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ACDA Eastern Conference March 7-10, 2018!

We are so excited to be heading to Pittsburgh, PA this week for the biennial Eastern Division Conference. ACDA East Pittsburgh logoDivision President, Paul Head (from University of Delaware) has put together an incredible conference full of visiting choirs from around the world; renowned presenters with topics ranging from conducting technique to vocal science, from composition to yoga for choral ensembles; plus a variety of repertoire reading sessions.

Stay tuned throughout the week for updates on our Facebook and posts from VT-ACDA President, Stefanie Weigand.

We look forward to seeing our Vermont constituency at the conference this week and are always impressed by the representation we see at these events.

A special note: Vermont composer, Gwyneth Walker, will also be present at this week’s conference. Her piece, A Bridge of Peace,will have its world premiere by the Eastern Division’s Women Composers Honors Choir on Saturday, March 10th. 

A Celebration of the Life and Music of Robert De Cormier (1922-2017)

Robert De Cormier, who passed away in November, bequeathed an indelible legacy of music and engaged performance to Vermont, to the world of choral singing, and to all of humanity. On Sunday, January 7, 2018, at Grace Church in Rutland, the two local ensembles that Robert founded – the Vermont Symphony Orchestra Chorus and Counterpoint – joined with many other local choruses and musicians who worked with him closely for a stirring musical tribute. The stirring program included works that Robert composed, arranged, or simply loved. Robert’s wife Louise shared special memories.
Sunday, January 7, 2018, 3-5pm, Grace Congregational Church, 8 Court St, Rutland

Annual High School Madrigal Festival

More than 300 students from 15 high schools across Vermont gathered Madfest poster 2017in Burlington on Friday, December 8 for the annual Madrigal Festival at the First Congregational Church. Choirs from each school performed in the evening and all the singers combined for a selection of pieces conducted by Dr. Richard Nickerson, director of choral activities at Windham High School in Maine.  Click here for details.

VT ACDA / VMEA annual conference

We are thrilled to have co-sponsored this year’s VMEA Conference. The VT-ACDA worked 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.

The conference took place  Friday, October 6th at Castleton University.

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

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; Stefanie Weigand, Jeff Buettner