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!
To Register for this fantastic summer conference, please click here! Housing closes on July 12th at 5:00pm!
For information about PDP’s, see below. For information about Graduate Credit, please click here.
All conference participants have the option of singing in the Conference Chorus. The Conference Chorus will be directed by Jo-Michael Scheibe, and will feature Vaughan Williams’ In Windsor Forest and Dona Nobis Pacem from Bach’s B-Minor Mass. Conference Chorus participants are required to purchase a vocal score for In Windsor Forest, for example from here. Please click here to download Dr. Scheibe’s edited Dona Nobis Pacem score.
Follow this link to provide your information for the PDP certificate. Only those who register are eligible for PDPs: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/17ymGx0b29tnwFOLgZSP0_ow0Zj8MWfFLv9KkQ8sdxTU/edit?usp=sharing
ACDA Conference participants can earn up to 45 PDPs. Attendance documentation and summary paper are required as stated below. You will receive a PDP completion certificate via email from UMass in mid-September (upon completion of attendance and summary paper requirements). However, you as an individual are responsible for tracking and submitting your PDP accumulation documentation to the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.
FINAL PROJECT ASSIGNMENT FOR 45 PDPs
2-3 pages (typed/double-spaced) of reflection and notes on the content of the conference sessions and the application to your teaching. DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION OF FINAL PROJECT: Friday, August 11, 2017. Please submit an email attachment in PDF to firstname.lastname@example.org. There will be no extensions granted.
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.
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, 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.
Sponsored by Boston Saengerfest Men’s Chorus and the Massachusetts chapter of the American Choral Directors Association.
The Boston Saengerfest Men’s Chorus and the MassACDA Chapter have teamed up to help begin the 2017-18 season with a Vocal Workshop in Weston, led by Eric Christopher Perry, Artistic Director and Conductor of one of Boston’s premier men’s choral music groups, Renaissance Men, and featuring several of their regular performers.
From sound shaping to text interpretation, this early workshop promises the region’s male-voice singers an opportunity to start their singing seasons with renewed capacities.
To register, please go to https://saengerfest.org/workshopsignup/
(Registration deadline is Sept. 12) The Workshop fee is $ 20.00.
Refreshments will be served.
Renaissance Men was formed in 2014 by six of Boston’s and New York’s most active chamber musicians, educators, and music aficionados, led by Artistic Director/Conductor Eric Christopher Perry. From their beginnings as a sextet they added three more members and added to their Boston-bred early music sounds to offer a program of American religious and folk music they entitled “RenMen Roots.”
Their audiences may have been shocked to see erstwhile Bach specialists strumming away on banjo and upright bass, but their hooting and hollering validated RenMen’s first major attempt to push repertoire boundaries. In February 2016, The Boston Globe lauded RenMen for their groundbreaking musical retrospective, “RenMen 1965,” which juxtaposed traditional choral music and rock/pop songs of that year. It also included the world première of Charles Stacy III’s “Five Clippings” from 1965, a multi-movement work for men’s voices using texts from Globe articles published that year.
In fewer than three years, Renaissance Men has made their mark on Boston’s cultural landscape with seven concert series, performances of several U.S. and world premières by internationally-celebrated composers such as Patricia Van Ness and Daniel E. Gawthrop, leading to a devoted following for their concerts, live-stream broadcasts, and social media outlets.
Dedicated to the art of collaboration, RenMen has partnered with Boston City Singers, Ensemble Musica Humana, and others, plus holding workshops on ensemble marketing and branding with the Boston Singers Resource and Greater Boston Choral Consortium, and now a workshop on Vocal Performance with the Boston Saengerfest Men’s Chorus. Renaissance Men is a proud member of Chamber Music America.
Renaissance Men was founded in 2014 by Anthony Burkes Garza, General Manager, Eric Christopher Perry, Artistic Director/Conductor, Will Prapestis, Social Media Consultant, Peter Schilling, Business Manager, and tenor, Alexander Nishibun. RenMen’s 2017 roster also features Gene Stenger, Francesco Logozzo, Kilian Mooney, Dominick Matsko, Brian Church, and Benjamin Pfeil.
Looking for new repertoire for your children’s choir?
Come to a reading session sponsored by MassACDA.
Field-tested Favorites for Children’s Choir
Six of your esteemed colleagues will bring multiple copies of their favorite pieces for us to read through, and you’ll go home with a list of tried-and-true repertoire. Appropriate for elementary & middle school teachers, church musicians and conductors of community youth choirs. Light refreshments provided.
Cost: ACDA Members $10, Non-members $15, Students $5.
For more information contact K.C. Conlan at (413) 530-9337 or email@example.com.
Registration closes Friday, October 6th
8:00am registration, 9:00am start time, 5:30pm Performance
The High School/Collegiate Choral Festival welcomes high school choral singers and their directors to participate in one of two ensembles:
- SSAA Festival Chorus, conducted by Susan Wharton Conkling, Boston University
- TTBB Festival Chorus, conducted by Anthony Trecek-King, Boston Children’s Chorus
No auditions required; directors can honor their finest and submit singers for both choirs. Participants will sing alongside members of the UMass Amherst Chamber Choir and University Chorale as well as sing together in a combined finale of all festival singers. If you have any questions, please contact Kirk Averitt, High School Choirs R&S Chair, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The SSAA Festival Chorus, conducted by Susan Wharton Conkling, Boston University
- This Indeed is Music, Andrea Ramsey
- I Will be Earth, Gwyneth Walker
- I Can’t Keep Quiet, Milck, arr. Whitney Simmonds
Susan Wharton Conkling is Professor of Music, Music Education at Boston University where she teaches undergraduate courses in conducting, choral methods, and curriculum. As a conductor, Conkling has been praised for sensitive and expressive performances at conferences of the American Choral Directors Association, American Orff-Schulwerk Association, and the National Association for Music Education. She is known as an advocate for Women’s Choirs and contemporary women composers, and she has conducted honor choir performances throughout the United States. As a teacher and scholar, Conkling has led efforts to develop a Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in the field of music, beginning with a Carnegie Foundation Fellowship in 1999. She is well known for the creation and implementation of professional development partnerships between public schools and collegiate schools of music. Conkling has served the profession as a board member of the American Choral Directors Association, the College Music Society, the International Society for Music Education’s Commission on the Education of the Professional Musician, and she is the immediate past chair of the Society for Music Teacher Education. She has served on the editorial boards of Advances in Music Education Research, the International Journal of Community Music, and Teaching Learning Inquiry. Dr. Conkling is proud to be affiliated with the Boston Children’s Chorus Board of Directors.
The TTBB Festival Chorus, conducted by Anthony Trecek-King, Boston Children’s Chorus
- The Last Words of David, Randall Thompson
- We Are, Craig Hella Johnson
- Libertatum, Jim Papoulis
Anthony Trecek-King is the Artistic Director of the award winning Boston Children’s Chorus (BCC). Under his direction the chorus has earned a reputation as an ensemble of high distinction and in 2013 received the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program award from the White House. Trecek-King’s performances have been heralded as possessing a “surprising range of dynamics and depth of expression.” He has collaborated on performances with Keith Lockhart, John Williams, Simon Halsey, Yo Yo Ma, Leslie Odom Jr., and Melinda Doolittle. He has conducted many All State and Festival choirs in the US and beyond. In addition to Trecek-King’s conducting work he hosted the choral music radio program “Together in Song,” presented two talks for TEDx Boston and plays host on the choral music television series “Sing That Thing.” He holds a B.M. in Cello Performance from the University of Nebraska at Omaha and an M.M. in Orchestral Conducting from Florida State University and a D.M.A. in Choral Conducting from the Boston University.
- Amazing Grace, Jackson Berkey
8:00am – 9:00am Registration (Bezanson Recital Hall Lobby)
9:00am – 12:00pm Rehearsal I with guest conductors
12:00pm – 1:15pm Students eat lunch together
1:15pm – 2:15pm UMass Ensembles – stage, Men’s Rehearsal II, Women’s Rehearsal II
2:15pm – 3:15pm Women’s Chorus on stage; Men’s Chorus Rehearsal III
3:15pm – 4:15pm Men’s Chorus on stage; Women’s Chorus Rehearsal III
4:15pm – 4:45pm Combined Ensembles rehearsal onstage
4:45pm – 5:15pm Dress & Prepare for Concert
5:15pm – 5:25pm Warm-up/move to seats at 5:25pm
5:30pm – 7:00pm 2014 MassACDA Honor Choir Concert
Step 1: Register using the online form linked below by FRIDAY, OCTOBER 6th. Please submit at least one singer for each part for the women’s chorus (SSAA) and at least one singer for each part for the men’s chorus (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 Kirk Averitt for details on how to do this (email@example.com). Click here to register!
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.
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 Chair, Kirk Averitt at at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Student Preparation Testing Guidelines
The leadership of MassACDA has decided to continue a testing procedure for students attending the 2017 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.
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.
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 2017 year. If the school receives another warning at the 2018 festival, the school will be asked not to participate in the 2019 festival.
If you have any questions about these procedures, please feel free to contact Kirk Averitt at email@example.com.