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ABOUT ACDA

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What is ACDA?

Founded in 1959, the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) is a nonprofit professional organization whose central purpose is to promote excellence in choral music through performance, composition, publication, research, and teaching. In addition, ACDA strives to elevate choral music’s position in American society through arts advocacy. The ACDA provides many high-quality publications, conventions, festivals, clinics, workshops, and the opportunity to network within the choral community. The national headquarters office is located in downtown Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

 

Who is a Member of ACDA?
Members of ACDA consist of choral directors who represent more than one million singers across the United States. ACDA members teach choral music in public and private institutions and in their place of worship. The ensembles they conduct perform all types of choral music and they include elementary through senior high school, college/university, community, professional, worship, and show choirs.

 

How is ACDA Organized?
ACDA is divided into seven geographic divisions as well as  (CONTINUE READING HERE)

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LEADERSHIP

President - Dr. Danielle Warner
George Fox University
 

Danielle Warner is the Director of Choral Activities at George Fox University. Before moving back to Oregon, she spent several years teaching music in the Midwest, most recently at Wayne State College in Nebraska.Previously, Danielle taught middle and high school choir in Washington state and was adjunct professor of music at Whitman College.Danielle holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance, a Master of Music from Western Washington University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Whitman College. 

Dr. Sandra Babb

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Karen Bohart

President-Elect, Dr. Sandra Babb is Associate Professor of Choral Music Education at Oregon State University

Sandra Babb teaches choral methods, vocal pedagogy, and choral conducting lab. She also directs the Soprano-Alto choir, OSU Bella Voce, which recently performed for the 2021 National Conference of the American Choral Directors Association. She also directs the Oregon State University Chorale, the Heart of the Valley Children’s Choir, made up of 5th-8th grade singers, and the Heart of the Valley Chamber Choir, for 9th -12th Grade singers. Prior to teaching at OSU, Sandra taught in New York at Queens College, CUNY, and in the public schools of central Florida. She also worked with the Gulf Coast Youth Choirs (Lynne Gackle, Founding and Artistic Director) as the conductor the Gulf Coast Girl Choir for 10 years. 

Past-President, Karen Bohart is the Director of Choirs at Wilsonville High School in Wilsonville, Oregon.

 

Karen is also a state-certified choral adjudicator and has adjudicated choir and solo/ensemble festivals in both Oregon and Vancouver, Washington. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Music from the University of Oregon and a Master of Music Education from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Her teaching career began in 1996, and she has demonstrated her prowess in building and reviving choral programs at various institutions, including Reynolds High School and Franklin High School. Currently, Karen serves as the Choir Director at Wilsonville High School.

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