2017 Summer Conference
Registration for the 2017 Summer Conference will be opening in the next week. Visit our summer conference webpage to read about our headliners, planned interest sessions, and performances. We hope to see YOU in Murfreesboro June 16 & 17.
TN-ACDA State Festival Report
Over 2,000 singers in 68 choirs from 40 schools participated in the 30th annual TN-ACDA State Choral Festival, starting in Memphis, with 2 days in Murfreesboro, and a final day in Knoxville. Larry Wyatt and Alicia Walker from the choral department at the University of South Carolina were joined by Craig Jones from Harding Academy in Searcy Arkansas to provide both written and recorded critiques and assign ratings for every choir in 8 areas including Tone, Intonation, Diction, Technique, Balance and Interpretation. The judges remarked how impressed they were with the quality of choral work being done in Tennessee!
Many thanks to site coordinators Ryan Fisher, Joseph Powell, Jeanette MacCallum, Kathy May, and David Stutzenberger. We are also grateful to the Germantown Presbyterian Church, First United Methodist Church in Murfreesboro, and the Farragut HS for providing the venues, as well as the many volunteers who filled so many roles. Directors and singers will grow musically and professionally from this experience. Congratulations to everyone involved for a successful event. You may view the results of this year’s festival HERE.
Upcoming Voting for President-Elect
We will be sending our members introductory information on the candidates running for the position of Tennessee ACDA President-Elect in the coming days. Please also be looking for an email from the ACDA National office in mid-May for details on how to cast your vote. Voting is open to all current and active members of ACDA with a Tennessee affiliation.
Meet Our State High School Festival Chair
Robert King is the Lipscomb Academy Fine Arts Director and has been director of choruses since 1984. Choruses from Lipscomb have participated in every State Choral Festival for the past 30 years, and have sung for State, Divisional and National music conferences. He oversees Lipscomb's private instruction Music Academy and is founder and director of the Lipscomb University Community Chorus. He also directs the Nashville Youth Choir at Belmont University. A past president of the Middle TN Vocal Association and the TNACDA, he currently serves as the State Choral Festival chairperson. Robert is a music minister at Harpeth Hills Church of Christ.
Tennessee Choirs at TMEA
Congratulations to all who represented choral music excellence at the annual TMEA conference! The conference was held April 5-8 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort.
Dr. Susan Kelly and the TSU Meistersingers
Arlighton High School Choir with Jeffery Chipman
Dr. Lesley Mann leads TN-ACDA's choral conducting masterclass
Dr. Jonathan Rodgers and the Ladies of Lee (University)
Resources for the Choral Conductor
This month, Tennessee ACDA recommends hymnary.org. To our friends in music & worship, Hymnary is a powerful search database of numerous hymnals and sources for music in worship. We hope this useful tool saves you hours in service planning.