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  October 22, 2012 (reprinted from April 2, 2012, Common Times) xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx Dallas was incredible! Let's do it again!  
  by Dr. Bonnie Borshay Sneed  

As I am in full competition mode for my choirs, I am remembering the beautiful sounds of the Dallas SWACDA conference held February 29-March 3.

We have come to expect a high level of musicianship and scholarship at our conferences, and this one was no exception. Led fearlessly by Margie Camp, the conference was well-organized, the performances were outstanding, and the sessions interesting. Thank you to all who worked so hard to make this conference a success.

From the exquisite sounds of the New Orchestra of Spain and the Orpheus Chamber Singers, to the stirring Music and Worship service so sublimely conceived and presented by Dana Effler, to the lively and fun Street Corner Symphony, there truly was a performance for everyone. In the College/University arena, we were challenged by wonderful sessions from Julie Yu concerning the student ACDA chapter growth happening at our universities. Joshua Habermann gave a fast-paced and extremely practical approach to Latin American music performance practice.

Our own Collegiate Honor Choir performed beautifully under the direction of Dr. Geoffrey Boers, and many other sessions were enlightening and captivating. Finally, the university choirs who were selected to sing at the conference were an excellent example of the professional level of singing that occurs on our college campuses. Thanks to everyone who contributed their talents to our membership or who encouraged a college singer to participate in the honor choir.
Dallas, March, 2013
If you did not attend the SWACDA conference this year, mark next year’s National ACDA conference on your calendar: March 13-16, 2013. World-class venues, choirs and sessions, and of course, the most important thing, great restaurants await you. We often hear of the importance of attending conferences to recharge and reacquaint ourselves with colleagues and friends from years’ past, and this is indeed true; however, the ability to learn something new that will apply directly to your daily rehearsals is an even better reason to attend.

I challenge each one of you who reads this article to think about sharing your particular interests with the membership. If you have never presented a session, try it. You can submit your ideas easily on the ACDA or SWACDA websites.
Little Rock, March, 2014
Perhaps this summer, you can find a moment to put something together for the Little Rock conference in 2014?

You CAN do it – really, is it any different than giving a 50-minute college class topic? You do this everyday. Presenting a session could be a lecture-recital using a demonstration choir; it could be a straight lecture; it could be a hands-on interactive small-group type event. There are no rules. Just apply!! There is a wealth of imaginative people in our collegiate ranks, and we want you to share your passion with others. Make a difference to ACDA and its members by taking that first step and submit an application for an interest session. You will grow from the experience, and those in attendance will be able to take your knowledge and pass it on to others.

See you again…in DALLAS!