I am thrilled to begin my term as president of Delaware ACDA. My predecessor, David Lockart, along with the previous year’s board, did an incredible job strengthening our festivals, workshops, and other offerings. We are pleased to announce this year’s list of events. Each has been specifically designed to help you, our directors, hone your craft, and to provide your students with a valuable and worthwhile singing experience. Here is a brief snapshot of what we have in store:
Festival for Women’s Voices, led by Dr. Duane Cottrell from the University of Delaware
January 25, 2018
Men Only Aloud, led by Philip Doucette of the Wilmington Children’s Chorus
March 2nd and 3rd, 2018
Children’s Honor Choir, led by Sophia Papoulis, director of the Foundation for Small Voices in Boston, MA
March 28, 2018
Delaware Choral Festival, coordinated by Sara Gaines and Margaret Anne Butterfield
May 20, 2018
Church Choir Festival, featuring multiple church music programs from across the state of Delaware
June 21st and 22nd, 2018
Summer Workshop At the Beach!, featuring Dr. Amanda Quist from Westminster Choir College
A complete listing of our events, along with concert listings, articles, and job postings is available at our website: http://www.deacda.org/. And for those interested in registering for the ACDA Regional Conference March 7-11 in Pittsburgh, registration is now open! For more information, and to register, please visit www.acda.org.
I would also like to take this opportunity to introduce our four newly appointed Repertoire and Resource Chairs:
Lifelong (community and church) - Joanne Ward
Youth (children’s, M.S. and H.S.) - Kelly Busovsky
College and University - Duane Cottrell
Rep Specific (Men’s, Women’s, Jazz, and a cappella) - Kathleen Shannon
These dedicated board members are here to help you get connected within your area of specialty and interest. If you have ideas to share, or questions to ask, please do not hesitate to reach out to them directly.
It is my distinct honor to serve you, our directors and choral leaders in Delaware. I am so proud of the work our board does to provide meaningful and enriching choral music experiences to your students and our membership family. I look forward to seeing you at one or more of our upcoming events!
President, Delaware ACDA