In an effort to acknowledge the excellent work of states in their individual ACDA newsletter publications, and to promote the continual betterment of such publications to the benefit of state memberships, the National Board of ACDA has unanimously endorsed the giving of two awards for outstanding newsletters. These awards will be in the form of a plaque, to be presented every other year at the ACDA National Conference.


The following guidelines have been approved by the National Board.

1. The state newsletter award will be administered by the Coordinator of State and Division Newsletters.
2. Two awards will be presented:  one to a newsletter in a state with a large membership; one to a state with a smaller membership.  The current dividing line would be over or under 300 members as of July 1.
3. The newsletters will be judged by a panel made up of the division newsletter editors.
4. To assure objectivity, editors will not judge newsletters from their own divisions
5. Competing newsletter editors will receive a confidential critique of their newsletters from each judge.

To aid us in this process, please send with your publications a sheet stating the circulation of the newsletter, the press run of each publication, the budget per publication, the number of issues per year, and the number and responsibilities of the newsletter staff.  It is expected that all states will participate in this evaluation.

Six (6) copies of two (2) representative issues from this current calendar year should be sent to: The Coordinator of State and Division Newsletters, 545 Couch Drive, Oklahoma City, OK 73102.

Timetable: Winners will be announced at the biennial National Conference.

Any questions concerning any aspects of the procedure should be referred to the Coordinator of State and Division Newsletters.


2013  Nebraska Short Notes (print pub., small budget; Stacie Blackmore, editor)
          North Carolina Caroler  (print pub., medium budget; Nathan Leaf, editor)
          California Cantate  (print pub., large budget; David Scholz, editor)
          Kansas Choral Range  (print pub with pro designer; Brad Vogel, editor)
          Iowa Sounding Board (website with pro designer; Jill Wilson, editor)
          Massachusetts (website with non-pro designer)
          California (hybrid website with pro designer)

2011  Nebraska Short Notes (print pub., small budget; Stacie Blackmore, editor)
          California Cantate  (print pub., medium budget; Douglas Lynn, editor)
          Minnesota Star of the North (print pub., large budget; Mark Poyvin, editor)
          California Cantate  (print pub. with pro. designer; Douglas Lynn, editor))
          California (website)

2009:  Virginia Harmony (small budget; Jerry Myers. editor)
           Kansas Choral Range (medium budget; Brad Vogel, editor)
           Minnesota's Star of the North (large budget; Mark Potvin, editor)
           California Cantate (best layout & non-pro.design; Douglas Lynn, ed.)
           Texas Sings! (best layout & pro design; Dan Wood, editor)
           North Carolina Carolina Caroler (most improved, Anne M. Saxon, editor)
           Iowa Sounding Board (most creative use of photo, Ryan Beeken, editor)

2007:  Oregon Choral Focus  tor (small state newsletter, Julie Adkins, editor)
           Minnesota's Star of the North (large state newsletter; Kari Douma, editor)

2005:  Minnesota Star of the North (Ryan Connolly, editor)

2003:  Oregon Choral Focus (Julie Adkins, editor)

2001:  Indiana Notations (large state newsletter; Robert Nance, editor)
           Oregon Choral Focus (small state shared award, Julie Adkins, editor)
           Kansas Choral Range (small state shared award, T.Wine and M.Sexton, editors)


1997:  The Student Times (honorable mention; Scott W. Dorsey, editor)

1995:  Texas Sings!  (Dan Wood, editor)
           New York Choral Cues (Don Lang and Kraig Pritts, co-editors)

1993:  Illinois Conductor's Podium (Lynn Drafall and Diane Hires co-editors)

1991:  New York Choral Cues (Richard Kegerreis, editor)