Now in a Hybrid Format

OCTOBER 7-9, 2021

To accommodate all members in the midst of changing Covid protocol, the Idaho ACDA Executive Board has made the decision to host this year’s conference in a hybrid format, giving you the choice to attend the conference either in person on the NNU campus or virtually via Zoom. All sessions will now be recorded and hosted, for paid attendees only, until March 31st, 2022.

Current NNU protocol requires wearing a mask indoors while on campus. Changing Covid protocols may require additional measures in the future. Please see the NNU website at for the most current protocols.

Download a copy of the schedule here

Thursday, October 7

5:30 to 6:45pm

Red Carpet – Lobby Brandt Center

Registration and Hors d’ Oeuvres


7:00 to 8:30pm

Welcome and Opening 

Headliner Session: Developing Mini Philosophies on Becoming a Happy and Productive Teacher, by Dr. Eph Ehly

8:30 to 9:20pm 

Reading Session 1 by R&R Chairs

9:30 to 11:00pm

Choir/Social (for in-person participants)

Friday, October 8 


8:00 to 9:00am

Breakfast and late registration
Breakfast provided by Idaho colleges and universities
Registration desk open for questions or conference registration

9:00 to 10:15am


Headliner Session: Developing Mini Philosophies on Seeking the Original Source of Inspiration, by Dr. Eph Ehly

10:30 – 11:30am

Meaningful Individual Assessment Strategies for Performance Ensembles: Tools to get REAL assessment data on your students WITHOUT taking up all of your rehearsal time, by Sean Kane of Timberline High School

11:30am to 1:00pm



1:00 to 2:30pm   

Embrace the crack and navigate the change: Working with emerging singers and male changing voices; by Daniel Gutierrez, Nixa High School, Springfield, Missouri; Dr. Erin Plisco, Missouri State University; Dr. Lynne Gackle, Director of Choral Activities at Baylor University

2:30 to 2:50pm



2:50 to 4:00pm

Infusing Jazz into your choral program: Things you wish someone had told you, by Quinn VanPaepeghem, Director of Jazz Studies, NNU

2:30 to 2:50pm


4:15 to 5:30pm

Headliner: Ensemble, by Dr. Eph Ehly        

5:30 to 6:45pm

Reading Session 2


Catered dinner at NNU Brandt Lobby (for in-person participants)

Saturday, October 9

8:00 to 9:00am

Breakfast roundtable with R&R Chairs
Breakfast provided by Idaho colleges and universities

9:00 to 10:00am

In the Labyrinth: Approaching Diversity in the Choral Space (with or without David Bowie), by Dr. Sarah J. Graham

10:00 to 10:10am


10:10 to 10:30am

Business Meeting

10:30 to 11:45am

Headliner Reading Session, Dr. Eph Ehly

11:45 to 12:00pm


Final remarks and group photo