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  • 2018 ACDA Southern Division Conference
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About the Alabama Chapter of ACDA

The Alabama Chapter of ACDA is committed to promoting, supporting, and developing the choral art in the state of Alabama. We have a full and active board, committed to supporting choral directors in our state. Our state newsletter, Reprise, is published twice annually and is available online. Alabama ACDA offers a variety of performance, professional development, advocacy and mentoring opportunities throughout the year.

Founded in 1959, the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) is a nonprofit music-education organization whose central purpose is to promote excellence in choral music through performance, composition, publication, research, and teaching.

Young Voices Festival

The Alabama ACDA Young Voices Festival is a unique event for 4th - 9th grade students in the state of Alabama. We are thrilled to be celebrating nineteen wonderful years of choral singing by young people from all over the state of Alabama. We welcome and encourage your participation in this event as we strive to make this the best festival ever.

Thomas R. Smith Award

The Thomas R. Smith Award for Excellence was started in 2009 as a way to honor Dr. Tom Smith, a longtime choral director and ACDA leader in our state – and recognize our colleagues who, like Dr. Smith, have made outstanding contributions to the choral art. Each year, nominations are solicited state-wide, and the Alabama ACDA board votes to determine the recipient.

Dr. Laura Moore, President-Elect

Dr. Laura Moore is the Director of Choral Activities and Associate Professor of Music at the University of South Alabama, where she directs the Concert Choir and Chorale. She also teaches undergraduate and graduate music history and choral conducting.

She received her doctorate in Choral Conducting from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Other earned degrees include the BA from Davidson College, a Master’s degree in Piano Performance from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, and a Master’s degree in Choral Conducting from UNC Greensboro. Read More...