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New UNISON blog page now available; articles by WA ACDA writers will be categorized and online here. Take a look at the beautiful initial version MORE...>

Seed money available for events, projects; up to $500 Read more...>

JOBS - posted on the NW ACDA site More...>

Minutes from WA ACDA board online meeting of March 22, 2014 More...>

Other choral events of significance (not necessarily ACDA)

Washington ACDA Leadership and Service Award Winners 1995-2013 More...>

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Plan now to attend the national ACDA conference in Salt Lake City; could be the closest opportunity you'll have to attend such a great event...don't miss it!


You'll find lots of national conference information RIGHT HERE...>

The Summer Institute is history! But the learning and inspiration can continue. What! You're sorry you didn't take complete notes during these amazing sessions! Well, all is not lost. HERE is a link to much of the material handed out/presented in the sessions. We hope you will find this useful. (Thank you Julie Parsons for compiling this material!) More files will be added to this document as they come in from our presenters.

About Angela Broeker...>
Daily schedule for the event...>

Brian Mitchell's talk on advocacy at this year's Summer Institute was riveting and participants responded with thunderous and lengthy applause! He was asked several times to reiterate his concluding remarks. While he encourages us all to develop our own reasons for keeping music in our schools, his are as follows:

I believe there are two main reasons to keep music in our schools and communities.

1. The first is musical literacy. A musically literate society has access to the most beautiful and profound musical expressions of the human experience created across all cultures and time. Trained musicians are able to create and share those expressions with anyone and everyone who will listen, and thus simultaneously share a unique, yet common experience that transcends culture, race, gender, religion, economic status, and political perspective.

2. The second is because music is a basic survival need for human kind. In the cave, we made fire, ate food, made clothes and shelter, and then created art. When gathered at night, we sang together and it bonded us. We survive the tiger in the woods better together than alone. Humans are pack animals. Music connects us. It releases endorphins like many other basic human survival needs. I believe that there has never been a more important time for the making of music together. Our ever present connected world through the internet and cell phones actually filters out most of the human experience, leaving us feeling isolated. Most of our musical experiences happen with earbuds on, alone, and passive. Humans need the communal experience. The emotional, spiritual, and physical connections created while singing with another person requires no tools, no equipment, no money. We just need each other and a willingness to express and connect. (Brian Mitchell)


UNISON - WA ACDA's Online Newsletter
Articles and News 

African Children's Choir to tour in Washington in October and November 2014; bring your choir and participate, singing with them Read more...>




parsons#Anthem200 Read more...>
by Julie Parsons, R&S Chair for Youth and Student Activities

fitzpatrickPresident's Report for 2014 Read more...>
by Tim Fitzpatrick

reeseLess is more: choosing beginning jazz lit Read more...>
by Charlotte Reese, R&S Chair for Vocal Jazz

fitzpatrickDo you believe in ACDA? What is your role in promoting and sustaining the organization? Read more...>
by Tim Fitzpatrick, President, WA ACDA

mellAimee Mell interviews this year's Summer Institute headliner, Angela Broeker; find out more about Angela Read more...>

karnAuditioning your choir Read more...>
by Joel Karn, R&S Chair for Women's Choruses

westerhausWashington Intercollegiate Choral Festival: Rave Reviews and Repertoire Read more...>
by Tim Westerhaus, R&S Chair for University and Four-Year College Choirs

hoskinsTen recommendations for multi-cultural pieces Read more...>
by Brian Hoskins, R&S Chair for Multi-Cultural Music

ulrichHarmonizing for good health Read more...>
provided by Joel Ulrich

morrisseyA little dancing, a little singing, a little conducting; Morrissey summarizes the workshop of January 19th sponsored by WA ACDA and the Northwest Kodaly Educators Read more...>