Announcing the 2014
Choral Composition Contest
Win $1000 for your choral composition!!
The 2014 IL-ACDA Choral Competition Contest has begun!
Entries for the 2014 IL-ACDA contest will be accepted from now until April 1st, 2014. Details and forms for submitting your work can found on the following links:
2014 IL-ACDA Composition Contest Winner
The winner of the 2014 Illinois-ACDA Composition Contest winner is Philip Spencer for his treble chorus piece, Tune Thy Music To Thy Heart.
Philip Spencer is enjoying a career spanning more than thirty years as a full-time professional musician, including the duties of award-winning educator, conductor of choral ensembles in the United States and Europe, church musician, and concert organist. He has just completed his thirteenth year as Professor of Music and Director of Choral and Vocal Music in the Fine Arts Department of Joliet Junior College, where he conducts both of the college choral ensembles, teaches applied and class voice, and world music. Prior to coming to JJC, he was Chair of the Music Department at Grand View College, Des Moines, Iowa, and a full-time church musician in several Ohio, Minnesota, and Illinois congregations.
In addition to his college teaching, Phil is Founding Conductor of the Lutheran Youth Choir International, a select touring ensemble of high school singers from throughout the United States and Germany; and Founding Artistic Director of the biennial Festival of American Vocal Music at Mansfeld Castle in Mansfeld, Germany. He is also the Founding Conductor Emeritus of the Edina Chorale, one of the Minneapolis area’s finest community-based choral ensembles. In 2011, Phil was named the recipient of the twenty-fourth annual Saint Genesius Award by Lewis University “for extraordinary achievement in choral music and music education.”
Mr. Spencer holds the Master of Music degree from the Yale University School of Music and Institute of Sacred Music; has completed one academic year of music study in Berlin, Germany; and has done doctoral work in choral conducting and pedagogy at the University of Iowa.
In recent years, Phil has served IL-ACDA as the Two-Year College Chair for six years; as a member of the Composition Contest Committee for two years; as accompanist coordinator for numerous Re-Treats; and as creator of and organist for two hymn festivals at our Re-Treats in past summers. He has also served as an accompanist for reading sessions for ACDA state, division, and national conferences; for the Collegiate Repertoire Chorus in 2010; and for the annual IL-ACDA Reading Sessions at IMEA. He currently serves on the Executive Board of the Central Division-ACDA as the Two-Year College Chair representing over 200 institutions in a four state area. This past February at the Central Division Conference in Cincinnati, Phil was co-presenter with Bob Boyd of a reading session on repertoire for Men's Choir, and accompanist for the reading session on Vocal Jazz.