Francisco Nuñéz sends thank you video and invitation to Fall 2023 Conference attendees

I hope this email finds you all in good health and high spirits. I wanted to take a moment to express my heartfelt appreciation for the invitation from Serena and for the time I spent with you all last month. It was an absolute delight to not only meet each and every one of you but to also witness the incredible work you are doing in the field of choral music. Your dedication and passion are truly commendable.

Grant Farmer presents “The Hindrance of Warm-ups”

Many of us use warm-ups that we learned years, even decades, ago from various sources. At the time, they were silver bullets for our vocal issues. Our vocal warm-ups are so established and engrained in our process that we forget to ask about their benefit and purpose. In fact, some may actually be hindering our process toward healthy vocal production in a rehearsal. For example, does a vocal sigh from the top of one’s range really set a singer up…

Brenda Winkle presents “Breathwork: The Magic Bullet for Your Choir Program”

Transform your program with breathwork with advanced trauma-informed breathwork facilitator and former choral director, Brenda Winkle. Reduce unwanted behaviors, relieve stress and anxiety (yours and your students), improve focus, and so much more simply by harnessing the power of breathwork. You’ll notice improved choral sound due to group cohesion after breathwork and be able to more easily build community. If you want a magic bullet for your program, this is it. You’ll be guided into a transformative breathwork experience and…

Brenda Winkle presents “Stories from Northwest ACDA: Understanding DEI(B)”

DEI is more than policy, it’s about people. Join NW-ACDA DEI chair, Brenda Winkle, in this interactive session discussing the state of DEI initiatives in the Northwest Region. Hear stories about real people. Ask the questions you’ve been too afraid to ask. Leave with resources you can use immediately in your school, community, or church choir.

Access your Digital Sheet Music for the Fall 2023 Reading Sessions

JW Pepper has created a digital reading session booklet. To access your sheet music via a tablet, please download the app prior to the conference. You can (1) download the app or (2) open through any browser. Enter your first name, last name, and email Enter the following app code: Event02286  The Event will remain in “Active Events” for 30 days and will then move to “Expired Events.” You will still be able to see the titles in the…

Buy tickets! The Gala Concert is Friday, October 6, 2023

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC! Featuring the Changing Voices Choir, directed by headliner Francisco Núñez; the Cathedral of the Rockies Chamber Choir; Northwest Nazarene University Choir and Orchestra; and The Boise Philharmonic Master Chorale.

Tried and True Middle School Gems- Tenor Bass Voicing

Whether you have a dedicated middle school TB ensemble, or you do 1 song with those changing voices, there is so much great repertoire out there for these voice types. As with anything at this level, don’t be afraid to modify, simplify, or augment to make it work for your students.

Getting into Treble: Paul Laurence Dunbar

Happy New Year, treble choir enthusiasts! Have you ever programmed a concert around the texts of a single poet? Today’s post is centered around some treble choir settings of the poet Paul Laurence Dunbar.

Download the Beer Choir Hymnal

dJoin us on Thursday evening for the Beer Choir Social at White Dog Brewing Boise, 705 W Fulton St, Boise, ID 83702. Download the complete songbook with 40 drinking song classics, original works, and favorite melodies updated with irreverent lyrics!

2023 IMEA Choral Reading Session

56 titles for treble voices, TB voices, and mixed ensembles compiled and presented by Sidney Hudson at the 2023 IMEA Choral Reading Session. Click through for demo recordings and links to publishers.

What we’re hearing from your Seniors

Over the past few years, we have observed several consistent habits in the voices of incoming college freshmen. With the backdrop of vocology, Annie Powell and Grant Farmer have been developing methods to employ in group voice settings to help build strong, healthy voice habits.

Mapping Breath, Movement, and Musical Intention

Providing accurate physiological maps to understanding how our body moves to enhance performance, prevent injury and rehabilitate injured musicians. Presented by Max Mendez at the Fall 2022 IDACDA Conference at the Cathedral of The Rockies.

Watch a live stream of Friday night’s Gala Concert

With performances by Idaho State University, directed by Dr. Scott Anderson; Boise State University, directed by Dr. C. Michael Porter; and the IDACDA Invitational Conference Choir, directed by headliner Maria Guinand.

Download the Beer Choir Hymnal

Join us at the White Dog Brewery (705 W. Fulton Street, Boise, ID 83702) on Thursday night for our annual Beer Choir. This is a fun social event where you purchase the beverage of your choice (they have beer, wine, cider and a variety of non-alcoholic options!) and we sing fun songs from the Beer Choir Hymnal.

Access the digital reading session book

Introducing the digital reading session book! All 45 titles for this conference’s reading sessions are included. Please follow the instructions to get access. You can download the app, or access the titles from any device web browser.

R&S Repertoire Selections for Fall 2022 Conference

A database of all the songs (plus more) from our Fall 2022 IDACDA reading session. With contributions from Corrina Steinbach, Emmanuella Mazile, Grant Farmer, Janet Turely, Kerry Calverley, Philip Miller, Quinn Van Paepaghem, Ryan Olsen, Sean Kane, Seth McMullen, and Steve Kuykendall.

Ensemble, by Dr. Eph Ehly

Dr. Eph Ehly presents his third headliner session, “Ensemble” at the IDACDA Fall 2021 convention at Northwest Nazarene University.

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.

Awkward, difficult, strange and beautiful

Middle School. It’s the most awkward, difficult, strange and beautiful time in a young person’s life. I know I’m crazy for saying this but…I’m a middle school teacher for life. There are just under a million reasons why teaching middle school or junior high singers is a challenge.

Singing for your spiritual and physical health

Sunday morning is the time we all gather as a community to offer praise and thanksgiving to God for the “innumerable benefits procured unto us,” (Book of Common Prayer) and to bring our challenges, concerns, and heaviness to the altar of God beseeching to be heard and helped.


I have six children (not including the 200+ at school, of course) who regularly and incessantly ask me that very question. They find it to be such a useful word that it is invoked in virtually every imaginable situation. When they were very small I recall finding those questions elicited emotions ranging from amusement to delight in me.