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 20 through June 22. 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


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

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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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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