American Choral Directors Association
545 Couch Dr
Oklahoma City OK 73102
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Mission Statement Celebrating 50 years of professional choral leadership, the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) is a nonprofit music organization whose mission is to inspire excellence in choral music through education, performance, composition and advocacy.
Contact Information
Contact Name Tim Sharp
Contact email
Address 545 Couch Dr
Oklahoma City, OK 73102
Phone (405) 232-8161
Fax 405-232-8162
County Oklahoma County
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Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $4,900,000.00
Projected Expenses $4,700,000.00
History and Background
Former Names
Year Founded 1959
IRS Ruling Year 1965
State Registration Expiration Aug 2015
Mission Celebrating 50 years of professional choral leadership, the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) is a nonprofit music organization whose mission is to inspire excellence in choral music through education, performance, composition and advocacy.

In February 1959, a group of 35 choral conductors from around the United States met in Kansas City, Missouri during the Music Teachers National Association's (MTNA) biennial conference. This group created the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) and approved its original ten purposes which still stand largely unmodified today.

The Purposes of ACDA

•To foster and promote choral singing which will provide artistic, cultural, and spiritual experiences for the participants.
•To foster and promote the finest types of choral music to make these experiences possible.
•To foster and encourage rehearsal procedures conducive to attaining the highest possible level of musicianship and artistic performance.
•To foster and promote the organization and development of choral groups of all types in schools and colleges.
•To foster and promote the development of choral music in the church and synagogue.
•To foster and promote the development of choral societies in cities and communities.
•To foster and promote understanding of choral music as an important medium of contemporary artistic expression.
•To foster and promote significant research in the field of choral music.
•To foster and encourage choral composition of superior quality.
•To cooperate with all organizations dedicated to the development of musical culture in America

(The last two purposes were added in the 1975 Constitution and By-laws revision.)
•To foster and promote international exchange programs involving performing groups, conductors, and composers.
•To disseminate professional news and information about choral music.

1. Strategic Planning Document through 2017.
2. Action Plans for programs in mentoring, student scholarship and research.
3. Conversion of print material to electronic distribution.
4. Launch of digital archival history and materials.
5. Revision of Constitution and Bylaws, and reorganization of structure to meet 21st century best practices.
1. $250,000 for National conducting mentoring program
2. 500 scholarships to students for National Conference/$100,000
3. $500,000 for "teaching children to sing" National initiative
4. $150,000 for feasibility study and implementation of new database
CEO/Executive Director Statement Choral music education and participation is the most democratic and universal vehicle available for early music education for all, and is also the most available and universal vehicle available for lifelong music enjoyment and participation. The American Choral Directors Association is able to provide these programs through its membership of over 20,000 choral directors nationwide. We are the oldest, and the largest national organization dedicated to choral music education, performance, composition, and advocacy. Through our strategic planning efforts and results, we have programs in place to provide continuity, sustainability, scalability, and accountability for programs that offer singing opportunities to the nation, beginning at grassroots areas of participation.
Area Served
Area Served
Geographic Area Served
Service Categories
Secondary Organizational Category Arts,Culture & Humanities/Performing Arts
Tertiary Organizational Category Arts,Culture & Humanities/Arts Education
Description Choral Conducting Mentorship Program
Population Served Adults US Adolescents Only (13-19 years)
Program Short-term SuccessHelpDescription of short-term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. Seasoned and experienced choral conductors will be matched and paired to emerging conductors at various levels of skill and experience through a national, online program, and help moderated by our fifty state chapters.
Program Long-term SuccessHelpDescription of the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future or represent an ideal state. Connecting experienced choral conductors with emerging choral conductors for mentorship relationships at all levels of the profession.
Program Success MonitoringHelpDescription of the tools used to measure or track program impact. Tracking tools are built into the mentorship software designed for the program, and moderated by the Association's user/members.
Examples of Program SuccessHelpSpecific examples of changes in behaviors or testimonies of changes that demonstrate program success. The ACDA national office and membership development staff regularly moderate and monitor this program, implementing design changes and best practices as identified by the user/members of the program. The program is under the watch of the Association's "Research and Publications" Standing Committee.
Comments on Programs
CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments The challenge identified through the Association's National Leadership group was to offer mentoring experiences by the profession's seasoned choral directors, to young, or new and emerging choral conductors.
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Tim Sharp
Start Date May 2008

Tim Sharp (BM, MCM, DMA) is Executive Director of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), the national professional association for choral conductors, educators, scholars, students, and choral music industry representatives in the United States. He represents choral activity in the United States to the International Federation for Choral Music (IFCM).


Sharp, himself an active choral conductor, researcher, and writer, has varied his career with executive positions in higher education, recording, and publishing. He currently is Artistic Director/Conductor of the Tulsa Oratorio Chorus, Tulsa, OK. Prior to his leadership of ACDA, Sharp was Dean of Fine Arts at Rhodes College, Memphis, TN, and earlier, Director of Choral Activities at Belmont University, Nashville, TN.


Tim’s research and writing focuses pedagogically in conducting and score analysis, and various published essays betray his eclectic interests in regional music history, acoustics, creativity, innovation, and aesthetics. He has conducted university, community, church, and children’s choirs, and continues to serve as a choral conductor and clinician in the United States and internationally.


Senior Staff
Scott DorseyDirector of Education/Communication
Sundra FlansburgDirector of Membership Development
Craig GregoryAssociate Director/Chapter Liaison
Marvin MeyerNational Accountant
Number of Full-time Staff 12
Number of Part-time Staff 0
Number of Contract Staff 3
Number of Volunteers 20000
Staff Retention Rate 91
Are professional development opportunities provided? Yes
Does CEO/Executive Director have formal evaluations? Yes
Management reports to board? Yes
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 9
Hispanic/Latino 2
Native American/American Indian 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 7
Female 5
Organizational Plans
Fundraising Plan Yes
Policy against commission-based compensation for fundraising consultant Yes
Communication Plan Yes
Strategic Plan Yes
Number of Years Strategic Plan Considers 4
Date Strategic Plan Adopted Jan 2013
Management Succession Plan Yes
Organization Policies and Procedures Yes
American Guild of Organists;
National Association for Music Education;
Music Teachers National Association;
Barbershop Harmony Society;
Marcom AwardMarcom Awards2012
Board Chair
Name Karen Fulmer
Company Affiliation Retired
Term July 2013 to June 2015
Board of Directors
List Current as of July 01, 2015
Board of Directors List
Amy Blosser Bexley SchoolsVoting
Bob Demaree North Central Division PresidentVoting
Dr. Kevin Fenton Florida State UniversityVoting
David Fryling Eastern Division PresidentVoting
Karen Fulmer Voting
Brett Goad Voting
Steve Hodson Voting
Dr. Mary Hopper Wheaton CollegeNonVoting
Mark Lawley Southwestern Division PresidentVoting
Brad Matheson Harmony InternationalVoting
Dr. Jerry McCoy University of North TexasVoting
Dr. Jo Ann Miller North Dakota State UniversityVoting
Patrick Ryan Northwestern Division PresidentVoting
Dr. Jo-Michael Scheibe University of Southern CaliforniaVoting
Dr. Tim Sharp American Choral Directors AssociationVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 15
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 11
Female 4
Standing Committees
Research Division
Advisory Board
Advisory Board Members
Jerry Warren Retired
Constituent Board
Constituent Board Members
T. J. Harper
Youth Board
Youth Board Members
Stephen Sametz
Comments on Board & Governance
CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments The Association conducts annual performance reviews of staff and officers, and exercises a regular cycle of strategic planning and action plans. The Association sponsors a National Leadership Conference every two years where programs and plans are adopted by the national leadership. This work is led by a professional staff and Executive Committee.
Current Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year July 01, 2015-June 30, 2016
Current Year Budgeted Total Income $4,900,000
Current Year Budgeted Total Expenses $4,700,000
IRS Letter of Determination
Prior Three Years' Financial History
Revenue and ExpensesHelpFinancial data for prior years is entered by foundation staff based on the documents submitted by nonprofit organizations.Foundation staff members enter this information to assure consistency in the presentation of financial data across all organizations.
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Revenue$4,980,393$4,825,226$4,653,855
Total Expenses$4,721,446$5,339,450$4,319,612
Revenue Less Expenses$258,947($514,224)$334,243
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201520142013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Individual Contributions$39,349$39,901$63,973
Investment Income, Net of Losses$60,723$15,235$8,868
Unrealized Gain/Loss($17,813)$29,833$6,624
Membership Dues$1,148,365$1,107,626$1,074,847
Special Events------
Revenue In-Kind------
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$3,094,157$3,688,749$2,758,568
Administration Expense$1,593,777$1,650,701$1,561,044
Fundraising Expense$33,512----
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.050.901.08
Program Expense/Total Expenses66%69%64%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue85%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$5,938,070$5,532,733$6,067,219
Current Assets$2,519,768$2,112,462$3,676,444
Long-Term Liabilities$476,385$462,430$474,208
Current Liabilities$177,714$45,279$53,763
Total Net Assets$5,283,971$5,025,024$5,539,248
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities14.1846.6568.38
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets8%8%8%
Funding Sources
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountEarned Revenue $3,636,299Earned Revenue $3,509,016Earned Revenue $3,359,315
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountMemberships $1,148,365Memberships $1,107,626Memberships $1,074,847
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountOther $113,470Other $123,615Other $140,228
Endowment? Yes
Endowment Spending Policy Percentage
Endowment Spending Policy Percentage (if selected) 5 %
Credit Line? No
Reserve Fund? Yes
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Comments on Financials
Foundation Staff Comments
All prior year financial information is from audited financial statements. 
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Address 545 Couch Dr
Oklahoma City, OK 73102
Primary Phone 405 232-8161
Contact Email
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CEO/Executive Director Tim Sharp
Board Chair Karen Fulmer
Board Chair Company Affiliation Retired