American Choral Directors Association
545 Couch Dr
Oklahoma City OK 73102-2207
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Mission Statement Celebrating over 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 2207
Phone (405) 232-8161
Fax 405-232-8162
County Oklahoma County
How to Give
Donate with Credit Card
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Other ways to donate, support or volunteer Contributions mailed to American Choral Directors Association, 545 Couch Drive, Oklahoma City, OK  73102
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 Apr 2020
Mission Celebrating over 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.
Past Year:
  • The first international ACDA chapter was formed and incorporated in Costa Rica. The chapter is building membership and ADCA is evolving our ways of working with chapters to reflect this new path.
  • Two new programs were launched nationally that take ACDA out into communities. ChorTeach is a model program for student chapters that has university pre-service teachers and their faculty sponsors partner with choral educators in schools that have struggling choral programs or are under-resourced or served in some way. NewDirection is a program that identifies promising high school choral leaders and brings them together in an effort to inspire them and plant the seeds for a potential singing or choral conducting career.
  • High functioning new standing committees that are keeping the organization relevant in the current environment. That includes a Diversity Initiatives standing committee that has edited a focus issue of Choral Journal on this topic, addressing a wide range of ways that the choral community and ACDA need to address in terms of race, gender, sexual orientation, and other areas. The Advocacy and Collaboration standing committee has also done important work over the past year.
  • ACDA has accomplished several important technology upgrades that will allow it to better know and serve it members. These include a new association management system, as well as a new ACDA app.
  • Revision of by-laws in 2018 to reflect new organizational leadership structure and more flexible repertoire and resources areas structures with which state chapters can better align.
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
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
Debbie BecknerDirector of Conference Planning
Sundra FlansburgDirector of Membership & Communications
Marvin MeyerDirector of Finance
Number of Full-time Staff 13
Number of Part-time Staff 0
Number of Contract Staff 3
Number of Volunteers 15000
Staff Retention Rate 100
Are professional development opportunities provided? No
Does CEO/Executive Director have formal evaluations? Yes
Management reports to board? Yes
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 12
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 6
Female 7
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
Chorus America 
Marcom AwardMarcom Awards2012
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government (federal, state and/or local)? No
Board Chair
Name Lynne Gackle
Company Affiliation Baylor University
Term July 2019 to June 2021
Board of Directors
List Current as of July 01, 2019
Board of Directors List
Kimberly Barclay RitzerVoting
Amy BlosserBexley SchoolsVoting
Karyl CarlsonVoting
Peggy DettwilerVoting
Kathy FernanadesNonVoting
David FrylingVoting
Rhonda FuelberthVoting
Karen FulmerPast PresidentVoting
Lynne GacklePresident-electVoting
Brian GalanteVoting
Mary HopperVIce-presidentVoting
Tom MerrillTreasurerVoting
Vincent OakesVoting
Tim SharpExecutive Director ACDAExofficio
Tom SheltonPresidentVoting
Andre ThomasVoting
Julie YuVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 1
Caucasian 13
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 6
Female 9
Board Term Lengths 2 years
Percentage of Board Making Monetary Contributions to the Organization 100 %
Percentage of Board Making In-Kind Contributions to the Organization 100 %
Board Orientation Yes
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Standing Committees
Research Division
Advisory Board
Advisory Board Members
Jerry WarrenRetired
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, 2019-June 30, 2020
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 Year201820172016
Total Revenue$4,834,343$5,678,716$5,385,860
Total Expenses$5,291,522$5,106,054$5,520,791
Revenue Less Expenses($457,179)$572,662($134,931)
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 Year201820172016
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Individual Contributions------
Investment Income, Net of Losses$90,893$161,403$10,559
Unrealized Gain/Loss------
Membership Dues$1,287,492$1,318,441$1,204,330
Special Events------
Revenue In-Kind------
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201820172016
Program Expense$3,354,185$3,292,269$3,730,451
Administration Expense$1,911,001$1,781,761$1,748,353
Fundraising Expense$26,336$32,024$41,987
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.911.110.98
Program Expense/Total Expenses63%64%68%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue80%48%61%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201820172016
Total Assets$5,910,783$6,340,074$5,722,857
Current Assets$3,845,073$4,195,067$3,641,593
Long-Term Liabilities------
Current Liabilities$646,259$618,372$573,817
Total Net Assets$5,264,524$5,721,702$5,149,040
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201820172016
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities5.956.786.35
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201820172016
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Funding Sources
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201820172016
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountEarned Revenue $3,554,644Earned Revenue $4,046,182Earned Revenue $3,975,338
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountMemberships $1,287,492Memberships $1,318,441Memberships $1,204,330
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountInvestment Income $90,893Investment Income $161,403Other $126,818
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
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Address 545 Couch Dr
Oklahoma City, OK 73102 2207
Primary Phone 405 232-8161
Contact Email
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CEO/Executive Director Tim Sharp
Board Chair Lynne Gackle
Board Chair Company Affiliation Baylor University