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ISSUE 09/14/21
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ISSUE 09/14/21

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A fall campaign to seek expired members to RENEW their membership in ACDA, is being sponsored by the ACDA national office along with our state organization.  Minnesota members are urged to contact neighboring colleagues and rejoin at this time in the Refer a Colleague Program using this protocol:
  • The member invites them to join ACDA with the use of this special membership form
  • The referring member writes their name and ACDA membership number on the form, as well as adding in a personal encouragement.  
  • If the referred colleague accepts the invitation, they can use the printed membership form, or join online and notify the national office about the referral via an email to
  • If someone joins ACDA as a new Active, Student, or Associate member and mentions the referring member’s name and membership number, we’ll thank both of them with a playlist of performances from the 2020 ACDA national conference

10 complimentary membership certificates will be awarded to NEW Minnesota members joining ACDA this fall.  Minnesota members are urged to contact neighboring colleagues to join at this time in the Complimentary Membership Program using this protocol:
  • Once prospective members have responded to your outreach, contact Executive Director Bruce Becker with the following information: Name ~ Work Location ~ Email Address ~ Best Phone Number
  • Bruce will then make a personal contact with each recommended member and provide them the link to claim their complimentary membership via the national ACDA office.
HELP US RESTORE OUR MEMBERSHIP THIS SEASON!  Our goal is to add 179 new or renewing members, returning membership levels back to November of 2018 when we had 740 members.

Monthly Installments Now Available as You Renew

Beginning October 1, the ACDA national office will be offering new and renewing members the opportunity to select a monthly installment payment option to pay membership dues. The first payment will include MN state dues of $36.  Succeeding monthly payments will only assess the remaining national dues portion. This is a convenient way to lessen the financial burden of paying the entire membership dues at one time.

Change of Address

If you have moved to a new home or work address, please contact the ACDA national membership office with this information at:  405-232-8161 xt 110.

With ACDA-MN now using the ACDA national membership roster for our state organization, it’s important that members revise and update their contact information. When renewing your membership in 2021-22. you are encouraged to opt in for the "automatic" renewal feature.

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

State Conference Special Event

We are honored to program the Second Annual Urban Initiatives High School Choral Festival to be scheduled during the State Conference on Saturday, November 20, with a special performance at 5:30 pm.  The event is co-sponsored by VocalEssence Singers of this Age and ACDA of Minnesota featuring headliner clinician/guest conductor Coty Raven Morris, Visiting Professor of Music Education and Social Justice at Portland State University, OR.
Coty Raven Morris

Participating urban high schools are:
  • VocalEssence Singers of this Age - G. Phillip Shoultz, conductor
  • St. Paul Central High School, Alex Ferderer, conductor
  • Minneapolis Edison High School, Stacy Athorn, conductor
  • St. Paul Harding High School, Natalia Romero, conductor
  • St. Paul Humboldt High School, Barbara Lawrence-Windholz, conductor
  • St. Paul Johnson High School, Melanie Tlusty, conductor
  • Minneapolis North High School
  • Minneapolis Patrick Henry High School
  • St. Paul Open World Learning Academy, Seth Bovis, conductor
  • Minneapolis Roosevelt High School, Adrian Davis, conductor
  • Minneapolis South High School, Laurie Meyers, conductor
  • Minneapolis Southwest High School, Bryan Fisher, conductor
  • St. Louis Park High School, John Myzsowski, conductor
  • Minneapolis Washburn High School, Timothy Buzza, conductor


For more information contact:
Garrett Lathe
Ensemble’s Edge

Calendar of Events

  • October 1:  State Conference Registration Site Opens
  • October 29:  State 9-10 Honor Choir Auditions Due
  • October 30:  FMC Committee Meeting
  • 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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