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VT ACDA / VMEA annual conference

We are thrilled to be co-sponsoring this year’s VMEA Conference. The VT-ACDA is working along side the Vermont Music Educators Association to provide our joint membership with many opportunities to learn and grow as conductors, educators, and students of music.

This year’s conference will be taking place on Friday, October 6th at Castleton University.
Registration will be available soon on the VMEA Webpage and questions can be directed to Conference Coordinator, Christy Papandrea at:

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Gather at the River 2017

Gather at the RiverThanks to all who helped present and all who attended our third biennial choral conference, Gather at the River, June 22-23 at Castleton this year!

Dr. Christopher Kiver, director of choral activities at Penn State University was our keynote speaker and led the all-conference choir in selections from Brahms’s Liebeslieder Waltzes.  This affordable, jam-packed conference included reading and interest sessions, opportunities to sing in smaller ensembles, presentations by area vocal ensembles, an opening evening reception, and a closing concert. See details at Gather at the River 2017.

Looking back on 2016 and early 2017…

Our annual children’s choir festival took place on May 6 at First Baptist Church, Burlington, with singers filling the front the church for performance that afternoon!
More than 55 singers traveled over icy roads for the fifth annual Great Day of Singing, this year at the Waterbury Congregational Church on Saturday, March 25, 2017… an opportunity to explore choral selections of varying styles, with conductors Arthur Zorn, Alan Rowe, Lori Routhier and Eddie Wilkin, and for tips on vocal technique with UVM voice faculty Sarah Cullins, and accompanied by Mary Jane Austin. For details, see our Great Day of Singing 2017 post.
Our annual high school choir festival took place on December 9th, 2016, in downtown Burlington (St. Joseph’s Cathedral, Allen Street).  David Otis Castonguay, guest conductor

Nearly 350 singers from 16 high schools across Vermont sang with their school a cappella ensembles, and combined selections concluded a wonderful evening of music: Hallelu! By Stephen Paulus, Trinklied by Schubert, and an amazing performance of Stars by Eriks Esenvald. Students participated from South Burlington, Burlington, Colchester, Essex, CVU, Mount Mansfield, Vergennes, Middlebury, Harwood, Rutland, Missisquoi, Hazen Union, North Country, St. Johnsbury Academy, Lyndon Academy, Mill River.

Thanks to all our Vermont ACDA members who presented at and attend the 2016 VMEA conference, including many choral music sessions sponsored by VT-ACDA, on October 9-10 in Killington!

We were thrilled by ACDA Keynote Speaker, Cristian Grasesthe University of Southern California, who presented sessions on: “Sing’n Move, Let’s Groove”; “The Music of Latin America”; “Latin American Rhythm in your Blood”

A year ago, in Spring 2016…

Children's Honors Choir 2015150 singers in grades 6-9 joined together on  April 29-30, 2016 for  VT ACDA Children’s Honors Choir festival and concert  with conductor Dawn Willis. Thanks to all the teachers and conductors who helped prepare students for this annual event. Burlington High School’s Vermont Voices, conducted by Billy Ray Poli, also sang at the Festival Concert at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday. 

Cailin Marcel MansonOn Saturday, April 9, 2016, we celebrated our 4th annual GREAT DAY OF SINGING, at Grace Congregational Church in Rutland. Music director Cailin Marcel Manson (The Putney School and Bennington County Community Chorus) offered wonderful insights into making great choral music and led us in music by Vaughan Williams, Bernstein, Moses Hogan, and Franz Schubert. See an overview and all the details.

ATTENTION COLLEGE STUDENTS: ACDA membership is within reach! Your state offers a reduced membership fee. Contact chapter president Kristin Cimonetti or past-president Jeff Buettner. Check out ACDA’s student membership page for more information!

Vermont Chapter of ACDA

The board of Vermont ACDA hopes that you will use this site as a resource for exciting and inspiring choral events in our state. Our leadership page provides contact information and describes the wealth of experience our board members bring to our state chapter. Please feel free to be in touch with any questions you have about working with choirs, finding great music for your ensemble, or sharing what’s happening with your ensemble! Find listings of scores, videos, and recommended repertoire on the Library/Resources page. Our colleagues share thoughts on “Why we belong to ACDA” on the About ACDA page; take a read, and, if you’re not a member, we hope you’ll join us soon!

* Repertoire Reflections *

From our “R&R” (repertoire & resources) board members, you can find useful and insightful articles that offer ideas on choral singing and repertoire.

Sherrill Blodget (Ethnic and Multicultural Perspectices): A foray into Cuban choral music in Havana.

Kristin Bamberger (Junior High/Middle School): a look at Somagwaza, 3-part South African ceremonial song, and The Arrow and the Song, text by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, music by Christopher Matthews.

Bethany Plissey (College & University): Composer in Focus: Ēriks Ešenvalds, Latvia.

Just click on *Repertoire & Resources* at the top of the page!

 updates provided by Jeff Rehbach, webmaster; Stephanie Weigand, Jeff Buettner