2017 MassACDA Summer Conference

July 16, 2017 – July 19, 2017 all-day
Smith College
College Hall
10 Elm St, Northampton, MA 01063
Tony Thornton

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: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/17ymGx0b29tnwFOLgZSP0_ow0Zj8MWfFLv9KkQ8sdxTU/edit?usp=sharing

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 tonyt@music.umass.edu. 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 www.melodiousaccord.org.

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