2018 MassACDA Summer Conference

July 15, 2018 @ 2:30 pm – July 18, 2018 @ 1:00 pm
Smith College
College Hall
10 Elm St, Northampton, MA 01063

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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 Peggy Dettwiler (Mansfield University) and Lynnel Joy Jenkins (Princeton Girlchoir and Timberlane Middle School).

The conference opens Sunday with a buffet supper and an opening night Mozart Requiem sing led by Joseph Flummerfelt. A Conference Chorus (participation optional) will rehearse and perform a public concert under the baton of Peggy Dettwiler on the evening of Tuesday, July 17.

Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday mornings 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.

Peggy DettwilerPeggy Dettwiler is Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities at Mansfield University in Mansfield, Pennsylvania, where she conducts the Concert Choir, Festival Chorus, and Chamber Singers, and teaches choral conducting and methods.

Before coming to Mansfield, she was a graduate assistant conductor to Donald Neuen at the Eastman School of Music, where she received a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Conducting. She also has a Master of Music Degree in Choral Conducting from the University of Texas at San Antonio and a Master of Music Degree in Music Education from the University of Wisconsin in Madison. Dr. Dettwiler has chosen to seek degrees in these areas of music because she believes that the choral conductor must be an educator as well as a performer and must have a thorough knowledge of vocal pedagogy.

Dr. Dettwiler’s choral experience includes working with singers of all ages through university, public school, church, and community choruses. She has developed two pedagogical DVDs entitled, Developing a Choral Color Palette and Sing in Style. Dr. Dettwiler received the 2010 Elaine Brown Award for Choral Excellence from the Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Choral Directors Association and was awarded 2nd place for the 2011 American Prize for Choral Conductors at the College/University level.

Lynnel Joy JenkinsLynnel Joy Jenkins is Artistic Director of the Princeton Girlchoir and Choral Teacher at the Timberlane Middle School of the Hopewell Valley Regional School District in Pennington, New Jersey.

Dr. Jenkins’ varied conducting and teaching experience ranges from the elementary to collegiate level. She served as Assistant Professor of Music Education at Westminster Choir College of Rider University and Conductor of the Resident Training Choir at the American Boychoir in Princeton, New Jersey.

Dr. Jenkins is a choral music educator of international stature, having lectured and conducted in China, Hong Kong, Iceland, and South Africa. Jenkins has conducted honor choruses for three divisional and several state conferences for the American Choral Directors Association, one national conference for the Organization for American Kodály Teachers, numerous all-state choruses and choral festivals, and presented interest sessions for these professional music associations.

Recognizing her contributions to the field of music education, Westminster Choir College inducted Jenkins into the Music Education Alumni Hall of Fame and presented her with the Alumni Merit Award. Jenkins earned degrees from Westminster Choir College of Rider University (B.M.), Temple University (M.M.), and University of Arizona (D.M.A.), and at the first two institutions was awarded the Elaine Brown Conducting Award.

Joseph FlummerfeltMusical America’s 2004 Conductor of the Year, Joseph Flummerfelt’s musical artistry has been acclaimed in many of the world’s concert halls for nearly 40 years. He is founder and musical director of the New York Choral Artists, is an artistic director of Spoleto Festival USA, and for 33 years was conductor of the world-renown Westminster Choir. A gifted orchestral conductor, Maestro Flummerfelt has conducted over 50 performances with the Spoleto Festival Orchestra.

Conference Registration: includes Sunday supper, Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday lunches, and three coffee breaks, as well as choral music packets.

On or before June 15:

  • ACDA member $315
  • Non-member $350
  • Full-time student $100

June 15–July 15:

  • 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.

Accommodations: Includes comfortable and conveniently-located, single dorm room with fan (no air-conditioning) for three nights, and three full breakfasts. Cost: $185. There are also many hotels, motels, and B&Bs in the area, but they tend to be booked up far in advance.

Meals: Two dinners are on your own, which is an opportunity 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.

Click here for more details and to register for PDPs and Greduate Credit. Contact Stephen Paparo, spaparo@umass.edu, with any questions.

Click here to register for the conference!