by Bruce Becker
After several months of discernment seeking responses from multiple levels of ACDA-MN leadership related to the future of our current Honor Choir season, it is apparent that the continuing Covid-related disruption and uncertainty related to the remaining academic year is having a profound impact upon our Honor Choir program.
In addition, it is likely that the audition time frame set to begin in January and conclude in mid-February, could still land within the distance learning modes of many school districts this winter, making it extremely difficult for teachers to recruit and support students in the on-line audition process. All potential levels of in-person and virtual honor choir experiences were thoroughly studied and ultimately rejected.
Dates have now been selected for the 2021-22 Honor Choir season as follows:
7-8: November 20, 2021 (State Conference weekend) with guest conductors
Lin Warren (CTB) and Shelly Schaeufele (SSA)
9-10: February 17, 2022 (MMEA Mid-Winter Clinic) with guest conductors
Greg Douma (TBB), G. Phillip Shoultz (SSAA), and Kyle Fleming (SATB)
4-5-6: April 23, 2022 with guest conductors
To be determined (Boys’) and Karen Howard (Girls’)
7-8: May 7, 2022 (alternate spring date if needed)
9-10: May 14, 2022 (alternate spring date if needed)
We thank our ACDA-MN leadership teams for their careful consideration, and our ACDA-MN membership as you support these challenging decisions.
FMC 135th Anniversary Concert
Due to the impact of the COVID-19 virus affecting our participating choirs and potential audience support throughout the 2020-21 academic year and beyond, the FMC 150th Anniversary Concerts have been rescheduled for November 20, 2022 at 2:00 pm and 6:30 pm.
The highly anticipated event will feature six distinguished Minnesota choirs celebrating the 151st birth anniversary of F. Melius Christiansen, the father of a cappella choral singing in America and founder of the St. Olaf Choir. In addition, these choirs will perform the world premiere of a new piece commissioned for this event: a collaboration by noted Minnesota composer René Clausen, former conductor of The Concordia Choir-Moorhead, with lyrics provided by Brian Newhouse, former program director of Classical Minnesota Public Radio.
All proceeds from the event will be used to ensure the vitality of choral music in Minnesota by providing financial support to promising Minnesota choral directors and their students wishing to further their professional training and experience, and to support the ongoing state-wide programming for ACDA of Minnesota. Tickets will go on sale at Orchestra Hall in September, 2022.
ACDA-MN is thrilled to welcome Hannah Steuer, a vocal music education major at Macalester College, as our new Social Media Editor. As part of her volunteer duties, Hannah will supervise and manage both ACDA-MN Facebook accounts and offer insight as we seek to expand our social media presence among our membership. Welcome Hannah!
ACDA-MN members who have agreed to place their names in nomination for the following leadership positions are as follows with state-wide balloting to be scheduled March 2-9.
Woodbury High School
Duluth East High School
Amy Jo Cherner
Eagan High School
Mounds Park Academy
Minnesota State University-Moohead
Minnesota State Community and Technical College
In addition, ACDA-MN membership will be asked to approve of several updates to the ACDA-MN Constitution and Bylaws.
Complete candidate bios and statements of leadership intention will be published via The Weekly Pulse in the weeks leading up to the balloting time frame.
Plans are now being made to develop an in-person program for the annual ACDA-MN Summer Dialogue, August 3-6, located at St. John’s University in Collegeville MN. The Summer Dialogue planning team led by ACDA-MN State President Diane Heaney, is keeping a close eye on current and projected future mitigation strategies related to the pandemic outbreak and will be prepared to pivot as needed.
Scholarships awarded by the FMC Endowment Fund Scholarship Sub-Committee are available with these application deadlines:
Graduate Study: April 1 deadline
Alice T. Larsen Memorial Scholarship Award: April 1 deadline
Summer Dialogue: May 15 deadline
Summer Dialogue Student Conductor Workshop: March 15 deadline
Kathy Saltzman Romey
On Friday-Saturday, November 19-20, ACDA-MN members will gather for the annual State Conference located at St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church in Mahtomedi. Along with performances from 10 choirs and over 20 interest sessions representing all teaching levels, two special festival concerts on Friday evening and Saturday afternoon will honor four Minnesota choral luminaries who have guided our choral community into worldwide recognition for their exemplary contributions. Among those who will be honored for their stellar legacies are:
March 17-20 are the dates that have been programmed for the first ever virtual ACDA National Conference. “Celebrating Diversity in Music” is the theme of the event with some of these headlining performances and clinicians:
Eric Whitacre, Anton Armstrong, Alice Parker, Francisco Nunez, Allen Hightower, Zebulon Highben, Rollo Dillworth, Jefferson Johnson, Kirby Shaw, Charles Anthony Silvestri, Hilary Apfelstadt, Stacy V. Gibbs, Rosephayne Powell, Joan Szymko, Simon Halsey
On-Line Registration is available at: acda.org
As part of the new member campaign launched by the ACDA national office this past fall, Minnesota was able to recruit and offer a complimentary one-year membership to these 20 Minnesota directors:
The following members were recruited by Executive Director Bruce Becker:
If you are interested in nominating any other colleagues for membership in ACDA, please contact Executive Director Bruce Becker at: firstname.lastname@example.org