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.
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.
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