Eastern Region Conference 2020

The American Spiritual Ensemble to appear in Rochester 2020! 

The renowned American Spiritual Ensemble will appear as one of the invited choirs in the ACDA Eastern Region Conference in Rochester next year. The American Spiritual Ensemble is a critically-acclaimed professional group composed of some of the finest singers in the classical music world. Many of its members have performed in such venues as the Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera, Houston Grand Opera, San Francisco Opera, Boston Opera and the Atlanta Civic Opera. 

The mission of the American Spiritual Ensemble is to keep the American Negro spiritual alive. The vocalists have thrilled audiences with their dynamic renditions of classic spirituals and Broadway numbers highlighting the Black experience. The group has presented concerts throughout the United States, Europe and South America and has toured Spain numerous times presenting over 80 concerts. 

Dr. Everett McCorvey, a native of Montgomery, Alabama, founded the group in 1995.  McCorvey received his degrees from the University of Alabama, including a Doctorate of Musical Arts. Also a professional singer, tenor Dr. McCorvey has performed in many places including the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., the Metropolitan Opera in New York, Aspen Music Festival in Colorado, Radio City Music Hall in New York and in England, Germany, Italy, Spain, Japan and the Czech and Slovak Republics. During the summers, Dr. McCorvey is on the artist faculty of the American Institute of Musical Study (AIMS) in Graz, Austria. Dr. McCorvey holds the rank of Professor of Voice and Director of Opera at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, KY. 

The American Spiritual Ensemble are the stars of the soon-to-be released PBS documentary recounting the history of the art form. This program follows the ensemble as they enchant audiences during their tour of the deep South and further expand their mission of performing the Negro Spiritual during their 10th tour of Spain. 

Visit their website for information about this amazing professional ensemble, its singers, their future performances and their current recordings.


We at Mansfield University have hosted them twice in the last ten years and were profoundly moved by their powerful and deeply spiritual presentations of one of America’s greatest choral art forms.  Don’t miss this opportunity to hear the unforgettable American Spiritual Ensemble!

Honor Choir News

Please note: ACDA Eastern Region has decided to reopen the applications for the Elementary Honor Choir  and for TENORS and BASSES for the Junior High Honor Choir. Application materials will be available August 1 and remain open until September 18, 2019.

Please visit:

Junior High Honor Choir

Elementary Honor Choir

Save the Date! March 4-7, 2020

Fabulous performance venues!

  • Kodak Hall at the Eastman School of Music
  • Performance Hall in the historic Hochstein School of Music
  • Sanctuary of the Downtown United Presbyterian Church

Fun facts!

  • Third largest city in New York State
  • Located in western New York State
  • Part of the Scenic Finger Lakes Region
  • City on the Seaway Trail – The longest scenic byway in America
  • On the shore of Lake Ontario, directly across from Toronto, Canada
  • A community of waterways including a Great Lake, historic Erie Canal, Genesee River and a 96-foot city waterfall

Key Attractions

Casa Larga – An estate winery producing high quality, award winning wines, and growing to be one of the leading wine producers in New York’s Finger Lakes Region. Website: www.casalarga.com

New York Wine and Culinary Center- Engage, excite and inspire the people of New York State and the world in a celebration of New York wine and food. The Center will be an educational and experiential gateway to New York State’s incredible wine, food and culinary industries. Website: www.nywcc.com

High Falls – An archeological forge site with an impressive 96 ft. waterfall in the heart of downtown Rochester.

George Eastman Museum – The world’s leading museum of photography and motion pictures, and the National Historic Landmark mansion and gardens of Kodak founder George Eastman, the father of popular photography and motion picture film. Website: www.eastman.org

National Susan B. Anthony Museum & House – Preserves the National Historic Landmark where the great women’s rights activist and reformer, Susan B. Anthony, lived for 40 of their most politically active years. The museum collects and exhibits artifacts related to her life and work. Website: www.susanbanthonyhouse.org/index.php

The Strong National Museum of Play – One of the largest history museums in the United States and one of the leading museums serving families. The Strong is home to the most comprehensive collection of play-related artifacts, dozens of interactive exhibits (including an indoor butterfly garden), and the National Toy Hall of Fame and World Video Game Hall of Fame. Website: http://www.museumofplay.org/

Morton’s Steakhouse – Morton’s The Steakhouse is conveniently located in Downtown Rochester at the Hyatt Regency Rochester. Website: www.mortons.com/rochester


Honor Choir Information

ACDA Eastern Region has decided to reopen the Elementary Honor Choir applications for Rochester 2020. Application materials will be available August 1 and remain open until September 18, 2019.  The choir is for students grades 4-6 and will be conducted by Henry Leck.

All singers must be sponsored by an active (or retired) ACDA member.

More information…