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Dickau, Carter Headline Summer Conference

Acclaimed choral musicians and composers Roland Carter and David Dickau will headline this summer's Tennessee ACDA Summer Conference.  The conference will be held June 22-23, 2012 in Chattanooga's First Baptist Church (site of this year's TMEA All-State choir rehearsals) and will feature performances by the King's Quire and the Chattanooga Choral Society for the Preservation of African-American Song.  Visit the State Conference page or download the conference brochure here.

Roland Carter     David Dickau

Lipscomb University Hosts Men's Chorus Day

The Lipscomb University Department of Music will host a Men's Chorus Day featuring the renowned vocal ensemble Cantus on September 18, 2012. Dr. Gary P. Wilson from Lipscomb University will rehearse the men during the day. In  the afternoon, the professional men’s choir Cantus will provide a clinic for a local high school men’s choir. In the evening, the festival choir will present a concert prior to the performance by Cantus, then join with the men of Cantus for a grand finale number. Contact Dr. Gary Wilson in the Lipscomb University's Music Department or download the event flyer here.


Grammy Nominee Takes TN Choir Director to Awards

February 11, 2012 NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Christian singer Brandon Heath doesn't need to win a Grammy on Sunday to thank his biggest supporter publicly. She's going with him to the show.

The 33-year old Heath is taking his former high school choir teacher, Bobby Jean Frost.

Read more about Brandon and former Hillsboro High School choir director BJ Frost here.

Lipscomb's Gary Wilson Presents at ACDA Seminar

Dr. Gary Wilson has been selected to present research at ACDA’s first National Symposium on American Choral Music: The Search for An American Style.  The conference will take place in Washington D.C. in June 2012, with most of the sessions held at the Library of Congress.  Wilson’s presentation will cover American composer Edward MacDowell (1860-1902).  MacDowell is well-known as a composer of piano and orchestral works, but also wrote approximately two dozen choral octavos. 

The symposium is the culmination of a joint venture begun in 2007 between ACDA and the Library of Congress.  The purpose of the initiative is to create an American choral music web site that would make selected works from the Library of Congress collection available for downloading free of charge to conductors worldwide.  Works selected for the web site are by American composers, in the public domain, and appear in editions not readily available today.  The collection contains mixed, women’s and men’s pieces, either unaccompanied or with keyboard accompaniment.  Some of the composers included in the project with MacDowell are Amy Beach, Nathaniel Dett, Horatio Parker, Henry Burleigh, Victor Herbert, Peter Lutkin, and Edgar Thorn (MacDowell’s pseudonym).  To view the collection, visit


Gary Wilson

Director of Choral Activities, Lipscomb Univ.

Jerry Warren Honored

Jerry Warren, 2010 recipient of the Tennessee ACDA Lifetime Achievement Award, is honored with a special tribute.  Click here for to read the tribute written by longtime TN-ACDA treasurer and the recipient of the inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award, David Spencer.

Jerry Warren

Vincent Oakes Selected President-Elect

Vincent Oakes, Artistic Director of the Chattanooga Boys Choir and Director of Choral Music at The Baylor School, has been selected as President-Elect by the Tennessee ACDA membership.  His term as President-Elect begins in fall 2011, and he will assume to role of President in 2013.

Oakes is Artistic Director of the Chattanooga Boys Choir, a public, non-profit community music performance and education organization of over 140 boys in five different ensembles.  Recent appearances by the choir include performance tours of the Czech Republic, Ireland, Canada, and throughout the United States.  A frequent guest conductor, recent conducting engagements include the Tennessee Treble Honor Choir, Alabama ACDA Festival of Voices Boychoir, Florida ACDA Male Honor Choir, and the GMEA (Georgia) 6th Grade Statewide Honors Chorus.  Oakes also directs the choral program at the Baylor School, including two middle school choirs, two high school choirs, and the faculty chorus.  His recent service to ACDA includes state and division R&S Chair for Boychoirs, state conference chair, and high school honor choir chair for the 2010 (Memphis) and 2012 (Winston-Salem) division conventions.  He was also selected to participate in the inaugural ACDA International Conductors Exchange Program, which culminates in his participation in a delegation of American conductors who will visit Cuba in May 2012.


Vincent Oakes

Mabry Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Renowned choral director and educator George Mabry was awarded the Tennessee ACDA Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2011 Summer Conference in Chattanooga, TN. Mabry - a Tennessee native - was the longtime Director of Choral Activities at Austin-Peay State University in Clarksville and has directed the Nashville Symphony Chorus since 1998.  A recipient of the Governor’s Award in the Arts for Arts Leadership in Tennessee and the Spirit of Tennessee Award from the Tennessee Arts Academy, he was also the Music Director for Opyland U.S.A. in Nashville.

Previous recipients of the Tennessee ACDA Lifetime Achievement Award include:

2008   David Spencer

2009   David Stutzenbeger

2010   Jerry Warren

George Mabry



June 22-23, 2012 Tennessee ACDA State Convention - Chattanooga, TN

March 13-16, 2013 ACDA National Convention - Dallas, TX

Feb. 29-March 3, 2014  ACDA Southern Division Convention - Winston-Salem, NC


Visit the TN State Choral Festival page to get information on the upcoming spring choral festival and previous festivals.

Jackson State Community College

Innovation Ensemble


Chattanooga Choral Society for the Preservation of African American Song


First United Methodist Church

Oak Ridge, TN

Chancel Choir


Seymour Middle School

Eagle Ensemble


Greeneville High School

Advanced Men's Choir


UT-Knoxville Women's Chorale


Chattanooga Boys Choir


University of Memphis

Jazz Ensemble