Massachusetts ACDA

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Register now for the 2022 MassACDA Summer Conference!

The MassACDA Summer Conference will be held at Assumption University (Worcester, MA) from Sunday, July 10 to Wednesday, July 13, 2022.  Our featured clinicians this year will be Dr. Andre Thomas and Dr. Judy Bowers who are both Professors Emeriti at The Florida State University.  The in-person conference will open with a community sing through Dr. Thomas’s new Mass: A Celebration of Love and Joy, and will feature sessions and concerts on various topics including conducting, repertoire, developmental choirs, and the adolescent voice. Along with traditional in-person attendance, for the first time we are offering one-day, in-person attendance as well as a virtual attendance option. MassACDA will provide participants with the opportunity to receive PDP hours for the conference or graduate credit available through Westfield State University.

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Registration Information

ACDA Members: $290
Non-Members: $340
Student Member: $100 
One Day or Virtual: $100 

Overnight accommodations available onsite for $60 a night, or $180 for the entire conference

1 Graduate Credit, $150
2 Graduate Credits, $250
Up to 25 hours of PDPs will be offered at no additional charge

Registration includes access to all sessions; Sunday night dinner, lunch on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, and snacks; and all sheet music for those singing in the conference chorus. Those staying overnight will have breakfast provided. Everyone will be responsible for dinner on Monday and Tuesday on their own.

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Singing Packets

Physical packets of music will be provided for all in-person attendees, and a digital copy will be provided for virtual participants. Those virtual registrants interested in receiving a physical packet can order one for an additional $20.

Additional Information for Graduate Credits and PDPs

If you are interested in receiving PDPs based on your participation in this conference, please indicate this on the application. You will need to sign in at each of the sessions and will receive a certificate at the end, indicating how many hours you attended.

For graduate credit, you will need to complete 15 hours of sessions and provide a written submission of extra evidence to receive 1 credit, or attend 25 hours of sessions and provide a written submission of extra evidence for 2 credit hours. We will take attendance for sessions both virtually and in-person.

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Click here for the the most recent letter from MassACDA president, Felicia Barber

Click here for the March 2022 edition of Mass Sings, the MassACDA newsletter

Lisa Graham

The MassACDA board would like to congratulate Dr. Lisa Graham, who has been elected to serve as our next President for the 2023-2025 term. Dr. Graham is the Evelyn Barry Director of the Choral Program at Wellesley College, a post at which she has served for the past twenty years. She is also in her seventeenth season as Music Director of the Metropolitan Chorale. Dr. Graham will immediately begin her term as President-Elect on the current board.  

In addition, the board would like to take this time to thank both of our talented candidates, including Matthew Cunningham, who volunteered to run for president.   

Congratulations again Lisa!

Sincerely,

Felicia Barber

Massachusetts ACDA President

The Massachusetts American Choral Directors Association is committed to several initiatives in regards to diversity, equity, and inclusion as it pertains to the following areas of our organization:

  • Membership: We are committed to increasing our membership to include more teachers, conductors and singers of color and from areas of our state less represented in our organization to date. 

  • Mentorship/networking: We are committed to creating a network of teachers, conductors, and singers willing to volunteer their time to serve as mentors for new teachers and collegiate students.

  • Events: We are committed to re-imagining our regular events while also encouraging participation from more teachers, conductors, and singers of color leading us to learn about and hear various experiences and perspectives. 

  • Resources: We are committed to providing resources for our membership regarding diversity, equity and inclusion comprising of: 

    • Repertoire lists including a number of works from composers of diverse backgrounds and works beyond those of the Western classical idiom.

    • Databases to explore music of composers of diverse backgrounds.

    • Media such as articles, blogs, podcasts, interviews, books, and virtual events on the subject of diversity in the choral realm.

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