In 2014, the Eastern Division will proudly host its biennial conference in Baltimore, Maryland on Wednesday, February 5 – Saturday, February 8. Planning continues at a rapid pace, and we anticipate that this conference will inspire, challenge and celebrate the choral art in our division. In keeping with the Division’s history, the Baltimore conference will offer meaningful musical, educational, and social experiences for EVERY member of ACDA.
Exciting opportunities for participation abound, and now we need YOU to spread the word to your colleagues!
Full conference activities will kick off on Wednesday night, February 5 at 8p.m. with performances by local choirs from Baltimore in the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront, the host hotel for the 2014 Conference.
Conductor Patrick Quigley and Seraphic Fire will be with us on Thursday and Friday of the conference. Entering its second decade, Seraphic Fire is widely regarded as one of the most important vocal ensembles in the United States. Led by Founder and Artistic Director Patrick Dupré Quigley, Seraphic Fire brings the best ensemble singers from around the country to perform repertoire ranging from Gregorian chant to newly commissioned works. This past year, the ensemble’s recordings Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem and A Seraphic Fire Christmas were nominated for two 2012 GRAMMY® awards. Seraphic Fire was the only choir in North or South America to be nominated, and the only classical ensemble in the world to be nominated for two separate projects. For more information, please visit http://www.seraphicfire.org/.
Simon Carrington, Yale University professor emeritus, has enjoyed a long and distinguished career in music, performing as singer, double bass player and conductor, first in the UK where he was born, and latterly in the USA. From 2003 to 2009 he was professor of choral conducting at Yale University and director of the Yale Schola Cantorum, a 24-voice chamber choir which he brought to national and now international prominence, attracting the interest of his successor, Masaaki Suzuki, director of the Bach Collegium Japan.
In order to meet the needs and wishes of our ever-expanding ACDA membership, we have developed a conference schedule that allows the opportunity for more choirs to participate than in previous conferences. Over 30 choirs have been selected by audition to participate in one of the following categories:
|Avon Old Farms School Riddlers||CT||Bryan Zaros|
|University of Delaware||DE||Duane Cottrell|
|Harvard-Radcliffe Collegium Musicum||MA||Andrew Clark|
|University of Massachusetts Chamber Choir||MA||Tony Thornton|
|Barbara Ingram School for the Arts - Cantala Women||MD||Kyle Weary|
|Burleigh Manor Middle School Chamber Choir||MD||Ellen Doring|
|The Maryland State Boychoir - Tour Choir||MD||Stephen Holmes|
|American Boychoir School||NJ||Fernando Malvar-Ruiz|
|Roxbury High School Melodies||NJ||Patrick Hachey|
|Rutgers University Glee Club||NJ||Patrick Gardner|
|Syracuse University Singers||NY||John Warren|
|Vassar College Women's Chorus||NY||Christine Howlett|
|J. P. McHempfield HS Chamber Choir||PA||Timothy Sterner|
|Nittany Valley Children's Choir Concordia Singers||PA||Lou Ann Shafer|
|Pennsylvania State University Glee Club||PA||Christopher Kiver|
|Pennsylvania State University Essence of Joy||PA||Anthony Leach|
|Susquehanna Chorale||PA||Linda Tedford|
|Rhode Island Children's Chorus Chamber Choir||RI||Christine Noel|
Due to the expanded schedule, there are also increased opportunities for sessions that meet the specific interests of all ACDA members. Registrants will have the opportunity to participate in sessions on: College/University, High School, Men’s Choir, Women’s Choir, Junior High/Middle School, Children, Boychoir, Multicultural Choir, Jazz Choir, Show Choir, Community Choir, Music in Worship, and Urban and Rural Initiatives, as well as sessions specifically targeted toward student members and those in their first five years of teaching.
Each day will begin with opportunities for communal song in Together We Sing sessions at the host hotel. These sessions, coordinated by the Division’s Repertoire and Standards chairs, will introduce registrants to new music before the first interest sessions each day.
Opportunities abound for all school-aged singers to participate in the 2014 Division honor choirs. Here is a summary of the exciting ensembles awaiting your best choristers.
ELEMENTARY HONOR CHOIR, a treble choir of singers who will be in grades 4, 5, or 6 in February 2014. Conducted by Angela Broeker.
JUNIOR HIGH HONOR CHOIR, an SATB choir of singers who will be in grades 7, 8, or 9 in February 2014. Conducted by Jeffery Ames.
CHINESE REPERTOIRE HONOR CHOIR, an SSAATBB choir of singers who will be in grades 11 or 12 or college in February 2014, and adults. Conducted by Jing Ling-Tam.
HIGH SCHOOL HONOR CHOIR, an SSAATTBB choir of singers who will be grades 10, 11, or 12 in February 2014. Conducted by Jo-Michael Scheibe.
For more information on the Honor Choirs, and to submit applications, please visit the Honor Choir page.
|Angela Broecker||Jeffery Ames||Jing Ling-Tam||Jo-Michael Scheibe|
Continuing the Eastern Division’s tradition, the honor choirs will be performing at separate times to allow all family members and conference attendees the opportunity to attend these performances without the necessity of tickets.
Registration for the hotels will open on October 15. Please stay tuned for more information!
The host hotel for the conference is the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront, located at 700 Aliceanna Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21202. Our host hotel is directly on the waterfront in Baltimore, and will be the home for all interest sessions, exhibits, registration, and masterclasses. The hotel is in close proximity to dozens of local restaurants, eateries and shops for your convenience. Please visit this link for more information on the Marriott Waterfront Hotel.
The second hotel for our conference will be the Courtyard Marriott, located one and a half blocks from the conference hotel. Please visit this link for more information on the Courtyard Marriott Hotel.