By Jamie Andrews
2022 STATE CONFERENCE
Sing On… Sing On…
The 2022 ACDA-MN State Conference will be held on Friday and Saturday, November 18-19 at St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church in Mahtomedi.
On Friday, November 18, Dr. Lynne Gackle will lead the Star of the North High School Choral Festival featuring four choirs, selected from competitive auditions, which include:
- Shakopee High School Concert Choir – Michael Kovic, conductor
- Apple Valley High School Valley Select Chorale – Joel Beyer & Reid Larsen, conductors
- Sartell High School Concert Choir – Brandon Nordhues & Joanna Richards, conductors
- St. Michael-Albertville High School Concert Choir – Joseph Osowski, conductor
The combined high school ensembles will give a public performance at 7:30pm at St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church in Mahtomedi.
Friday and Saturday will see sixteen choirs were selected from within each of seven ACDA-MN geographic districts to appear on the conference program.
Friday’s performance block will include:
- Angelica Cantanti Concert Choir (Middle School) – Elizabeth Egger, conductor
- Stillwater High School Concert Choir – Angela Mitchell, conductor
- ComMUSICation (Middle School) – Carey Shunskis, conductor
- KNOWN (High School) – Courtland Pickens, conductor
- Urban Initiatives High School Choral Festival featuring VocalEssence Singers of this Age (VESOTA) – G. Phillip Shoultz, conductor (with) urban coalition of high school choirs and singers with Katherine Chan, clinician and guest conductor
The Saturday concert block will feature:
- Concordia College Vocal Jazz – Wyatt Steinke, conductor
- One Voice Mixed Chorus – Jane Ramseyer Miller, conductor
- East Central Minnesota Chorale – Charles Moe, conductor
- Prairie Arts Chorale – Brandon Hurley, conducto
- Choral Arts Ensemble – Rick Kvam, conducto
- Minnesota Valley Women’s Chorale – Judy Sagen, conductor
In addition, 20 interest sessions targeting all age levels of singers/conductors will be scheduled throughout the two-day event.
Registration for the State Conference can be accessed at:
FMC 151st ANNIVERSARY CONCERTS
Following the State Conference, plan to attend the F. Melius Christiansen 151st Anniversary Concerts on Sunday, November 20, 2022. There will be two opportunities to hear:
The Augsburg Choir – Kristina Boerger, conductor
The Concordia Choir – Michael Culloton, conductor
Christus Chorus of Concordia University – David Mennicke, conductor
The Gustavus Choir – Brandon Dean, conductor
National Lutheran Choir – David Cherwien, conductor
The St. Olaf Choir – Anton Armstrong, conductor
Proceeds from this benefit concert will assist ACDA-MN as it develops and supports new and ongoing diversity initiatives programming.
Sunday, November 20, 2:00 & 6:30 pm
Orchestra Hall, Minneapolis
For tickets – www.minnesotaorchestra.org/FMC151
STATE HONOR CHOIRS
Inspiring New Generations For Excellence…
We are excited to announce the dates for our state honor choir program for 2022-2023:
- State 9-10 Honor Choirs: Saturday, February 11, 2023 (University of Minnesota School of Music, Minneapolis)
- State 4-5-6 Honor Choirs: Saturday, April 29, 2023 (St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church, Mahtomedi)
- State 7-8 Honor Choirs: Saturday, May 6, 2023 (St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church, Mahtomedi)
For detailed information on how to audition students for the ACDA-MN Honor Choir program go to: MNHonorChoirs.org
Student participation in the ACDA-MN honor choir program is a direct benefit of current membership in ACDA.
STATE 7-8 TTB & SSA HONOR CHOIR
Saturday, May 6, 2023
Rehearsals: Mahtomedi High School
Performance: St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church • Mahtomedi
Friday, February 17 – Auditions Due
Tuesday, February 28 – Director Notification
Friday, March 10 – Scholarship Applications Due
Wednesday, March 29 – Registration/Payments Due
STATE 9-10 TBB & SSAA & SATB HONOR CHOIR
Saturday, February 11, 2023
Rehearsals: University of Minnesota School of Music • Minneapolis
Performance: Ted Mann Concert Hall • Minneapolis
Friday, October 28 – Auditions Due
Tuesday, November 8 – Director Notification
Friday, November 18 – Scholarship Applications Due
Wednesday, December 7 – Registration/Payments Due
STATE 4-5-6 BOYS’ & GIRLS’ HONOR CHOIR
Saturday, April 29, 2023
Rehearsals and Performance: St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church • Mahtomedi
Friday, February 3 – Auditions Due
Tuesday, February 14 – Director Notification
Friday, February 24 – Scholarship Applications Due
Wednesday, March 15 – Registration/Payments Due
Audition fees for 2022-23 remain at $16.00 per student, and registration fees for selected students at $129.
Audition and registration fees cover these annual costs: online audition site costs, guest conductor artistic fees and travel expenses, accompanist, instrumentalists, on-site medical staff, rental of performance and rehearsal facilities, liability insurance premiums, food, T-shirt, downloadable audio recording of the concert, and ACDA-MN administrative staff support services.
We want to acknowledge the new and returning Honor Choir Co-Chairs for this school year. They play a key part in the success of this program.
ACDA-MN WEBSITE MEMBER PROFILE
Keep in touch with colleagues by creating or updating your Member Profile on the ACDA-MN website. The Members Directory allows you to share contact information, areas of activity, and type of voices you direct, among other parts of your biography, with other ACDA-MN members. Member Profile information is searchable in the Members Directory.
To access the Member Directory, log in https://acda-mn.com/login/, you will find the Members Directory under the “About” drop down menu.
Don’t have a current Username & Password? Create a Member Profile on the ACDA-MN website at: acda-mn.com/register/
ACDA NATIONAL PROFILE
Remember to keep your ACDA National membership profile updated on the ACDA National Website. ACDA-MN leadership team utilizes the national database to send important information to all our ACDA-MN Members. We update our membership from the National site on a monthly basis.
ACDA-MN will honor the following individuals for their outstanding contributions to our choral music community at a Saturday, November 19 luncheon during the annual State Conference weekend:
Creative Programming Award
co-sponsored by VocalEssence
Emerging Choral Director Award
Minnesota Choral Director of the Year Award
Minnesota Choral Director of the Year Award
VOLUNTEER WITH ACDA-MN
If you are interested in offering your time to volunteer with any ACDA-MN event or activity, please contact Executive Director Jamie Andrews at: email@example.com. We are seeking volunteer leadership positions with State Honor Choirs, State Conference, Summer Dialogue, Interest Session presentations, and future leadership with our Repertoire and Resource (R&R) positions, along with our State Board of Directors.
TELLING OUR STORY
We are looking for examples of the impact of your work. Everyday ACDA members do extraordinary work in the rehearsal room and on the performance stage. Participating in your ensembles creates a positive change in the lives of your signers. Let’s tell that story!
The examples can be in the form of: short-written testimonials, pictures, or videos. It could be a recording of your ensemble accomplishing a particularly tricky passage from a piece of music, a note from an older adult expressing gratitude for the opportunity to sing in person again, or a picture of a student who recruits his friends to join choir because it’s just so awesome. The impact of your work shows up in many ways.
We plan to use these stories on social media and all of our other communications channels throughout the year.
ACDA’s mission is “to inspire and support a community of choral musicians.” Let’s share stories of our mission in action!
Please contact me if you have any questions.
Send submission to – firstname.lastname@example.org.