Photos from the DE ACDA Festival for Women's Voices, held on 11/9/17, can be found HERE
Dear Members of Delaware ACDA,
I am thrilled to begin my term as president of Delaware ACDA. My predecessor, David Lockart, along with the previous year’s board, did an incredible job strengthening our festivals, workshops, and other offerings. We are pleased to announce this year’s list of events. Each has been specifically designed to help you, our directors, hone your craft, and to provide your students with a valuable and worthwhile singing experience. Here is a brief snapshot of what we have in store:
Dear Delaware Choral Directors:
The Eastern Division Conference is coming up soon, and Conference Registration will open in October. Should you come? Let me tell you a little about what you can expect.
First, Delaware is integral in the development of this conference. UD’s Dr. Paul Head, the Eastern Division President, is also the “Conference Chair.” He has put together a team of about 35 choral musicians to organize every aspect of the conference. My role is “Program Chair,” which is effectively Dr. Head’s right hand in the process. We’ve spent about 2 years on this project, and are now heading into the final stretch.
by Kathleen Shannon
Do you need one more piece of quality music for your spring concerts? Why not consider something from the Great American Songbook. Let's be sure our singers have exposure to the wonderful catalog of songs heard on stage and screen during the first half of the 20th century. Much of this repertoire has all the accepted characteristics of art music, making it appropriate for inclusion in choral concert performances.
Join us on Saturday, December 10 for the 16th annual Spirit of Christmas from 9:30-5:30 in Old New Castle. Tour a historic home, shop our unique stores, enjoy our restaurants, sing carols and if you like, join us for an impromptu "Hallelujah Chorus" at 12:30 pm. A quick rehearsal will be held at 11:30 am on the Green behind the Court House. Bring your score or sing from memory! Church choirs, school choirs, and individual singers are all welcome, but don't tell "the audience." For more information, contact Kathleen Shannon at firstname.lastname@example.org.
by Joanne Ward
Over the course of my career, I have had multiple opportunities to conduct ensembles made up entirely of women’s voices. The sound and purity of women’s voices is something that always amazes me, whether it be emerging voices at the middle school level, a collegiate choir, or the maturity of a community choir. Certainly at the middle school level it is advantageous to separate singers by gender for rehearsal purposes, even when the ultimate goal is to come together at some point as an SAT or SATB ensemble. At the high school level, women’s choirs become an entity unto themselves, either as a training choir or conversely, an advanced ensemble. Colleges and universities have long seen the value and beauty of choral ensembles which specialize in the timber and quality of sound, specific only to a well blended group of female voices.
I don’t know about you, but one of my favorite summer time activities is planning repertoire for the coming year. It’s time to go through the files, the piles, the bookmark folders, the recordings, and pick the brains of my colleagues. I look forward to sitting on the porch with a glass of iced tea (or maybe some wine…) and pondering the best mix of music for my choirs.
The beginning of this activity always starts with collecting all the possibilities, and the Rehoboth Beach Choral Workshop is perfectly timed to add some new selections to my options. Hearing about great music that my fellow choral directors have discovered, shopping the Musical Source, and learning from fabulous guest clinicians (this year it’s Rollo Dilworth!) is a great way to get inspired and kick start the process.
by David Lockart
Dr. Paul Head is President Elect of the Eastern Division of ACDA, becoming President in July of 2016. His biggest duty as President is to organize the 2018 ACDA Eastern Division Conference and I have accepted his invitation to be the Conference Chair. Together, we will be forming a committee and going about the massive process of constructing a major northeast conference for choral musicians.
I attended the 2016 Boston Conference with a desire to answer this question: Why does one attend a conference and is it worth the expense? In Hartford 2008 and Philadelphia 2010 I was the Auditioned Choirs Chair and was busy hosting choirs selected to sing at the conference. You might remember Philadelphia, which enjoyed 20 inches of snow on the opening day of the conference! In Providence 2012 and Baltimore 2014 I was the Interest Session Chair busy hosting choral leaders as they passed along their knowledge and experience to attendees. At the National Conference in Dallas 2013 I was a site-manager for all of the choral performances, and in Salt Lake City 2015 I was the Assistant Interest Session Chair. As you can imagine, enjoying a regular conference attendee experience has been impossible. Though I presided at several events, this year in Boston I was able to attend concerts, interest sessions, rehearsals and masterclasses like a regular attendee.
Was it worth it? Resoundingly, Yes. Here's why...
Manhattan Transfer, the internationally acclaimed vocal quartet was in Wilmington on Saturday, January 16 at 8:00 pm. For over 40 years, this grammy-winning group has helped to put vocal jazz on the American popular music map, and they are STILL AWESOME!
Forty-five years from their ground zero, The Manhattan Transfer put on an amazing show last evening at the Wilmington Grand Opera House. The theatre was about 80% full, mostly grey heads who walked down memory lane as the quartet sang us through the decades of their hits. "Tuxedo Junction," "Duke of Dubuque," "Candy," "Route 66," "A-Tisket, A-Tasket," "Señor Blues," "Corner Pocket, "Ten Minutes Till The Savages Come," "Joy Spring," "Trickle, Trickle," "Hear The Voices," and the incomparable vocalese "Birdland" were some of the group numbers, delivered one right after the other with only a quick sip of water in between and maybe a 10-word introduction.