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American Choral Directors Association


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Students and ACDA

Click here to learn more about how you can be involved with ACDA as a student.

Student Membership Options

We have a special membership category for students, with a reduced rate, and work hard to provide ACDA students with a range of opportunities and benefits that are specific to their situations.
  • You can currently take advantage of a special that allows recently graduated students (within two years of graduating) to continue student membership, if you haven't yet obtained a paying choral position. No special forms, just renew (or join) as a student.
  • Some states have opted in to a special Student Membership Initiative that allows NEW student members to pay only $5 for their first year dues.Learn more and find out if your state is participating!
Student membership is for high school, college or university, and graduate school students who don't yet have a paying choral position. At $35 per year, this membership category gives you access to almost all of the benefits of regular active membership.

Current Student Benefits

Most ACDA members benefits are available to students as well. Two of note are (1) ACDA Mentoring, a choral conductor mentoring program that you can learn more about at, and (2) student chapters, bringing student members of ACDA together on college campuses. To learn more about student chapters, click here. There, you can also find out how to start a chapter at your school, if there isn't one already. In addition:
  • The Choral Journal in e-journal format
  • ACDA's electronic journals ChorTeach (for the music educator) and the International Journal for Research in Choral Singing (for scholarly choral articles)
  • Publish in the "Student Times" section of Choral Journal (for information, click here)
  • Full conference and state meetings options, including graduate credit and Continuing Education Units for qualifying national and divisional conference activities
  • Student scholarships to national and some divisional conferences
  • Student conducting and composition awards
  • Outstanding doctoral research award
Join ACDA Now!

Click here to join online, and click here to download a form to mail or fax to us.

A Tip on Your Account Information

Please consider including a permanent or medium-term mailing address and a personal email address when you enter your information online (or on a printed membership form). Student members of ACDA represent the membership group we most lose contact with due to old addresses and emails. You'll move on from your student days, but we hope you don't move on from ACDA!