Salt Palace Convention Center. Free food, open bar, and many friends, old and new, waiting to say hello. Join us!

Mar
7
Sat
2015
2015 Big Sing West @ Christ Church Cathedral, Springfield, MA
Mar 7 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

2015 BIG SING WEST – Fully Subscribed

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

2013 Big Sing West

Co-sponsored by
the Massachusetts American Choral Directors Association
and the Kodály Music Institute

Participating choirs will have the opportunity to shine in short, individual performances, to listen to, and appreciate the performances of other choirs, and to join together in singing a celebratory, combined final selection.

The Big Sings help to build ensemble by inspiring in each choir a feeling of pride in its efforts. Beyond that, singers and directors alike come away with a sense of being part of a larger, enthusiastic community of choral musicians!

This adjudicated event has been fully subscribed.

Bill Cutter
BIG SING WEST
Saturday, March 7, 2015
CONCERT: 3:00 – 4:30 PM
LOCATION: Christ Church Cathedral, Springfield, MA
35 Chestnut Street, Springfield, MA 01103

ADJUDICATOR: Dr. William (Bill) Cutter – Director of choral programs at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Conductor of the MIT Concert Choir and Chamber Chorus. To read full bio, click here.

Mar
14
Sat
2015
2015 Big Sing East @ St. Paul Parish, Cambridge, MA
Mar 14 @ 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm

2015 BIG SING EAST – Fully Subscribed

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

BS2013-4

Co-sponsored by
the Massachusetts American Choral Directors Association
and the Kodály Music Institute

Participating choirs will have the opportunity to shine in short, individual performances, to listen to, and appreciate the performances of other choirs, and to join together in singing a celebratory, combined final selection.

The Big Sings help to build ensemble by inspiring in each choir a feeling of pride in its efforts. Beyond that, singers and directors alike come away with a sense of being part of a larger, enthusiastic community of choral musicians!

This adjudicated event has been fully subscribed.

George Case
BIG SING EAST
Saturday, March 14, 2015
CONCERT: 2:30 – 4:00 PM
LOCATION: St. Paul Parish, Boston, MA
29 Mt. Auburn Street, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138

ADJUDICATOR: George Case – Director of choral activities at the Boston Conservatory; Conductor of the BCM Conservatory Chorale and Women’s Chorus. To read full bio, click here.

Mar
15
Sun
2015
2015 Big Sing Central @ St. Mark’s School, Southborough, MA
Mar 15 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

2015 BIG SING CENTRAL – Limited Space Available

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

2013 Big Sing Central

Co-sponsored by
the Massachusetts American Choral Directors Association
and the Kodály Music Institute

To download application and more information, please click here. – Limited Space Available

Participating choirs will have the opportunity to shine in short, individual performances, to listen to, and appreciate the performances of other choirs, and to join together in singing a celebratory, combined final selection.

The Big Sings help to build ensemble by inspiring in each choir a feeling of pride in its efforts. Beyond that, singers and directors alike come away with a sense of being part of a larger, enthusiastic community of choral musicians!

Sophia Popoulis
BIG SING CENTRAL
Sunday, March 15, 2015
CONCERT: 3:00 – 4:30 PM
LOCATION: St. Mark’s School, Southborough, MA
25 Marlboro Road, Southborough, MA 01772-1299

ADJUDICATOR: Sophia Papoulis – Conductor and Clinician for the Foundation for Small Voices. To read full bio, click here.

To download application and more information, please click here. – Limited Space Available

Jun
26
Fri
2015
Gather at the River – A Choral Arts Conference
Jun 26 – Jun 27 all-day

For more information about this wonderful conference, hosted by Vermont and New Hampshire ACDA, please visit http://vtacda.org/gather-at-the-river-2015/

Jul
19
Sun
2015
2015 MassACDA Summer Conference @ Smith College
Jul 19 – Jul 22 all-day

 

Headliner cliJerry Blackstonenicians: Dr. Jerry Blackstone (Director of Choral Activities, University of Michigan) whose sessions may include: Dream development/Building the conductor’s imagination; Score-driven, Productive Rehearsal Technique; Working with Male Voices; and “I wish I had known:” Practical Advice from a ‘Maturing’ Conductor.

Dr. Lynne Gackle

Also Dr. Lynne Gackle (Associate Director of Choral Activities, Baylor University, and National ACDA R&S Chair for Women’s Choirs) whose topics will deal with women’s voices (Gackle is the author of Finding Ophelia’s Voice, Opening Ophelia’s Heart: Nurturing the Adolescent Female Voice), also middle school and children’s issues. (She previously served as National ACDA R&S chair for Children’s Choirs.)

The Conference will feature a public performance by the professional women’s ensemble Lorelei. Recognized as “a source of some of the most innovative and inventive programming” in the Boston area, Lorelei has premiered more than thirty new works since its founding in 2007 by Artistic Director Beth Willer. Conference also includes an open rehearsal by the Northampton-based Young@Heart Chorus, a unique ensemble of singers ages 73 to 89, directed by Bob Cilman. The group’s musical and theater performances have won fans all over the world; their award-winning documentary Young@Heart: You’re Never too Old to Rock will also be shown at the Conference.

Young @ HeartLorelei

The 2015 conference will also include 12 interest sessions led by Massachusetts experts, selected from proposals submitted to your MassACDA Board by the February 1 deadline. (See www.massacda.org for details.) Plans are in the works to include “Conductors Face2Face,” which proved so popular last year, for anyone seeking personal attention and advice from several distinguished conductors. Additionally, we hope to schedule several opportunities for informal small-ensemble singing.

The registration fee ($295 for ACDA members, “Early Bird” before June 1—no fee reduction for attending fewer days) includes packets of recommended repertoire, the welcome BBQ and three lunches. Dinners are independent, a chance to network with col- leagues and experience the outstanding and varied cuisine of dozens of local restaurants, all within walking distance of the campus.  A limited number of comfortable (non air-conditioned, fans provided) campus accommodations are available, including full breakfast.

PDP’s will be available at no charge. Up to two graduate credits from UMass Amherst – contingent upon enrollment of at least eight students – are available at a cost of $145 for one credit or $245 for two credits, payable by check to Umass on or before the first day of the conference. Note that the 2015 Summer Conference schedule permits enrollment in the UMass Conducting Institute in nearby Amherst, July 22-25, for anyone desiring intensive, hands-on experience conducting both choral and wind ensembles.

Jul
21
Tue
2015
Lorelei Ensemble in Concert @ Sweeney Hall, Smith College, Northampton, MA
Jul 21 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

LoreleiFounded in 2007 by Artistic Director Beth Willer, the Boston-based ensemble Lorelei is comprised of nine professional musicians whose expertise ranges from early to contemporary repertoire. Dedicated to the expansion of repertoire for women’s voices, Lorelei works to expose lesser-known early music from the Medieval through Baroque periods, while collaborating with living composers to produce innovative programming that speaks to a wider audience. Co-sponsored by the Smith College Music Department, this concert will feature American works, as well as compositions influenced by eastern/Buddhist sources, also a percussion interlude.

To purchase tickets to this wonderful concert, please click here.

Sep
19
Sat
2015
SINGING MEN! Vocal Workshop with WILLIAM HITE @ First Parish Church of Weston
Sep 19 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Sponsored by:
Boston Saengerfest Men’s Chorus
Massachusetts American Choral Directors Association

Purpose: provide amateur male choral singers with an opportunity to build specific vocal skills in a training session with a skilled voice teacher. The training is not style specific and would be useful for traditional, gospel and pop. This September workshop will reinforce good vocal habits at the beginning of the choral singing season.

Workshop Leader: William Hite’s reputation as an engaging and expressive artist has led to appearances spanning three decades with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra, Dresdner Philharmonie, American Symphony Orchestra, Washington Bach Consort, New York City Ballet, Mark Morris Dance Group, New York Collegium, National Arts Center Orchestra (Ottawa), Charlotte Symphony, Boston Baroque, Toronto Consort, Emmanuel Music, Tafelmusik and Philharmonia Baroque under the direction of Bernard Haitink, Seiji Ozawa, James Levine, Rafael Frübeck de Burgos, Nicholas McGegan, Christopher Hogwood, Jane Glover, Robert Spano, Grant Llewellyn, Leon Botstein, Craig Smith, John Harbison, Julian Wachner and Peter Schreier.

William Hite (www.williamhitetenor.com) is Senior Lecturer in Voice and coordinator of the voice area at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst.

Location: First Parish Church of Weston
349 Boston Post Road
Weston, MA
http://www.firstparishweston.org/

Open to: male choral ensemble members (16-adult) and choral directors

Fee: $20 per person limited enrollment

Sign Up/Information: www.saengerfest.org/workshop

Workshop Outline:

  • Warming up the voice:
    • where to start
    • what to look for
    • and what to listen for
    • awareness of the body !
  • Using solo and ensemble literature to:
    • develop a range of tone colors
    • sing with grounding (anchoring)
    • expand the pitch range
    • make performance expressive
    • build diction skills
    • characterize different texts
    • build confidence in performance
Sep
26
Sat
2015
Music and Worship for Today’s Church @ Crawford Memorial United Methodist Church
Sep 26 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Click here to register!

The goal of the workshop is to provide directors and singers the opportunity to explore best practices in worship music and provide ideas for anthems, hymns and songs to incorporate into our services.

If possible, directors are encouraged to bring a balanced representation of their choirs, which will rehearse as a combined volunteer choir to perform at the end of the workshop.  Sessions will include:

  • A Reading Session including Quality Literature to Use throughout the Liturgical Year (led by Sean Landers)
  • Selecting Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs to Tell God’s Story in Worship (led by Michael F. Smith)
  • Using CPDL for the Church Year (led by Chris Clark)
  • Recent Church Music of Alice Parker

Additionally, we welcome you to bring members of your choir, who will rehearse and perform at the end of the day (led by Dr. Kevin J. McDonald).

Come join us for an enriching, rejuvenating afternoon of music as we explore ways to use music to enhance worship in our churches!  Click here to register.

Cost: $10 for Directors in ACDA ($15 for non-members); $5 for participating choir members.  All payments will be accepted on the day of the event.

For further information, please do not hesitate to contact me!  please email Sean Landers, R&S Chair for Music in Worship, at slanders@belmont.k12.ma.us.

Oct
24
Sat
2015
2015 MassACDA/UMass High School & Collegiate Choral Festival @ UMass Amherst Fine Arts Center
Oct 24 all-day

Registration Deadline extended to October 10th

2015 MassACDA/UMass High School & Collegiate Choral Festival
Saturday, October 24th, 2015
UMass Amherst
5:30pm Performance, 8:00am registration, 9:00am start time.

Repertoire:
Orff, Carmina Burana, excerpts, Version for 2 pianos and 5 percussionists. We will be doing the first 10 movements (through Were diu werlt alle min), then skip to In trutina and go from there to the end.

Registration Details:
Step 1: Register using the online form linked below by Saturday, October 10th. Please submit at least one singer for each part for the women’s voices (SSAA) and at least one singer for each part for the men’s voices (TTBB) for a total of 8 students. You may submit more than one quartet for each group, however the form only allows for up to 8 students. If you wish to send more than 8, please contact Joshua Harper for details on how to do this (harperjd88@gmail.com).

Click here to register! – http://goo.gl/forms/8JNfQBzDZN 

Step 2: Upon registration, you will be emailed an invoice by MassACDA treasure Chris Clark for $45.00 per student. Please submit your student’s fees in the form of one check as soon as possible in order to complete the registration process.Payment MUST be received prior to the festival itself or you and your students will not be allowed to participate. If you, the director, would also like to sing, there will be an additional $8.00 charge to your invoice to pay for the music that will arrive alongside your students’ music.

Step 3: Please make sure all students are adequately prepared. There will be a random grouping of students selected at the beginning of the rehearsal day who will be tested on parts of the literature. Details on the new testing policy can be found below.

Please e-mail any questions to High School R&S Chair, Joshua Harper at harperjd88@gmail.com.

We look forward to seeing you!

Student Preparation Testing Guidelines

Purpose:
The leadership of MassACDA has decided to continue a testing procedure for students attending the 2015 Honor Choir. The purpose of this decision is to ensure all students are adequately prepared for the festival with all music learned prior to arrival. This will allow all students to enjoy the most rewarding and positive experience.

Testing Guidelines:
After the warm up during Rehearsal I, randomly selected octets of students will be taken from both the women’s and men’s groups. At least one singer from every school represented will be included within these octets. These octets may pulled out into smaller groups, but no student will ever be singled out. The students will then be asked to sing portions of the previously prepared festival music for a panel of adjudicators. At the conclusion of the testing, the students will return to rehearsal for the remainder of the festival.

Results:
If the panel of adjudicators feels that one or more of the students were ill-prepared for the festival, that school will be given a warning for the 2015 year. If the school receives another warning at the 2016 festival, the school will be asked not to participate in the 2017 festival. There were no schools given warnings last year, so thank you for your hard work and preparation!

If you have any questions about these procedures, please feel free to contact Joshua Harper, High School Repertoire & Standards Chair (harperjd88@gmail.com).

Practice Tracks:
We will be doing the first 10 movements (through Were diu werlt alle min), then skip to In trutina and go from there to the end. Please click the following link for practice tracks: http://www.cyberbass.com/Major_Works/Orff/orff_carmina_burana.htm

Schedule:
8:00am – 9:00am Registration (Bezanson Recital Hall Lobby)
9:00am – 12:00pm Rehearsal I with Dr. Douma
12:00pm – 1:15pm Students eat lunch together
1:15pm – 2:15pm UMass Ensembles – stage, Rehearsal II with Dr. Douma
2:15pm – 4:45pm Combined rehearsal on stage with Instrumentalists (Fine Arts Center)
4:45pm – 5:15pm Dress & Prepare for Concert
5:15pm – 5:25pm Warm-up/move to seats at 5:25pm
5:30pm – 7:00pm 2015 MassACDA/UMass High School & Collegiate Choral Festival Concert

douma-200x274-1377276842Dr. Jeffrey Douma, Clinician
Professor of Conducting, Yale School of Music
Director, Yale Glee Club and Yale Choral Artists

Professor of Conducting. Since the fall of 2003, Jeffrey Douma has served as Director of the Yale Glee Club, recently hailed by The New York Times as “one of the best collegiate singing ensembles, and one of the most adventurous.”  He also serves as Professor of Conducting at the Yale School of Music, where he teaches in the graduate choral program; as founding Director of the Yale Choral Artists; and as Artistic Director of the Yale International Choral Festival.

Douma has appeared as guest conductor with choruses and orchestras on six continents, including the Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Orchestra, Daejeon Philharmonic Choir, Tbilisi Symphony Orchestra, Buenos Aires Philharmonic Orchestra, Moscow Chamber Orchestra, Windsor Symphony Orchestra, Orquesta Solistas de la Habana, Istanbul’s Tekfen Philharmonic, Norway’s Edvard Grieg Kor, the Symphony Choir of Johannesburg, and the Central Conservatory’s EOS Orchestra in Beijing. He also currently serves as Musical Director of the Yale Alumni Chorus, which he has lead on eight international tours, and served for five years as Choirmaster at the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Hartford, CT, where performances ranged from  Bach St. John Passion with baroque orchestra to Arvo Pärt Te Deum.

Choirs under his direction have performed in Leipzig’s Neue Gewandhaus, Dvorak Hall in Prague, St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, Notre Dame de Paris, Argentina’s Teatro Colon, the Oriental Arts Center in Shanghai, Avery Fisher Hall and Carnegie Hall, and he has prepared choruses for performances under such eminent conductors as William Christie, Valery Gergiev, Sir Neville Marriner, Sir David Willcocks, Dale Warland, Krzysztof Penderecki, Nicholas McGegan, Mark Morris, and Helmuth Rilling.

Douma has presented at state, divisional, and national conventions of the ACDA and NCCO, and the Yale Glee Club has appeared as a featured ensemble at the 2009 NCCO National Conference and the 2012 ACDA Eastern Division Convention.  Active with musicians of all ages, Douma served for four years on the conducting faculty at the Interlochen Center for the Arts, America’s premier training ground for high school age musicians, conducting the Concert Choir, Women’s Choir, and Festival Choir.  He frequently serves as clinician for festivals and honor choirs.  Recent engagements include conducting masterclasses at the Beijing International College Choir Festival, the University of Michigan School of Music, the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, the Hochschule der Künste in Zurich, Fudan University in Shanghai, and the Berlin Radio Choir’s International Masterclass.

An advocate of new music, Douma established the Yale Glee Club Emerging Composers Competition and Fenno Heath Award, and has premiered new works by such composers as Dominick Argento, Bright Sheng, Ned Rorem, Jan Sandström, Ted Hearne, Hannah Lash, Lee Hoiby, Rene Clausen, Lewis Spratlan, and James Macmillan. He also serves as editor of the Yale Glee Club New Classics Choral Series, published by Boosey & Hawkes. His original compositions are published by G. Schirmer.  A tenor, Douma has appeared as an ensemble member and soloist with many of the nation’s leading professional choirs, including the Dale Warland Singers, Bella Voce of Chicago, the Oregon Bach Festival Chorus, and the Robert Shaw Festival Singers.

In the spring of 2003, Douma was one of only two North American conductors invited to compete for the first Eric Ericson Award, the premier international competition for choral conductors. Prior to his appointment at Yale he served as Director of Choral Activities at Carroll College, and also taught on the conducting faculties of Smith College and St. Cloud State University. Douma earned a Bachelor of Music degree from Concordia College, Moorhead, MN, and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in conducting from the University of Michigan.

Feb
10
Wed
2016
2016 ACDA Eastern Division Conference @ Back Bay, Boston, MA
Feb 10 – Feb 13 all-day

We are excited to announce that the 2016 ACDA Eastern Division Conference will be held in Boston!  Keep an eye on the ACDA Eastern Division website as more information is released.

Mar
5
Sat
2016
2016 MassACDA Intercollegiate Choral Festival @ Endicott College
Mar 5 all-day

MassACDA Intercollegiate Choral Festival

Saturday, March 5, 2016
(snow date 3/6/16)

Endicott College, Beverly, MA

This festival will give smaller college choirs and their members a chance to join forces and sing sections of a major choral work with instrumental accompaniment, as well as to perform their own repertoire for one another.

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

Repertoire:
Come Ye Sons of Art, z.323 (Ode for Queen Mary’s Birthday, 1694) by Henry Purcell
Dr. William Cutter, director of choral programs at MIT and faculty member at Boston Conservatory.

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 rehearsal
  • Meet-and-greet opportunities for students
  • Lunch mixer
  • Rehearsal with instrumentalists and Dr. Cutter
  • Dinner mixer
  • Concert of each individual group’s repertoire and combined work

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 31, 2016; however, you can wait to say exactly how many students are coming and whether your group will perform individually until February 10, 2016.

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 in participating here:  http://goo.gl/forms/llIizTgYJJ  To request more information, please contact David Giessow by emailing him at David.Giessow@umb.edu (or leave a voice message at 617-287-5799 with times to call you back).

Mar
19
Sat
2016
2016 Big Sing Central – Fully Subscribed! @ Fay School, Southborough
Mar 19 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

BIG SING CENTRAL 2016

Non-competitive, Adjudicated
Youth and Children’s Choir Festivals
Co-sponsored by the Massachusetts American Choral Directors Association
and the Kodály Music Institute

This Festival has been fully subscribed.

Participating choirs will have the opportunity to shine in short, individual performances, to listen to, and appreciate the performances of other choirs, and to join together in singing a celebratory, combined final selection. The Big Sings help to build ensemble by inspiring in each choir a feeling of pride in its efforts. In addition, singers and directors alike gain a sense of being part of a larger, enthusiastic community of choral musicians!

kaylaBIG SING CENTRAL
Saturday, March 19, 2016
3:00 – 4:30 PM
Fay School, Southborough, MA
Host: Philip Montgomery Adjudicator: Kayla Werlin
Combined Choir Song: Sahaytah (Ben Allaway, SSA, Shawnee Press #35018791)

Apr
2
Sat
2016
2016 Big Sing West – Fully Subscribed! @ Christ Church Cathedral, Springfield
Apr 2 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

BIG SING WEST 2016

Non-competitive, Adjudicated
Youth and Children’s Choir Festivals
Co-sponsored by the Massachusetts American Choral Directors Association
and the Kodály Music Institute

This Festival has been fully subscribed.

Participating choirs will have the opportunity to shine in short, individual performances, to listen to, and appreciate the performances of other choirs, and to join together in singing a celebratory, combined final selection. The Big Sings help to build ensemble by inspiring in each choir a feeling of pride in its efforts. In addition, singers and directors alike gain a sense of being part of a larger, enthusiastic community of choral musicians!

mindell2BIG SING WEST
Saturday, April 2, 2016
3:00 – 4:30 PM
Christ Church Cathedral, Springfield, MA
Host: David Pulliam Adjudicator: Pamela Mindell
Combined Choir Song: Sahaytah (Ben Allaway, SSA, Shawnee Press # 35018791)

Click here to download the Big Sing West Registration!