Calendar of Events

Dec
8
Sat
2018
Contemporary A Cappella Festival @ 1st Lt. Charles W. Whitcomb Middle School
Dec 8 all-day

Registration is now available for the MassACDA Contemporary A Cappella Festival! Deke Sharon, the “godfather of a cappella,” will be presenting a morning seminar and working with a cappella groups from across Massachusetts, in preparation for a showcase concert that evening. Several different tracks are available; to sign up your a cappella group for a masterclass, or to attend all or part of the day as an observer, click the link below!

Click here to register now!

If you have any questions, reach out to Shannon McNulty at skpmcnulty@gmail.com.

 

Feb
16
Sat
2019
2019 MassACDA Intercollegiate Choral Festival @ Endicott College
Feb 16 @ 9:30 am – 8:30 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. Ensembles will also have the opportunity to perform for each other in a communal “informance” during the afternoon.

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Repertoire

Der Herr denket an uns, BWV 196 – J.S. Bach
Kyrie and Gloria from Missa in Angustiis (“Nelson Mass”) – F.J. Haydn

Click here to download the Bach score and here to download the Haydn score.

Conductor

Professor Marguerite Brooks joined the Yale faculty in 1985 as chair of the choral conducting program at the School of Music and director of choral music at the Institute of Sacred Music. Active as a guest conductor, teacher, and clinician, she has been a juror for the Eric Ericson conducting competition in Sweden; she has conducted, given master classes, taught, and adjudicated in North and South America, Europe, and Asia. She has served on the faculties of Smith and Amherst Colleges, and was director of choral music at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. Brooks was cited by the Yale School of Music for cultural leadership in music, and has received alumni awards for distinguished work in her field from both Mount Holyoke College and Temple University. The Connecticut chapter of the ACDA honored her with its 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award. She is most proud to have been honored recently as a Woman in History by the Barnard School.

Cost

The registration fee is $30 per singer, which includes dinner. There will not be any group rates this year. The registration deadline is January 31, 2019. To register yourself as an individual observer, please contact Jonathan Harvey at jharvey8@fitchburgstate.edu.

Click here to register!

Feb
27
Wed
2019
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.

Mar
16
Sat
2019
2019 Big Sing Central @ Fay School
Mar 16 all-day

BIG SING CENTRAL

Non-competitive, Adjudicated Youth and Children’s Choir Festivals

**This event is fully subscribed and registration is now closed.**

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!

BIG SING CENTRAL
Fay School, Southborough, MA
March 16, 2019

Conductor/Adjudicator – Dr. Pamela Mindell

Pamela Mindell is Artistic Director of the Worcester Children’s Chorus and Music Director of the Cambridge Community Chorus. She has served on the faculties of Smith College, Clark University, and College of the Holy Cross. Under her direction, the Holy Cross choirs traveled to Italy and Spain, as well as throughout the Northeastern United States, singing in such venues as Saint Peter’s Basilica in Rome and Saint Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City. Other performance highlights include a concert of Sacred Latin American music with renowned soprano Dawn Upshaw, and Osvaldo Golijov’s Pasion segun San Marco, as part of the Mostly Mozart Festival at Lincoln Center.

Pamela has worked with a number of children’s choirs, including the Litchfield County Children’s Choir in CT and the Paradise City Children’s Choir, in Northampton, MA, which she founded in 2001. She served as Artistic Director of the Hotchkiss Summer Portals Vocal Chamber Program (CT) for high school singers for ten years.

Prior to her college teaching, Pamela spent a year in Sydney, Australia, conducting and singing professionally. She has sung with The Boston Secession and Emmanuel Music in Boston. Pamela received her doctorate in Choral Conducting from Yale University, where she studied with Marguerite Brooks and David Connell. She holds a master’s degree in Music Education with Kodàly Certification from The Hartt School as well as a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Princeton University.

Mar
23
Sat
2019
2019 Big Sing East @ Christ Episcopal Church
Mar 23 all-day

BIG SING EAST

Non-competitive, Adjudicated Youth and Children’s Choir Festivals

**This event is fully subscribed and registration is now closed.**

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 7th.

BIG SING EAST
Christ Episcopal Church, Needham, MA
March 23, 2019

Festival Conductor/Adjudicator – Dr. Jennifer Kane

Jennifer Kane serves on the education faculty of the Handel and Haydn Society as the Conductor of the Handel and Haydn Singers, Youth Chorus, and Concert Choir. She is also Music Director of Cantilena: A Women’s Chorale. Previously, Kane was the Artistic Director of the Worcester Children’s Chorus, where she built a thriving and multi-level program with an active performance schedule and frequent collaborations; the Artistic Director of PALS Children’s Chorus in Brookline, where she prepared the chorus for collaborations with the Back Bay Chorale, Boston Musica Viva, and the Boston Symphony Orchestra; and the Artistic Director of the Spivey Hall Young Artists, the treble ensemble that serves as the training choir for the nationally renowned Spivey Hall Children’s Choir.

Kane was the Artistic Director of Atlanta Schola Cantorum, an auditioned ensemble specializing in Renaissance polyphony and Twentieth century compositions. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution described Kane’s work: “Such depth of expression – a fusion of harmonies and texts – was the hallmark of Kane and her singers.” Kane holds a BA in Music from Furman University, an MM in Choral Conducting from Georgia State University, and a DMA in Conducting from Boston University.

Jul
14
Sun
2019
2019 MassACDA Summer Conference @ Smith College
Jul 14 @ 2:30 pm – Jul 17 @ 1:00 pm

Click here to register for the conference!

Click here for a complete schedule of events for the conference.

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, spaparo@umass.edu, with any questions.

Click here to register for the conference!

Click here for a complete schedule of events for the conference.

Oct
26
Sat
2019
2019 MassACDA & UMass High School Choral Festival @ UMass Amherst Fine Arts Center--Bezanson Recital Hall
Oct 26 all-day

October 26, 2019

8:00 am registration, 9:00 am start time, 5:30 pm Performance

The High School Choral Festival welcomes high school choral singers and their directors to participate in a treble (soprano/alto) choir or tenor/bass choir. No auditions required; directors can honor their finest and submit singers for the festival. Participants will sing alongside members of the UMass Amherst Chamber Choir and University Chorale.

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The Treble Choir will be conducted by Mallorie Chernin. Mallorie Chernin was Director of Choral Music and Senior Lecturer at Amherst College in Amherst, Massachusetts, from 1986 to 2018. At Amherst College, she directed three choirs, the Concert Choir, Chorus, and Glee Club, and coached the Madrigal Singers, all known collectively as the Amherst College Choral Society. The activities of the Choral Society included travel both in the United States and abroad, with a total of sixteen international tours during Ms. Chernin’s tenure. The most recent tours included visits to Iceland, Estonia, Greece, Costa Rica, and Ireland. Currently, Ms. Chernin is teaching music theory at Amherst College.

Prior to becoming Director of Choral Music at Amherst College, Ms. Chernin served on faculties at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY, Smith College in Northampton, MA, and Hampshire College in Amherst, MA. A native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Mallorie Chernin completed a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. She holds a Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting from Westminster Choir College located in Princeton, New Jersey, and did doctoral work (ABD) at the Hartt School of Music in Hartford, Connecticut. Ms. Chernin is in frequent demand as an adjudicator, clinician, and guest conductor.

Repertoire:
Pentatonic Alleluia–Ross Whitney
Shen Khar Venakhi–Kitka
This Little Light of Mine–arr. Jerry Noble

 

Shen Khar Venakhi
Soprano 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0eSM0Key_YI
Soprano 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OEhA6Bg5LQc
Alto: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XSM1KcdF3cQ
Full Recording: Click here!
Score: Click here!

This Little Light of Mine
Soprano 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aCgXPiQD3Kc
Soprano 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P3ccMXZ0VSc
Alto: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6C9ZAztJU60
Full Recording: Click here!
Score: Click here!

 

The Tenor-Bass Choir will be conducted by Reagan Paras.

Repertoire:
Zion’s Walls–Aaron Copland
De Herr Segne Euch–J.S. Bach
Loch Lomond–arr. Jonathan Quick

Practice tracks will be added soon.

 

 

Combined Finale:
“If Music Be The Food of Love” by David C. Dickau


Schedule

8:00-9:00 am Registration (Bezanson Recital Hall Lobby)
9:00 am-12 noon Rehearsals: Treble (Bezanson) and Tenor-Bass Choir (Room 44)
12:00-1:15 pm Lunch (Franklin Dining Commons)
1:15-2:45 pm Rehearsals: Treble (Bezanson) and Tenor-Bass (Room 44)
2:45-3:00 pm Move to FAC
3:00-4:30 pm Dress rehearsals on stage
4:30-5:15 pm Dress & prepare for Concert/UMass Ensembles on stage
5:30-7:00pm MassACDA & UMass High School Festival Concert


Registration Details

Step 1: Register using the online form (link below) by Saturday, October 12, 2019. Please submit singers for each voice part for the SSAA and TTBB choirs, as we would like to have balanced ensembles. Contact Stephen Paparo (spaparo@umass.edu) with any questions regarding registration. Click here to register!

Step 2: Upon registration, you will be emailed an invoice by MassACDA treasurer Chris Clark for $45.00 per student. Please submit 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: Each school is responsible for purchasing print copies for their students. Please make sure all students are adequately prepare. A group of students (at least one from each participating school) will be randomly selected at the beginning of the rehearsal day and tested on parts of the literature. Details on the testing policy can be found below.


Student Preparation Testing Guidelines

Purpose

The leadership of MassACDA has decided to continue a testing procedure for students attending the 2019 Festival. 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, students will be selected at random for testing; at least one student from every school in attendance will be selected. The students will then be asked to sing portions of the previously prepared festival music for a panel of adjudicators. Students will heard in small groups; and no student will be asked to sing alone. 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 2019 year. If the school receives another warning at the 2020 festival, the school will be asked not to participate in the 2021 festival. 

Feb
22
Sat
2020
2020 MassACDA Intercollegiate Choral Festival @ Fitchburg State University
Feb 22 all-day

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.

Conductor

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.

Cost

The registration fee is $40 per singer, which includes dinner.

Check back for more details soon!

Mar
4
Wed
2020
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.

Mar
14
Sat
2020
2020 Big Sing Central @ Fay School
Mar 14 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

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! Application deadline is Monday, January 6th or until the venue has reached capacity.

Click here for the application!

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.

Mar
21
Sat
2020
2020 Big Sing East @ First Unitarian Universalist of Newton
Mar 21 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

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.

Click here for the application!

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.