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Our annual high school choir festival just occurred 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.  If you wish to order a recording, do so quickly: 

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”

Looking ahead to 2017 National Conference in Minneapolis, March 8-11…

Early Registration runs from October 1, 2016 – February 1, 2017.
Attendee – $329; Retired – $296; Student – $199

Gather at the River 2017

Plans are underway for 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 will be our keynote speaker and lead the all-conference choir in selections from Brahms’s Liebeslider Waltzes.  This affordable, jam-packed conference includes reading and interest sessions, opportunities to sing in smaller ensembles, presentations by area choirs, an opening evening reception, and a closing concert. If you’d like to present an interest session, please let us know!  See details at Gather at the River 2017.


This past spring, on  April 29-30, 2016…

Children's Honors Choir 2015150 singers in grades 6-9 joined together for  VT ACDA 2016 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, this year at First Baptist Church in Burlington. Burlington High School’s Vermont Voices, conducted by Billy Ray Poli, also sang at the Festival Concert at 1:00 p.m. on SaturdayContact Jenny Cianciola  <jwcianciola @> for details.

On Saturday, April 9, 2016, we celebrated our 4th annual GREAT DAY OF SINGING, at Grace Congregational Church in Rutland, 9:30am-3:00 pm. Cailin Marcel MansonMusic director Cailin Marcel Manson (The Putney School and Bennington County Community Chorus) offered wonderful insights into making great choral music and lead us in music by Vaughan Williams, Bernstein, Moses Hogan, and Franz Schubert. See an overview and all the details.

We’re glad to have seen colleagues at the ACDA East 2016 Boston ACDA Eastern Division 2016 conference.
And we’re super proud of our students
who sang in the honors choirs!

Thanks to all who made our annual high school madrigal festival this past December a glowing success, with Glory Reinstein leading the combined choirs.

Take a look at our Vermont ACDA Facebook page to watch the closing number with students and audience singing together!

And thanks all who made our VMEA Fall 2015 conference with plenty of sessions of interest to choral teachers and directors at Killington on Oct.11-12 a success!

The VMEA expanded its conference to all session offerings (choral, instrumental, general, technology) on Sunday afternoon and all day Monday. Jenny Cianciola served as co-choral chair and ACDA Liaison along with Kristin Cimonetti. We had a great line up including Greg Jasperse for the choral headliner. We were glad to see many of our colleagues at the conference!

THANK YOU for a successful GATHER AT THE RIVER 2015!

June 26-27, 2015 choral enthusiasts, Gather at the Riversingers and conductors gathered for a conference that featured keynote/guest conductor Joe Miller, of Westminster Choir College.

Please see our “Gather at the River” page for information about workshops, interest sessions, session presenters, and performances.

ATTENTION STUDENTS: ACDA membership is within reach! Your state offers a reduced membership fee. Contact chapter president Kristin Cimonetti or past-president Jeff Buettner, or click here to find application materials for new members on the ACDA website. For more information on the benefits of student membership, click here.


Vermont ACDA offers a $500.00 scholarship to a high school senior who is pursuing a career in vocal music. The scholarship is awarded at the All State Music Festival in May.
Read the details and download the application form here!
Applications are due in April each year.

Welcome to the Vermont Chapter of ACDA.

The board of Vermont ACDA hopes that you will use this page 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. Frank Whitcomb shares his 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 insightful 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!

updated December 2016. Jeff Rehbach, webmaster; Stephanie Weigand, President Elect; Jeff Buettner, Past-President.