The Arizona Chapter of the American Choral Directors Association

AzACDA logoWelcome, choral friends! We're pleased to present both information about our activities and links to other useful information in support of choral music in the state of Arizona. If you're not yet a member of ACDA, we hope that you'll visit the national ACDA site, where you will find a wealth of additional information and a link to join the organization.

2016 AzACDA Summer Conference


Our 2016 AzACDA Summer Conference (July 18-20 at Mesa Community College Performing Arts Center) was very successful, with outstanding presentations by our headliners and our own Arizona choral leaders. Visit our Facebook page for some images from the conference, and watch our website and our email broadcasts for information about our 2017 event.  Below is a thank-you letter from Dr. Elizabeth Schauer, our chapter president:

It was a great pleasure to see you all last week and to share the wonderful offerings of our conference with you. We were delighted to have over 140 in attendance. My profound and heartfelt gratitude goes to the following people and everyone else who helped in any way to make this conference possible. Best wishes for an enjoyable rest of your summer.

~ Elizabeth Schauer

  • Headliner Brad Holmes for sharing practical and inspiring ideas
  • Headliner Mary Goetze for challenging us to open our minds to new social and musical possibilities
  • Robyn Lana and the Cincinnati Children’s Choir for a beautiful concert on Monday night
  • Ryan Holder for serving as conference co-chair, taking care of equipment, technology, site coordination, the Monday night dinner, the hotel, maps, hosting the student reception, organizing presiders and much more
  • David Topping for outstanding work as online and onsite registrar and webmaster
  • Thomas Lerew and Tom Peterson for the wonderful promotion and communication for the conference
  • Joyce Bertilson for serving as treasurer
  • Sharon Hansen for serving as membership chair, voice lesson coordinator and for hosting the retiree reception
  • Sammy Brauer for again doing a wonderful job as exhibits chair
  • Marcela Molina for serving as concert chair
  • Melanie Openshaw for serving as onsite preregistration chair
  • Sherie Kent for her outstanding work as hospitality chair with all that involved, and Stephanie Brewer who helped as well
  • Matt Flora for serving as reading session chair, and to Doug Benton, Jordan Keith, Melanie Openshaw, Albert Lee, Joey Johnston, Marcela Molina, Richard Hintze, Aimee Stewart, Michael Frongillo, Ryan Holder and their respective committees for the reading sessions
  • Mary Ellen Loose, Mutsumi Mori and Andie Chung for their excellent leadership at the piano
  • Tom Demeter for information about AzACDA at the Diamondbacks
  • Greg Hebert for coordinating with Tom Demeter, securing percussionists, arranging for plaques, providing equipment and much more
  • Craig Peterson for serving as site chair, and also to Alex, Angel and all our friends at Mesa Community College Performing Arts Center for being welcoming and accommodating beyond what we could have imagined
  • Matt Flora for serving as host to Mary Goetze
  • Camille Coffey for serving as host to Brad Homes
  • Joe Keith and Michael Keith of Music Mart for their incredible amount of work in serving as our conference music distributors
  • Gavin Ely for a great deal of administrative support
  • Generous colleagues who shared their expertise in conference sessions including: Aimee Stewart, Troy Meeker, Nick Halonen, Sharon Hansen, Melanie Openshaw, Doug Benton, Brent Gibbs, Christine Keitges, Bruce Chamberlain, Ryan Holder, Chelsea Acree, Benjamin Lebovitz, Greg Hebert, Luke Lusted and Jim DeBusk
  • Cindy Meyer for coordinating the Musical Instrument Museum trip
  • Adam Stich for coordinating and preparing the master class choir
  • Drs. Andrew Stuckey and Christine Keitges for generously sharing their time and talent as our voice faculty
  • All of the AzACDA board members who led sessions, prepared registration packets, moved chairs, drove people to the airport, and continually contributed in ways large and small to the success of the conference.