Repertoire Children's and Community Youth Choir

ACDA Children’s and Community Youth Choir Conductor’s Retreat




January 18-19, 2014

Registration includes:All sessions featuring respected and creative educators/artists such as Anton Armstrong, Annie Barry, Angela Broeker, Jay Broeker, Pamela Burns, Jena Dickey, Rollo Dilworth, Emily Ellsworth, Mary Kay Geston, Mary Goetze, Therees Hibbard, Joy Hirokawa, Dan LeJeune, Robyn Lana, Matthew Mehaffey, Marcia Patton, Heather Potter, Andrea Ramsey, Kathy Romey, Tim Sharp, performances by Angelica Cantanti Youth Choirs, Minnesota BoyChoir, and the Heartland Youth Choir and packets from all three reading sessions!

Registration Fee: $100 by November 15

$150 after Novembers 15


Continuing Education Credit is available at no cost to ACDA members.  Download the CEU FORM

Please watch the ACDA website, Choralnet, emails from ACDA, the Choral Journal, and the Children's Choir Conductor's Forum Facebook group for the most up-to-date details.

The Radisson Plaza Hotel Minneapolis is pleased to offer participants of the ACDA Children's Choir Retreat a special group rate of $95 plus tax per night for the dates of January 17–20, 2014.Make your online reservation for overnight accommodations, and get connected to the ACDA Children's Choir Retreat.


Questions about the 2014 Retreat?
Contact Robyn Lana at

HANDOUTS- 2012 Children's & Community Youth Choir Conductor's Retreat (Denver, CO)

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 1Part 2
Tim Sharp: Collaboration
in the Ensemble Arts: Working and Playing Well With Others

ACDA Inaugural Children's and Community Youth Conductor's

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