NJACDA Summer Conference 2014


Stametz-SCPageWith Steven Sametz and The Princeton Singers

July 22 & 23  

Princeton Meadow Church and Event Center
545 Meadow Road – Princeton NJ 08540


The 2014 summer conference features the world-class Princeton Singers in an afternoon residency where they will participate in a first reading of three new choral compositions in an open rehearsal.  New Jersey native composers, Dale Trumbore and Martin Sedek will be in attendance, as will the winner of our first college-level composition contest.  The Princeton Singers’ residency concludes with a concert of works inspired by Dante.  Composer and conductor, Steven Sametz, Director of Choral Activities at Lehigh University and Artistic Director of the Princeton Singers, will present two plenary addresses.

Attend practical, hands-on workshops and reading sessions, browse the wealth of choral music and resources at the Music Source bookstore, enjoy lunch and conversation with colleagues from across the state, and be inspired by the Princeton Singers in concert.  Find a “New Voice” for your work as a choral director this summer!

On Wednesday, a special conducting workshop for student members will be held after lunch.  The choir will be composed of all of the conference attendees, and up to eight students will have an opportunity to conduct a short work, followed by a one-on-one reflection with an experienced mentor from the ACDA.  If you are interested in conducting or have a student to recommend, please contact Chris Thomas.

Registration Information

Registrations received by April 1 will receive a $10.00 discount!

Daily Sessions

Regular Member Two-Day Pass: $95
Regular Member One-Day Pass: $70
Student Member Two-Day Pass: $50
Student Member One-Day Pass: $25

Choral Octavo Packets
(no orders after July 1)

Sametz Plenary Session I $15.00 (all works by Sametz)
Reading Session I $10.00
Reading Session II $10.00
July 22 $10.00
July 23 $10.00

Your registration includes admission to the concert on July 22. Additional tickets can be purchased in advance for $10.00. General public tickets will be available at the door for $20.00.

Register online or mail to:
Amy Troxel, Summer Conference Registrar
210 West Crystal Lake Ave #234B
Haddonfield NJ 08033



Conference Schedule:

Tuesday July 22

10:00 Welcome and Orientation
10:30-12:00 Plenary Session I with Steven Sametz:
“New Voices: A Composer’s Passion for the Choral Arts”
12:10-1:30 Lunch
1:30-2:20 Workshops
2:30-4:00 Open Rehearsal with The Princeton Singers & Steven Sametz:
“New Voices: The Creative Interaction of Choir, Composer, and Conductor”
4:10-5:00 Reading Session I:
“New Voices: Repertoire for the Emerging Middle School Singer”
5:00-7:00 Dinner on your own in Princeton and surrounding area
8:00-9:30 Concert by the Princeton Singers
“New Voices: Choral Settings of Texts by Dante”

Wednesday July 23

9:00 Registration
9:30-11:00 Plenary Session with Steven Sametz:
“New Voices–and New Ears: Techniques for Choral Tuning”
11:10-12:00 Reading Session II
New Voices: Music of Yesterday for the Choirs of Today”
12:00-1:30 Lunch
1:30-2:30 Student Conducting Practicum
“New Voices: Future Choral Conductors”
2:40-3:30 Workshops

Workshops include: (see link above to specific details)

Do You Hear What I Hear? Audiation for the child singer

Beyond “Here Comes the Bride:” Melodic literacy for the choir

I Love to Sing: Choral artistry in the warm up

How Long Is a Dot? Takadimi starter kit for rhythmic literacy

Conference Committee:

Noel Werner & Jack Hill, coordinators
Mike Schmidt & Jason Bishop, reading sessions
Anne Matlack & Mike Schmidt, composition competition
Christopher Thomas, student conducting seminar
Amy Troxel, registrar