What’s New and Exciting at ACDA 2018

TOGETHER WE SING IN 
THE ORAL TRADITION

Eastern Division was the first region to unveil Together We Sing, a new approach to the traditional reading session where we frequently feature auditioned choirs to help us through the reading process!

But THIS YEAR, we have “Together We Sing – In the Oral Tradition.” Elisa Macedo Dekaney will present music from Brazil. Diane Saez will teach you songs from Puerto Rico. Rollo Dilworth will talk about singing in the Gospel tradition. Micah Hendler will share his experiences with the Jewish/Arab Youth Choir based at the Jerusalem YMCA where he runs an interfaith choir for peace. Shawn Funk is an acclaimed 5th grade teacher who will bring his real 5th grade choir to show how he transforms his general music lessons into a once-a-week choir. And our International Choral Scholar from Kenya, Noah Ochomo, will lead us through a rehearsal just like you might experience in Nairobi!

Just wow!

KEYNOTE ADDRESS BY JOSEPH FLUMMERFELT

You’ve already heard my musings about studying with Joe Flummerfelt, and anyone who knows anything about choral music knows the tremendous impact this person has had on the American Choral Tradition. We’ve asked him to share a few of his of thoughts on the importance of choral music in the 21st century. Brace yourself for a strong dose of thought-provoking inspiration.

THE A CAPPELLA TRADITION

If you teach high school or college, (or middle school too!) you probably know by now that A Cappella is here to stay – and getting better and better EVERY year! Starting with A Cappella Night tonight, featuring a cameo appearance with The Swingles, there are several sessions dedicated to all the ins-and-outs of the A Cappella tradition, led by experts in the field who are out there making it happen with their own kids. Unravel the mystery, and come learn what all the hype is about.

THREE WORLD CLASS PROFESSIONAL CHOIRS

We’ve given a lot of press to our three outstanding headliner choirs, New York Polyphony, The Swingles, and Tenebrae under the director of Nigel Short. If you’re not already in love with these three ensembles, we’re pretty sure you will be by the end of the week.
THE ONLY REGIONAL CONFERENCE FEATURING TARIK O’REGAN

Riddle: How long was Tarik O’Regan’s flight to Eastern ACDA
Answer: REALLY LONG. All the way from Swaziland where he now resides and composes.

But thanks to our dedicated folks who organized the Composer’s Track, and a bit of creative financing, we are the only Division to have Tarik present for the premiere performance of the Brock Commission to be performed by Westminster Choir College Kantorei. Later that same day, Tarik will talk about his music in a special session on the Composer Track.

Only in the Eastern Division!

 

TOGETHER WE PRAISE!

 

In our last session block on Saturday morning, we have re-conceptualized our annual Music & Worship session into an event we’re call Together We Praise, led by Patrick Evans, a wonderful musician who served eight years on the Sacred Music faculty at Yale. This inter-faith event will even feature music of Arab and Jewish traditions, led by Micah Hendler and a choir made up of ACDA Student Chapter members. Having seen the script, and I can already tell you it will be meaningful and moving.

Now aren’t you glad you went to all the trouble of finding your way to Pittsburgh?