ACDA opens first exhibit in the McMahon International Choral Music Museum
Those attending the 2009 National Convention in Oklahoma City had the opportunity to tour ACDA's first exhibit held in the McMahon International Choral Music Museum. Thanks to the photographs of Choral Journal editor, Carroll Gonzo, those who were unable to attend the convention and those who did not make it over to the national office can take a virtual tour of the museum using our gallery of photographs.
Upon entering the museum, you are greeted with the Wall
of Honor to your right, four display cases filled with facsimiles,
photographs, records, and other items from the Archives.
The founders of ACDA joined us, sitting just as
they had sat 50 years ago in Kansas City, MO.
The original founders' photograph that
the display was based on. From left to
right are J. Clark Rhodes, Elwood Keister,
Curtis Hansen, Harry Robert Wilson,
R. Wayne Hugoboom, and Archie Jones.
Warner Imig was the photographer.
The doors from the Lawton headquarters grace the middle of the room. Entering
through the doors, feel free to sit on one of the stools and watch a concert session being projected on the wall.
Looking up at the ceiling, color from
the banners pops out! Each decade
has its own color and some of the
events and people that have
been part of ACDA's history are
included on the banners.
This year, the Wall of Honor hung
almost magically suspended in the
windows of the museum.
We now have 49 individuals on our Wall of Honor.
Each made a significant contribution to the choral
arts during his/her lifetime and is honored here
because of it.
The walls are lined with ACDA's history
built upon a music staff. Above the far
wall stands a quartet, always ready to sing.
A closer view of the timeline.