The "falls" of Sioux Falls

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Dear North Central ACDA Member,

As conductors we are servants of the choral art, our singers, our communities, and so much more. Join us in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, February 17 - 20, 2016 to explore the many ways in which choral conductors Serve, Connect, and Celebrate the art of choral music.

Please consider getting directly involved in the conference with one of our four amazing Honor Choirs:
Paul Head, conductor, High School Honor Choir (grades 10–12; SATB)
Vijay Singh, conductor, Middle Level Girls (grades 7-9; SSAA)
Jeffery Redding, conductor, Middle Level Boys (grades 7-9; unchanged and changed voices)
Lynnel Jenkins, conductor, Elementary Honor Choir (grades 5-6; unchanged voices)

Our Keynote Speaker will be Ramona Wis, author of The Conductor As Leader: Principles of Leadership Applied to Life on the Podium. Other featured guest performers and special events include
VOCES8 with Ola Gjeilo,
performance of Verdi’s Requiem,
Music in Worship event and the
Collegiate ENGAGE (equip, nurture, guide, aspire, grow, empower).

IMMERSION DAY, Februrary 17

Are you an ACDA member serving in a middle and/or high school with fewer than 500 secondary students, grades 9-12? We want to celebrate with you and your students!

• All-day Workshop: "Choral Success in Small School Settings: A Workshop for Vocal Music Educators" will be led by Dr. Barbara Brinson, our guest clinician, author of Choral Music Methods and Materials: Developing Successful Choral Programs (Grades 5 to 12). The day is dedicated to recognizing the incredible value and accomplishments of choral musicians in small schools.

• The first-ever North Central High School Men’s Festival Choir is open to male singers in grades 9-12 who attend schools with 500 or fewer secondary students in middle and/or high school. The choir will be led by nationally-recognized conductor Dr. Jefferson Johnson! The festival runs concurrently with the workshop, with the opportunity for workshop participants to attend a rehearsal.

Each of our outstanding choirs will perform in the stunning acoustics of the Mary W. Sommervold Hall in Washington Pavillion. We will all enjoy performances by the following:

The Augustana Choir – Paul Nesheim
Luther College Collegiate Chorale – Andrew Last
Macalester College Concert Choir – Michael McGaghie
North Dakota State University Concert Choir – Jo Ann Miller
University of South Dakota Chamber Singers – David Holdhusen

Partners in Praise Girls Choir - Julia Fahey
Plymouth Choir, First Plymouth Church – Tom Trenney
Twin Ports Choral Project – Bret Amundson

Hopkins High School Concert Choir – Philip Brown
Mason City High School Concert Choir – Joel Everist
Roosevelt High School Concert Choir – Robyn Starks Holcomb
Urbandale Singers, Urbandale High School – Theodore “Ted” Brimeyer
Valley Singers, Valley High School – Ryan Deignan

9th Grade Men’s Choir, Prairie Point Middle School and 9th Grade Academy – Kelly Truax
9th Grade Women's Choir, South View Middle School – Amy Jo Cherner

Chorale Midwest Chamber Singers – Bradley Barrett
Carthage College Women’s Ensemble – Peter Dennee
Cedar Falls High School Concert Choir – Eliott Kranz

Ames Chamber Artists – James Rodde
Black Hills State University Choir - Jonathan Nero
Dakota Choral Union – Jonathan Nero
South Dakota State University Concert Choir – Laura Diddle
University of South Dakota Concert Choir – Timothy Campbell

Lincoln High School Chamber Singers – Linda Conrad

Don’t miss out on this special opportunity — we want to see you and your students in Sioux Falls!

Bob Demaree, President and Conference Chair
North Central ACDA

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Schedule of Events
Performing Ensembles
Interest Sessions

   • Elementary
   • Middle Level Boys
   • Middle Level Girls
   • High School Mixed

Info/Registration links:
   • HS Men's Festival Choir
   • Choral Success in
      Small School Settings

Music in Worship
Collegiate Choir
Conference Venues
Hotels/Where to Stay
Exhibit Hall

NEW for NC Members

Over the next school year, your NCACDA R&S Chairs are planning Google Hangout sessions—a way to talk in real-time using Google! For information and a list of the upcoming topics, dates, and times, CLICK HERE.
Second Hangout is
September 20, 2015,
3:30 PM, with Chris Fettig,
R&S Chair for High School Choirs  
Topic: Top Treble Chorus Pieces
for High School. Check it out!

Read the latest Melisma!

Spring/Summer Melisma - 2015
  • Editor’s Corner
  • President’s Voice
  • Meet the people behind Serve. Connect. Celebrate.
  • R&S
  • Music in Worship
  • Vocal Jazz
  • Women’s Choirs
  • Youth/Student Activities Greeting