The mission of the American Choral Directors Association is to inspire excellence in choral music
through education, performance, composition, and advocacy.

For over 50 years, the American Choral Directors Association has been the preeminent association for choral conductors throughout the United States. Our members teach choral music in public and private schools – kindergarten through senior high school – and at the college and university levels. They conduct a variety of choral groups, including children’s choirs, treble and tenor/bass choruses, junior and senior high school choirs, college and university choruses, ethnic and multicultural choirs, vocal jazz ensembles, show choirs, and symphony choruses. They also conduct choirs in their communities and in their places of worship.

On this website, you will find information for ACDA events in Illinois as well as many resources for choir directors throughout the state. Explore our state publication, The Podium, get new repertoire ideas in the Resources section, or get in touch with one of our Board members. We hope you enjoy your time visiting IL-ACDA!


  • Illinois-ACDA is inviting applications to fill a Board opening for Assistant Editor of its publication, the Podium.  The Assistant Editor assists in the soliciting of advertisements for the Podium, communicates to our membership regarding IL-ACDA events and opportunities, and creates graphics for IL-ACDA conferences and other events.
  • Interested?  Please send a short letter of interest and CV or fill out the form below indicating your experience and interest in this position to IL-ACDA President, Paul Laprade at Applications will be accepted through February 15, 2024. A summary of the position will be sent to all interested parties. Assistant Podium Editor Position Application Google Form


  • IL-ACDA has openings for District representatives in the following ILMEA Districts: 2, 6, and 9. District Chairs help IL-ACDA serve our membership directly throughout Illinois.  Interested? Contact IL-ACDA President, Paul Laprade at