Summary of the 2018 ACDA Central & North Central Conference Schedule

The 2018 conference team has created a summary of the 2018 ACDA Central and North Central Conference schedule to help in your planning. If you need to print this summary please click on the link at the end of this article. We are moving away from hard-copy conference books and will be using the same electronic conference app that was used at the 2017 ACDA national conference.  A printed schedule summary will be included in registration packets for those who prefer a hard copy schedule.

Registration, exhibits, interest sessions and reading sessions will be located in the Fairmont Hotel. All concerts are in the Harris Theater. The Choral Evensong will be at the historic St. James Episcopal Cathedral in downtown Chicago (less than 1 mile from the Fairmont). The honor choir rehearsals and the Collegiate Repertoire Choir will take place at the Swissotel.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018
5:00 pm Registration Opens
7:30  Opening Reception (Harris Theater Lobby)
8:30  Opening Concert: Chicago a cappella

Thursday, February 15
8:00 am Registration Opens
8:30  Interest Sessions

  • Beyond the Benefit Concert: Activism through Community Collaboration
  • Phoning It In: Using Technology for Effective Assessment
  • Making Musical Theatre Musical
  • Discovering Talent: Strategies to Recruit New Students into the School Choral Program

10:00 Concert Session

  • Providence Academy Chamber Choir
  • Ball State University Women’s Chorus
  • Capital University Chapel Choir

12:00 Reading Sessions: College and Lifelong Repertoire & Resources Areas

  • College and University
  • Community
  • Music in Worship

1:30 Concert Session

  • Madison Choral Project
  • Limited Edition (Port Washington High School)
  • Eastern Michigan University Choir

3:30 Interest Sessions

  • Game of Tones: Creative Ways to Explore Choral Sound
  • Gospel Music and the Concert Stage: Understanding Style and Stage Presence When Performing Gospel Music
  • Warming Up Your Adolescent Voices: A “How-To”
  • Vocal Jazz Improvisation for New Improvisers
  • Pre-Evensong Conversation

4:45 Choral Evensong with Bella Voce (St. James Episcopal Cathedral, Chicago)
5:30 Dinner Break
7:30 Conference Welcome
7:45 Concert Session: University of Michigan Men’s Glee Club
8:30 Headliner Concert: Santa Fe Desert Chorale

Friday, February 16
8:30 am Interest Sessions

  • Sing On, Chicago: Panel Discussion with Chicago Conductors and High School Administrators on Urban Choral Challenges
  • What Is My Larynx Doing? Developing Vocal Technique Awareness in Young Boys
  • Intonation and Language Skills in Chinese Choral Works
  • Good News from Haiti: The Choral Music of Emile Desamours and Sydney Guillaume

10:00 Concert Session

  • Iowa City West Singers
  • The St. John’s Boys’ Choir
  • Millikin University Choir

12:00 Poster Session
12:00 Reading Sessions: Youth Repertoire & Resources Areas

  • Children and Community Youth
  • Junior High/Middle School
  • Senior High School

12:00 Collegiate Repertoire Choir Session I (Swissotel Zurich Ballroom)
1:30 Concert Session

  • Michael-Albertville High School Concert Choir
  • Cantala (Lawrence University Women’s Choir)
  • Iowa State Singers

3:30 Interest Sessions

  • Enhancing the Choral Art through Dalcroze Eurhythmics
  • Uniting in Song through the Lens of Diversity
  • Contemporary Folk Chinese Choral Repertoire
  • The Engaging Choral Classroom: Capitalizing on Adolescents’ Enthusiasm in Middle School Ensembles
  • ICEP: Visiting International Conductors Meet and Greet

3:30  Collegiate Repertoire Choir Session II (Swissotel Zurich Ballroom)
4:30  Dinner Break
7:30  Weston H. Noble & Stace N. Stegman Award Presentations
8:00  Special Event: Chicago High School Honors Chorus, Stacey Gibbs, composer & conductor
8:20  State of ACDA Presentation: Tim Sharp, ACDA Executive Director
8:30  Headliner Concert: Shenzhen Golden Bell Youth Choir from China

Saturday, February 17
9:00   Concert Session

  • Columbus International Children’s Choir
  • Audivi
  • Miami University Men’s Glee Club

10:30  Interest & Reading Sessions

  • Central/North Central Division Composers Reading Session I: Easy to Medium
  • Composition in the Choral Music Classroom: Lessons from a Composer-in-Residence Songwriting Workshop for Elementary Choristers
  • Knowing the Score: Where Pedagogy Becomes Classroom Management
  • When Your Choir Is Too Tired to Phonate and You Need to Rehearse

11:30  Reading Sessions: Repertoire Specific R & R Areas

  • Central & North Central Division Composers Reading Session II: Difficult to Advanced
  • Ethnic
  • Vocal Jazz/Contemporary Commercial

12:30 Reading Sessions: Repertoire Specific R & R Areas

  • Men’s Chorus
  • Women’s Chorus

1:30  Honor Choir Concert Session I

  • Elementary Honor Choir
  • High School Honor Choir

3:00  Honor Choir Concert Session II

  • Mid-Level Changed & Changing Voice Honor Choir
  • Mid-Level Treble Voice Honor Choir

2018 ACDA Conference Schedule

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