What is IDACDA?

About us

IDACDA is the Idaho Chapter of the American Choral Directors Association. The mission of ACDA is to inspire excellence and nurture lifelong involvement in choral music for everyone through education, performance, composition and advocacy. We do this by creating powerful artistic experiences and advocating cultural and educational change so that we might transform people’s lives.

A national organization

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 …

Where Idaho fits

ACDA is divided into seven geographic regions and fifty state chapters. National conventions are held in February or March of odd numbered years and divisional conventions take place during the …

Inclusion Statement

Black Lives Matter.  Black Music Matters. Idaho ACDA believes music-making and choral music is a universal human experience and that choral music and education should be inclusive and equitable for …

Collegial Counsel


The vocal jazz lifeline

The shortest distance between the schooled choral director and teaching a jazz choir is the A Cappella Jazz Ballad. Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina wrote some of my favorite choral music. My first “ah-ha” moment singing in a choir came while singing portions of his Missa Papae Marcelli (Pope Marcellus Mass) in my college choir. 

Beg, borrow, or steal—a survival guide for the rural choral teacher

In my teaching career I’ve had the opportunity to teach in three very distinct, very different school districts in the northwest. Oddly enough, my first school district was urban, my current school district is suburban, and the third district, in which I have spent the majority of my time, is rural. Each position has had certain advantages and challenges depending upon socio-economic status of the students, administrative support, and the content I was required to teach.

Jazz Resources from your friends in “Essential Jazz”

Overheard from some teachers … “I would like to start a jazz choir, but I just don’t know where to start!” Or… “I have a jazz choir, but I don’t always know what resources to use or where to find them.” Here are a few resources. Maybe this will help.