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, firstname.lastname@example.org, with any questions.