Summer Conference

July 17 and 18, 2017

The University of Alabama | Tuscaloosa, AL

Registration Form  Conference Schedule

Registration Costs: Active $100, Retired $25, Guest (non-choral music professional) $50, and Students FREE.

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 $3.78.

We have reserved rooms at Hotel Capstone at a reduced group rate of $130/night.
Group rates will drop at midnight on June 16, 2017.
Please click here to reserve online or call 205-752-3200.
Hotel Capstone |
320 Paul Bryant, Tuscaloosa, Alabama 35401

We have also reserved rooms at Hampton Inn at a reduced group rate of $119/night.
Please click here to reserve online.
Hampton Inn Tuscaloosa-University |
600 Harper Lee Drive, Tuscaloosa, Alabama 35404

Our Alabama Choral Directors Association Summer Conference will take place on Monday and Tuesday, July 17-18, 2017. 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.

All attendees are invited to a Monday evening pre-concert social at Heat Pizza Bar from 5:15-7:15pm. Alabama ACDA will provide a buffet prior to the Monday evening concert (a cash bar will be available). The social will be right down the street from the concert at First Presbyterian Church of Tuscaloosa. Make plans to come enjoy the great free food and fellowship!

Heat Pizza Bar
2250 6th Street
Tuscaloosa, AL 35401


The 2nd Annual after-concert Karaoke Fest will be held at Wilhagan’s following the concert. Come share your talent, or just come and (tastefully) criticize everyone else’s!

Wilhagan’s Grille and Tap Room
2209 4th Street
Tuscaloosa, AL 35401


Guest Clinicians


Mary Hopper, Professor of Choral Music and Director of Performance Studies at the Wheaton College Conservatory of Music, conducts the Wheaton College Men’s Glee Club and the Women’s Chorale and is a frequent conductor for the Wheaton Opera production. Both of her choirs have appeared on ACDA conferences. The Women’s Chorale has been invited to sing at two National Conferences (Salt Lake City and New York City) and four Central Division Conferences. The Men’s Glee Club appeared on an Illinois ACDA State Fall Conference and Illinois Music Educator’s Conference under Dr. Hopper’s leadership.

Dr. Hopper is currently the National President for ACDA and was conference chair for the ACDA 2015 National Conference in Salt Lake City. She has served ACDA on the state and division levels as Central Division Women’s Choir R & S Chair, Illinois State Treasurer, Illinois State President and Central Division President.

Mary Hopper

Dr. Hopper holds degrees from Wheaton College and the University of Iowa, where she studied with Don V Moses. Before coming to Wheaton, Dr. Hopper taught both junior high and high school choral music in the Chicago area and choral conducting and voice at the University of Minnesota (Morris). Also an active church musician, she presently serves as Minister of Music at Immanuel Presbyterian Church, Warrenville, IL.



Dale Duncan teaches Choral Music and Music Theatre to over 340 eager middle school school students at Henderson Middle School in the Dekalb County School System in Atlanta, GA. He has over 23 years experience teaching this very special age group.

Using a 21st-century approach including video teaching tips, video teaching examples, and digital lesson plans, Dale originally developed and created S-Cubed! Successful Sight Singing program for Middle School Teachers and their Students in order to specifically help new and struggling choral music educators in the state of Georgia learn how to teach Sight Singing to the Beginners. Since developing and offering the system online in 2013, teachers from all over the world have discovered S-Cubed, and are using the system in their classrooms with great success.

Dale Duncan

Mr. Duncan has presented his work on the subject with articles in Choral Director Magazine, ACDA’s ChorTeach, in webinars for NAFME, in state ACDA events in Georgia and South Carolina and at Georgia Music Educator’s Association Convention on many occasions. His materials are available at Teachers Pay Teachers! He blogs about the subject at


Guest Choirs

The city of Montgomery has been blessed by the arts, and in the case of the choral arts, it has been especially blessed to receive 40 years of professional quality music from the Montgomery Chorale, one of the city’s oldest musical performing arts organization and its official performing choral group. The Chorale has made a significant contribution to the musical enrichment of the community.

The Chorale’s dedication to presenting professional quality choral performances and its requirement that all members must audition in order to participate have helped produce a musically compatible blend of voices at ease with any musical composition from Beethoven to Berlin.

The Chorale’s audiences have been the real beneficiaries of the group’s unique ability to master both classical and popular compositions, from Mozart to Gershwin. Year in and year out, the Chorale’s talented singers have provided something for everyone.

Montgomery is a city rich in tradition, and it is replete with landmarks glorifying that tradition. One of its finest and oldest musical performing arts traditions is the Montgomery Chorale, still young at 40 and looking forward to many more years and many more generations of music lovers to entertain.


8VAlution’s (Brian Seay, Karmessa Padgett, Brittany Seay, Andriana Haygood, Sharita Smith, and Cameron Blackmore) journey began on the hills of Alabama A&M University as the “Vocal Jazz Ensemble”. The VJE, under the leadership of its founder, Dr. Horace Carney, was established to give students the opportunity for an alternative-performing outlet in which to display their training and talents. Beginning in 2011, through inspiration by the performances of the “Real Group” and “Take Six”, the group became more interested in A Cappella Music.

As the ensemble began to evolve, so did the student director, Brian Seay, under Carney’s tutelage. Then, the ensemble began to gain recognition from the community and surrounding cities when they became the first HBCU to participate in the Alabama Choral Directors Show Choir and Jazz Festival. Captivating the audience with their style, intricate harmonies, drive, and sensitivity, they were judged to have a superior performance and received a standing ovation.

This historic moment gave the group inspiration to premiere their first concert ever, Evolution, on the campus of Alabama A&M to show their musical evolvement. The group, that night, established their name as “8VAlution”. Why the name, 8VAlution? “The hard work, the passion, and the dedication it takes to be great, has helped us constantly evolve into better singers and musicians, and that sums up our name,” says Padgett. Another member of the group, Smith said, “We have evolved and made the transition from
being college students performing in a classroom to young professional musicians best describes 8VAlution.” The seven distinguished melodious voices of 8VAlution are known for their, spine-tingling arrangements, intricate harmonies, and seamless versatility in jazz, R&B, choral, pop, and gospel music.