Welcome to the latest edition of the Star of the North, where we explore and celebrate the varied dimensions of success within our community. This issue is packed with inspiring stories, updates, and insights that showcase our collective efforts.

Inside ACDA

The “Inside ACDA” article provides an update on the latest developments within our organization, including upcoming events, organizational changes, and opportunities for member involvement. Discover what’s new and how you can get more involved in shaping the future of ACDA-MN.

Guest Feature

Dr. Jennifer Rodgers, Assistant Director of Choral Activities at Iowa State University, wrote an article that explores the impact of non-musical elements on the success of choral programs. It challenges the traditional focus on musical excellence as the sole marker of success and advocates for a broader definition that includes community engagement, innovation, and diversity. Rodgers shares experiences from Iowa State University where changes in the choral programs, particularly focusing on identity and community within the choirs, led to significant improvements in musical outcomes.

ACE Inspiration Awards

Our ACE Inspiration Awards article celebrates the achievements of remarkable individuals who have made significant contributions to the arts and community engagement. This issue highlights Brandon VanWaeyenberghe, Marlene Wahlin, and Jayne Rothchild.

Star Program Spotlight

The Star Program Spotlight focuses on our flagship community programs that have achieved notable success. This issue features Dr. Tim Sawyer and the Two Rivers Chorale, who are celebrating their 25th anniversary.

Pick Six

In our “Pick Six” section, explore a curated selection of TTBB and Jr. High School/Middle School choral music that will inspire your future programming.

Scholarship Sketches

In our Scholarship Sketches section, we delve into the stories of individuals who have been helped through our scholarship programs. Learn about the impact of these scholarships on aspiring leaders and change-makers in our community, and see how access to education is paving the way for a brighter future.

FMC Endowment Update

Since 1997, the FMC Endowment Fund has awarded more than $360,000 in scholarships. Get the latest updates on the FMC Endowment Fund in this informative article.

Voices from the District

“Voices from the District” features insights from district chairs Amy Jo Cherner, Bryan Fisher, and Kerry Johnson. Each shares unique perspectives on community engagement and program success in their respective areas, offering inspiration and ideas for other districts.

This issue is designed not just to inform but also to inspire. As you read through these articles, we hope you feel a renewed sense of purpose and pride in what we can achieve together. From everyone at the Star of the North, we wish you well as we wrap up another season of growth, learning, and success in our community!

Richard Carrick
Managing Editor
Star of the North

About Richard Carrick

Richard Carrick is a conductor, clinician, singer, and educator. He is the Director of Choral Activities at The College of St. Scholastica, conductor of Borealis Chamber Artists, and Director of Music at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary in Duluth, MN. Additionally, he serves as the Managing Editor of Star of the North, the official publication of the American Choral Directors Association of Minnesota. Richard holds a DMA in Choral Conducting from the University of Washington where he studied with Geoffrey Boers and Giselle Wyers. When not making music, Richard can be found on a trail somewhere in the woods, on the golf course, or spending time with his wife and children.