Massachusetts ACDA

Serving Massachusetts choral directors with workshops and clinics, festivals, conferences, publications, repertoire lists, networking opportunities, and advocacy to promote excellence in choral music throughout the Commonwealth.

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!


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.