Retreat schedule can be found HERE Idaho ACDA 2017 In-Service Schedule
Yes, the wonderful Sydney Guillaume will be in Idaho for our retreat in Sun Valley, October 5-7, 2017.

Here is what folks have to say about Sydney:

Praised by the Miami Herald for their “impressive maturity and striking melodic distinction”, Sydney Guillaume’s compositions are known to be intricate, challenging and yet highly spirited. They promote human values and are full of heart and passion. Many of his choral works, most with original poetry by his father Gabriel T. Guillaume, have fostered an awareness of the beautiful Haitian culture and continue to serve as an ambassador for his native country. His compositions continually enthrall choirs everywhere and have been performed around the world. They have been featured at numerous conferences and international festivals like the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), the World Choir Games and Ireland’s Cork International Choral Festival.

Nearly all of his choral music have been commissioned works. He’s written for renowned choirs such as the Grammy-award nominated Seraphic Fire, the Westminster Chorus, University of Miami Frost Chorale, the Nathaniel Dett Chorale, Illinois Wesleyan University Collegiate Choir, the Saint Louis Chamber Singers and the Miami Children’s Chorus.

Guillaume also writes film music – he has written original film and documentary scores for the Los Angeles based company Loyola Productions.

Sydney is an active member of the choral community as a composer, singer, clinician and conductor. In 2013, he conducted the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA) District 12 Honor Choir. He has also presented at several symposiums and conferences, both domestically and abroad. Most recently at the 2016 West Virginia ACDA Conference and the FORO CORAL AMERICANO in Argentina.

Since 2013 he has been the conductor of Imbroglio Sextet, a group of musicians from Haiti, Spain, Bolivia and the United States. They met in Haiti at the École de Musique St. Trinité summer camp where they all volunteer as music teachers. As the director of the sextet he has toured through Texas, Louisiana, Britain and Spain.

His latest activities as conductor include an all-Guillaume concert in the New York City’s Lincoln Center and a concert with the Imbroglio Sextet at Carnegie Hall.

Sydney Guillaume graduated from the University of Miami in 2004 where his works were performed by the Miami University Chorale conducted by Dr. Jo-Michael Scheibe. Originally from Port-au-Prince, Haiti, he is currently residing in Portland, Oregon working as a full-time composer, conductor and clinician.

Housing in Ketchum, Sun Valley area:

Please make housing reservations in Ketchum and the surrounding area as soon as possible! Several other events occur in Sun Valley during our In-Service Retreat weekend. Check the following links:

Limelight Hotels HERE
Sun Valley Resort HERE


VRBO (Vacation Rentals by Owner) HERE


Registration will be done through Opus Event. You will need to first create an account with Opus Event and link your ACDA membership with their Opus Event account (instructions are provided). Have your ACDA membership number at hand when completing registration. You should see registration options for the Idaho ACDA October Retreat.

If the only registration option that populates is “Non-Member,” it means your ACDA membership is not yet attached to your Opus Event account. DO NOT REGISTER as a Non-Member. Please contact our treasurer, MacKenzie Aitkin or Opus Event if this happens.

MacKenzie’s cell number is: 208-514-7661. Her email is: [email protected]

To register: CLICK HERE


For BSU credit for the In-Service Retreat, CLICK HERE