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The mission of the American Choral Directors Association is to inspire excellence in choral music through education, performance, composition, and advocacy. Learn more about the National ACDA.

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.

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 fifty state chapters, each with its own board of directors, conventions, newsletters, festivals, clinics, and workshops. Whether at the state, division or national level, the association is structured so that its members can easily involve themselves in the organization’s activities and will have access to a network of choral directors at each level. The leadership of the Association, elected and appointed, is drawn from within the ranks of the members and come from every state.