Women's Choirs

ACDA Women’s Choirs Consortium Commission
The ACDA Women’s Choirs Consortium consists of women’s choirs that pool their resources to commission new works for women’s choirs. The commission fee has been $250 - $300 per choir, paid to the national ACDA office once the consortium is finalized.

Consortium members receive the new works by PDF file and have exclusive rights to copy it for their own performance. The member choirs and their conductors are listed on the work when published. Choirs are encouraged to advertise their premier performances of the new works.

Schedule for Participation in the Consortium:

Call for participation: February 1, 2017
Deadline for participation - extended: March 31, 2017
Invoices sent to consortium members: April 2017
Commissions provided to membership: December of Consortium Year

Membership in the 2017 commission is now underway and will be completed by Dec. 31st. The composers for the 2017 will be announced soon. If you are interested in participating in the commissioning project and have not already indicated so, please email Dr. Phillip A. Swan, National Chair for Women’s Choirs Repertoire and Resources, at phillip.a.swan@lawrence.edu. You will be added to our consortium email list.

The level of difficulty for the commissions is listed at advanced high school, college/university or community choirs.

ACDA Women’s Choir Consortium Compositions - History

2016 – At the Heart of Our Stillness by Kathleen Allan
2016 – Patterns on the Snow by Mari Esabel Valverde
2016 – Rise Up! by Jake Runestad
2015 – Patito by Gabriela Frank
2015 – Two Friends Like Fireflies by Joseph Gregorio
2015 – I Have a Voice by Moira Smiley
2014 – Truth by Andrea Ramsey
2014 – Spring Shall Bloom by Susan LaBarr
2014 – A Blessing of Cranes by Abbie Betinis
2013 – I Want to Die While You Love Me by Rosephanye Powell
2013 – Yellow Twig of Willow by Stephen Smith
2013 – Mother O’ Mine by Lauren McLaren
2012 – Full Fathom Five by Paul Carey
2012 – Flare by Dale Trumbore
2012 – Carmel Highlands by Daniel Kallman
2011 – Moon Goddess by Jocelyn Hagen
2011 – Chapo Pou Fanm by Sydney Guillaume
2011 – Leshana Haba’a BiYerushalyam, arr. by Shawn Kirchner
2010 – Reasons by Elizabeth Alexander
2010 – Tundra by Ola Gjeilo
2008 – The Singing Place by Joan Szymko
2007 – Softly Little Child by Daniel Gawthrop

Thank you for supporting women’s choirs and encouraging the creation of quality, new repertoire for women's choirs!

2016 ACDA Women’s Choir Consortium Commission Members

Aria Women's Choir, Monterey: Sean Boulware, Conductor
Bella Voce Women’s Ensemble: Jennifer Tibben, Conductor
Bonneville HS Bel Cantos: Steve Dresen, Conductor
California State University: Fullerton, Women's Choir, Robert Istad, Conductor
Cantala (Lawrence University Women’s Choir): Phillip A. Swan, Conductor
Canzona Women's Ensemble: Cricket Handler & Jill Anderson, Conductors
Carillon Women's Chorale: Karen S. Nevins, Artistic Director
Carthage Women's Ensemble: Peter Dennee, Conductor
Central Bucks West Women’s Choir: Joseph Ohrt, Conductor
Clovis East High School Women's Chorale: Daniel Bishop, Conductor
Elektra Women’s Choir: Morna Edmundson, Artistic Director
Flower Mound High School Women’s Chorale, Flower Mound, TX: Mark Rohwer, Conductor
Girls' 21 from Cherry Creek High School: Adam Cave, Conductor
Holton-Arms School: Mary Jane Pagenstecher, Director
Jenny Lind Vocal Ensemble at Augustana College: Michael Zemek, Conductor
Ladies of Lee (Lee University): Jonathan Rodgers, Conductor
Luther College Aurora: Jennaya Robison, Conductor
Manitou Singers, St. Olaf College: Therees Hibbard, Conductor
Mira Costa High School Advanced Women’s Ensemble: Michael Hayden, Conductor
Mirinesse Women’s Choir: Rebecca Rottsolk, Conductor
Mountain View High School: Jason Neumann, Conductor
Nazareth Academy Chorale: Katherine Chmelko, Conductor
Peninsula Women’s Chorus: Martin Benvenuto, Artistic Director
Saint Mary’s College Women’s Choir: Nancy Menk, Conductor
Santa Monica High School Chamber Singers: Jeffe Huls, Conductor
Sistrum, Lansing Women’s Chorus: Meredith Bowen, Conductor
The Texas State Women’s Choir: Lynn Brinckmeyer, Conductor
The Women of the Bob Cole Chamber Choir: Jonathan Talberg, Conductor
University of Mississippi Women’s Glee Club: Debra Spurgeon, Conductor
University of Southern California Oriana Women’s Choir: Jo-Michael Scheibe, Department Chair
University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire Women's Concert Choir: Frank A. Watkins, Conductor
Vassar College Women’s Chorus: Christine Howlett, Conductor
Voca Lyrica: Ginny Kerwin, Conductor
Vox Femina Los Angeles: Iris S. Levine, Artistic Director
West Ottawa High School Select Women’s Ensemble: Pam Pierson, Conductor
Wheaton College Women's Chorale: Mary Hopper, Conductor
WomanSong (West Virginia): Emily Capece, Conductor
WomenSing: Martin Benvenuto, Artistic Director
Xavier University Women's Chorus: Robyn Lana, Conductor

Conducting Women's Choirs: Strategies for Success, is available through GIA Publications. The book is edited and compiled by former National R&S Chair Debra Spurgeon. It is a fabulous book, and one that all women's choir directors should have in their library! Check it out. You can find a review of the book in the August 2013 Choral Journal.

THANK YOU to Iris S. Levine for her impeccable leadership and service as the National Women's Choirs Repertoire and Standards Chair (2010-2016)!