Ohio Choral Directors AssociationPromoting excellence in choral music throughout Ohio.

ACDA Sing Up Membership Campaign 2016

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The American Choral Directors Association is hosting its annual Sing Up Membership Campaign from September 13 through October 12. You can help Ohio finish at the top by referring colleagues to ACDA, recruiting students, and renewing your membership in a timely way.

When we add new ACDA members, we all benefit - ACDA, new members and the choral profession. For more information about the campaign and ways to be involved, visit http://acdasingup.org.

Below is information about the colleague referral program as well as the student membership initiative.
Special Rate on ACDA Student Dues!
For a limited time, we are offering $5 membership dues for NEW American Choral Directors Association Student members in Ohio! What are the top student benefits? Check out the ACDA Career Center; ACDA Mentoring; publications devoted entirely to choral music and conducting; and inspirational state, division & national conferences. Join now and try it out! Visit the Student Membership page for details and to join ACDA. Postmark deadline is October 7, 2016

ACDA National Conference Scholarships

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By way of the ACDA National Office, OCDA is offering five scholarships to cover conference registration for students to attend the National Conference in Minneapolis, March 8-11, 2017.

The student early registration fee is $199. After February 1, the student fee is $249. Students should not submit an early registration to attend the conference if they plan to submit an application. Be aware that no refunds are given if students register early and then are awarded a scholarship. If selected, the student’s registration for the 2017 National Conference will be paid.

To apply for a scholarship students must:
  • be a current ACDA student member at the time of application and national conference.
  • complete and submit the application along with two letters of recommendation no later than October 15, 2016 to jeremyd.jones@miamioh.edu.

Applications can also be mailed to his attention at:
Jeremy D. Jones
Ohio ACDA Student Activities Chair
Miami University Dept of Music
109 Presser Hall
Oxford, OH 45056

Upon receipt of the student’s application, a reply will be sent to him/her with a confirmation of receipt. Results of the scholarship awards will be sent on or shortly after October 31, 2016. Below is the link to the student scholarship application. A downloadable version of the application can also be accessed through this link.


Please email Jeremy Jones directly if you have any questions about the application process. Encourage your students to apply for this amazing opportunity.

Join The OCDA Mailing List

If you are not currently receiving emails from OCDA and would like to be added to our email list, please sign-up here: OCDA Email List

2016 Distinguished Service Award Winner

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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*
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Spring 2016 OCDA News Now Available

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The Spring 2016 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.

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 9 on the campus of Otterbein University for it's annual Fall State Board Meeting. If we 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.

All-State Elementary Choir
OCDA is partnering with OMEA in establishing an all-state elementary choir. More to come at a later date.

ACDA National

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Explore ChoralNet

The online choral community of ACDA, an exclusive part of your membership to OCDA.

Community Choirs in Ohio

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.

ACDA Central Division

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Choral Public Domain Library

Obtain free choral music and much more. Visit the Choral Public Domain Library.
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