The "falls" of Sioux Falls

2016 NC-ACDA Conference Recordings Now Available

To order recordings from the 2016 NC-ACDA conference in Sioux Falls on CD and DVD, click one of the following links.


NC-ACDA Election Results

Congratulations to Rhonda Fuelberth, Associate Professor of Music Education at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, as the North Central Division-ACDA President-elect. Rhonda will take office on July 1, 2016.

Rhonda Fuelberth

Rhonda Fuelberth

Read Rhonda's full bio.

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We’d like to thank all the folks who helped make the 2016 North Central ACDA conference happen! With beautiful weather and even more beautiful music, we hope that all who were able to attend enjoyed the event as much as we were honored to prepare it for you!

Special thanks and congratulations go to:

– All the ACDA members who joined us in Sioux Falls!;
– Our outstanding auditioned choirs;
– The Verdi choirs from USD, SDSU, Black Hills State University and the Ames Choral Artists;
– The marvelous performers and speakers who appeared during “This We Pray”;
– Our phenomenal interest session providers;
– All the R&R chairs who prepared and presented reading sessions;
– Our TOM talk speakers;
– Our Exhibitors;
– VOCES8 and Ola Gjeilo;
– Keynote speaker Ramona Wis;
– Lynnel Jenkins, Jeffery Redding, Vijay Singh, and Paul Head for sharing their expertise and energy with our honor choirs;
– Barbara Brinson and Jefferson Johnson, who inspired dozens of teachers and singers during Immersion Day;
– Weston Noble and Diana Leland;
– Judy Periolat, Graphics, Ink, for her artistry and design work;
– The anonymous donor(s) who sponsored the all-conference party on Friday evening;
– Jeanie Conzemius for helping us secure hotels and chart their use;
– Tim Sharp, Craig Gregory, Chris Lawrence, and the entire staff at the ACDA home office in Oklahoma City;
– The South Dakota Symphony Orchestra, especially Maestro Delta David Gier, Jennifer Boomgaarden, the principal strings, and Sarah Burman-Schollmeyer;
– The staff at the Washington Pavilion, especially Gina Ruhberg, T.J. Polzin, the ticket office, and the technical staff;
–The staffs at First Congregational Church, First Lutheran Church, First Methodist Church and
St. Joseph’s Cathedral, especially Jack Mohlenhoff, Marilyn McNeill, Kelby Fode and Jared Ostermann;
– James Weaver and the Sioux Falls School District;
– and MOST OF ALL, our wonderful staff of volunteers who worked so tirelessly and with such grace throughout the past three years!  We love you all!

Bob Demaree, Conference Chair
Mary Kay Geston and Laura Diddle, Co-Program Chairs
Cathy Britton, Honor Choir Coordinator

NEW for NC Members—

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Over this current school year, your
NCACDA R&R Chairs have planned
Google Hangout sessions—
talking in real-time using Google!

JOIN North Central ACDA
Vocal Jazz R&R Chair,
Tina Thielen-Gaffey
at the NEXT Hangout
on Sunday April 10
at 6:00 pm CST!

Topic: Demystifying
Vocal Jazz at All Levels
Click for info and Link!

AND! JOIN North Central ACDA
Show Choirs R&R Chair,
Lukas Warren,
2 days later
on Tuesday April 12
at 7:00 pm CST
in a Google Hangout!

Topic: Competitive Arts:
the Good and the Bad
Click for info and Link!

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