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Fall Convention

2019 IL-ACDA Fall Convention

Making a Place to Make Good Art

Friday and Saturday, October 25-26
Wheaton College

Recharge and get to know our IL-ACDA Community

– Dr. Ramona Wis (website) Director of Choral Activities at North Central College, Naperville 
– Lori Sonnenberg (website) Speech Pathologist and Voice Specialist

Special Guests:

Vocal Jazz Track with Kim Nazarian, New York Voices
U of IL Chamber Singers, Dr. Andrew Megill, Conductor


Performance Choirs-Reading and Interest Sessions-

Choral Technique Session-Conductor Spa: Voice Care and Yoga
JH Treble Honor Choir with Angie Johnson
HS Honor Choir (SATB) with Dr. Mary Hopper

*Professional Development Hours are available

Dear Members,

We are happy to announce the following opportunities for the 2019 IL-ACDA State Convention which will be held on October 25 & 26, 2019 at Wheaton College and the College Church of Wheaton.

Performing Choir Online Application for the 2019 Fall Convention:

The Application Information for Performing Choirs for the 2019 IL-ACDA State Convention is entirely online starting February 25, 2019.

There is a $25.00 non-refundable application fee for each ensemble submitted for consideration. If a single conductor wishes to submit applications for multiple ensembles, he/she must complete individual applications and pay the application fee for each.

To complete the application process you will need to provide the following uploads:

  • 2016-2017 Concert Program (PDF)
  • 2017-2018 Concert Program (PDF)
  • 2018-2019 Concert Program (PDF)
  • Proposed 2019 Fall Convention Performing Choir Program (PDF)
  • Information for Submitted Recordings (PDF)
  • 2016-2017 Recording
  • 2017-2018 Recording
  • 2018-2019 Recording

Since the last IL-ACDA Fall Convention was two years ago, choral ensembles and conductors that performed at the 2017 Convention are not eligible for the 2019 convention.

The application deadline is April 5 by 11:59pm.

If you have any further questions, please email the Fall Convention Performing Choirs Coordinator (Eric Esparza) at eesparz7@depaul.edu

Interest Session Application for the 2019 Fall Convention:

Do you have something you would like to share with our members? We are looking for three to five 45-minute sessions on topics that will encourage growth and refreshment in our members. Click here to apply:


The application deadline is Friday, May 31st by 11:59pm. Applicants will be notified by Friday, June 14

IL-ACDA Fall Convention Honor Choirs

Friday 10/25 -5:45-8 PM and Saturday 10/26, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM)

Registration information will be e-mailed to members in April. Teachers must be ACDA members to nominate students for this event.


Middle School Treble Choir – Advanced girls and boys (unchanged) in grades 5-8.

Director-Angie Johnson, Artistic Director of Young Naperville Singers (YNS)

See the link below for more details:

Middle School Honors Choir Information

Renee DeJager and Liz Powers, JH Honor Choir Chairs


High School Honors Choir – SATB Mixed grades 10-12

Director-Dr. Mary Hopper, Wheaton College Conservatory of Music

See the link below for more details:

High School Honors Choir Information

Larry Fisher and Ali Kordelewski, HS Honor Choir Chairs


High School State Honors Show Choir 

This annual event will be offered in October of 2019. Dates and audition information will be available later this spring.

Show Choir Chair, Seth Durbin


Artistically yours,

The 2019 IL-ACDA Convention Leadership Team and
Laura Coster, IL-ACDA Secretary and Fall Convention Chair

The performance venue will be at the beautiful Wheaton College Church and the new Armerding Performance Hall. Both have beautiful acoustics for both small and larger choirs! Consider auditioning to bring a choir or a few of your singers to be in one of our Honor Choirs.


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