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ISSUE 08/24/21
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ISSUE 08/24/21

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Announcing Appointment of New
Central District Chair

Tim Cayler

Due to the new teaching position and relocation of current Central District Chair Mary Ebanks to Legacy Christian Academy located in the Metro East District, the ACDA-MN Executive Board has appointed Tim Cayler to complete Mary's remaining two year term. Tim was runner-up in the 2020 Central District election. We welcome Tim to this new leadership position for the Central District and wish to thank Mary for her leadership and support of ACDA-MN members over the past 1 1/2 years. 

Tim is the current Director of Music for the Catholic Area Faith Community of Jesus Our Living Water, Church of Our Lady of the Lakes in Spicer, and Church of St. Mary in Willmar.

Tim's short bio:
"I received my BA in Vocal Music Education from St. John's University in 1992.  For 20 years I taught classroom/choral music in Albert City, IA and Willmar, MN.  In 2012, I became Director of Music for the Catholic Area Faith Community of Jesus Our Living Water.  I am responsible for providing and modeling leadership and vision to Music Ministry, and to recruit, equip and empower lay musicians that creates an environment for spiritual growth through music and song.  As your Central District Chair, I will seek to inspire and support other musicians as they grow and work with singers of any age in the process of musical growth."

2021-22 Honor Choir Season
Auditions Website is Now Open

4-5-6  •  7-8  •  9-10

Audition Due Dates
October 29:  State 9-10
January 28:  State 7-8
February 11:  State 4-5-6

Special Notice - Check Your Spam Folders

It has recently been discovered that emails originating from Bruce Becker at, are landing in some spam folders.  Please check folders to locate any/all emails arriving since July 31, and tag "not spam".  Thank you for your assistance

Annual Award Recipients Named

Congratulations to these ACDA-MN members for being selected by the ACDA-MN Board of Directors to receive these coveted annual awards:
Emerging Choral Director Award
Zack Carlson
Buffalo High School
Minnesota Choral Director of the Year Award

Brian Stubbs
Brainerd High School
F. Melius Christiansen Lifetime Achievement Award

Rene Clausen
conductor emeritus, Concordia Choir

Interest Sessions at 2021 State Conference

Communal Singing:  Recruitment, Inclusion
     Peter Schlief, Shattuck-St. Mary's School
Conducting Tune-Up 101
     Bert Pinsonneault, University of St. Thomas
Creative Arranging for Your Choir and With Your Choir
     Chris McGingley, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
Creative, Effective, and Fun Warm-Up Starters
     Joseph Kemper, Whitman College, Walla Walla, WA
Cultivating Community Through Student-Centered Classroom Management
     Kennedy Niska, Breckenridge Elementary School
Curating Creative Collaborations
     Matthew Olson, Carleton College
Developing Positive Relationships in Elementary & Middle School Classrooms
     Elizabeth Egger, Scott Highlands Middle School, Apple Valley
Fostering Diversity & Inclusion as White Educators
     Amy Jo Cherner & Jim Cox, Eagan High School
(more sessions will be posted next week)


Featured in this Issue:
Pick Six with
Mark Johnson, Minnesota Boychoir
Jennifer Parker, Vocal Jazz R&R Chair
Bert Pinsonneault, College and University Choirs R&R Chair
Stephanie Nolting, SSAA Choirs R&R Chair
Minnesota Composers, Kyle Pederson, R&R Chair

Calendar of Events

  • October 1:  State Conference Registration Site Opens
  • October 23:  FMC Committee Meeting
  • October 29:  State 9-10 Honor Choir Auditions Due
  • November 19-20:  State Conference at St. Andrew's Lutheran Church, Mahtomedi
  • January 29:  State Board of Directors Meeting
  • January 28: State 7-8 Honor Choir Auditions Due
  • February 11:  State 4-5-6 Honor Choir Auditions Due
  • February 17:  State 9-10 Honor Choir
  • February 19:  FMC Committee Zoom Meeting
  • April 23:  State 4-5-6 Honor Choir
  • May 7:  State 7-8 Honor Choir
To inspire and support a community of choral musicians in our state

Artistry • Community • Excellence • Inspiration • Legacy • Renewal • Support
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