Sing Together as One. MACDA Festival February 16 - 19 2022 Chicago.

Midwestern Region ACDA Conference Schedule, February 16-19, 2022

The schedule is subject to change. Specific information is available on the ACDA app – click on EVENTS and then select the Midwestern Region Conference. The app has the most current information. Register NOW!


All concerts are held in the Harris Theater for Music and Dance, 205 East Randolph Street.

Wednesday, February 16, 2022

Conference Opening Concert – 8:00 pm

Bach Institute Choir of Valparaiso University, under the direction of Christopher Cock

Thursday, February 17, 2022

Concert Session I – 10:00 am

  1. Urbandale High School Singers, Director Theodor Brimeyer
  2. Ball State University Women’s Chorus, Director Kerry Glann
  3. The Wartburg Choir, Conductor Lee Nelson

Concert Session II – 1:30 pm

  1. Schola Cantorum, Director Tom Trenney
  2. Cedar Falls High School Concert Choir, Director Eliott Kranz
  3. Iowa State Singers, Director James Rodde

Headliner Choir Concert – 8:00 pm

  1. The Apollo Chorus, Director Stephen Alltop

Friday, February 18, 2022

Concert Session III – 9:00 am

  1. Waukee High School A Cappella Choir, Director Jeff Knutson
  2. Lawrence University Concert Choir, Conductor Steve Sieck

Concert Session IV – 1:00 pm

  1. Indiana University NOTUS, Conductor Dominick DiOrio (including 2021 ACDA Brock Commissioned Work)
  2. Kaneland High School Chamber Choir, Director David Kunstman
  3. Lawrence University Cantala, Conductor Philip Swan

Headliner Choir Concert – 7:45 pm

  1. Join Voices Chicago Choir, Conductor Marques L.A. Garrett
  2. New York Voices, led by Darmon Meader

Saturday, February 19, 2022

Concert Session V – 10:15 am

  1. Chicago Chamber Choir, Conductor Christopher Windle 
  2. Bowling Green State University Men’s Chorus, Conductor Richard Schnipke
  3. Luther College Nordic Choir, Conductor Andrew Last

ACDA Midwestern Region Honor Choirs Concert – 12:15 pm

  1. Mid-Level Treble Honor Choir
  2. Mid-Level Changed and Changing Voices Honor Choir
  3. High School SATB Honor Choir


All interest sessions are hosted at the Fairmont Hotel, 200 North Columbus Drive (specific room locations within the hotel may change)

Thursday, February 17, 2022

Interest Sessions – 8:30 am

  1. Digital Audio Workstations: The Next Great Frontier, David Hass, State
  2. Process, Poise, Presence – Tools from the Alexander Technique for Wellbeing in Music and Daily Life, Meagan Johnson, Gold
  3. Expanding the Choral Canon, Liza Calisesi Maidens, Crystal
  4. Singing Is Essential: Resilient Intercultural Pedagogies, Jacob Stensberg, Regent

Interest Sessions – 3:15 pm

  1. Honoring Trans and Gender Expansive Singers, Matthew Garrett & Joshua Palkki, Regent
  2. Recruitment Techniques to Rebuild Your Music Program, Dean Jilek, State
  3. Amplifying Women’s Voices: An Intersectional Approach to Equity in the Choral Ensemble, Alyssa Cossey, Crystal

Friday, February 18, 2022

Interest Sessions – 10:45 am

  1. Unlocking the Approach of Margaret Hillis, from Score Study to Rehearsal Planning, Cheryl Frazes Hill,State
  2. Your Singers Can Improvise (and You Can Teach Them), Sarin Williams, Regent
  3. A Rubric for Choral Relevance, Jennifer Rodgers, Crystal
  4. Beyond Words; Creative Text Exploration in the Choral Rehearsal, Margaret Winchell,  Gold

Interest Sessions – 3:15 pm

  1. Navigating Cultural Biases: The Difference Between Diversity and Inclusion, Hailey Feltis-Meyer & M. Nicole Davis, Regent
  2. Warming Up Your Adolescent Choirs – A “How-To” Guide – Dan Andersen, Crystal
  3. Our Dance: Gestural Creativity and Connection, Kimberly Dunn Adams, State
  4. Meet the New York Voices, Ambassador

Saturday, February 19, 2022

Interest Session – 9:15 am

  1. Isn’t Music a Universal Language? Conversations about Cultural Appropriation for the Hesitant, Steven Sieck, State
  2. Precision Is the Vision: Teaching Strategies to Improve Rhythm Performance Skills, Eric Wilkinson & Matt Taylor, Crystal
  3. Choral Tone Hacks – Using Techniques from the Private Studio to Create Distinct and Diverse Choral Timbres, Kimberly Dunn Adams & Rhea Olivaccé,  Gold 
  4. Maestras of Masterworks, Jami Lercher & Christopher McGinley, Regent

The COLLEGIATE REPERTOIRE CHORALE, under the direction of Joe Miller, will rehearse in the Hyatt Hotel Crystal Ballroom C on Thursday at 3:15 pm and Friday at 10:45 am.

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