Accepted Choirs

59 choirs from communities, colleges, universities, high schools, middle schools, youth organizations, and religious institutions applied for just thirteen individual concert sessions. The applications were adjudicated in two rounds with the first round completed online and the second round completed in person. For the first round, three adjudicators independently listened to and scored the three recordings provided by each applicant. Based on the results of the first-round scores, the top four to six scoring choirs from each category of choir (children’s chorus, middle school, high school, adult, community, worship, etc.) were forwarded on to the second round. The second round committee consisted of eight adjudicators, who listened to the recordings again and then made the difficult decision of selecting just 13 choirs for performance at the conference.”One of the ACDA East conference committee’s goals was to encourage more diversity among the performing ensembles. Both rounds of adjudication included an ACDA Diversity Initiative representative to ensure that the committee itself was made up of people with diverse backgrounds and musical experiences, thus bringing with them a wider variety of expectations and listening viewpoints. Identifying information about the choirs was kept hidden from all adjudicators until after the final 13 choirs had been chosen.” And here they are!
-Mike Driscoll
Performing Choirs Chair


Accepted Choirs

Accord Treble Choir
Liz Geisewite, director
New York, NY

Bridgewater-Raritan High School Symphonic Choir
Bridgewater-Raritan High School
John Wilson, director
Bridgewater, NJ

Central Bucks High School-West Women’s Choir
Central Bucks High School-West
Joseph Ohrt, director
Doylestown, PA

The Choir School of Delaware
Arreon Harley-Emerson,director
Wilmington, DE

The EO Smith Chamber Singers
Edwin O. Smith High School
Amanda Hanzlik, director
Storrs, CT

Handel and Haydn Society Concert Choir
Handel and Haydn Society
Jennifer Kane, director
Boston, MA

The Mansfieldians
Mansfield University
Sheryl Monkelien, director
Mansfield, PA

Poquessing Middle School Select Choir
Poquessing Middle School
Jason Leigh, director
Feasterville, PA

Rowan University Concert Choir
Rowan University
Christopher Thomas, director
Glassboro, NJ

Rutgers University Glee Club
Rutgers University
Patrick Gardner, director
New Brunswick, NJ

Rutgers University Voorhees Choir
Rutgers University
Brandon Williams, director
New Brunswick, NJ

Syracuse University Singers
Syracuse University
John Warren, director
Syracuse, NY

Young People’s Chorus of New York City
Elizabeth Núñez, director
New York, NY

Performance Venues


Auditioned choirs will perform in one of two venues: Downtown United Presbyterian Church (DUPC) or in the performance hall at the Hochstein School of Music and Dance (Hochstein).

Downtown United Presbyterian Church
  • Two levels of platform risers will be placed in a straight row in parallel with the top stair. The lectern, pulpit, and table that are visible in the pictures will all be removed for rehearsals and the performances.
  • Instruments:
    • Two (2) grand pianos are available.
    • The Fisk tracker organ can be used. A mirror system is available for the organist to see the conductor, but sight lines could be challenging. A closed-caption camera system is not available. A complete spec sheet for the Fisk organ is in the above drive. The organ specifications can be found in the folder linked above.
    • Rodgers electric organ model 538MD-27 is also available. The organ and speakers are self-contained and on a moveable platform that is on the pew level.
  • A balcony wraps around three sides of the sanctuary and is available for performers.

  • Seven sections of risers with Y steps will be set up in an arch formation.
  • Instruments: two (2) grand pianos are available.
  • A balcony wraps around three sides of the sanctuary and is available for performers.

For Additional Information

Please direct any questions or concerns to:

Michael Driscoll

Auditioned Choirs Chair, ACDA Eastern Region