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ISSUE 10/15/21
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ISSUE 10/15/21

VocalEssence Receives Emmy Award

During the Upper Midwest Regional Emmy Awards Gala this past Saturday, October 9, it was announced that the 2020 "Welcome Christmas" televised performance produced by VocalEssence received an Emmy award. Pictured below is artistic director and founder Philip Brunelle proudly displaying the hardware. On behalf of all ACDA-MN members, we congratulate the entire VocalEssence organization for this remarkable achievement.

Philip Brunelle

A Special State Conference Featured Program

Le Donne
Wayne Kivell, conductor
Le Donne, a women’s chamber choir from Northfield and directed by Wayne Kivell, will give Minnesota choral directors a rare opportunity to hear a complete major work at an ACDA conference at any level.  Written in 2012, Missa Femina, by Terre Johnson, was given its Midwest premiere in 2018 by Le Donne. It is a lyric, accessible work for women’s voices, soprano solo, strings and piano which could be performed by singers at most any level. 

Terre Johnson is currently chair of visual and performing arts at Clayton State University in Georgia. Prior to that, Johnson was director of choral music at Houston Baptist University. Since its composition in 2012, Missa Femina has been widely acclaimed in performance around the country. The composer interpolates feminist texts from Proverbs and Isaiah into the five traditional movements and texts of the Ordinary of the Latin Mass.
This performance will open the programming on Saturday morning, November 20.

Calendar of Events

  • October 5:  State Conference Registration Site Opens
  • October 29:  State 9-10 Honor Choir Auditions Due
  • October 30:  FMC Committee Meeting
  • November 1:  State Conference Early Registration Rates 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 19:  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

Dr. Marc Jaros, conductor
Church of St. Agnes
548 Lafond Ave, St. Paul, MN
10:30 AM, No Admission Charge

Sunday, October 17
Mass in C  K. 337 - Wolfgang A. Mozart
Sunday, October 24
Mass in C - Ludwig van Beethoven
Sunday, October 31
Nikolaimesse - Franz Joseph Haydn

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