American Choral Directors Association

Repertoire Children's and Community Youth Choir

January 16-17 Morristown New Jersey Please plan to join us for our fourth retreat, which will feature many wonderful clinicians and great topics. It is a great opportunity to meet and network with colleagues who work in school, church, and community positions. Attendees should fly into Newark. Shuttles are available from Newark to Morristown. Look for complete information and a registration form by early September.For information, contact National Chair Cheryl Dupont at

ACDA Children & Community Youth Choir Conductors’ Retreat
Morristown New Jersey

January 16-17, 2016

Prior to Midnight November 30: Member $115, Non-member $165
December 15 registration increase to: Member $165, Non-member $215

Please join us for a two-day ACDA event over the Martin Luther King weekend, which is tailored for those who conduct children and youth choirs in schools, in the community, and in places of worship.  The Retreat will be a wonderful way to meet new colleagues in your field, and reconnect with old friends. After attending the varied presentations, reading sessions and concert, you will travel home with ideas, techniques and literature that you can immediately use with your choirs.
For more information CLICK HERE.
2016 Children's Conductor Retreat Sessions CLICK HERE.


ACDA Children's and Community Youth Conductor's Retreat
Minneapolis, MN
January 2014

Cheryl Dupont, Angie Johnson, Emmy Williams: Beginning Repertoire, Unison and Two-Part

Jena Dickey and others: Gems

Marcia Patton and others: Warhorses

Angie Broeker: The Bridge to Somewhere

Annie Barry: Children's Choral Music from Ireland

Dan LeJeune: Singing Sons

Mary Goetze: Singing It Their Way

Mary Goetze: Repertoire Selection and Planning

Rick McKee and Friend

Therees Hibbard

ACDA Children's and Community Youth Conductor's Retreat


Denver, CO
January 2012

Karen Bruno: Repertoire for Training and Intermediate Choirs
Sample 1
Sample 2

Sample 3

Sample 4

Paul Caldwell: Meeting Recruitment Challenges
Margie Camp: Inspiring Your Youngest Singers - Training Choirs
Emily Ellsworth: For the Love of Text
Christy Elsner: Team Building Activities for the Choral Ensemble

Cathy Fink: Exploring American Folksong
Sample 1: O Susanna
Sample 2: The Cuckoo
Sample 3: High on a Mountain

Janet Galvan: Conducting Master Class

Joan Gregoryk: The Great American Folksong
Sample 1: Trampin
Sample 2: High on a Mountain
Sample 3: I'm Gonna Live

Maria Teresa Guillen: Exploring Music of Columbia
Sample 1: Amadores
Sample 2: Por Oriente
Sample 3: Velo Que Bonito

Camile Horne: Encouraging Diversity
Karen Lutgen: Moving Toward Musicality
Debbie Mello: Reading Session, "Gems that Everyone Must Know!"
Nick Page: Dynamic Listening Part 1Part 2Part 3
Marcia Patton: Rehearsal Pacing � Keeping Them Engaged
Josh Pedde: Vocal Warm-ups
Elena Sharkova: Singing with Joy, Beauty and Understanding Part 1 and Part 2
Tim Sharp: Collaboration in the Ensemble Arts: Working and Playing Well With Others

ACDA Inaugural Children's and Community Youth Conductor's Retreat

University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music, Cincinnati, Ohio, January 16-17, 2010

In a collaborative spirit, conductors of Children's and Community Youth Choirs joined colleagues from across the United States for a weekend of networking, problem solving, mentoring, and sharing of artistry in the first ACDA Children's and Community Youth Conductor's Retreat.

The American Choral Directors Association is proud to present the following handouts compiled during the retreat.


Broeker - Community Building in the Choral Rehearsal
Broeker Video Number One - click here
Broeker Video Welcome Game - click here
Broeker Video Welcome to the First - click here
Broeker Video Name Games - click here
Dwyer - Harmony in Sequence (Introducing Repertoire to Inexperienced Readers)
Ellsworth - Taking a Fresh Look at Auditions...Placement Hearings...Ensemble Placement...for Children's and Youth Choirs
Ellsworth Resound article December 2009 - Where Imagination and Reality Meet
Mathias Sightsinging- The Right to Read
Westgate and Potter - Making Music With Your Youngest Singers


CCCR Critical Issues (Chorus America)
CCCR Recruitment (Chorus America)
The Impact of Choral Singing on Children & Youth - Chorus America Impact Study (powerpoint)


Gems: Newer Repertoire EVERYONE Must Know!
War Horses: Classical Repertoire EVERYONE Must Know
Elsner - War Horses Database

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