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

All events take place in Riley Auditorium unless otherwise noted

Monday, June 20
10:00 AM 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 – Ohio Northern University Singers
Dr. Benjamin Ayling, director
2:15 PM Break
2:30 PM
Rodney Eichenberger - The Conductor’s Mirror
3:30 PM
3:45 PM
Reading Session I: High School/University

5:00 PM
Break/Dinner on your own

**this evening's concert sessions will be held at Westerville North High School**
7:15 PM
Concert Session II – OCDA High School Men’s Honors Choir
Dr. Lynda Hasseler, conducting
7:45 PM
Concert Session III – OCDA High School Women’s Honors Choir
Frank Bianchi, conducting
8:15 PM
8:30 PM
Concert Session IV – LancasterChorale
Stephen Caracciolo, director
9:30 PM
Gemutlichkeit - a warm friendliness—belonging, social acceptance, cheerfulness, the absence of anything hectic...and the opportunity to spend quality time. (Quaker Steak & Lube on Polaris Parkway)

Tuesday, June 21
7:15 AM Continental Breakfast - Battelle Fine Arts Center Lobby

8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

8:00 AM
Andrea Ramsey - Embracing the Non-Auditioned Middle School
9:00 AM
9:15 AM
Rodney Eichenberger - Multipurpose Vocalises
10:15 AM Break/Exhibits
10:30 AM
Reading Session II – Choral Gems
11:15 AM R
eading Session III – Junior High/Middle School

12:30 PM
All-Conference Luncheon and Annual Membership Meeting
Otterbein Campus Center, 2nd Floor

2:15 PM
Andrea Ramsey - Choir Is _____? The Meaning of the Choral
Experience, Grades 7-12
3:15 PM
Rodney Eichenberger - The Artistic Rehearsal
4:15 PM
4:30 PM
Concert Session V – Capriccio Columbus
Larry Griffin, director

6:30 PM
OCDA All-Conference Party sponsored by Bob Rogers Travel
Brio Restaurant, 1500 Polaris Pkwy, Second floor

Wednesday, June 22
7:15 AM Continental Breakfast - Battelle Fine Arts Center Lobby

8:00 AM – 3:00 PM

8:00 AM
Rodney Eichenberger - Beyond the Conducting Pattern
9:00 AM
9:15 AM
Reading Session IV – Elementary
10:00 AM
Andrea Ramsey - Swagger, Brotherhood & Gentlemanliness:
Exploring Lived Experiences In the HS Men’s Chorus
11:00 AM
Reading Session V – Worship/Community

11:45 AM

12:45 PM
Andrea Ramsey - Compositions and Conversations: The Music
of Andrea Ramsey
1:45 PM
Rodney Eichenberger - Master Class Conducting

**The final concerts sessions will be held in Cowan Hall**
3:15 PM
Concert Session VI – Dempsey Middle School Choir
Tracy Cinereski, director
3:45 PM
Concert Session VII - The OCDA Children’s Honors Choir

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

Online Registration is currently closed for the 2016 Conference. You can still register in person beginning at 11:00 AM in the lobby of the Battelle Fine Arts Center on the Otterbein University Campus.

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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Rodney Eichenberger

Rodney Eichenberger

Florida State University Professor Emeritus, continues to maintain a busy professional schedule. He has conducted 80 US All State Choirs and guest conducted or lectured at more than 85 US, Australian and New Zealand Universities. International appearances include guest conducting the Korean National Chorus in Seoul, the Pusan, Korea City Choir, International High School Honor Choirs in Tokyo and Berlin and leading conducting workshops in Argentina, Brazil, France, Norway, Sweden, Scotland, Austria, Korea, Australia and New Zealand. His instructional videos on Choral Conducting," What They See Is What You Get," published by Hinshaw Music and "Enhancing Musicality Through Movement," Santa Barbara Press, are widely used in collegiate conducting classes. A graduate of St. Olaf College with advanced study at the Universities of Denver, Washington and Iowa, he taught at the University of Washington and the University of Southern California prior to his appointment at Florida State University.

Dr. Andrea Ramsey

Andrea Ramsey
Dr. Ramsey is a composer, conductor, and music educator. Her teaching experiences range from work with adolescent and children’s voices to frequent guest conducting of all-state and honor choirs, to her current position as the Associate Director of Choral Studies at the University of Colorado Boulder. An ASCAPlus award-winning composer, Andrea has over 70 published choral works in print. A native of Arkansas, she is an active member of ACDA, ASCAP, and NAfMe, and believes strongly in the positive impact created through the performance of meaningful choral music.

Fred Meads
Fred Meads

This year’s Children’s Honor Choir Director is Director of Vocal Studies at the American Boychoir School in Princeton, New Jersey. As Director of Vocal Studies, Fred Meads trains choristers of The American Boychoir School through private vocal instruction and classes in music theory. He conducts the Training Choir daily and prepares its members for the musical and social demands of the advanced Concert Choir. Previously, he served as Artistic Director of the Fort Wayne Children’s Choir from 1999-2009.
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