Ohio Choral Directors AssociationPromoting excellence in choral music throughout Ohio.

The OCDA Summer Conference will again be hosted on the campus of Otterbein University from June 19 through June 21. This year's event presents a wide spectrum of professional development activities for educators of all grade levels. There are also opportunities for high school and elementary aged choral performers with the high school men's and women's honor choruses and the children's honor choir.

Featured presenters this year bring a wealth of knowledge and experience from around Ohio and the United States. Please click the tab below for more information on the sessions and clinicians.

The Fairfield Inn & Suites currently has a block of rooms reserved for OCDA Conference registrants. The rate is $119.00 per night for a double room. Please see the housing tab for contact information and links to their reservation website.

For specific information about the conference and how to register see the links below.

Schedule of Events

Events take place in Riley Auditorium, unless otherwise noted.

Monday, June 19, 2017

10:00 AM – Noon
OCDA Board meeting - Roush Hall Board Room
11:00 AM
Registration opens - Battelle Fine Arts Center lobby
1:00 PM
Welcome and Conference Announcements
1:15 PM
Concert Session I - The Cardinal Chorale, Coshocton - Charles Snyder, Director
2:00 PM
Break – “Brainpicking I: High School Choral”
2:15 PM
Tim Sharp – This Works: Choral Pieces That Fit A Need - I
3:15 PM
Break – “Brainpicking II: “Middle School/General Music”
3:30 PM
Clinician Ann Usher – In the Beginning: Working with Young Singers
4:30 PM
Break/Dinner (on your own - please refer to restaurant guide provided in registration folder)
Monday night concert sessions will be held at Church of the Messiah – directions provided
7:15 PM
Concert Session II – Young Professionals Choral Collective, Cincinnati, Kelly Ann Nelson, Director
7:45 PM
Concert Session III – OCDA High School Women’s Honors Choir, Dr. Gayle Walker, Conductor
8:15 PM
Concert Session IV – OCDA High School Men’s Honors Choir, Dr. Peter Jarjisian, Conductor
9:15 PM
Gemütlichkeit – “a warm friendliness—belonging, social acceptance, cheerfulness, the absence of anything hectic” (Quaker Steak and Lube, Polaris)

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

7:15 AM
Continental Breakfast, Battelle Fine Arts Center lobby
8:00 AM-5:00 PM
8:00 AM
Stacey Gibbs – Interpreting the Concert Spiritual
9:00 AM
Break/EXHIBITS – “Brainpicking III: College Choral”
9:15 AM
Reading Session I – High School/University Sponsored by J.W. Pepper
10:15 AM
Break/EXHIBITS – “Brainpicking IV: Community/Worship”
10:30 AM
Reading Session II – Worship/Community Sponsored by J.W. Pepper
11:15 AM
Stacey Gibbs - – Performance Practices of the Spiritual
12:30 PM
All-Conference Luncheon and Annual Membership Meeting Otterbein Campus Center, 2nd Floor
2:00 PM
Tim Sharp – Innovating the Arts
3:00 PM
Stacey Gibbs – Reading Session of New Titles
4:00 PM
4:15 PM
Clinic - Concert Session V- Bexley HS Vocal Ensemble, Bexley Amy Johnston Blosser, Director and Presenter
5:30 PM Sessions end
6:30 PM
OCDA All Conference Party sponsored by Bob Rogers Travel Brio Restaurant, 1500 Polaris Pkwy, 2nd floor

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

7:15 AM
Continental Breakfast, Battelle Fine Arts Center lobby
8:00 AM-3:00 PM
8:00 AM
Reading Session III – Junior High / Middle School Sponsored by J. W. Pepper
9:00 AM
9:15 AM
Clinician Peter Jarjisian – MLK: I Have a Dream
9:45 AM
Reading Session IV – Choral Gems from OCDA
10:30 AM
Tim Sharp – This Works: Choral Pieces That Fit a Need - II
11:30 AM
Reading Session V – Elementary Sponsored by J.W. Pepper
12:15 PM
Lunch Roundtables
-BFAC room 250 - Middle School/Jr. High
-BFAC room 204 - Church
-BFAC room 205 - College/University
-BFAC room 241 - Elementary/Children's/Boys
-BFAC room 131 (band room) - High School/Jazz/Show
-Roush Hall 117 (the newer building just east of Battelle) -Community Choir
-Location TBA- OCDA Past President’s Council
1:15 PM
Tim Sharp – Innovating ACDA
2:15 PM
Peter Jarjisian – MLK: I Have a Dream - concluded
3:15 PM
Concert Session VI Cowan Hall
Summit Choral Society Performance Choir, Akron - Heather Cooper, Director
OCDA Children's Honor Choir, Dr. Ann Usher, Cleveland Orchestra Children’s Chorus, University of Akron, conductor
4:15 PM
Post Conference OCDA Executive Committee meeting
(OCDA Executive Committee only)

Children's Honor Choir

The Children's Honor Choir is open to any unchanged in voice in grades 4-8. Elementary and middle school specialists as well as community choir leaders are encouraged to submit their finest students for this incredible experience. More information can be found on the Children's Honor Choir Page.

High School Honor Choirs

The Men's and Women's High School Honor Choirs are open to any student in grades 9-12 of the most recent school (graduating seniors of the year of the current conference). Each choir is led by a guest clinician who will focus on literature and technique of single gender choral ensembles. High school and community choir leaders are encouraged to submit their finest students. More information about these ensembles and registration can be found on the High School Honor Choirs page.

Conference Registration

Register for the 2017 OCDA Summer Conference by click here or you can download a paper registration from here.

Housing - Hotels

The following hotels are close to the Otterbein campus. Fairfield Inn & Suites has a block of rooms reserved for a special rate of $119 a night.

Fairfield Inn and Suites Columbus: Polaris - 614.568.0770

Hampton Inn and Suites - 614.885.8400

The Westerville Inn Bed and Breakfast - 614.882.3910 or 877.816.5247

Housing is also available through Otterbein University. This can be reserved when you register for the conference.

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MAP TO RILEY AUDITORIUM IN BATTELLE FINE ARTS CENTER (conference headquarters; exhibit hall)

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Tim Sharp
Tim Sharp is Executive Director of the American Choral Directors Association. Dr. Sharp pursues an aggressive agenda of progressive initiatives to keep ACDA energized and relevant in the 21st century, inspiring ACDA’s membership to excellence in choral music performance, education, composition, and advocacy. Tim is also in his fifth season as Artistic Director of the Tulsa Oratorio Chorus, Tulsa, where critics characterize his performances as having “stunning power” and “great passion and precision”.
Sharp’s publications include
Mentoring in the Ensemble Arts, Precision Conducting, Up Front! Becoming the Complete Choral Conductor, Achieving Choral Blend and Balance, Memphis Music Before the Blues, Nashville Music Before Country, Jubilate! Amen!, Collaborative Creativity, and a variety of articles, essays, and CD liner notes. His most recent publication is the historical-critical edition Johannes Herbst: Hymns to be Sung at the Pianoforte.

Stacey V. Gibbs
Stacey V. Gibbs is a prolific and highly sought-after composer-arranger. Best known for arrangements of spirituals, he is highly acclaimed for his ability to infuse new energy into familiar works without sacrificing their authenticity or power. Maestro Gibbs' spirituals have been performed by the United States Air Force Sergeants, The St. Olaf Choir, the Stellenbosch Choir of Africa, and many other college, university, high school and professional ensembles both domestically and internationally. His music has been programmed at all state festivals, National Association of Music Educators (MENC) Festivals, the World Choir Games and regional and national American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) Conventions.
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