Youth and Student Activities


As the Chair for Student Activities for ACDA Eastern Region, one of my main goals is to connect chapters. The students at Ithaca College love to hear from other chapters. What are you doing? What works well? What are your best fundraisers?

How can the ACDA division serve you as students?

Most immediate – What would you like to see for students at the Eastern Division conference in 2020? Do you want to stay with the Master Class concept as we have for many conferences? Would you like to see a conducting competition as they have had at the National Conference? There are varied opinions, but I want to hear from students as well as professors. Is there a topic that you would like to see the conference address? Get those ideas to me as soon as possible. The planning for the next conference is already underway.

In coming weeks and months, I will be posting resources that I hope will be helpful to you.

Communication is key. Let me hear from you – again, this means student chapter advisors, professors, and students. Please send pictures of activities of your ACDA chapter in action.

Have a wonderful year and a successful membership drive for your student chapter.

About the Chairperson

Chairperson:  Janet Galvan

Dr. Janet Galván, Director of Choral Activities at Ithaca College, conducts the Ithaca College Choir and Women’s Chorale, and is Artistic Director for the Ithaca Children’s Choir. Her New York colleagues recognized Dr. Galván’s contribution to choral music when she received the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) New York Outstanding Choral Director Award. Dr. Galván was awarded the Ithaca College Faculty Excellence Award for teaching, scholarship, and service in the spring of 2018.


In demand as a guest conductor, Galván has conducted national, regional, and all-state choruses throughout the United States for the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), National Association for Music Educators (NAfME), Organization of American Kodàly Educators (OAKE), and has conducted ensembles of all ages, from adult professional choirs to children’s choirs. She has conducted choruses and orchestras in venues such as Carnegie Hall, Washington’s Constitution Hall, Minneapolis’ Symphony Hall, Pittsburgh’s Heinz Hall, and Nashville’s Schermerhorn Symphony Center. She has conducted her own choral ensembles in Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, and Avery Fisher Hall as well as in Ireland, Italy, the Czech Republic, Austria, Canada, and Spain. Her ensembles have also appeared at national, regional, and state music conferences.  She has conducted the chamber orchestra Virtuosi Pragenses, the State Philharmonic of Bialystok, Poland, the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra, the Madrid Chamber Orchestra, and the New England Symphonic Ensemble in choral/orchestral performances. Galván was one of the first  national honor choir conductors for ACDA when she conducted the National Children’s Honor Choir in 1995, and was the conductor of the North American Children’s Choir which performed annually in Carnegie Hall from 1995-2007. She was also a guest conductor for the Mormon Tabernacle Choir in 2002.

Galván has been a guest conductor and clinician in the United Kingdom, Canada, Belgium, Austria, the Czech Republic, Greece, and Brazil, for national and regional choral and music education conferences, and at the World Symposium on Choral Music.  She was on the conducting faculty for the Carnegie Hall Choral Institute, the Transient Glory Symposium in February of 2012 and the Oberlin Conducting Institute in 2014.

Galván has two choral music series with Lorenz Publishing Company and is the author of chapters in two books, Teaching Music through Performance in Choir, Volume 2 and The School Choral Program: Philosophy, Planning, Organizing and Teaching. She was  the series advisor to Latin Accents, a series with Boosey & Hawkes. Her article on the changing voice was published in the International Federation of Choral Music Journal in August of 2007 and was reprinted in La Circulare del Secretariat de Corals Infantils de Catalunga.

Galván has been recognized as one of the country’s leading conducting teachers, and her students have received first place awards and have been finalists in both the graduate and undergraduate divisions of the American Choral Directors biennial National Choral Conducting Competition. In addition, she has been an artist in residence at many universities, leading masterclasses, working with the university choirs, and presenting sessions.


Dr. Galván was a member of the Grammy Award-winning Robert Shaw Festival Singers (Telarc Recordings). Galván is the founder and faculty advisor of the Ithaca College ACDA Student Chapter.  This chapter has won Outstanding Student Chapter at five national conventions of ACDA.  She is past president of NYACDA.