The 2016 Summer Conference will be held June 20-22 on the campus of Otterbein University. This year's conference will feature Rodney Eichenberger of Florida State University and Dr. Andrea Ramsey as keynote clinicians. Also featured will be our Children's Honor Choir under the direction of Fred Meads and the High School Men's and Women's Honor Choruses directed by Dr. Lynda Hasseler and Frank Bianchi.
Click the poster to go directly to the Summer Conference web page or click here to go directly to the registration website and lock in the early rates.
Election Results Are In
Congratulations to our new OCDA State Board members. Serving as East Central Region Chair will be Daniel Monek and serving as Northwest Region Chair will be Beth Vaughn.
Winter 2016 OCDA News Now Available
The Winter 2016 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.
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.
Winter State Board Meeting The OCDA State Board met on January 9 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.
Another Great Conference
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.
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.
Middle School/Junior High National Conference for Choral Music
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.
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.
The OCDA Board serves its membership to deliver high-quality repertoire through reading sessions, mentorship through its vast network of highly skilled and sought-after directors and teachers, and an annual Summer Conference that is regarded as one of the best of its kind in the country.