Calendar of Events

Jul
23
Wed
2014
Annelise by Coro Allegro and Chorus pro Musica at the 2014 Summer Conference @ Sweeney Hall
Jul 23 @ 12:00 am – 2:00 am

Tickets for the collaborative public performance of James Whitbourn’s Annelies, are available by clicking here. Annelise, based on texts from the Diary of Anne Frank, features a performance by Coro Allegro (David Hodgkins, conductor), Chorus pro Musica (Jamie Kirsch, conductor), Lynn Eustis, soprano, and a professional chamber ensemble.

The performance is Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at 8:00 PM in Sweeney Hall at Smith College, Northampton.  7 pm pre-concert lecture by Prof. Joshua Jacobson, distinguished authority on Jewish music, on this work and other musical commemorations of the Holocaust.

Sep
20
Sat
2014
Singing Men! Vocal Workshop @ Christ Lutheran Church,
Sep 20 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Click here to download an event flyer

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:

Frank Kelley, tenor, sings a wide variety of music throughout North America and Europe. He has performed many roles with the Boston Lyric Opera and the San Francisco Opera Company, has appeared at the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, the Theatre de la Monnaie in Brussels, The Franfurt Opera and in the Peter Sellars productions of “Die Sieben Todsunden,” “Das Kleine Mahagonny,” “Cosi fan tutte,” and “Le nozze di Figaro.”

In concert performances Mr. Kelley has sung with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the National Symphony, the Dallas Symphony, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s. He has performed medieval and renaissance music with Sequentia, the Boston Camerata, and the Waverly Consort, and he performs baroque music with the Handel and Haydn Society, Boston Baroque, Emmanuel Music, Music of the Baroque, and Aston Magna.

A resident of Boston, Mr. Kelley sings regularly with Emmanuel Music, both in the weekly Bach cantata series and in special projects, including the complete piano/vocal works of Schumann and Brahms, Schubert lieder, “The Magic Flute,” “Don Giovanni,” The St. Matthew Passion, The Great Gatsby,and, most recently, Handels oratorio Susanna..

Frank Kelley is on the voice faculty of Boston University.

Who should attend:

malechoral ensemble members (16-adult)

choral directors

Fee:limited enrollment:

$20 per person
no charge for ACDA members attending with chorister(s)

Sign Up: Click Here to register for this workshop

Workshop Outline

Warming up the voice:

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

Using solo and ensemble literature to:

  • build a range of tone colors
  • sing with grounding (anchoring)
  • build expression in performance
  • build diction skills
  • characterize different texts
  • build confidence in performance

Click here to download an event flyer

Sep
27
Sat
2014
New England Area Collegiate ACDA Conference @ Redfern Arts Center - Keene State College
Sep 27 @ 1:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Dear Collegiate ACDA Chapters & Advisors:
We invite you to join us for the 3rd Annual New England Area Collegiate ACDA Conference, to be held on Saturday, September 27, 2014 at Keene State College in Keene, New Hampshire. The 2014 conference will feature presentations by choral music educators and conductors from the region and will offer professional networking opportunities for attendees. The focus for this year’s conference is choral repertoire and performance practice.

The Conference Schedule:
9:00-9:30 a.m. Registration & Coffee in Redfern lobby
9:30-10:10 a.m. Centergy Warm up
Prof. Diane Cushing, Keene State College
10:20-11:20 a.m. Baroque Repertoire & Performance Practice
Dr. Daniel Carberg, Keene State College
11:30-12:30 a.m. Contemporary Composers: Repertoire & Collaboration
Dr. Rachel Samet, NHACDA President
12:30-1:20 p.m. Lunch at Zorn Dining Commons (provided)
1:30-2:30 p.m. Folksongs for Children’s Choirs
Ms. Becky Luce, NHACDA Children’s Choir R&S Chair
2:40-3:40 p.m. Vocal Jazz Repertoire & Teaching Strategies
Prof. Karen Tasho, Boston College

Click here to download the conference registration form.

Oct
18
Sat
2014
Connecticut ACDA Fall Conference
Oct 18 all-day

You are all invited to attend the annual Connecticut ACDA fall conference on Saturday, Oct. 18 at Central Connecticut State University in New Britain, CT. This one-day conference will feature performances by Chorus Angelicus and The Western Wind, a conducting masterclass with Dr. Jeffrey Douma of Yale University, a keynote speech by Richard Coffey, Artistic Director Emeritus of CONCORA, performances by middle and high school honor choirs, plus numerous sessions and opportunities to network with colleagues!

For more about the conference, visit the CT-ACDA Facebook page, or conference page, at:

https://www.facebook.com/CTACDA
https://www.facebook.com/events/1479360472329917/

You can also register in advance at: http://ctacda.weebly.com/2014-conference-registration.html .

 

Nov
1
Sat
2014
2014 MassACDA/UMass High School/Collegiate Choral Festival @ University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Nov 1 all-day

***REGISTRATION DEADLINE EXTENDED TO OCTOBER 10TH***

We are very excited to welcome two wonderful clinicians this year: Dr. Iris Levine, founder and Artistic Director of Vox Femina and ACDA National R&S Chair for Women’s Choir, and Dr. Eugene Rogers, Assistant Director of Choirs at The University of Michigan. Both are extremely well respected conductors in their respective areas of Women’s and Men’s Choirs, so we are very excited to have them with us. This is a tremendous opportunity for your students to work with some of the best in the country, so we hope you will join us on November 1st!

Students will also have the opportunity to sing alongside members of the UMass Chamber Choir and UMass Chorale throughout the day, as well as together in a special combined finale piece with all the singers conducted by Dr. Tony Thornton, Director of Choral Activities at UMass Amherst.

Registration will once again be $45.00 per student and this will include music as well as lunch on campus at UMass. You can register your students beginning on September 1st on the MassACDA website. Usually schools bring a balanced quartet of four students for each of the ensembles, totaling eight students. If you have any questions, please contact MassACDA High School Repertoire & Standards Chair, Joshua Harper, at harperjd88@gmail.com.

Repertoire

Women’s Choir – Iris Levine:
I Thank You God by Gwyneth Walker
The 23rd Psalm by Andrea Jill Higgins
J’entends le Moulin arr. Donald Patriquin

Men’s Choir – Eugene Rogers
Zion’s Walls by Aaron Copland
Songs of a Young Man by Richard Nance (2nd mvt)
Ride On, King Jesus arr. Hogan/adapted Ecklund

Combined – Tony Thornton:
If Music Be The Food of Love by David Dickau

Registration Details

Step 1: Register using the online form linked below by FRIDAY, OCTOBER 10th. 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 Joshua Harper for details on how to do this (harperjd88@gmail.com).

Click here to register! – https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1ePCbjC_yHG3nHibYCYjR45EaS7avokHxHU8hutQnUcE/viewform?usp=send_form

Step 2: Upon registration, you will be emailed an invoice by MassACDA treasure Joseph Young 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 R&S Chair, Joshua Harper at harperjd88@gmail.com.

Student Preparation Testing Guidelines

Purpose
The leadership of MassACDA has decided to continue a testing procedure for students attending the 2014 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 2014 year. If the school receives another warning at the 2015 festival, the school will be asked not to participate in the 2016 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.

Schedule

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

Clinicians:

Eugene Rogers

Eugene Rogers

Dr. Eugene Rogers is currently associate director of choirs at the University of Michigan where he teaches undergraduate conducting, conducts the Men’s Glee Club and the University Choir, and is the faculty director of the MPulse Vocal Arts Institute, a national high school summer program. His past appointments include Macalester College (St. Paul, Minnesota), the Boys Choir of Harlem, Waubonsie Valley High School (Aurora, Illinois), and Anima Young Singers of Greater Chicago (formerly the Glen Ellyn Children’s Choir). Last May, Dr. Rogers co-managed the production of the joint CD Ye Shall Have a Songwith the Michigan, Yale and Harvard Glee Clubs, a collaboration celebrating America’s three oldest collegiate choirs.

Iris Levine

Iris Levine

 

Nationally recognized for her excellence in choral conducting, Dr. Iris S. Levine is founder and artistic director of Vox Femina Los Angeles, L.A.’s premiere women’s chorus. Through her extensive experience with women’s choral literature, and innovative concert programming, Dr. Levine has charted Vox Femina on an impressive 16-year journey, building its prominence in the choral community by way of numerous appearances at ACDA conventions, and over 200 appearances throughout the United States, Mexico and Canada. She is also National Chair of the ACDA Repertoire and Standards Committee for Women’s Choirs. Dr. Levine authored the chapter on “Working with the Women’s Community Choir” in the 2012 GIA publication: Conducting Women’s Choirs: Strategies for Success.

Feb
21
Sat
2015
2015 MassACDA Intercollegiate Choral Festival @ Endicott College
Feb 21 @ 10:30 am – 7:30 pm

The NEW MassACDA Intercollegiate Choral Festival

When: February 21, 2015 (Feb. 22 Snow date), 10:30 AM – 8:30 PM

Where: Endicott College – 376 Hale St., Beverly, MA 01915

Cost: $20 per student (students bring lunch, dinner provided)

Repertoire – Music for Chorus and Percussion featuring selections from Carmina Burana by Carl Orff

Conducted by Dr. William Cutter, director of choral programs at MIT, and faculty member at Boston Conservatory.

Maintaining the theme of collaboration from the 20-year festival formerly held at Regis College, this newly fashioned festival will continue to give smaller college choirs and their members a chance to join forces to sing sections of a major choral work with instrumental accompaniment, as well as to perform their own repertoire for one another. Attendees will also benefit from vocal and choral workshops and enjoy more time for meeting and connecting with other area students who love to sing.

Tentative Schedule:

The Festival will begin at 10:30AM and will include the following:

  • Morning Workshop for students and directors (ex. vocal health issues/technique, aural skills)
  • 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 more than welcome to attend to participate in the workshops, rehearsal, and large group performance.

Q. February is coming right up! Is it too late to sign up to participate?

A. Please contact us immediately if you are interested so we can plan on your participation and get you registered. Groups have until February 5 to decide if they are performing individually.

Q. How will this be different from the previous festival?

A. There will be a vocal health/technique seminar, and more rehearsal time for the combined piece. There will be time for students to get to know one another, and all groups will hear all other groups perform.

If you are thinking about attending, participating, or just sending a few students to participate, PLEASE let us know by clicking on and completing this brief Reservation form. This will help us finalize the budget, repertoire, clinicians, and other details.

For More Information Contact: David.Giessow@umb.edu or BeccaKenneally@gmail.com

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