State-by-State News


Friday, February 10, 7:30 p.m.
Wartburg College Castle Singers, featuring Kammerstreicher in Concert
The Grand Theater
26 N. 6th St.
Keokuk, IA 52632

Friday, February 17, 7:30 p.m.
Wartburg College St. Elizabeth Chorale in Concert
Messiah Lutheran Church
2411 West Ave.
Burlington, IA 52601

Saturday & Sunday, February 18 & 19
Hawkeye Honors Music Festival
Voxman Music Building & Hancher Auditorium
The University of Iowa
Iowa City, IA
A two-day festival for choir, band, and orchestra students culminating in a finale concert in UI’s new Hancher Auditorium.

Friday, February 24, 7:30 p.m.
Wartburg College Castle Singers, featuring Kammerstreicher in Concert
St. Paul’s Lutheran Church
2136 Brady St.
Davenport, IA 52803

Saturday–Wednesday, February 25–March 1
Simpson College Chamber Singers on Tour
Minneapolis, MN, area
The Simpson College Chamber Singers will return to the Minneapolis area to present public concerts and workshop with area high school ensembles. More detailed information available at the college’s website.

Sunday, March 5, 3:00 p.m.
Chamber Singers of Iowa City: “Eternal Light”
First United Methodist Church
214 E. Jefferson St.
Iowa City, IA 52245
A concert on the many attributes of light, culminating in Morten Lauridsen’s “Lux Aeterna.”

Thursday, March 9, 7:30 p.m.
Wartburg Choir in Concert
Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church
12650 Johnny Cake Ridge Rd.
Apple Valley, MN 55124

Sunday, March 19, 4:00 p.m.
Simpson College Chamber Singers in Concert
Smith Memorial Chapel, Simpson College Campus
Indianola, IA
Free admission.

Saturday, March 25
Wartburg Choir in Concert
Faith Lutheran Church
10395 University Ave.
Clive, IA  50325
Featuring Valley Singers of Valley High School, Connor Koppin, conductor.

Saturday, March 25, 11:15 a.m.
Iowa Youth Chorus Combined Children’s Choir: “Songburst”
World Food Prize Hall of Laureates
Des Moines, IA
A morning of celebratory song featuring singers from the greater Des Moines area.

Sunday, March 26, 2:30 p.m.
Wartburg Choir in Concert
St. John’s Catholic Church
212 7th St. SE
Mount Vernon, IA 52314
Featuring Mt. Vernon High School Concert Choir, Thad Wilkins, conductor.

Sunday, March 26, 4:00 p.m.
Des Moines Vocal Arts Ensemble: “Cathedral Reflections”
St. Augustin Catholic Church
Des Moines, IA

Sunday, April 2, 3:00 p.m.
Simpson College Madrigal Singers in Concert
Smith Memorial Chapel, Simpson College Campus
Indianola, IA

Sunday, April 9, 4:00 p.m.
Simpson College Choir and Womens Chorale in Concert
Smith Memorial Chapel, Simpson College Campus
Indianola, IA

Saturday, April 22, 7:00 p.m.
Des Moines Vocal Arts Ensemble Silver Celebration Cabaret Performance
World Food Prize Hall of Laureates
Des Moines, IA

Monday, April 24
Simpson College Choral Invitational
Simpson College Campus
Indianola, IA
Dr. Timothy A. McMillin, Simpson’s Director of Choral Activities, Dr. Philip Moody, Artistic Director and Founder of CORO Vocal Artists, and Mr. Matthew D. Oltman, Music Director Emeritus of Chanticleer, Clinicians. Contact for more information.

Wednesday, April 26, 6:00 p.m.
ICDA Iowa Choral Showcase
Central College
Pella, IA
A new ICDA event that will feature six Iowa choirs in solo performances. Choirs selected by submitted recordings.


Thursday, February 16, 5:30 pm
ACDA-MN State 9–10 Honor Choirs
Central Lutheran Church
Minneapolis MN

Wednesday–Saturday, March 8–11
ACDA National Conference: “A Life of Song”
Minneapolis, MN
This is the first national ACDA conference to take place in the North Central division! Visit the ACDA website for registration information.

Sunday, March 26
ACDA-MN Choral Arts Finale
Francisco Nunez, guest clinician and conductor
Concordia University-St. Paul (clinic performance)
Orchestra Hall-Minneapolis (public performance)
Concert featuring six selected high school choirs.

Saturday, May 6, 5:30 p.m.
ACDA-MN State 4-5-6 Honor Choirs
St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church
Mahtomedi, MN


Monday, February 20
Youth In Harmony
Nebraska Wesleyan University
5000 St. Paul Ave.
Lincoln, NE
Contact Todd Krier for more information.

 Monday, March 20
14th annual NCDA Vocal Jazz Festival 2017
Columbus High School
2200 26th St.
Columbus, NE

North Dakota

Friday & Saturday, February 3 & 4
North Dakota ACDA Conference and Honor Choirs
North Dakota State University School of Music
Fargo, ND
A two-day conference featuring workshops for members, a Friday evening Showcase Concert featuring the NDSU Concert Choir, Jamestown High School Concert Choir, and Grand Forks, Grand Cities Children’s Choir and Honor Choirs for Grades 7–9 Mixed Choir, Grades 7–9 Treble Choir, and Grades 11–12 and College Men’s Choir.

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Phil Hesterman

Phil Hesterman

Chair, NC-ACDA “Celebrate”