2014 Conference – Baltimore

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ACDA Conference in Baltimore, Maryland
February 5-8, 2014

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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!

Special Guests

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.

Seraphic FireConductor 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 CarringtonSimon 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.

Choral Performance and Participation

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:

Eighteen Auditioned Choirs Performing

Choir State Director
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

Interest Sessions, and Together We Sing Repertoire Forums

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.

Honor Choirs

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 BroekerAngela Broecker, Elementary Honor Choir
Jeffery AmesJeffery Ames, Junior High Honor Choir
Jing Ling TamJing Ling-Tam, Chinese Repertoire Honor Choir
Jo-Michael ScheibeJo-Michael Scheibe, High School Honor Choir

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.

Hotels and Hotel Registration

Registration for the hotels will open on October 15.  Please stay tuned for more information!

Marriott Waterfront HotelThe 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.

Courtyard Marriott HotelThe 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.


Mark your calendars NOW to join your many Eastern Division friends in Baltimore 2014!

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