Summer Conference

July 13 and 14, 2015

The University of Alabama | Tuscaloosa, AL

Registration Form  Call for Proposals  Reading Session Form
Community Festival Chorus Information

Summer Conference Forms

Conference Registration
Pre-register by June 1, 2015.
Call for Proposals
Present an interest session. Application deadline is April 14, 2015.
Reading Sessions
Lead a reading session. Application deadline is April 14, 2015.

We have reserved rooms at Hotel Capstone at a reduced group rate.
Please contact them for room reservations.
320 Paul Bryant, Tuscaloosa, Alabama 350401
Contact: 205-752-3200 | Fax: 205-759-9314
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Our Alabama Choral Directors Association Summer Conference will take place on Monday and Tuesday, July 13-14, 2015. 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


Paul Rardin joined the faculty of Temple University as director of choral activities in 2011. He conducts the Concert Choir, teaches graduate conducting, and oversees the seven-choir program at Temple’s Boyer College of Music and Dance. He previously taught at the University of Michigan and Towson University, where his choirs appeared with the Kirov Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and Baltimore Choral Arts Society. Under his direction the University of Michigan Men’s Glee Club performed at the 2010 American Choral Directors Central Division Convention.

Rardin has served as a guest conductor for all-state choirs in fifteen states, for divisional honor choirs for the ACDA and Music Educators National Conference, and for Manhattan Concert Productions at Lincoln Center. He has presented clinics for state, regional, and national conferences of the American Choral Directors Association.

His engagements for 2014-2015 include conference presentations to the Eastern Division of the National Association for Music Educators, Maryland Music Educators Association, and Alabama ACDA, and guest conducting at Carnegie Hall with Manhattan Concert Productions, as well as with choirs in Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Texas. In May 2015 he will conduct the Deer Creek Chorale and bluegrass ensemble Monroe Crossing in Carol Barnett’s The World Beloved: A Bluegrass Mass.

Rardin is a graduate of Williams College and the University of Michigan, where he received the M.M. in composition and the D.M.A. in conducting. He has studied conducting with Theodore Morrison, Jerry Blackstone, and Gustav Meier, and composition with Leslie Bassett, George Wilson, and Robert Suderburg. He has also participated in conducting master classes with Helmuth Rilling, Charles Bruffy, and Dale Warland. His arrangements of spirituals and folk songs are published by Santa Barbara Music Publishing, and his articles, many on the topic of contemporary music, have appeared in the ACDA publications Choral Journal, Troubadour, Resound, and Bel Canto.

Rardin lives in suburban Philadelphia with his wife, Sandy.


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2) Brushstrokes and Downbows: Movement in the Choral Rehearsal

3) Choral Artistry: Going Beyond Getting it Right


Guest Choir

Information coming soon.