High School Choral Festival 2020

MassACDA High School Festival Virtual Workshop

October 24, 2020




Social Justice through the Choral Art: A Virtual Training Session for High School Choral Leaders with Dr. Anthony Trecek-King


Introduction: Thursday, October 15, 7:00pm-7:45pm via Zoom*

Main Session: Saturday, October 24, 10:30am-12:30pm via Zoom

Ongoing, asynchronous discussion will be encouraged through a private Facebook group or Slack.

*This session will be recorded for those who cannot attend, but wish to participate in the main event.


High School Singers: We believe you have the power to be the change you want to see. Join us for a day of conversation about leadership and social justice that you can bring back to your school and community.


Over the past 20 years, Dr. Anthony Trecek-King has cultivated an international reputation as a choral conductor, scholar, pedagogue, and media personality. He is passionate about cultivating artistically excellent ensembles that explore socially relevant issues through emotionally immersive programs, challenging both artists and audiences to feel and think. Dr. Trecek-King has recently been appointed Associate Professor of Choral Music and Director of Choral Activities at The Harrt School, University of Hartford.

Ensembles under his direction were integral to projects that have won a Pulitzer Prize (Madam White Snake, Zhou Long), received a Grammy (Fantastic Mr. Fox, Boston Modern Orchestra Project), and earned the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award from Presidential Committee on the Arts (Boston Children’s Chorus). Dr. Trecek-King has worked with a variety of artists and ensembles including Leslie Odom Jr., Melinda Doolittle, Seraphic Fire, Keith Lockhart, John Williams, Gil Rose, Simon Halsey, Yo Yo Ma, and Roomful of Teeth. He has led performances in world-renowned venues including Boston Symphony Hall, the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., Carnegie Hall in New York City, Royal Albert Hall in London, and the Sydney Opera House. In addition to his 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. He currently lives in the Boston area with his partner Melanie and their cat.


DAY 1Thursday, October 15, 7:00pm-7:45pm via Zoom

  • Intro Session: Prepare students with an overview of the event. Students will be given a little “homework” – items to ponder and prepare for discussion.

DAY 2 – Saturday, October 24, 10:30am-12:30pm via Zoom

  • Clinician lecture
  • Learn a social justice song (by rote/public-domain)
  • Small-group breakout sessions for student discussion led by students of Dr. Trecek-King.
  • Breakout discussion room for teachers.
  • Final large group discussion and wrap-up.

WHO: Teachers should nominate students who are active in your school’s choral program and well respected by your school’s music faculty. In order for this experience to be as impactful as possible, please help us bring together as diverse a group of students as we can. Teachers, we’re depending on you to help make this an inclusive event. In recommending your students, PLEASE aim for as diverse a cohort as possible! We ask that you send ONE or TWO Quartets (SATB) per school, which will ensure a level of diversity of voice parts in the workshop. Directors may nominate up to 8 students per school. Teachers are expected to participate in this workshop.

While we anticipate a large number of High School students will participate in this event, all students will be expected to engage in the conversation, particularly in smaller “breakout rooms” of 20-25 students.

REGISTRATION: Space is limited to 280 participants (including teachers), so sign up using the Google Form below as soon as possible. Registration will close on Friday, October 9, 2020.


  • Free for schools whose choral teachers are a current member of ACDA
  • Non-member Schools: $25.00 per school

Registration Form (also available at this link)