Region Recap: May 2023


The REGION RECAP celebrates the excellent work and resources of the Eastern Region State Chapters.

In this inaugural issue, state chapters share events and resources from the months of February, March, April and May – as well as look ahead to upcoming summer events, conferences and honor choir opportunities.

We hope the REGION RECAP will provide you with an increased awareness of what is happening in our region, as well as inspire you to create new events and resources in your local chapters, and attend other state chapter events throughout the region!

The state chapters featured in this REGION RECAP are:

Connecticut – Delaware – Maryland/DC – MassachusettsNew Hampshire – New York – PennsylvaniaRhode Island – Vermont

March 11- Songs of Ukraine: Events and Resources. Online Workshop with Marika Kuzma.


July 18 – Alfred Music’s Celebration of Song with Andy Beck, Lisa DeSpain, Krista Hart and Jack Zaino. 

First Church Congregational, Fairfield.

Register at

Delaware ACDA was grateful to be able to hold our Honor Choir festival again this year!

This event allows ensembles of all ages and abilities from all across the state to perform and be adjudicated by 3 judges from the region (not necessarily all from DE). We had a full schedule of schools participating and received positive feedback. We moved our location further downstate this year to help accommodate our more Southern friends and consequently had a lot of new schools participate.

We are looking to alternate locations from year to year to ensure as many schools as possible are able to participate!

March 10-11 

Children’s Honor Choir Festival, Newark High School, Newark.  Arreon Harley-Emerson, clinician.

March 31 

Delaware Choral Festival, Caesar Rodney High School, Dover.  


Delaware is working in conjunction with the VA, MD & DC ACDA chapters. Annually we hold a conference at the beginning of August in Virginia called Voices United. This event has a community choir, a children’s honor choir, as well as multiple sessions for directors to attend. Registration is currently open:

Delaware ACDA has also begun to plan its events for next fall!

We are looking to hold our Open House again this year, and as an added bonus it will be in conjunction with a choral reading session. Dates and locations TBD!

We are currently planning for the Treble Choir Festival, Children’s Honor Choir, Choral Festival, and a few other new events! These will be under the direction of our President Elect, Andrew Trites. 

August 4-5


Featuring Jason Alexander Holmes, Tucker and Mary Biddlecombe.

Hylton Performing Arts Center, Manassas, VA

May 20

ACDA Happy Hour. Denizen’s Brewing Co., Riverdale Park.


July 1-3 

Voices Together: An International Youth Choral Symposium

 Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, College Park

August 4-5


with Jason Alexander Holmes, Tucker and Mary Biddlecombe

Hylton Performing Arts Center, Manassas, VA  


July 9-12 

Summer ConferenceAssumption University, Worcester

Clinicians: Jeffrey Douma and Lesley Maxwell Mann

March 31 

Choral Library Audit & Something for Everyone! All-State Conference Presentation.


NHACDA Diverse Repertoire Initiative: Free Choral Music!   

Apply at:

Choral Library Audit  – What’a in YOUR Choral Library?

Something for Everyone: Music by diverse composers for every level (recommended by our R&R Chairs) 



Click here to view concert programs submitted by our New York ACDA leadership!

NY-ACDA & MEANYC Choral Professional Development Day

We have recently announced this summer’s honor choir conductors and will open teacher nominations soon! ACDA and NYSSMA members will be able to nominate their students to be part of these amazing choirs!

Check back at to learn more.

May 20

NY-ACDA and MEANYC Choral Professional Development Day. 

Urban Assembly High School for Music and Art, Brooklyn.  Register at 


Here’s the NY-ACDA Summer Honor Choir info you’ve all been waiting for!

This info will be posted on in the coming days for easier sharing. 

Nomination form is due by June 16, 2023. 

Looking forward to beautiful music this summer in Albany!

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Elementary Nomination Link…/1FAIpQLSff9kcS6FZfwU…/viewform

Junior High Nomination Link…/1FAIpQLSdx9Z2LEzoKLk…/viewform

High School Nomination Link…/1FAIpQLSe8wVxyW…/viewform

March 15

11th Annual Choral Composition Competition 

April 19-22

Choral Repertoire Reading Session with Kathryn Hylton. Kalahari, The Poconos.


July 30-August 1

ACDA-PA Summer Conference: Enhancing Ensemble Expression 

Headliners: Andrea Ramsey &  Anthony Trecek-King

 Register at

March 28-30

High School Choral Festival, Poganset H.S.

April 4-5

Junior High School Choral Festival, Martin Middle School, East Providence.

April 27

Ethical Cross-Cultural Engagement in the era of COVID and The Black Lives Matter Movement, with Mollie Stone and Lonnie Norwood. Via Zoom.

May 4-5

Elementary School Choral Festival, Feinstein Middle School, Coventry.

Rhode Island chapter was thrilled to host in-person large ensemble festivals again this spring. 

The last in-person festivals took place in 2019. 

The Senior Choral Festival took place from Tuesday, March 28 to Thursday, March 30 at Ponaganset High School. Nearly 1200 students from 21 schools participated in this year’s festival. 

The Junior Choral Festival took place on Tuesday, April 4 and Wednesday, April 5 at Martin Middle School in East Providence. Nearly 700 students from 11 schools participated in this year’s festival!

The Elementary Choral Festival took place on Thursday, May 4 and Friday, May 5 at Alan Feinstein Middle School in Coventry. Nearly 550 students from 10 schools participated in this year’s festival!

On March 25, RI-ACDA hosted three workshops for choral teachers.

The workshops ran alongside RI All-State rehearsals and concerts, which gave teachers an opportunity to connect with colleagues as well as observe the exciting rehearsals led by an extraordinary list of conductors. Sessions included a roundtable discussion “Coffee Talk: Rebuilding our programs post-COVID.” A reading session entitled “instant winners for your middle school and beginning high school choirs.” Guest presenter Lauren Lambert gave an exciting and practical workshop entitled “Singing with your elementary students,” which included helpful tips and repertoire suggestions for young, beginning singers. 


In June, RI-ACDA will host our final event of the year, our annual “Wine and Rep night” where colleagues gather to celebrate and connect as well as share their favorite repertoire from the year. All RI-ACDA members are invited to attend the RI-ACDA Board meeting that takes place immediately prior to the event. 

April 21-22 – Children’s Honor Choir Festival, Burlington. Sophia Papoulis, clinician.



Performing Choir Application – May 24  (extended!)

Insight Choir Application – May 24  (extended!)

Interest Session Application – June 13