Singing Through the Ages
Check your calendars now for the weekend of November 20 & 21, as ACDA-MN makes plans to produce the annual State Conference located at St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church in Mahtomedi.
Over twenty interest sessions targeting our membership, who direct choirs at the elementary, middle school, high school, college/university, church, community and professional levels, will be programmed.
Special Conference Festival Events are as follows:
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 20 – Singing Through the Ages: Lift Every Voice and Sing
A special Music and Worship Event featuring:
- Dr. Anton Armstrong, St. Olaf College – Artistic Director and Conductor
- Mark Hemmingway, Trinity Lutheran Church, Long Lake – Festival Coordinator
Music Ensembles Appearing:
- St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church Senior Choir, Mahtomedi – Jan Gilbertson, conductor
- Minnehaha Academy Singers, Minneapolis – Karen Lutgen, conductor
- The Bethel Choir from Bethel University, St. Paul – Dr. Merrin Gill, conductor
- Prince of Peace Lutheran Church Brass Choir – Dr. Joshua Becker, conductor
- Bill Chouinard, organist, St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church, Mahtomedi
A commissioned piece for SATB Church Choirs, organ and brass, is being written and will be conducted by Minnesota composer Ralph Johnson from Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, Edina.
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 21 – Our Story • Our Song
The Impact of Choral Singing Upon Our Special Needs Senior Communities
Featuring these invited ensembles and leaders:
- Music for Life – Jeannie Brindlee Barnett, conductor (sponsored by MacPhail Center for Music)
- Sage Singers – Joey Clark, conductor
- Vintage Voices – Rob Graham, conductor (sponsored by VocalEssence)
- Voices of Experience – Jerry Rubino, conductor (sponsored by Minnesota Chorale)
- Voices of Impact – Bruce Phelps, conductor
Conference Chair and ACDA-MN President-Elect Stephanie Trump has endorsed a way to involve choirs representing all seven districts of the state. This past winter, each District Chair was given the charge to personally invite choirs to appear on the conference performance schedule. The result will again be a fascinating celebration of a diverse group of conductors who have inspired their students to excellence in performance from all geographic corners of the state.
While the Friday performance schedule will be filled with district geographic choirs, the Saturday morning concert schedule will be filled with auditioned choirs submitting online auditions via Opus Events. Auditions are due June 1, with notification by July 1.
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