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The American Choral Directors Association Student Chapter at UCM

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The American Choral Directors Association (ACDA)

ACDA was founded in 1959 with the purpose of promoting excellence in choral music through performance, composition, publication, research, and teaching. In addition, the organization strives through arts advocacy to elevate choral music's position in American society.

Mission Statement

The ACDA Mission, known as "Advocacy of the Arts" statement is as follows:

"Whereas, the Human spirit is elevated to a broader understanding of itself through the study and performance in the aesthetic arts, and Whereas, serious cutbacks in funding and support have steadily eroded state institutions and their programs throughout our country, Be it resolved that all citizens of the United States actively voice their affirmative and collective support for necessary funding at the local, state, and national levels of education and government to ensure the survival of arts programs."


ACDA membership consists of approximately 18,000 choral directors who represent more than one million singers across the United States. ACDA members teach choral music in public and private schools - kindergarten through senior high school - and at the college and university levels. They conduct a variety of choral groups, both at the community level and in places of worship.


ACDA offers conventions at the state, division, and national levels. National conventions are offered in March of odd-numbered years. The seven division conventions take place in February and March of even-numbered years (click on the Central Division ACDA icon at the left for information). Through concert performances by accomplished choirs, educational clinics by leading experts, and exhibits by music-industry representatives, ACDA offers its members a diverse and practical forum in which to develop their skills and professional contacts.


ACDA publishes several journals and newsletters. The national publication is the Choral Journal..  It.contains articles and columns of a scholarly and practical nature in addition to reviews of newly released CD recordings, books, and printed music.


The UCM Chapter of ACDA was founded in 1991. Activities include hosting guest artists and speakers such as Brad Prinz, holding interest sessions on issues that are educational and entertaining to its members, and attending conventions at the state, regional, and national levels.

Becoming a Member

Joining the UCM Chapter of ACDA is simple. We are always excited to have new and active members. In addition to being a member of the local chapter, you will also be a “student member” of the national organization. Come see our bulletin board outside room 008 in the Utt Music Building from time to time to get updated announcements.

If you would like to join ACDA, please contact Dr. Zrust to get a registration form, or just pick one up at the bulletin board. We look forward to meeting you soon!

Important Links

Missouri Choral Directors Association
Southwestern Division ACDA
National ACDA

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