September 30, 2012
The Vermont ACDA announces plans for the fourteenth annual Vermont ACDA Children’s/Middle School Honor Choir Festival to be held May 3rd and 4th, 2013 at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Rutland, VT. Our conductor this year is Chris Clark, a teacher and director from the Southern Berkshire Regional School District in Sheffield, MA. More information on our conductor is at the bottom of this invitation.
Members of VT – ACDA are invited to audition up to fifteen of their students to participate. These students should be in grades six, seven, eight, or nine for the 2012-2013 school year and have an unchanged voice. They must be members of their school choir, community children’s choir, or church choir. The singers you choose should be willing to be music ambassadors for excellence. We are encouraging directors to send both boys and girls. (We are hoping for about half and half.)
Again, this year, non – ACDA choral directors in Vermont are encouraged to submit up to eight members of their school or church choirs. There is a one – time $30 non-member fee to participate.
Students will be selected by teacher recommendation. Please follow the application instructions carefully and do not miss the deadline of February 16, 2013. Failure to adhere to deadlines may result in your students not being allowed to participate in the 2013 VT ACDA Children’s Honor Choir. Be certain that your singers and their parents have fully read, understand and sign the statement of obligation. You should return a copy of the application to the parent for their future information. Teachers will be notified of student’s participation by February 23, 2013. A $40.00 participation fee will be due on or before April 15, 2013. Checks should be made out to VT ACDA. Food expenses are separate, and will be paid when checking in on Friday.
We are excited about this upcoming event! Remember to return the application form by February 16th to Susan Cherry, 49 Frost Ave. St. Johnsbury, VT 05819. You may also call (802) 748-2538 if you have any questions.
Children’s and Middle School Choir R&S Chair
ABOUT THE CONDUCTOR
Christopher L. Clark received his Bachelor of Music Education degree from Cleveland State University and his Masters of Music Education and Masters of Choral Conducting from Bowling Green State University in Ohio. He conducts choruses in grades 3-8 as well as a High School Madrigal Ensemble, Men’s Quartet, and Women’s Ensemble for the Southern Berkshire Regional school District in Sheffield, MA. He has conducted for the George Mason University Voices United Conference, the Choraliers, a community chorus, and various choirs as a Graduate Assistant at Bowling Green State University. He also spent several years conducting church choirs and school choirs in Ohio. Mr. Clark participated in the Oregon Bach Festival in 2010 with Helmuth Rilling and Craig Hella Johnson, and participates regularly in ACDA events. He has performed as a Baritone in various recitals and operatic works. We are pleased that Mr. Clark will be our guest conductor at this year’s VT Children’s and Middle School Honor Choir Festival.