2015-2016 TCDA Board of Directors

December 2015                                    Choral Notes


Volume 15
Winter 2015

In This Issue...                

  1. It's All About that Text!, by Leigh Ann McClure, Secretary
  2. 2016 Membership renewal, click here to get started
  3. 2016 Elementary Honor Choir information
  4. TCDA Communications Survey, If you haven't responded, it only takes a jiffy, Click here
  5. Nominate a great choral director for one of the TCDA prestigious awards!  More info here

 It's All About that Text! by Leigh Ann McClure, Secretary

A few years ago I heard a colleague say, “Without the text it’s just band”!  First of all, I should explain I started my career as a band director and loved every minute of it.  But after staying home to raise children for a few years, I was offered a middle school choir position and never looked back.  So I could never be accused of being a choir snob.  I will admit, however, to being a text snob!

The first time I sang in a concert choir led by Dr. Jerry McCoy, he paused as he led us into the performance venue and asked what our responsibility was to the audience.  Many answers resonated through the room; however, his words that day have changed every concert in which I have performed or directed since.  Dr. McCoy’s words, “To make someone’s day better” transformed the process by which I choose music for my choirs. In fact, that thought actually changed the very way I teach.

We are all drawn by a beautiful melodic line or harmonic intricacies.  Of course we are!  We do, after all, teach music.  Music is more than those things.  Music is often the vehicle for a message.  Today I regularly say we are “entrusted with text”.  It is the marriage of a composer’s gifts with relevant text that makes what we do so special.  What a privilege to stand in front of an ensemble and help them discover how text can impact not only the audiences for whom they are preparing to sing but also the singers themselves.  We have the opportunity to share intangibles such as hope, peace, and comfort with singers and audiences alike.  Who gets that?!  Choral directors do!

In recent months several former students have sent me messages recalling a piece they performed under my direction.  The music helps them recall what has really impacted them--text.  How blessed we are to use a vehicle we love (choral music) to impact lives and “make someone’s day better” through the words which that music so poignantly expresses.


Membership renewal for 2016 is underway. 

The TCDA membership year is Jan. 1 - Dec. 31.  Renew your membership now to ensure you don't miss a thing!  Click here to get started.


2016 Elementary Honor Choir Information

Auditions open on February 1
Audition fee:  $15
Audition piece: Jubilate Deo
Conductor: Sally Knudson, Artistic Director of Norman's Children's Chorus
For complete details, please see our website, 2016 Honor Choir


TCDA Communications Survey

We recently sent out a message asking for your response to a brief survey regarding TCDA Communications.  If you haven't responded yet, we would truly appreciate your feedback.

We know times are changing which has prompted us to re-evaluate all our communication methods.  Please help us to better serve you with effective communications by completing a brief survey.  Your answers will be anonymous and very helpful as we plan for the future.  Thanks so much.

Click here to be directed to the survey

Thank you!


2016 TCDA Awards

Among the distinctive and highly regarded awards bestowed upon deserving individuals each year, two categories of awards are from nominees submitted by the TCDA membership: Texas Choral Excellence Award and the TCDA Young Director of Distinction.  Please go here to read more about the description of these awards and past recipients.


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TCDA Board of Directors 2015 - 2016
President - Kari Gilbertson, Richardson ISD
Past President - Billy Talley, Amarillo ISD
Vice President, HS - Thomas Rinn, Colleyville ISD
Vice President, MS/JH - Connie Horton, Conroe ISD
Vice President, Elem - Michele Hobizal, Katy ISD
Vice President, College/Community - Lynne Gackle, Baylor Univ
Vice President, Church - Josh Taylor, First Presbyterian Dallas
Secretary/Treasurer - Leigh Ann McClure, Keller ISD

Executive Director - Sharon Lutz
Member Services Coordinator - Hallie Boone

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