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"Promoting choral excellence throughout Ohio."


  • Professional development by world class musicians
  • Reading and concert sessions
  • Exhibit halls
  • Affordable registration

OCDA Summer Conference

Our annual Summer Conference will be held on the campus of Otterbein University, June 20 - 22, 2022. The conference will still offer world class professional development from internationally renowned choral musicians, reading sessions, concert sessions, social activities and an exhibit hall. The conference is open to any and all interested musicians. OCDA/ACDA members will be able to register at a discount as will students and retired directors. See information below for more details.

Thanks to the work of Ben Ayling (Past-President, 2009-2011) and the Ayling Golf Open, two scholarships (one active and one student member) are available to cover the registration fees for the Summer Conference. The application form can be found here.

Please contact Kathleen Pellington, Summer Conference Coordinator, with any questions, comments, or concerns:

  • Schedule of Events
    Monday, June 20th at 1:00 PM to Wednesday, June 22nd at 5:00 PM

    Schedule will be forthcoming.
  • Children's Honor Choir
    The 2022 OCDA Children’s Honor Choir will be held from June 20-22 at Otterbein University and will be conducted by Ms. Jeanne Wohlgamuth. The Children's Honor Choir is open to any unchanged voice in grades 4-8. Elementary and middle school specialists, as well as community choir leaders, who are members of OCDA and/or OMEA 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 High School Honor Choir is presented in conjunction with the OCDA Summer Conference. This year’s Honors Choir will feature an auditioned SATB ensemble for students who have completed grades 9 - 12 during the 2021-2022 school year. High school music teachers and community choir conductors are invited to select their finest young singers to participate. More information about these ensembles and registration can be found on the High School Honor Choirs page.
  • Conference Registration
    Registration for the 2022 Summer Conference is NOW OPEN. Registrations will only be accepted via our online registration platform. Please click the link to be taken to our Summer Conference Registration Form.
  • Housing - Hotels
    The conference hotel is the Hampton Inn & Suites. A block of rooms have been reserved for OCDA Summer Conference attendees at a special rate. You can make reservations in this block by clicking here.

    Other hotels in the Westerville area are available for booking on your own or you may choose to register for on-campus housing in the conference registration form.

    On-campus housing is available. Rooms are furnished with two beds, dressers or wardrobes, desks and chairs. Suite-style residence halls have air conditioning; every two rooms have an attached bathroom (Jack and Jill). Costs are $60.42 for single occupancy and $30.08 for double occupancy. These options can be selected as part of the conference registration form.
  • Map to Otterbein University
    (conference headquarters; exhibit hall)

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  • Clinicians
      • Jason Max Ferdinand
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        Jason is the founding artistic director of The Jason Max Ferdinand Singers: an ensemble of exceptional talents, and is director of choral activities, chair of the music department, and full professor at Oakwood University where he conducts the Aeolians of Oakwood University. He is a published author and composer with GIA publications, featuring the book, Teaching with Heart: Tools for Addressing Societal Challenges Through Music, and The Jason Max Ferdinand Choral Series with Walton Music. He maintains an active schedule as a guest conductor and lecturer at schools, universities, churches, and choral festivals and conferences, domestic and international.

        As conductor of the Aeolians of Oakwood University, as evidenced by noteworthy awards, he has distinguished himself on the national and international choral stages. In 2017, he earned the Outstanding Director and Choir of the World awards at the Llangollen International Musical Festival, in Wales. In 2018, his choir won three gold medals at the 10th World Choir Games held in South Africa and won the competition’s overall championship in both the Spirituals and University Choir categories. In 2018, he was named “Teacher of the Year” by Oakwood University. The Aeolians made their first appearance at the national conference of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) in 2019 and the term “they broke ACDA” was used to describe their outstanding presentation.
      • Elaine Hagenberg
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        Elaine Hagenberg’s music “soars with eloquence and ingenuity” (ACDA Choral Journal). Her award-winning compositions are performed worldwide and frequently featured at American Choral Directors Association conferences, All-State festivals, Carnegie Hall, and other distinguished international concert halls from Australia to South America and throughout Europe.

        In addition to composing full-time, Elaine actively engages in bringing her music to life as the guest artist and featured clinician for professional conferences and festivals both in the U.S. and abroad as a composer, conductor, and accompanist of her work.

        With over fifty commissioned works, she has composed new music for the American Choral Directors Association, professional choirs, colleges and universities, community choirs, high schools, and churches. “I Am the Wind” was named the winner of the 2020 ACDA Brock Competition for Professional Composers.
      • Lisa Wong
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        Dr. Lisa Wong is concurrently Director of Choruses for The Cleveland Orchestra and Associate Professor of Music at The College of Wooster. At The College of Wooster, she co-chairs the Music Department, directs the Wooster Chorus, and teaches courses in conducting, choral literature, and music education.

        Lisa has worked with student musicians of all levels, ranging from pre-kindergarten through college. Before moving to Ohio, she was active as a music educator for sixteen years in New York, Pennsylvania, and Indiana. A strong advocate for music education, Lisa remains active as a clinician, guest conductor, and adjudicator. She regularly serves as a Music Panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts and works as an adjudicator for Festivals of Music. She has presented her work at several music conferences and is frequently invited to work with students and educators in clinics and workshops. Under Lisa's direction, the Wooster Chorus has performed at the Central Division conference of the American Choral Directors Association, and also several times at the state conference of the Ohio Music Education Association. In 2013, she was invited to Kenyatta University in Nairobi, Kenya as a part of Tunaweza Kimuziki, and in 2015 was selected as a conductor for Conducting 21C: Musical Leadership for a New Century in Stockholm, Sweden.
    • Exhibitors & Sponsors
      If you are interested in having a booth in our conference exhibit hall, please click here to see all the relevant information and instructions on how to register for exhibit hall space.