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The American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), headquartered in Oklahoma Citymarker, Oklahomamarker, is a non-profit organization with the stated purpose of promoting excellence in the field of choral music. Its membership comprises approximately 22,000 choral directors representing over a million singers.

Background information

ACDA is organized in seven Divisions, i.e., Central, Eastern, North Central, Northwestern, Southern, Southwestern, and Western. Every year, conferences with topics pertaining to choral conductors are held - in even numbered years, a division conference is held in each division, and in odd numbered years, a national conference takes place in a major U.S. city. In 2009, ACDA celebrated its 50th Anniversary in Oklahoma City; in 2011, the national conference will be held in Chicago, Illinois.

Conductors can apply to have their choirs perform at these conferences through a blind audition-CD process. Being accepted to sing at an ACDA conference is considered a great honor, both for a choir and for its conductor. Individual singers may also apply to sing with ACDA National Honor Choirs. About 300 singers are selected from around the country to sing in each national choir.

The official publication is the Choral Journal.

In addition to the division organization, a similar break out is done along specializationlines. The specialties are:
  • Boychoirs
  • Children's Choirs
  • College and University Choirs
  • Community Choirs
  • Ethnic and Multicultural Perspectives
  • Jazz Choirs
  • Junior High & Middle School Choirs
  • Male Choirs
  • Music in Worship
  • Show Choirs
  • Senior High School Choirs
  • Two-Year College Choirs
  • Women's Choirs
  • Youth & Student Activities

Each specialty is organized under a Repertoire and Standards (R&S) Committee system, with a National Committee, Division Committees, and State chairpersons. The National Chairperson for each specialty is also a member of the National R&S Committee which meets annually to discuss issues common to all specialties.


The Divisions are organized by state chapters as follows:

Central Division

  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Michigan
  • Ohio

Eastern Division

North Central Division

  • Iowa
  • Minnesota
  • Nebraska
  • North Dakota
  • South Dakota
  • Wisconsin

Northwestern Division

  • Alaska
  • Idaho
  • Montana
  • Oregon
  • Washington
  • Wyoming

Southern Division

  • Alabama
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Mississippi
  • North Carolina
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Virginia
  • West Virginia

Southwestern Division

  • Arkansas
  • Colorado
  • Kansas
  • Missouri
  • New Mexico
  • Oklahoma
  • Texas

Western Division

  • Arizona
  • California
  • Hawaii
  • Nevada
  • Utah

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