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The Festival Chorus will be comprised of adult church choir singers from all around the state as well as outside of Texas. Church music directors are asked to invite singers with advanced musical skills and vocal technique from their choirs to participate in this special event. Balanced SATB ensembles from each church are preferred. Click on the "Convention" tab for more information. Read More
The Annual TCDA Convention is unsurpassed and not to be missed. Each year, we offer:
Paul Rardin joined the faculty of Temple University as director of choral activities in 2011. He conducts the Concert Choir, teaches graduate conducting, and oversees the six-choir program at Temple’s Boyer College of Music and Dance. He previously taught at the University of Michigan and Towson University, where his choirs appeared with the Kirov Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and Baltimore Choral Arts Society. Under his direction the University of Michigan Men’s Glee Club performed at the 2010 American Choral Directors Central Division Convention.
Derrick Fox received a Bachelors of Music Education from Arkansas State University and a Masters of Music in choral conducting from the University of Missouri - Columbia. Derrick is currently a recipient of the prestigious University Enrichment Graduate Fellowship award and is pursuing a Doctorate of Musical Arts in choral conducting at Michigan State University. He is a conducting student of Dr. David Rayl, Dr. Sandra Snow and Dr. Jonathan Reed and has served as the assistant conductor for the MSU Mens Glee Club, the MSU Chorale Union, State Singers, and has taught assisted with undergraduate conducting courses.
Lynne Gackle currently serves as Associate Professor of Ensembles and Associate Director of Choral Activities at Baylor University (Waco, TX) where she conducts the Baylor Women's Choir and the Baylor Concert Choir. Lynne is an active clinician, conductor and adjudicator for choral clinics, honor choirs, workshops and festivals throughout the United States and abroad. Dr. Gackle has conducted All-State choirs in 26 states, several divisional ACDA honor choirs and one previous ACDA national honor choir. Her choirs performed at American Choral Directors Association state, division, and national conferences and the Music Educators National Conference Biennial Convention. Dr. Gackle has considerable International experience as well.
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