July 26, 2004


LEWISBURG, Pa. — The American Choral Directors Association of Pennsylvania (ACDA), will holds its 10th annual summer conference at Bucknell University Aug. 2 - 5.

Several concerts which are open to the public will be held during the conference. Admission to each concert is $3 per person at the door.

Monday, Aug. 2: Welcome Concert at 7:30 p.m. in Rooke Chapel with two Pennsylvania choirs — the Bel Canto Children's Chorus with founder and artistic director Joy Ondra Hirokawa, and the Mansfield University Concert Choir and the Mansfieldians with conductors Peggy Dettwiller and Sheryl Monkelien.

Tuesday, Aug. 3: Elementary/Middle School Honor Choir will perform at 1:30 p.m. in the Weis Center for the Performing Arts with conductor Lynne Gackle and Joan Berresford, repertoire and standards chair for children's choirs. The children's choir is composed of students in grades 5-7 from schools, children's choirs and congregations around Pennsylvania.

Tuesday, Aug. 3: Adult Honor Choir will perform at 7:30 p.m. in Rooke Chapel with conductor Donald Neuen and Linda Tedford, repertoire and standards chair for community choirs. The adult honor choir is formed by members of church, college and community choirs as well as teachers and conductors from Pennsylvania.

Wednesday, Aug. 4: Vocal Jazz Demonstration/Honor Choir will perform at 1 p.m. in the Rooke Recital Hall of the Weis Music Building with director Jennifer Barnes, and Sheryl Monkelien and Debra Kline-Smith, repertoire and standards chairs. The vocal jazz honor choir comprises college students.

Wednesday, Aug. 4: World Music Honor Choir will perform at 4 p.m. in the Weis Center for the Performing Arts with conductors Jing Ling-Tam and Nick Page, and Sharon Davis Gratto, repertoire and standards chair. Formed by high school juniors and seniors and college first- and second-year students, the choir will sing music from around the world including China and the United States.

Founded in 1959, the ACDA is a nonprofit music-education organization whose central purpose is to promote excellence in choral music through performance, composition, publication, research, and teaching. The Pennsylvania chapter has nearly 1,000 members and is the second largest chapter in the country.

"It's always a pleasure to return to the beautiful Bucknell campus," said Regina Gordon, president-elect of the ACDA and 2004 conference chair. "It's an even greater pleasure to work with such world-class guest conductors and clinicians, extraordinary colleagues, and talented musicians from around the Commonwealth."

Neuen, who serves as distinguished professor and director of choral activities at UCLA, also conducts the Crystal Cathedral Choir in Garden Grove, Calif., and appears weekly on the nationally televised "Hour of Power" broadcast.

Gackle, who has conducted All-State Choirs in 19 states, also served as conductor of choral association choirs in Australia and Canada.

Page, who directs the Mystic Chorale of Boston, was a conductor with the Chicago Children's Choir. He is the author of two books for teachers.

Jazz vocalist Barnes has performed or recorded with such musical legends as Barry Manilow and Les Brown's Band of Renown. She was a back-up vocalist for Bono on the 2002 Grammy Awards telecast.

Ling-Tam has conducted All-State Choirs and Honor Choirs through the United States and has conducted in Hong Kong, Malaysia, the Netherlands and Singapore.

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