Calendar of Events

Vocal Workshop with Boston’s Renaissance Men @ First Parish Church of Weston
Sep 16 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

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
(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.

Children’s Choir Reading Session @ Brimmer & May School
Oct 14 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

 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


2017 MassACDA/UMass High School & Collegiate Choral Festival @ UMass Amherst Fine Arts Center
Oct 28 all-day

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

Click here to register!

The SSAA Festival Chorus, conducted by Susan Wharton Conkling, Boston University


  • This Indeed is Music, Andrea Ramsey
  • “I Will be Earth” from Songs for Womens Voices,’ Gwyneth Walker
  • Quiet, MILCK & Adrianne Gonzalez, 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-KingAnthony 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.

Combined Choirs

  • 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 MassACDA Honor Choir Concert

Registration Details

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 ( 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

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.

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.


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

2018 ACDA Eastern Division Conference
Mar 7 – Mar 10 all-day
2018 Big Sing Central @ Fay School
Mar 17 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm



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

Participating choirs will have the opportunity to present short, individual performances, hear other choirs, and 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.

About the Adjudicator

A Boston-based conductor, choral clinician, and music educator, Sophia Papoulis serves as Creative Director for the Foundation for Small Voices (FSV), a not-for-profit organization dedicated, through music, to crossing cultural, generational, and ideological boundaries to raise awareness and funds for national and international music and mentoring programs for children.  Together with her husband Jim Papoulis, composer and founder of FSV, she seeks to align her passion for sparking joyful and meaningful musical experiences with Jim’s founding vision of providing access to these artistic endeavors to young people from all walks of life.  Their work often takes them to schools and communities that lack music and arts education, offering them the opportunity to create, fundraise, and advocate for choral music programs and opportunities for children and youth.

Sophia is also honored to serve as Conductor-in-Residence on the staff of the Savannah Children’s Choir in Georgia, and as an adjunct conductor for the award-winning Young People’s Chorus of New York City, with whom she worked full-time for several years, directing choruses in its core after-school program and teaching within its Satellite School program in NYC public schools. She has conducted at a number of NYC’s venues, including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the 92nd Street Y, Merkin Concert Hall at Kaufman Center, and Symphony Space. She has prepared choruses for national and international radio and television appearances, recording sessions, collaborative performances with such ensembles as the New York Pops, Meredith Monk, the Kronos Quartet and the Stephen Petronio Company, and for performances not only in New York City, but also in major venues throughout North America, Asia, Europe, and South America.

Sophia also worked as Director of Choirs for the renowned Boston Children’s Chorus, conducting choruses at the advanced, intermediate, and beginning levels, overseeing the artistic staff and programming for the organization at-large, and leading the BCC Professional Development Workshop Series for music educators in the Boston Public Schools.  She has had the honor of conducting BCC choruses in several notable Boston venues, and also conducted BCC choruses at London’s Southbank Centre, home to the world-famous Royal Festival Hall, as part of the International Youth Choral Festival 2017.

Sophia studied music education and conducting at Ithaca College, where she is a member of the Choral Music Experience artistic faculty.

2018 Big Sing West @ Longmeadow High School
Mar 17 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm


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

Participating choirs will have the opportunity to present short, individual performances, hear other choirs, and 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 8th.

Click here to register for Big Sing West 2018

About the Adjudicator

Stephanie L. Council, Director of Choral Ensembles and Visiting Lecturer in Music at Mount Holyoke College, conducts the Glee Club, Chorale, and Chamber Singers. Dr. Council holds a DMA in Choral Conducting from Texas Tech University where she also earned a graduate certificate in early music performance practice. Her doctoral research centered around text painting in the five-voice settings of the Lamentations of Jeremiah by Orlande de Lassus. She holds a Master of Music in Choral Conducting from Westminster Choir College where she served as the graduate assistant conductor of the Westminster Choir and as a section leader in the Westminster Symphonic Choir. Dr. Council completed Bachelor of Music degrees in both Vocal Music Education and Vocal Music Performance from Oklahoma State University.

Formerly a public school teacher in Oklahoma where she taught middle and high school choirs in addition to music theory, Dr. Council is passionate about choral pedagogy at every age, specifically relating to the development of individual music literacy and collective sound building. Her presentation at the 2015 TMEA convention with Richard Bjella entitled “From Here to the Moon: Unleashing Limitless Potential Through Standard Choral Repertoire” explored rehearsal techniques and strategies for helping students of any age engage with music beyond that which is familiar. Dr. Council has served as a section leader for choirs in the United States and abroad and has extensive experience conducting church choirs and assisting with worship planning.


2018 MassACDA Intercollegiate Choral Festival Concert @ Abbey Chapel @ Mount Holyoke College
Mar 31 @ 10:00 am – 9:00 pm

Drawing choirs from colleges across the state, the Intercollegiate Choral Festival is a special opportunity for programs to join forces and sing sections of a major work with instrumental accompaniment, all the while working with an esteemed choral conductor. The all-day festival offers a chance to connect with professionals and other area students who love to sing.

Click here to register!


Requiem (1893), Gabriel Fauré, edited by John Rutter
SATB divisi with organ, harp, violin, and soprano and baritone soloists


Amanda QuistDr. Amanda Quist is Associate Professor and Chair of the Conducting, Organ, and Sacred Music Department at Westminster Choir College. She conducts the Westminster Chapel Choir and Westminster Kantorei, and teaches graduate and undergraduate conducting. She is the recipient of Westminster Choir College of Rider University’s 2014 Distinguished Teaching Award. Westminster Kantorei, an award-winning early music ensemble, has performed at the American Choral Directors Association’s (ACDA) Eastern Division Conference, Boston Early Music Festival, the American Handel Festival, and the choir just released its first commercial recording, Lumina, distributed by Naxos. During her work with the Westminster Symphonic Choir, Dr. Quist collaborated with the New York Philharmonic, The Philadelphia Orchestra, Dresden Staatskapelle, and composers Ola Gjeilo and Tarik O’Regan. She was Chorus Master for the Philadelphia Orchestra Choir’s performances of Mahler’s 3rd Symphony this past May, conducted by Yannick Nezet-Seguin. Dr. Quist also served as Chorus Master for the premiere of Toshio Hosokawa’s opera Matsukaze at the Spoleto Festival USA and the Lincoln Center Festival. The New York Times and Charleston City Paper described the chorus’ performance as “beautifully prepared, gripping,” a “gossamer web of voices” and “bridging the vocal and instrumental textures with perfect intonation.”

Dr. Quist is Director of the Westminster Vocal Institute, and was previously Director of Choral Activities at San José State University. Her other honors include the prestigious James Mulholland National Choral Award and the Audrey Davidson Early Music Award. Her research focus is voice science and pedagogy in choral singing, and she recently presented lectures on the topic of choral sound across the country. An active guest conductor and clinician, her recent and upcoming appearances include the All State Honor Choirs of Texas, California, Washington, Vermont, Missouri, Delaware, Colorado, the Georgia All-Collegiate honor choir, and serving as headliner for music conferences across the United States. Dr. Quist is the National ACDA Repertoire & Resources Coordinator for Collegiate Activities, and her choral series is published through Walton Music.


This year we are using a tiered approach to registration, based directly on the number of students in your participating ensemble.

Early Registration (before February 5)

0-20 members: $450
20-40 members: $900
40-60 members: $1,350
60+ members: $1,500

Regular Registration (after February 5)

0-20 members: $500
20-40 members: $1,000
40-60 members: $1,500
60+ members: $1,700

Click here to register!

To register yourself as an individual observer, please contact Jonathan Harvey at

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 festival chorus.

Q. I’m not sure of our schedule / enrollment for the Spring. What’s the latest we can sign up?
A.The early registration deadline is February 5, 2018; regular registration ends March 19.

2018 Big Sing East @ Christ Church Episcopal, Needham
Apr 7 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm



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

Participating choirs will have the opportunity to present short, individual performances, hear other choirs, and 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.

About the Adjudicator

New Zealander Jane E. Money founded Boston City Singers in 1995 as a division of Youth Pro Musica. In 2003, Boston City Singers became a separate program with headquarters in Boston’s Dorchester neighborhood and now serves over 500 singers aged 4 – 18 each year.

Jane holds masters degrees in music from Auckland University in New Zealand; in music education from Trinity College of Music in London; and in engineering from Boston University. She has over 25 years of experience in teaching music in classrooms, school and church choirs, including the Metropolitan Opera Guild and St Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Wellesley, MA. She, along with Boston City Singers, is a frequent workshop/concert presenter at ACDA, MMEA, AGO and Chorus America.

Jane has led tours across the US and Canada, and to Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Costa Rica and Argentina. In 2015, the Tour Choir were finalists in the pilot season of WGBH’s “Sing That Thing,” and were later featured in WGBH’s “Greater Boston.”

Jane and her family have lived in Dorchester for over 25 years. In between the many activities of Boston City Singers, she fosters dogs for New England Brittany Rescue and volunteers at Daily Table, a nonprofit community grocery store.


2018 MassACDA Summer Conference @ Smith College
Jul 15 @ 8:42 pm – Jul 18 @ 9:42 pm

More details coming soon!