When does registration open? How much is registration? Is there an early bird deadline?
Conference registration opens on Wednesday, October 5th. Early bird deadline is January 19 @ 6pm central. On-site registration will also be available in Cincinnati.
2023 Conference pricing is:
ACTIVE: $349 early bird price; $425 after January 19 @ 6pm central
RETIRED: $299 early bird price; $375 after January 19 @ 6pm central
STUDENT: $229 early bird price; $249 after January 19 @ 6pm central
The early bird price deadline is January 19 @ 6pm central.
Are there membership requirements to register for national conference?
All conference attendees must be members of the American Choral Directors Association. Members may register guests, who are not eligible for membership. However, pricing remains the same.
What are the main conference venues?
All interest sessions will be held in the Duke Energy Convention Center (525 Elm St, Cincinnati, OH 45202)
Performances will take place in two venues:
The Aronoff Center for the Arts (650 Walnut St, Cincinnati, OH 45202)
The Cincinnati Music Hall (1241 Elm St, Cincinnati, OH 45202)
How do I book a hotel?
ACDA is partnered with the Visit Cincy Housing Bureau to provide a quick and easy way to book your reservations. The link to book through the housing bureau is provided to you after you register for the conference.
The Visit Cincy Housing Bureau will provide all of the available hotel options for you in one place. You will be able to navigate by price and location to best fit your needs.
Other Helpful Details:
- There is not “one” conference hotel. ACDA has room blocks at discounted prices at 14+ hotels in the Cincinnati area.
- The main venues for the conference are the Duke Energy Convention Center, the Aronoff Center for the Arts, and the Cincinnati Music Hall.
- ACDA hotel pricing ranges from $159-$219 per room, per night.
- Hotels outside of manageable walking distance will be serviced by a shuttle to the conference center.
BEWARE OF HOUSING POACHERS! DON’T RISK IDENTITY THEFT!
ACDA does not endorse booking hotel reservations through any source other than the Visit Cincy Housing Bureau. Other third-party companies may contact you to get you to book reservations through them. Often, they will misrepresent themselves as the official housing provider. Should you book a room through any other company, we will not be able to protect you from a non-refundable deposit or lack of reservation. If you are contacted by a company or individual other than the Visit Cincy Housing Bureau, please let us know by emailing us at . The Visit Cincy Housing Bureau is the only approved housing partner for the 2023 ACDA National Conference.
What is the conference schedule?
The conference will be offered in two tracks.
Blue track attendees get the full conference experience and
- The option to join the Vocal Jazz Immersion Choir or the Latinoamérica Immersion Choir
- Track times that start at 9am, with less time for dinner (see conference schedule for details)
- All interest sessions and concerts are offered in both tracks
Gold track attendees get the full conference experience and
- The option to join the Black Diaspora Immersion Choir or the Indigenous People’s Immersion Choir
- Track times that start at 8am, with more time for dinner (see conference schedule for details)
- All interest sessions and concerts are offered in both tracks
Click here to see the overall conference schedule. All interest sessions and concerts are offered in both tracks.
What are the Immersion Choirs?
The 2023 National Conference Immersion Choirs are FREE, optional experiences intended to provide artistic, cultural, and educational experiences for attendees to actively engage in while at the conference. You are encouraged to immerse yourself in a wealth of literature, styles, and rehearsal techniques that may be different from your own traditions and experiences.
Two Immersion Choirs are offered in each track. Gold track Immersion Choirs are the Black Diaspora and the Indigenous People’s Immersion Choirs. Blue track Immersion Choirs are the Vocal Jazz and the Latinoamérica Immersion Choirs. Participation in these choirs is optional. Participation is limited to 200 participants per choir.
Black Diaspora Immersion Choir: All members are invited to rehearse and perform music reflecting, honoring, and commenting about the Black Diaspora: the involuntary dispersion of Africans and the subsequent culture and traditions that were born into the fabric, lives, and music of Black Americans. Participation is welcomed by any conference member as our hope is that all the immersion choirs will demonstrate the wealth of diversity, inclusivity, and experience levels in any given area. The Black Diaspora Immersion Choir will be conducted by J. Donald Dumpson.
Indigenous People’s Immersion Choir: All members are invited to rehearse and perform music of indigenous people and traditions including but not limited to areas of North America (Alaska, Canada, the Dakotas, Greenland, Hawaii). Some of the repertoire will be taught by rote and the aural tradition. The Indigenous People’s Immersion Choir will be conducted by Jace Saplan.
Latinoamérica Immersion Choir: All members are invited to rehearse and perform music of Latin America (Central America, Caribbean, Mexico, and South America) rich in its vibrant Spanish, Portuguese, and French inspired languages and the myriad of Latin rhythms and instrumental influences. The Latinoamérica Immersion Choir will be conducted by María Guinand.
Vocal Jazz Immersion Choir: All members are invited to the Vocal Jazz Immersion Choir to hone jazz techniques on specially crafted, instrumentally influenced arrangements that honor this uniquely American art form. The choir will be accompanied by a full rhythm section, and members will focus on the application of choral techniques in a style that uniquely encourages participants to be stylistically flexible and creative. The Vocal Jazz Immersion Choir will be conducted by Matt Falker.
What about Reading Packets for R & R Sessions?
This year, the R & R team will be offering “Deep Dive” sessions. Instead of the usual “read 15 pieces in an hour,” R & R’s will be offering reading sessions that focus on 3 or 4 specific pieces that are unified by theme or concept. Descriptions of these sessions will be available in the Program Book & app.
Virtual reading sessions will be offered post-conference for all ACDA members in the mid-Spring to assist you in selecting your repertoire needs for next fall.
Reading Packets for the Deep Dives will be available in the ACDA app & the JW Pepper app for FREE. However, you will have the option to purchase hard copy packets for $5.00 each during the conference registration process through February 1, 2023. You will pick your packet up on-site at the conference upon registration.
How do I book a reception or reunion?
National reception and reunions: contact Sindy Hail at .
What policies are in place for this conference?
Refund Policy: ACDA does not provide refunds for conference registration. We understand that circumstances arise, but for planning purposes, we must abide by our long-standing policy.
Cancellation Policy: This conference abides by the guidelines put forth by the CDC, host city/state, and venues. Please reference the COVID-19 guidance section for details. Should a pandemic, epidemic, or endemic cause the advanced cancellation of this conference by February 6, 2023, ACDA will refund your registration fee minus a 15% processing fee.
COVID-19 Guidance: Please see our guidance page for details.