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“Everything’s up to date in Kansas City!” -- that’s what the song says anyway! You will definitely want to mark the dates of Feb. 27th – March 2 on your calendar for the 2019 ACDA 60th Anniversary Jubilee National Conference to be held in Kansas City, Missouri.   The conference themes for this 60th Anniversary Conference are Legacy and Community. We will have performances by choirs from across our country, international choirs, a Legacy Director’s Chorus featuring 11 iconic conductors, 4 Honor Choirs, ‘A Walk Through ACDA History,’ interest sessions, reading sessions, not to mention KC Barbecue and a Kaleidoscope of KC choirs! I hope to see you in KC!

  • 40+ Sessions
  • 50+ Choirs
  • 4 Honor Choirs
  • 100+ Exhibits

Welcome to Kansas City

Join us from 4 - 7 p.m. on Tuesday, February 26, 2019 at the Kansas City Convention Center for the Pre-Conference Reception featuring local food and drinks. Registration will be available for both pre-registered and on-site registrations. This is the perfect opportunity to skip the rush on Wednesday morning!

Following the reception, we welcome you to join us for the Kaleidoscope Concert at the Kauffman Center, beginning at 8:00 p.m. This concert will feature performances by: Allegro Choirs of KC, Heartland Men's Chorus, and Kantorei. This concert is available to all conference attendees but you must have your badge to get in. Access will be granted on a first come, first serve basis. 

Tentative Conference Schedule

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 26
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Registration & Reception - KC Convention Center Bartle Exhibit Hall B (2nd Floor)
8:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Kaleidoscope Concert - Helzberg Hall
(Allegro Choirs, Kantorei, Isaac Cates & Ordained, Heartland Men)

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 27
7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Registration Open - KC Convention Center Bartle Exhibit Hall B (2nd Floor)
8:00 AM - 2:00 PM and 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Exhibits Open - KC Convention Center Bartle Exhibit Halls A and B (2nd Floor)
8:30 AM - 9:30 AM
A Conversation with John Rutter - Grace Trinity Church 
10:00 AM - 10:50 AM and 11:00 AM - 11:50 PM
Interest Sessions Various Locations
12:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Concert Session A - Helzberg Hall
(Cantabile Youth Singers, South Salem HS, Univ. of Missouri, Lorelei)
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Concert Session B - Muriel Kauffman Theater
(Southwest JH Men, Lawrence Univ. Women, University HS, Baylor Univ. Men)
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Music and Hymn Festival - Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Concert Session B - Helzberg Hall
3:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Concert Session A - Muriel Kauffman Theater
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Alzheimer's Stories and Thomas's Mass Concert - Helzberg Hall
6:15 PM - 7:15 PM
Chen Yi and Zhou Long Concert - Muriel Kauffman Theater
8:15 PM - 9:45 PM
President's Concert - Helzberg Hall
8:00 PM - 10:30 PM
Presidential Concert - Muriel Kauffman Theater

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 28
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Registration Open - KC Convention Center Bartle Exhibit Hall B (2nd Floor)
8:30 AM - 9:30 AM
A Conversation with John Rutter - Grace Trinity Church 
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM and 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Exhibits Open KC Convention Center Bartle Exhibit Halls A and B (2nd Floor)
10:00 AM - 10:50 AM and 11:00 AM - 11:50 AM
Interest Sessions Various Locations
11:45 AM - 1:45 PM
Concert Session C - Muriel Kauffman Theater
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Concert Session D - Helzberg Hall
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Graduate Conducting Competition sponsored by Manhattan Concert Productions
Grace Trinity Church
11:45 AM - 1:45 PM
Concert Session D - Muriel Kauffman Theater
 3:15 PM - 5:15 PM
Concert Session C - Helzberg Hall
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Alzheimer's Stories and Mass Concert - Helzberg Hall
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
The Music of Chen Yi and Zhou Long Muriel Kauffman Theater
6:30 PM - 7:45 PM
Vocal Jazz/Contemporary A Cappella Concert 1 - Folly Theater
8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Presidential Concert - Muriel Kauffman Theater
8:15 PM - 10:30 PM
President's Concert - Helzberg Hall
9:00 PM - 10:45 PM
Vocal Jazz/Contemporary A Cappella Concert 2 - Folly Theater

FRIDAY, MARCH 1
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Registration Open - KC Convention Center Bartle Exhibit Hall B
8:30 AM - 9:30 AM
A Conversation with John Rutter - Grace Trinity Church 
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM and 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Exhibits Open - KC Convention Center Bartle Exhibit Halls A and B
10:00 AM - 10:50 AM and 11:00 AM - 11:50 AM
Interest Sessions Various Locations
1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Concert Session E - Helzberg Hall
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Concert Session F - Muriel Kauffman Theater
Undergraduate Conducting Master Class Grace Trinity Church
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Music in Worship Service 1 - Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception
4:15 PM - 6:15 PM
Concert Session F - Helzberg Hall
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Music in Worship Service 2 - Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception
4:45 PM - 6:45 PM
Concert Session E - Muriel Kauffman Theater
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Graduate Conducting Competition Finals - Grace Trinity Church
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Vocal Jazz/Contemporary Acappella Concert 1 - Folly Theater
7:15 PM - 8:30 PM
Brock Commision/Legacy of Excellence Concert - Muriel Kauffman Theater
8:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Vocal Jazz/Contemporary Acappella Concert 2 - Folly Theater
8:45 PM - 10:00 PM
Brock Commision/Legacy of Excellence Concert - Helzberg Hall

SATURDAY, MARCH 2
8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Registration Open - KC Convention Center Bartle Exhibit Hall
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Interest Sessions - Various Locations
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Exhibits Open - KC Convention Center Bartle Exhibit Halls A and B
12:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Concert Session G - Muriel Kauffman Theater
(Spire Chamber, North Penn HS, Miami Univ. Men, Westminister Choir)
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Concert Session G - Helzberg Hall
(Spire Chamber, North Penn HS, Miami Univ. Men, Westminister Choir)
3:15 PM - 4:15 PM
Concert Session Director's Chorus - Muriel Kauffman Theater
4:15 PM - 5:15 PM
Concert Session Gospel Mass - Muriel Kauffman Theater
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Concert Sessions HS - Helzberg Hall
7:00 PM - 8:15 PM
Concert Session KC Chorale - Muriel Kauffman Theater
7:15 PM - 8:00 PM
Concert Session Kantorei - Helzberg Hall
8:45 PM - 9:45 PM
Concert Session KC Chorale - Helzberg Hall