The Annual TCDA Convention is unsurpassed and not to be missed. Each year, we offer:

  • Workshops and Reading Sessions offering a wide array of topics for Elementary, Middle School, High School, College/Community and Church Directors;
  • Nationally Recognized Clinicians

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.

  • Exhibit Halls filled with more than 600 booths representing band, choral, and orchestra, offering new educational tools, music, products, gifts, and much more!
  • MS/JH Honor Choir conducted by Lynn Gackle

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.

  • High School Student Day with Headliner Tim Lautzenheiser
  • Commissioned Work by Jocelyn Hagen

Convention Schedule


W4: Sing your own part, D Oakes
W6: Bad Choral Music and How to Spot it, P Rardin
W7: Performance Practices in the Baroque and Classical Eras, D Shrock
W8: Assessment in the Choral Classroom; 50 Shades of Grading, D Fox
Prezi link
W9: A Conversation about Collaboration, D Eaton, G Musella
W10: HS Student Day, Getting to Know You, C Sanchez
W11: Sing and Play, JL Cookus
W14: Teamwork and Teambuilding, D Jarvis, A De La Cruz
W15: It's All About the Singing, A Brill
W18: The Singing Child - Tips & Toys, L Gwozdz
W20: The Singing Hand, P Rardin
W21: The Singing Child - Musicality & Movement, L Gwozdz
W23: Tune In, D Fox
Additional Tune In pdf
W24: Circles, Brush Strokes and Downbows, P Rardin
and Marked Scores
W26: More Pat, Tap & Clap, E Marrero