The Winter 2017 OCDA News, the newsletter of the Ohio Choral Directors Association, is now available for viewing as a PDF. Previous editions of the newsletter are available here.
ACDA Central Elections
Notice from ACDA Central Division: The election for Central Division President-Elect is fast approaching; voting will be open Feb. 14-27. We are very pleased to announce that Dr. Karyl Carlson from Illinois and Dr. Gabriella Hristova from Michigan will be on the ballot. For information on the candidates, click here. Division members will soon be emailed a link by which they will vote electronically.
Summer Conference Headliners Announced
Tim Sharp is Executive Director of the American Choral Directors Association. Dr. Sharp pursues an aggressive agenda of progressive initiatives to keep ACDA energized and relevant in the 21st century, inspiring ACDA’s membership to excellence in choral music performance, education, composition, and advocacy. Tim is also in his fifth season as Artistic Director of the Tulsa Oratorio Chorus, Tulsa, where critics characterize his performances as having “stunning power” and “great passion and precision”.
Stacey V. Gibbs is a prolific and highly sought-after composer-arranger. Best known for arrangements of spirituals, he is highly acclaimed for his ability to infuse new energy into familiar works without sacrificing their authenticity or power. Maestro Gibbs' spirituals have been performed by the United States Air Force Sergeants, The St. Olaf Choir, the Stellenbosch Choir of Africa, and many other college, university, high school and professional ensembles both domestically and internationally.
Also featured will be the Children’s Honor Choir under the direction of Dr. Ann Usher, the High School Men’s and Women’s Honor Choir under the direction of Dr. Peter Jarjisian and Dr. Gayle Walker.
Nominate Your Students for the 2017 High School Honor Choirs
Nominations are now open for the 2017 High School Men’s and Women’s Honor Choirs. This year will feature Dr. Peter Jarjisian as the Men’s Chorus director and Dr. Gayle Walker as the Women’s Chorus director. Information and links to the nomination forms can be found by visiting the High School Honors Choir Page.
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2016 Distinguished Service Award Winner
Eric Richardson Mr. Richardson has had a strong influence in music education for 5 decades. He taught at Olmsted Falls Middle School, Strongsville High School, Heidelberg University and Westlake High School. During his tenure at these schools, he forged strong skill development and built choral programs of excellence. This can only be authenticated by his record of superior ratings at OMEA contests and events and conference invitations for performance.
Mr. Richardson’s influence has gone beyond his teaching as he has become both a clinician and adjudicated event contest judge. He presently works with many high school choral groups with the goal of assisting directors in building skills in their choirs. He is a mentor to many high school choral directors in the state as he travels to share his passion for choral music. He has become one of the finest judges for adjudicated events in the state and has always been able to judge effectively.
Mr. Richardson continues to be very active in ACDA and OCDA having served for over 36 years in many capacities. Mostly recently, he has served as the Worship R&S Chair for the ACDA Central Division. He is presently the Director of Music at Bethesda on the Bay Lutheran Church in Bay Village, Ohio. He remains committed to promoting the best of choral literature and the impact it can have on an individual as well as our society.
*taken from the nomination letter written by Bill Zurkey*
What's OCDA Doing Now?
Here is your upfront glance at what is currently going on with OCDA. If you only have a few seconds to check things out, this should be your first stop. We will endeavor to keep you updated with all of the many facets of our organization.
Winter State Board Meeting The OCDA State Board met on January 7 on the campus of Otterbein University for it's annual Winter State Board Meeting. If you wish to see the minutes from the meeting, click here.
OCDA Well-Represented Former OCDA President, Dr. Gayle Walker of Otterbein University is currently serving as our Division President and Dr. Mark Munson of BGSU, another former President is currently serving as Division President-Elect.
Ohio is home to a wide variety of community choirs. Learn more about them on our feature page for community choirs, and check out where they reside and how they can enrich your life in the art of choral music today.
The OCDA Board serves its membership to deliver high-quality repertoire through reading sessions, mentorship through its vast network of highly skilled and sought-after directors and teachers, and an annual Summer Conference that is regarded as one of the best of its kind in the country.