Founded in 1959, the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) is a professional organization serving choral directors in schools, religious organizations, and communities through workshops, symposia, publications, choral program exchanges, international efforts, and especially through its conventions. Its official purposes are: To foster and promote choral singing, which will provide artistic, cultural, and spiritual experiences for the participants.
- To foster and promote the finest types of choral music to make these experiences possible.
- To foster and encourage rehearsal procedures conducive to attaining the highest possible level of musicianship and artistic performance.
- To foster and promote the organization and development of choral groups of all types in schools and colleges.
- To foster and promote the development of choral music in the church and synagogue.
- To foster and promote the organization and development of choral societies in cities and communities.
- To foster and promote understanding of choral music as an important medium of contemporary artistic expression.
- To foster and promote significant research in the field of choral music.
- To foster and encourage choral composition of superior quality.
- To cooperate with all organizations dedicated to the development of musical culture in America
- To foster and promote international exchange programs involving performing groups, conductors, and composers.
- To disseminate professional news and information about choral music.
Source: "ACDA History," available at https://acda.org/ACDA/About-Root/Purposes_of_ACDA.aspx
- American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) http://acda.org/
- ACDA Maryland and DC Chapter http://www.acdamddc.org/
- Virginia Choral Directors Association http://www.vcda.net/
- ChoralNet (ACDA's Global Choral Professional Networking Site) http://www.choralnet.org/
- Choral Public Domain Library (24,000+ free choral scores online) http://www.cpdl.org/