The Voices From the District articles, authored by Michael Jeffrey (Southeast) and Tim Cayler (Central), both address this issue’s theme of restoring wellness within your program / community. The Star Program for our Winter Issue highlights the work of Michael D. Skaar and the program at Falcon Ridge Middle School in Apple Valley, Minnesota. The Student Chapter Forum shares updates from the student ACDA chapter at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota.

The Legacy article, authored by Amy Jo Cherner, provides inspiration as we learn about the life and career of Judy Sagen. The Home Sweet Home article, authored by Richard Carrick, interviews Michael Culloton who is serving as the Director of Choral Activities at his alma mater, Concordia College, in Moorhead, Minnesota. The Commissioning Corner article, authored by Dennis Friesen-Carper, explores in depth the commissioning process of three different Minnesota composers.

Stay up to date with our Executive Director’s informative Inside ACDA and FMC Endowment Fund articles. Looking for some repertoire ideas? Don’t forget to read the latest Pick Six articles authored by our repertoire & resources chairs. The ACE Inspirations articles, the 5 Words or Less, and Scholarship Sketches articles are here for your reading pleasure and added inspiration.

On behalf of the Star of the North Editorial Team, we thank you for your readership. May you be encouraged to continue the critical and incredible work of restoring wellness within your program / community.

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