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ISSUE 10/19/21
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ISSUE 10/19/21

State Conference Registration Now Open

Now Available:  Special discounted rate of $49 for new teachers in years 1 & 2 of teaching available until November 1.

Featured in the 2021 annual State Conference program
Sing On...Sing On...
A relevant and engaging program for EVERYONE!

21 CHOIRS representing all 7 districts within the state:
  • 2 elementary
  • 2 middle school
  • 4 high school
  • 1 church choir
  • 4 college choirs
  • 8 community/professional choirs
24 INTEREST SESSIONS with these targeted audiences:
  • 12 elementary
  • 18 middle school
  • 17 high school
  • 10 music and worship
  • 11 college/university
  • 10 community/professional
  • 4 student sessions
To Register
Early Registration Rate Available till November 1

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

2021 Fall Star of the North Now Posted

Featured in this issue:

Inside This Issue
authored by Peter Durow, Managing Editor

FMC Scholarships Available for
ACDA Midwestern Conference

Scholarships offered by the FMC Endowment Fund Committee will be awarded to ACDA-MN members interested in attending the Midwestern Regional Conference in Chicago, February 16-19, 2022.

  • Conductors/Teachers in their first six years of teaching/conducting
  • Junior or Senior Vocal Music Majors
On-line applications are available at:

Applications Due:  December 1, 2021

New Date & Location for State 9-10 Honor Choir

Due to the extension of Covid-19 mitigation protocols at the 9-10 honor choir rehearsal facility located at Westminster Presbyterian Church in downtown Minneapolis for the foreseeable future, the ACDA-MN State 9-10 Honor Choir program will be rescheduled and relocated to this venue:
Saturday, February 19, 2022
Bethel University and Benson Great Hall

As a consequence, the ACDA-MN State 9-10 Honor Choir will not be performing as part of the MMEA Midwinter Clinic.  However, MMEA registrants will be able to attend the All-State Choir concert at Orchestra Hall on Saturday, February 19, 10:30 am, and still be able to attend the ACDA-MN State 9-10 Honor Choir Concert at Benson Great Hall at 5:20 pm the same day.

The ACDA-MN State Honor Choir website will be updated with these changes within the next week.  Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Seeking Candidate Interest

The ACDA-MN Board of Directors will offer members the opportunity to express personal interest in placing their names in consideration for state-wide elected office with elections scheduled for March of 2022.

Elected positions for a 3 year term (2022-25) available are:
  • Metro West District Chair
  • Northeast District Chair
  • Southwest District Chair
Potential candidates should provide the following information:
  • Career Background and participation with ACDA-MN events
  • Answer the question:  If elected, how would I support our mission to inspire and support a community of choral musicians in our state?
Interested members please contact Vice President Diane Heaney by Nov. 1 at:



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.

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 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

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

Sunday, October 24
Mass in C - Ludwig van Beethoven
Sunday, October 31
Nikolaimesse - Franz Joseph Haydn
To inspire and support a community of choral musicians in our state

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