ACDA Eastern Conference March 7-10, 2018!
We had a great time in Pittsburgh, PA during the biennial Eastern Division Conference. Division President, Paul Head (from University of Delaware) 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.
A special note: Vermont composer, Gwyneth Walker, was also present at this conference. Her piece, A Bridge of Peace,will had 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 in 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.
The 2018 Fall Music Conference will take place on Friday, 10/5 back at Castleton for one more year! Stay tuned for an announcement about the 2019 location!
Gather at the River 2017
Thanks 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.
ATTENTION COLLEGE STUDENTS: ACDA membership is within reach! Your state offers a reduced membership fee. Contact chapter president Stefanie Weigand or past-president Kristin Cimonetti. Check out ACDA’s student membership page for more information!