Student Chapters

ACDA student chapters are active on dozens of campuses nationwide, and even in a few high schools and conservatories. Are you interested?

  1. Is there an existing chapter? First look to see if the chapter at your school is active. Here is the list of active student chapters , current as of August 1, 2019. If your school is listed, find out when meetings are!
  2. Was there once a chapter that you can reactive? If you don't see your school listed as having a chapter, contact Trina Kopacka, ACDA membership & communications coordinator, to see if there ever was one. If yes, you can easily reactivate the chapter by submitting a Reactivation Form.
  3. Establish a chapter! If there isn't, and hasn't ever been, a student chapter at your institution, it's a straight forward process to establish one. We offer you a variety of resources and suggestions: If you want to establish a brand new student chapter, once you lay the groundwork on campus, please submit (1) a completed application form and (2) a copy of your student chapter constitution. We require that your chapter adviser be a current ACDA member, as well as your student chapter president. Of course, we encourage all of the student chapter members be ACDA members, and in participating states, that may be only $5 for your first year (learn more about the Student Membership Initiative).


Ithaca College Student Chapter

Outstanding Student Chapter. Ithaca College (Janet Galvan, faculty advisor) was recently named 2019 Outstanding Student Chapter. The Outstanding Student Chapter Award recognizes an ACDA student chapter which, through its activities, best supports the advancement of choral music. In announcing the award, Dr. David Edmonds, ACDA’s National R&R Chair for Student Activities, stated that Ithaca “continues a strong tradition of musical leadership and innovation and serves as a model of what student chapters can bring to our profession—they are truly doing outstanding work.” This year, the award committee also recognized the student chapter at Texas State University (TSU) with an honorable mention.

Student Chapter Activities
The ACDA Student Chapter at the University of Nevada, Reno, is sponsoring a choral symposium on Saturday, February 29, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. at the University Arts Building. The event will include workshops, sight-reading sessions, performances, clinics, and panel of choral educators, and more. Donald Brineger will be the keynote speaker, and UNR's a capella group, BLV (Reuben Roberts, cond.) and Damonte Ranch High School's Piu Mosso (Jennifer Tibben, cond.) will be performing. Details.

New and newly reactivated student chapters. Welcome to the following chapters:

  • Appalachian State University (Meg Stohlmann, advisor)
  • Cantabile Youth Singers of Silicon Valley (Elena Sharkova, advisor)
  • Central Connecticut State University (Sarah Bowe, advisor)
  • Plymouth State University (Daniel Perkins, advisor)
  • Southeast Missouri State University (Barbara Lamont, advisor)
  • University of Hawaii (Jace Saplan, advisor)
  • University of New Hampshire (Alex Favazza, advisor)
  • University of Utah (Emily Mercado, advisor)
  • Washington & Lee University (Morgan Luttig, advisor)

Do You Lead an Active Chapter?

  • Submit your annual report by May 15 in order to keep it active for the following school year, and help us stay in touch so that you receive news of student and chapter opportunities.
  • Share news about your chapter! We want to highlight your success. Send photos of your group to Trina Kopacka so we can feature you on our Instagram Highlights (@acda_nation)! Additionally, Choral Journal regularly includes "Student Chapter Updates." Email news updates and photos to Trina Kopacka. (Updates should be 250 words or fewer and include your institution's name and your contact information.)
  • Looking for ideas? Successful collegiate ACDA chapters tend to use the following guidelines in planning their year:
    • Encourage and stimulate student membership and involvement in ACDA at the state, division, and national levels.
    • Promote and recognize the involvement of ACDA student chapters on college campuses.
    • Sponsor activities and sessions at the local level that engage the training and experience of student choral musicians.
    • Encourage student attendance and involvement at ACDA region and national conferences through scholarship projects.
    Chapter activities can include events like the following:
    • Student symposia and workshops
    • Conducting master classes
    • Reading sessions
    • Sponsorship of activities and sessions at ACDA conferences that directly relate to the training and experience of student choral musicians
    Ready for a bigger adventure? ChorTransform is a new program for chapters structured around the tenets of service learning, and takes students out of their usual settings into underserved choral programs and populations. More here .

For additional information and ideas for student chapters, please email David Edmonds, national repertoire and resources chair for student activities.

Active Student Chapters

Appalachian State University NC Meg Stohlmann
Arkansas Tech University AR Christopher Harris
Azusa Pacific University CA Dr. John Sutton
Baylor University TX Dr. Lynne Gackle
Black Hills State University SD Jonathan Nero
California State University-East Bay CA Dr. Buddy James
California State University-Fresno CA Dr. Cari Earnhart
California State University-Stanislaus CA Daniel Afonso
Cantabile Youth Singers of Silicon Valley CA Elena Sharkova
Capital University OH Laura Kitchel
Castleton University VT Sherrill Blodget
Catholic University of America DC Dr. Sharyn Battersby
Central Connecticut State University CT Sarah Bowe
Colorado Mesa University CO Dr. Adam Klunck
Concordia College MN Dr. Michael Culloton
Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam NY Dr. Jeffery Francom
Drake University IA Dr. Aimee Beckmann-Collier
Duquesne University PA Dr. Caron Daley
East Carolina University NC Dr. James Franklin
Eastern Kentucky University KY Richard Waters
Eastern Michigan University MI Brandon Johnson
Florida Gulf Coast University FL Dr. Trent Brown
Florida State University FL Kevin Fenton
Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts TX Kerra Simmons
George Mason University VA Lisa Billingham
Georgia State University GA Dr. Deanna Joseph
Grand Valley State University MI Shirley Lemon
Hofstra University NY David Fryling
Huntingdon College AL Dr. Darion Womak
Illinois Wesleyan University IL J.Scott Ferguson
Kansas State University KS Dr. Julie Yu
Keene State College NH Sandra A. Howard
Lee University TN Dr. Joshua Cheney
Longwood University VA DCA - Dr. Pamela McDermott
Luther College IA Dr. Jill Wilson
Mansfield University of Pennsylvania PA Dr. Peggy Dettwiler
Meredith College NC Shannon Gravelle
Michigan State University MI Dr. Sandra Snow
Middle Tennessee State University TN Dr. Jamila L. McWhirter
Nebraska Wesleyan University NE Boyd Bacon
Northern Michigan University MI Erin Colwitz
Northwest Missouri State University MO DCA - Dr. Stephen Town
Oregon State University OR Steven Zielke
Pacific Lutheran University WA Brian Galante
Pennsbury High School PA David Reimschussel
Plymouth State University NH Dr. Daniel Perkins
Radford University VA Dr. Meredith Bowen
Reinhardt University GA Dr. Melissa Arasi
Rowan University NJ Dr. Christopher Thomas
Rutgers University NJ Dr. Brandon Williams
Saddleback College CA Scott Farthing
Shorter University GA Dr. Aaron Rice
South Dakota State University SD Andrew Robinette
Southeast Missouri State University MO Dr. Barbara Lamont
Southern Utah University UT Krystal McCoy
State University of New York at Fredonia NY Dr. Adam Luebke
Stetson University FL Sandra Peter
Syracuse University NY Dr. John Warren
Tennessee Tech University TN Dr. Craig Zamer
Towson University MD Dr. Diana Saez
Trevecca Nazarene University TN Dr. Thomas Lerew
University of Arkansas AR Dr. Stephen Caldwell
University of Central Florida FL Kelly Miller
University of Central Missouri MO Adam Zrust
University of Colorado at Boulder CO Elizabeth Swanson
University of Delaware DE Dr. Duane Cottrell
University of Florida FL Cory Alexander
University of Hawaii at Manoa HI Dr. Jace Saplan
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign IL Dr. Andrea Solya
University of Kansas KS Melissa Grady
University of Memphis TN Emily Frizzell
University of Minnesota-Duluth MN Dr. Richard Robbins
University of Mississippi MS Elizabeth Hearn
University of Missouri-Columbia MO Brandon Boyd
University of Missouri-Kansas City MO Dr. Charles Robinson
University of Montevallo AL Melinda Doyle
University of Nevada - Las Vegas NV David B. Weiller
University of Nevada - Reno NV Paul Torkelson
University of New Hampshire NH Dr. Alex Favazza
University of North Alabama AL Ian Loeppky
University of North Carolina at Charlotte NC Randy Haldeman
University of North Florida FL Dr. Cara Tasher
University of Oregon OR Sharon Paul
University of South Carolina - Aiken SC Dr. Joel Scraper
University of Southern California CA Dr. Cristian Grases
University of Southern Mississippi MS Dr. Jonathan Kilgore
University of Texas-Arlington TX Dr. Karen Kenaston-French
University of Toledo OH Brad Pierson
University of Washington WA Dr. Giselle Wyers
University of West Georgia GA Karen Graffius
Vanderbilt University TN Biddlecombe
Washington and Lee University VA Morgan Luttig
Washington State University WA Dr. Lori Wiest
Wayne State University MI Alexander Sutton
Webster University MO Dr. Trent Patterson
West Chester University PA Dr. Ryan Kelly
West Virginia University WV Kym Scott
Western Illinois University IL Dr. Jason Hawkins
Western Michigan University MI Kimberly Dunn Adams
Western Washington University WA Tim Fitzpatrick
Westminster Choir College NJ Tom Shelton
Wingate University NC Dr. Nana Wolfe-Hill
Winona State University MN Dr. Harry Mechell
Wintrop University SC Dr. Jeremy Mims
Arizona State University AZ David Schildkret
Belmont University TN Dr. Lesley Mann
Bemidji State University MN Dwight Jilek
Central Washington University WA Gary Weidenaar
East Tennessee State University TN Alan Stevens
Eastern New Mexico University NM Dr. Jason Paulk
Friends University KS
Harding University AR Dr. Cliff Ganus III
Indiana University - Bloomington IN Chris Albanese
Ithaca College NY Dr. Janet Galvan
Lawrence University Conservatory of Music WI Stephen Sieck
Lipscomb University TN Dr. Gary P. Wilson
Montclair State University NJ Dr. Heather J. Buchanan
Nazareth College NY Brian Stevens
San Jose State University CA Dr. Jeffrey Benson
Temple University PA Dr. Mitos Andaya Hart
Tennessee State University TN Dr. Susan Kelly
Texas A&M University-Commerce TX Randall Hooper
Texas State University-San Marcos TX Dr. Jonathan Babcock
University of Akron OH Dr. Ann Usher
University of Alabama-Birmingham AL Brian Kittredge
University of Arizona AZ Dr. Elizabeth Schauer
University of Massachusetts-Amherst MA Dr. Stephen Paparo
University of Miami, Frost School of Music FL Jami Lercher
University of Nebraska at Omaha NE Dr. Derrick Fox
University of New Mexico NM Dr. David Edmonds
University of North Texas TX Jessica Nápoles
University of Tennessee-Chattanooga TN Dr. Joseph Kevin Ford
University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire WI Frank Watkins
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse WI Christophen Hathaway
University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point WI Dr. Duane R Karna
Valparaiso University IN Christopher Cock
Wichita State University KS Tom Wine