I hope to see you in Salt Lake this week--and don't forget to stop by the Eastern Division Reception! Here are the details:
Join all your friends from the Eastern Division for free food and
an open bar. Can't wait to see you there!
February brings more wonderful resources and reflections from your leadership in the Eastern Division.
This month we have two engaging guest mini-columns from Amelia Nagoski (Research Initiatives) and Alice Cavanaugh (Two-Year College R&S)--be sure to check them both out. In addition, our Leadership Links are chock-full of interesting web-content as always.
Finally, if you're interested in contributing to our 2016 Eastern Division Conference in Boston next February, I've once again included information on Interest Session Proposals and Auditioned Choir Applications--these opportunities are not to be missed, and the deadlines arrive this spring!
As always, we're listening, and we're here to serve.
David Fryling, DMA
ACDA Eastern Division President
I want to talk about the value of research. I'll be writing a few
entries about it in preparation for the next ACDA Eastern Conference,
where I hope to help promote research and scholarship among choral
The word academic can have negative connotations: it refers to things not immediately applicable to practical implementation; things that are theoretical or semantic, that only only describe behavior--or, if they have influence, it is indirect. In my experience, this connotation is only true to the extent that you believe it is true. With judicious application of imagination (more important than knowledge, according to the Albert Einstein poster in my office), research becomes one of most powerful tools for improving real-world results.
At its essence, research consists of finding out what other people have already thought of and tried, imagining something new, and/or combining disparate things into something new. Then you try it, and report on what works... Read the rest
-Dr. Amelia Nagoski
Research Initiatives Chair
The two-year college choir perpetually suffers from an identity
crisis. We are college/university choirs with very real and
challenging differences from our four-year counterparts. Searching for
inspiration and resources for two-year college choirs often leads to
dead ends when these differences rear their ugly heads. We each have
formulated our own techniques for dealing with those challenges:
persistent high turnover rates, repertoire dilemmas, unbalanced skill
levels, and budget restrictions. Consequently, each of us is a
resource for two-year college choirs.
We have success stories to share. At the 2013 ACDA convention in Dallas, I had the pleasure to meet Dr. Carolina Flores, then president of the ACDA Connecticut Chapter and a two-year college choir director. We had the opportunity to share ideas, repertoire, and to discuss the strengths and weaknesses within our programs. In addition to learning from each other, we took our collaboration a step further and brought our choirs together, across state lines, for a joint concert. This was invigorating for the students and demonstrated that we are not alone in facing the unique challenges of directing community college choirs.
As we approach the 2015 ACDA convention in Utah, I encourage you to attend so that we can form a superb resource - the knowledge and expertise of two-year college choir directors from across the Eastern Division and across the nation.
Two-Year College R&S Chair
Organized in association with the International Federation for Choral Music's Conductors Without Border Network, the American Choral Directors Association International Conductors Exchange Program, and the Yale International Choral Festival, this symposium will explore the ways in which people throughout the world are using choral music to create positive social change, promote mental well-being, and foster community. Presenters include:
We are pleased to offer free registration to all current ACDA student
chapter members! Visit our registration page and simply select
registrant type "Choirs Transforming Lives, June 16 (ACDA student
registration)" under the dropdown menu. Your access code is "ACDA,"
and you will be asked for your ACDA membership number on a subsequent
For more information about the Symposium and our distinguished visiting choirs, please visit us online at www.yaleinternationalchoralfest.org.
It's not too early to start planning to join your Eastern Division colleagues in Boston, MA, February 10-13, 2016. Our theme for the conference is "Pushing Boundaries," and the committee is knee-deep in their planning for what is already sure to be an eye-opening three days of renewal and unbound inspiration.
Of course, the centerpiece of any ACDA conference is YOU, our members! Applications for performing ensembles and interest session presenters for the 2016 Eastern Division Conference in Boston, MA, are due this spring. Here are the timelines:
We look forward to hearing from all creative, boundary-pushing
leaders, conductors, and teachers throughout the Northeast!