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 two fantastic conductor-composers: Andrea Ramsey and Rosephanye Powell.
The Conference opens Sunday with a buffet supper and an opening night Brahms’ Requiem sing led by Dr. Wayne Abercrombie, in honor of Joseph Flummerfelt. A Conference Chorus (participation optional) will rehearse and perform a public concert under the baton of both Andrea Ramsey and Rosephanye Powell on the evening of Tuesday, July 16.
Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday 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.
Dr. Andrea Ramsey enjoys an international presence as a composer, conductor, scholar, and music educator. Her teaching experiences range from work with adolescent and children’s voices to high school and collegiate voices. She enjoys regular opportunities to conduct all-state and divisional level honor choirs, festival events at Carnegie Hall, and serves as a principal conductor for the Pacific International Young Women’s Choral Festival in Eugene, Oregon. Before leaping into full time composing and guest conducting, Andrea held positions in music education and conducting at The Ohio State University and the University of Colorado, respectively. An ASCAPlus award-winning composer, Andrea believes strongly in the creation of new works. Her compositions are available with traditional publishers and also through MusicSpoke, a digital sheet music marketplace. She enjoys residency collaborations with ensembles and festival choirs, some of which have included: the Allegro Choirs of Kansas City, Ithaca College, and the Crescent City Choral Festival in New Orleans.
Dr. Rosephanye Dunn Powell has been hailed as one of America’s premier women composers of choral music. She has an impressive catalogue of works published by some of the nation’s leading publishers.
Dr. Powell is commissioned yearly to compose for university choruses, professional, community and church choirs, as well as secondary school choruses. Dr. Powell’s works have been conducted and premiered by nationally-renowned choral conductors. Her work has been auctioned by Chorus America and her compositions are in great demand at choral festivals around the country, frequently appearing on the regional and national conventions of the American Choral Directors Association, as well as honor choir festivals. Dr. Powell’s compositions include sacred and secular works for mixed chorus, women’s chorus, men’s chorus, and children’s voices. Dr. Powell serves as a Charles Barkley Endowed Professor and Professor of Voice at Auburn University. She holds degrees from The Florida State University (D.M. in vocal performance, University Fellow), Westminster Choir College (M.M. in vocal performance and pedagogy, with distinction), and Alabama State University (B.M.E., summa cum laude). Dr. Powell served on the faculties of Philander Smith College (AR) and Georgia Southern University prior to Auburn University.
Conference Registration: includes Sunday supper, Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday lunches, and three coffee breaks, as well as choral music packets.
On or before June 1:
- ACDA member $315
- Non-member $350
- Full-time student $100
June 2–July 14:
- 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.
Smith Dorm Housing (Sun, Mon & Tues nights): Comfortable and conveniently located single dorm room with linens supplied and fan (no air conditioning) for three nights. Three full breakfasts included. Total cost $185.
Meals: Two dinners are on your own, which are opportunities 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. Contact Stephen Paparo, email@example.com, with any questions.
Drawing choirs from colleges across the state, the Intercollegiate Choral Festival is a special opportunity for programs to join forces and sing together with an esteemed choral conductor. The all-day festival offers a chance to connect with professionals and other area students who love to sing. Ensembles will also have the opportunity to perform individual sets during the evening performance.
Dr. Anthony Trecek-King is the President and 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 and Roomful of Teeth and has led BCC in performances at Boston Symphony Hall, the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., Carnegie Hall in New York City, and Royal Albert Hall in London. He is a frequent guest conductor for All State, Festival and Honor Choirs. In addition to Trecek-King’s conducting work, he can be seen on air and online on the Emmy Nominated WGBH television series Sing That Thing, and two TEDx Boston talks. He holds a B.M. in Cello Performance from the University of Nebraska at Omaha, an M.M. in Orchestral Conducting from the Florida State University, and a D.M.A. in Choral Conducting from the Boston University.
The registration fee is $40 per singer, which includes dinner.
Bound for Canaan’s Land (1960) – Undine Smith Moore
Resignation – Florence B. Price
Listen to the Lambs (1914) – Nathaniel Dett
My Heart Be Brave – Marques Garrett
Woke Up This Morning – arr. Trecek-King
My Lord What A Morning – arr. H.T. Burleigh
Rock-a My Soul – Stacey Gibbs
9:30 arrival / check-in
12:30-1:30 lunch (FSU dining services, covered by registration cost)
4:00-6:00 dress rehearsal (includes sound check for all individual choir sets)
6:00-7:30 dinner and change (FSU dining services, covered by registration cost)
The deadline to register is January 31, 2020.
BIG SING CENTRAL
Non-competitive, Adjudicated Youth and Children’s Choir Festivals
Participating choirs will have the opportunity to present short, individual performances, listen to the performances of 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! This event is now closed to new applications.
BIG SING Central
Fay School, Southborough, MA
March 14, 2020
Festival Conductor/Adjudicator – Rebecca Kenneally
Rebecca Kenneally has been building choirs and directing theater for over 20 years in the Boston area, and internationally in Canada and Sweden. As the Chair of the Performing Arts Department and Choral/Musical Theater Director at Endicott College in Beverly, MA, she led the Endicott Chorus to victory in the television contest Sing That Thing! in 2017. Under her direction, the Youth Choir at Old North Church in Marblehead earned second place in The American Prize in 2011. Kenneally’s previous appointments include conductor of GirlChoir, a select high school ensemble at the Performing Arts at Lincoln School (now named Voices Boston), and the director of middle and high school choirs at Austin Preparatory School. She has prepared children’s choirs for organizations such as the Boston Lyric Opera and the Boston Early Music Festival. In 2015, Kenneally was selected as an International Conducting Fellow to Sweden for the American Choral Directors Association. A frequent clinician, conductor, adjudicator, and coach in the US and Canada, Kenneally has presented workshops on youth choir warm-ups and recruitment for conferences held by ACDA, MMEA, and Salem State University. Kenneally holds degrees in voice and conducting from Northwestern University and The New England Conservatory of Music.
BIG SING EAST
Non-competitive, Adjudicated Youth and Children’s Choir Festivals
Participating choirs will have the opportunity to present short, individual performances, listen to the performances of 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 6th or until the venue has reached capacity.
This event is now at capacity and registration is closed.
BIG SING EAST
First Unitarian Universalist of Newton, Newton, MA
March 21, 2020
Festival Conductor/Adjudicator – Dr. Jamie Hillman
Jamie Hillman is a multi-faceted musician who is active as a conductor, singer, pianist, music educator, and composer. He is an assistant professor of music at Gordon College where he directs the College Choir and Men’s Choir, teaches a number of music education and choral courses, and coordinates the vocal area. As a Boston University Prison Arts Scholar and faculty member of BU’s Metropolitan College/Prison Education Program, he co-initiated and led a vocal music program at a medium-high security men’s prison in Massachusetts. Hillman’s previous teaching includes Beaver Country Day School, Boston University Tanglewood Institute, Csehy Summer School of Music, and Phillips Academy.
Dr. Hillman is an examiner for Conservatory Canada and has adjudicated, guest conducted, lectured and performed throughout Canada and the United States, and in France, India, and Indonesia. Most recently, he has led All-State or honor choirs in Connecticut, Georgia, Virginia, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Ontario, Canada. Dr. Hillman is the 2012 laureate of the Leslie Bell Prize for Choral Conducting from the Ontario Arts Council and Choirs Ontario.