Calendar of Events

Singing Men Vocal Workshop @ First Parish Church of Weston
Sep 17 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Featuring conductor/performer/teacher RYAN TURNER

Sponsored by Boston Saengerfest Men’s Chorus and
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: Ryan Turner, now in his seventh year as Artistic Director of Emmanuel Music, brings both talent and heart to his music-making as a conductor, programmer, and singer. Raised in El Paso, Texas, Mr. Turner attended Southern Methodist University in Dallas. He arrived in Boston in 1995 to continue his studies at The Boston Conservatory. He joined Emmanuel Music in 1997 as a tenor soloist and chorus member, making his debut as a guest conductor in 2006. He has made guest appearances with the Boston Lyric Opera, Boston College, and at the Longy School of Music at Bard College where he teaches on the voice and early music faculty. He was the director of Choral Activities at Phillips Exeter Academy from 2006 to 2012.

Ryan Turner has appeared as a tenor soloist in oratorio, recital and opera. Mr. Turner made his Carnegie Hall debut as the tenor soloist in Handel’s Messiah in 2008. He has sung solos in over forty Bach cantatas with Emmanuel Music. His discography includes Bach BWV 76 with Emmanuel Music, Praetorius’s Christmas Vespers with Apollo’s Fire, and Kapsberger’s Apotheosis with Ensemble Abendmusik.

Workshop Outline:

I.Warming up the voice:

  • where to start
  • what to look for
  • what to listen for
  • awareness of the body

II. Using solo and ensemble literature to improve critical vocal skills:

  • 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

For more information, please click, or Click here for an informational flyer

2016 MassACDA High School & Collegiate Choral Festival – Canceled
Nov 5 @ 8:00 am – 6:00 pm

Due to scheduling issues beyond our control, the 2016 High School Choral Festival, set for November 9th, has been canceled. We apologize for any issues this may cause, and hope that you will still be able to join us in future years for this wonderful workshop.


Lift Every Voice and Sing! @ Crawford United Methodist Church
Feb 4 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Click here to register!

Click here for the schedule and session descriptions!

MassACDA proudly sponsors a one-day conference for church music directors and singers on Saturday, February 4th from 11-3 at the Crawford United Methodist Church in Winchester.  Topics will include Congregational Singing, Intergenerational Worship, Collaboration with Church Staff, and Diction in Spirituals.  A reading packet will be provided by J.W. Pepper.  The day will end with a combined choral rehearsal and performance by all attendees.

The cost for the day is $20 for directors and $10 for church choir members.  To register for this event, please click here.  If you have any questions, please contact Sean Landers, R&S Chair for Music in Worship, at

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.

$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 (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.

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


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.

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.

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.

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


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.

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.

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


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.

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.

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!

To Register for this fantastic summer conference, please click here! Housing closes on July 12th at 5:00pm!

For a Schedule of the Summer Conference, please click here.

For information about PDP’s, see below. For information about Graduate Credit, please click here.

Conference Chorus:

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.

PDP information

Participants may sign up to receive PDPs at no additional cost.

Follow this link to provide your information for the PDP certificate. Only those who register are eligible for PDPs:

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.

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 There will be no extensions granted.

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.

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

To Register for this fantastic summer conference, please click here!

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.