Events

Summer Conference

July 18 and 19, 2016

The University of Alabama | Tuscaloosa, AL

Registration Form  Call for Proposals  Reading Session Form


Summer Conference Forms

Conference Registration
Pre-register by June 18, 2016.
Call for Proposals
Present an interest session. Application deadline is April 15, 2016.
Reading Sessions
Lead a reading session. Application deadline is April 15, 2016.



New this year we will accept credit cards on-site and during preregistration. The following information is required for credit card transactions: card number, expiration date, security code/CVV, and billing ZIP code. There is a processing fee of $3.80.

We have reserved rooms at Hotel Capstone at a reduced group rate of $130/night.
Please click here to reserve online or contact Ashley Russell, Sales and Catering Manager.
Email: Ashley.Russell@hotelcapstone.com | Phone: 205-343-1114
Hotel Capstone | hotelcapstone.com
320 Paul Bryant, Tuscaloosa, Alabama 35401

We have also reserved rooms at Hampton Inn at a reduced group rate of $114/night.
Please click here to reserve online.
Hampton Inn Tuscaloosa-University | hamptoninn.com
600 Harper Lee Drive, Tuscaloosa, Alabama 35404


Our Alabama Choral Directors Association Summer Conference will take place on Monday and Tuesday, July 18-19, 2016. Please mark your calendars to reflect these dates. The conference will include much of what we return for year after year: interest sessions by Alabama choral directors, reading sessions that encompass all ACDA R&S areas, food, fellowship, and fun.

NAfME Members: Alabama ACDA will cover ACDA membership for AVA (Alabama Vocal Association) members who are attending the summer conference for the first time. Include a completed ACDA Membership Form with your registration.

 

Guest Clinicians

 

Jerry McCoy, 2013 winner of the Texas Choral Directors Association’s prestigious Choirmaster Award, is Regents Professor of Music Emeritus for the University of North Texas, where between 2000 and 2015 he conducted the internationally renowned UNT A Cappella Choir and served as Director of Choral Studies, leading one of America’s foremost choral studies and performance programs.  More than thirty of his graduates serve on university faculties across the USA, South Korea, Mexico, and Shargah (UAE). From 2007 to 2015 he was a member of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) National Executive Committee, serving as the organization's national president from 2009 to 2011.  In addition, his academic work includes serving as Director of Choral Activities for the University of Arizona, Oklahoma State University (OSU), and Nicholl's State University.

Dr. McCoy currently is Artistic Director/Conductor for Schola Cantorum of Texas and serves on the advisory boards of INTERKULTUR, Choro in Schola (Portland, Oregon) and

the Young New Yorkers Chorus (New York City). He has served as guest conductor/clinician in thirty-nine US states, in addition to serving in guest roles in Austria, Canada, China, Cuba, Great Britain, South Korea, Sweden, Taiwan, and Venezuela.  Guest engagements for 2015-2016 include appearances in Canada, Alabama, Arkansas, New Jersey, New York, South Dakota, and Texas. Beginning in the fall of 2016, he will serve as visiting professor and interim conductor of the A Cappella Choir at Baylor University.

Under his leadership, the UNT A Cappella Choir was featured on the programs of: the 9th Taipei (Taiwan) International Choral Festival (2009), the 2nd Daejeon (Korea) International Choral Festival (2012), two national ACDA conferences (2005, 2013), the national conference of the National Collegiate Choral Organization (2008), two TCDA conferences (2004 and 2011), and three TMEA conventions (2004, 2010, 2015). His OSU Chamber Choir was featured on the national ACDA conference in Chicago (1999) and the national conference of the Association of British Choral Directors (2000). In addition, his OSU Concert Chorale sang on the national ACDA conference in San Diego (1997) and for six ACDA Southwestern Division conferences.

His commercial recordings include releases by Klavier Records and GIA Music Publications, as well as the premiere recording of Jake Heggie’s Ahab Symphony, released in the fall of 2014 on CD Baby.

 

 

Julie Whittington McCoy, soprano, enjoys a career that combines singing and teaching.  She has performed as guest soloist with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Texas Camerata, Denton Bach Society, Orchestra of New Spain, Tulsa Ballet, and New Orleans Opera.  She is also an active recitalist and professional ensemble singer.

At the invitation of the U.S. State Department, Ms. McCoy and pianist Cynthia Cortright served as Artistic Ambassadors in a four-week tour to Israel, Jordan, Oman, Saudi Arabia and Syria.  As a member of Conspirare Chamber Choir, she sang on the Grammy®-nominated recordings Threshold of Night (2009) and The Poet Sings: Pablo Neruda (2015), the 2012 recording Barber: American Romantic, and as a soloist on Sacred Spirit of Russia, winner of the 2015 Grammy® Award for Best Choral Performance. As a member and soloist, Ms. McCoy performed and recorded with the Robert Shaw Festival

Singers in France and New York City for nine years. The Festival Singers are featured on several releases from Telarc Recording Company, including Amazing Grace, Evocation of the Spirit, Liebeslieder Waltzes and Appear and Inspire.

Ms. McCoy holds the Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from The University of Texas at Austin. A dedicated teacher of singing, she has taught at the University of North Texas, Texas Christian University, Oklahoma State University, and is in her 11th year at Texas Wesleyan University in Fort Worth.