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Fall 2015 OCDA News Now Available

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The Fall 2015 OCDA News, the newsletter of the Ohio Choral Directors Association, is now available for viewing as a PDF.
Previous editions of the newsletter are available here.

ACDA Sing Up Membership Campaign

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The American Choral Directors Association is hosting its annual Sing Up Membership Campaign from September 21 through November 18. You can help Ohio finish at the top by referring colleagues to ACDA, recruiting students, and renewing your membership in a timely way.

When we add new ACDA members, we all benefit - ACDA, new members and the choral profession. For more information about the campaign and ways to be involved, visit www.acda.org/singup.

Below is information about the colleague referral program as well as the student membership initiative.
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Help ACDA Grow!
Do you have a colleague that would benefit from an ACDA membership? For a limited time, when you refer a colleague or student to ACDA and they join, we will thank both of you. Each will receive recordings of carefully selected performances from the 2015 ACDA national conference.

If your colleague joins by November 18, you will be helping Ohio move forward in the Sing Up Membership Drive. Visit http://bit.ly/acdareferral for details.
Special Rate on ACDA Student Dues!
For a limited time, we are offering $5 membership dues for new American Choral Directors Association Student members in Ohio! What are the top student benefits? Check out the ACDA Career Center; ACDA Mentoring; publications devoted entirely to choral music and conducting; and inspirational state, division & national conferences. Join now and try it out! Visit http://bit.ly/SMI-ForStudents for details and to join ACDA.

What's OCDA Doing Now?

Here is your upfront glance at what is currently going on with OCDA. If you only have a few seconds to check things out, this should be your first stop. We will endeavor to keep you updated with all of the many facets of our organization.

Fall State Board Meeting
The OCDA State Board will met on September 12 on the campus of Otterbein University for it's annual Fall State Board Meeting. If we wish to see the minutes from the meeting, click here.
OCDA Well-Represented
Former OCDA President, Dr. Gayle Walker of Otterbein University is currently serving as our Division President and Dr. Mark Munson of BGSU, another former President is currently serving as Division President-Elect.

All-State Elementary Choir
OCDA is partnering with OMEA in establishing an all-state elementary choir. More to come at a later date.

ACDA Central Division Conference

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The ACDA Central Conference is February 24-27, 2016 at the Palmer House Hilton in downtown Chicago. This exciting event will feature five honor choirs, the Webern Chamber Choir of Vienna, renowned composer Ola Gjeilo, the Bach Institute at Valparaiso University and Voces8. For more information on sessions, performances, opportunities and instructions on how to register please visit the ACDA Central Division website.

Another Great Conference

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The 2015 OCDA Summer Conference was a wonderful success. Thank you to everyone who attended and made it such an enriching and enjoyable event. A special thanks goes out to ALL of our clinicians, presenters and performing ensembles: Simon Carrington, Howard Helvey, Kristina Caswell MacMullen, Amy Johnston Blosser, Frank Bianchi, Lynda Hasseler, Christine Jordanoff, Firestone High School Symphonic Choir, Masterworks Chorale, Cincinnati Children's Choir and Cincinnati Boy Choir.

Please see below for more information and resources from this extraordinary event.

OCDA looks forward to continuing to be a leading resource for choral directors in Ohio.

2015 Distinguished Service Award Winner

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Congratulations to Dr. Wade Raridon. Dr. Raridon received his BA Degree in Music from the University of Iowa in 1956. He went on to earn his Masters Degree the following year from the same university. In 1963 he came to Youngstown State University where he taught until retiring in 2004. Over his 41 year tenure at YSU he taught thousands of music students the art of music theory, literature and performance.
In addition to founding the Dana Chorale and the Dana Madrigal Singers, he directed and produced numerous choral and madrigal festivals.

Dr. Raridon is a past president of OCDA and adjudicated vocal/choral contests in twelve different states. In 2000 he founded the Wade Raridon Singers.

Congratulations, Dr. Raridon, for your amazing career and all that you have contributed to choral music.

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Middle School/Junior High National Conference for Choral Music

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In 2016, the Cambiata Institute, located at the University of North Texas, Denton, will host the third MS/JH National Conference for Choral Music. Similar to the 2012 and 2014 Conferences, this Conference will advocate for the pedagogical interests of middle school choral music educators. 

Click here for more information

ACDA National

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Explore ChoralNet

The online choral community of ACDA, an exclusive part of your membership to OCDA.

Community Choirs in Ohio

Ohio is home to a wide variety of community choirs. Learn more about them on our feature page for community choirs, and check out where they reside and how they can enrich your life in the art of choral music today.

ACDA Central Division

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Choral Public Domain Library

Obtain free choral music and much more. Visit the Choral Public Domain Library.
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