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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.

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About the Adjudicator

Wayne AbercrombieWayne Abercrombie is Professor Emeritus of Music and former Director of Choral Programs, University of Massachusetts/Amherst, where he conducted and taught conducting, worked with the Music Education program, and directed the graduate program in Choral Conducting. He is, with Vera Baker, a co-founder and former conductor of the Children’s Chorus of Springfield. Dr. Abercrombie's degrees are from Westminster Choir College, (B.M. in Voice and M.M. in Conducting), and from Indiana University (D. Mus. in Choral Conducting with Highest Honors). He has been Assistant Conductor and/or Chorus Director of orchestras in Pennsylvania and Georgia.

His first professional positions were in church music, leading both youth and adult choirs, and he taught and conducted at West Georgia College and Indiana University at South Bend, teaching voice, conducting, and literature.

Choirs under his direction have appeared at various professional conferences and have toured the Eastern Seaboard and in Europe. He led a tour in 2004 to St. Thomas’ Church, Leipzig, St. Stephen’s in Vienna, and St. Mark’s in Venice. The repertoire comprised music written for those venues.

He has taught master classes in conducting at the Taipei International Choral Festival, in the Delaware Choral Symposium in France, and is a frequent clinician at professional conferences and for individual choral programs and conductors.

His appearances as guest conductor include festival choruses and orchestras throughout New England, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Missouri and Pennsylvania, as well as the Five College Orchestra, the Springfield (MA) Symphony Orchestra and both of its youth orchestras. His third appearance as conductor of the Massachusetts All-State Chorus was in 2007. He has lectured, conducted clinics, taught in and served as consultant to colleges, high schools and churches, and at conferences of the American Guild of Organists, the Music Educators National Conference (MENC) and the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA). He served on the Executive Boards of the Conductors Guild and the Massachusetts Music Educators Association.

In ACDA, he has served on the state, division and national boards, as President of the Massachusetts chapter and was President of ACDA's Eastern Division 2004-2006, and was named Massachusetts ACDA 2007 Conductor of the Year.

He enjoys the diversity of his six wonderful children, numerous grandchildren and five great-grandchildren, and life in Hadley with his wife, Kayla Werlin.


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.

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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

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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 @ 2:30 pm – Jul 18 @ 1:00 pm

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Our annual MassACDA Summer Conference is designed to inspire choral conductors at every career stage! It is held on the campus of Smith College in Northampton, MA. It is less than two hours drive west from Boston in the Pioneer Valley, which is home to the Five Colleges (Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, Smith, and UMass), an area rich with history, bucolic farmland, bike paths and hiking trails, and outstanding restaurants.

Conference headliner clinicians are Peggy Dettwiler (Mansfield University) and Lynnel Joy Jenkins (Princeton Girlchoir and Timberlane Middle School).

The conference opens Sunday with a buffet supper and an opening night Mozart Requiem sing led by Joseph Flummerfelt. A Conference Chorus (participation optional) will rehearse and perform a public concert under the baton of Peggy Dettwiler on the evening of Tuesday, July 17.

Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday mornings are packed with presentations by the clinicians and distinguished ACDA members, who will offer interest sessions on provocative, practical, and wide-ranging topics that will be beneficial to public school teachers, community chorus directors, collegiate directors, and music in worship leaders. Several reading sessions with large packets of recommended repertoire will be provided, along with opportunities for informal small group singing, socializing, and networking.

Peggy DettwilerPeggy Dettwiler is Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities at Mansfield University in Mansfield, Pennsylvania, where she conducts the Concert Choir, Festival Chorus, and Chamber Singers, and teaches choral conducting and methods.

Before coming to Mansfield, she was a graduate assistant conductor to Donald Neuen at the Eastman School of Music, where she received a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Conducting. She also has a Master of Music Degree in Choral Conducting from the University of Texas at San Antonio and a Master of Music Degree in Music Education from the University of Wisconsin in Madison. Dr. Dettwiler has chosen to seek degrees in these areas of music because she believes that the choral conductor must be an educator as well as a performer and must have a thorough knowledge of vocal pedagogy.

Dr. Dettwiler’s choral experience includes working with singers of all ages through university, public school, church, and community choruses. She has developed two pedagogical DVDs entitled, Developing a Choral Color Palette and Sing in Style. Dr. Dettwiler received the 2010 Elaine Brown Award for Choral Excellence from the Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Choral Directors Association and was awarded 2nd place for the 2011 American Prize for Choral Conductors at the College/University level.

Lynnel Joy JenkinsLynnel Joy Jenkins is Artistic Director of the Princeton Girlchoir and Choral Teacher at the Timberlane Middle School of the Hopewell Valley Regional School District in Pennington, New Jersey.

Dr. Jenkins’ varied conducting and teaching experience ranges from the elementary to collegiate level. She served as Assistant Professor of Music Education at Westminster Choir College of Rider University and Conductor of the Resident Training Choir at the American Boychoir in Princeton, New Jersey.

Dr. Jenkins is a choral music educator of international stature, having lectured and conducted in China, Hong Kong, Iceland, and South Africa. Jenkins has conducted honor choruses for three divisional and several state conferences for the American Choral Directors Association, one national conference for the Organization for American Kodály Teachers, numerous all-state choruses and choral festivals, and presented interest sessions for these professional music associations.

Recognizing her contributions to the field of music education, Westminster Choir College inducted Jenkins into the Music Education Alumni Hall of Fame and presented her with the Alumni Merit Award. Jenkins earned degrees from Westminster Choir College of Rider University (B.M.), Temple University (M.M.), and University of Arizona (D.M.A.), and at the first two institutions was awarded the Elaine Brown Conducting Award.

Joseph FlummerfeltMusical America’s 2004 Conductor of the Year, Joseph Flummerfelt’s musical artistry has been acclaimed in many of the world’s concert halls for nearly 40 years. He is founder and musical director of the New York Choral Artists, is an artistic director of Spoleto Festival USA, and for 33 years was conductor of the world-renown Westminster Choir. A gifted orchestral conductor, Maestro Flummerfelt has conducted over 50 performances with the Spoleto Festival Orchestra.

Conference Registration: includes Sunday supper, Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday lunches, and three coffee breaks, as well as choral music packets.

On or before June 15:

  • ACDA member $315
  • Non-member $350
  • Full-time student $100

June 15–July 15:

  • ACDA member $350
  • non-member $385
  • full-time student $100

No reduced fees for fewer days. All conference activities will take place on the campus of Smith College. Parking is free in designated areas.

Accommodations: Includes comfortable and conveniently-located, single dorm room with fan (no air-conditioning) for three nights, and three full breakfasts. Cost: $185. There are also many hotels, motels, and B&Bs in the area, but they tend to be booked up far in advance.

Meals: Two dinners are on your own, which is an opportunity to experience the outstanding and varied cuisine of dozens of local restaurants.

PDPs & Graduate Credit: Professional development points (PDPs) are available to conference participants at no charge. Up to two graduate credits are available from UMass Amherst, contingent on enrollment of eight students. Cost: one credit $145, two credits: $245.

Click here for more details and to register for PDPs and Greduate Credit. Contact Stephen Paparo,, with any questions.

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2019 ACDA National Conference: Kansas City, MO @ Kansas City, MO
Feb 27 – Mar 2 all-day

The 2019 ACDA National Conference will be held in Kansas City, MO.  Keep an eye on the National ACDA website as more information is released.

2020 ACDA Eastern Division Conference: Rochester, NY @ Rochester, NY
Mar 4 – Mar 7 all-day

The 2020 ACDA Eastern Division Conference will be held in Rochester, NY.  Keep an eye on the ACDA Eastern Division website as more information is released.