Conference News!!

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On this page:

-Breaking news about Open Ears, Open Hearts: Conference 2020

-Information about our Conference invited choirs

-Conference Committee contact information

-Awards Announcements

Registration is Live!

Registration for the Rochester 2020 Eastern Region Conference is open:

Registration: (Prices increased January 30)
Attendee: $335
Retired: $295
Student: $150

On-site Registration:
Attendee: $400
Retired: $350
Student: $200

One-day on site registration: $150 (Friday and Saturday)

Registration Hours: Wednesday 1 – 7:30 pm; Thursday 7:30 am – 5 pm;
Friday 7:30 am – 2 pm; Saturday 7:30 am – 9 am

Composer Meet & Greet

Back by popular demand, the composer track at the Rochester conference will include a Composer Meet and Greet on Friday from 4:15 – 6:15 in the Hyatt Regency ABC Ballrooms.

The meet and greet will be limited to the first 40 composers who register and pay here.  Registration costs $75.00.  You must also be registered for the conference (at least for the one day rate) in order to participate. Read more…


Featured Performances

Bobby McFerrin: As a pre-conference treat, the Kodak Hall Series of the Eastman School of Music will present Bobby McFerrin and Gimme5 in a Circlesong concert on Wednesday, March 4 at 7:30 pm! Purchase tickets here:

American Spiritual Ensemble: The renowned American Spiritual Ensemble will perform a concert entitled Every Time I Feel the Spirit! as one of the invited choirs.

Voices 21C: The ACDA Eastern Region planning committee is proud to announce that VOICES 21C, a Boston-based chamber choir, will appear in concert.


ACDA Eastern Region offers college, university, and conservatory students the opportunity to reduce or eliminate the registration cost of attending our regional conference by providing assistance during the conference. Student workers who provide five (5) hours of assistance will receive a refund of $50 (half the registration cost). Those completing ten (10) hours will receive a full refund of the $100 registration fee.

If you are interested in participating in this program, please provide the information requested. The program is first-come, first-served so please apply soon to take advantage of this opportunity!

Apply NOW!


Getting ready to register for Eastern Region Conference??? Want to know WHICH track to choose? Well, they both feature all the same great ACDA content, just at separate times. Coordinate with your ACDA pals by choosing the same track: Blue or Orange. Just remember that some changes are possible to the schedule AND don’t forget to order your Bobby McFerrin tickets! Conference Schedule

Application: Conducting Masterclass for Undergraduate and Graduate Students

The Eastern Region 2020 conference committee is pleased to announce a public masterclass in conducting to be held during the 2020 Eastern Region Conference in Rochester, NY. This masterclass is sponsored by DCINY (Distinguished Concerts International New York). The sessions will be led by renowned conductor/teacher Marguerite Brooks. Selected students will each receive a $300 scholarship provided by DCINY to offset their conference-related expenses.
For additional information, please visit Conducting Masterclass Rochester 2020

Conference Committee:

Peggy Dettwiler: President, Conference Chair

Penelope Cruz:  President-Elect, Program Chair

Michael Driscroll: Auditioned Choirs Chair

Michael Schmidt: Interest Sessions Chair

Jared Berry:  Honor Choirs Chair

Joy Hirokawa:  Reading Sessions Chair

Janet Galvan:  Conducting Master Class Chair

Other News

Nominations for Awards

September 2, 2019

Nominations for the Helen Kemp Award as well as the Lannom Award are closed for this year. The awards nominations process will open again in mid-2020 with due dates of October 1 (Lannom Award) and November 1 (Helen Kemp award). Please visit for information about the awards that honor… Read more