2016 - 2017 TCDA Board of Directors

January 2017                                    Choral Notes

Volume 27
Winter 2017

In This Issue...                

  1. Directors Chorus News!, Pam Elrod Huffman, President Elect
  2. 2017 TCDA Membership renewal
  3. Mark your calendars for Monday, February 6, It's Opening Day!
  4. Texas Sings! - read the online only Fall Texas Sings!
  5. Sandra Snow - Conducting Master Class

Directors Chorus News!, by Pam Elrod Huffman, President Elect

Well, here we all are - back at work and gearing up for busy, rewarding springs!  That sense of renewal and anticipation that comes with a new year is, I hope, providing energy and inspiration for all of you.  And I have one more thing to add to your "I'm looking forward to this" list - the 2017 TCDA Directors Chorus!

As you may or may not know, the 2017 Directors Chorus will be a treble choir of 160 beautiful voices from our TCDA ranks.  At the helm will be Dr. Lori Hetzel of the University of Kentucky.  Dr. Hetzel is the Associate Director of Choral Activities, Associate Director of the School of Music, and professor of Choral Music Education at the university.  In addition to her conducting duties, Dr. Hetzel supervises student teachers and teaches undergraduate methods and choral conducting courses.  She is also a contributing author to the new textbook, Conducting Women's Choirs: Strategies for Success. 

Dr. Hetzel has chosen a fantastic program - rich, diverse, beautiful repertoire that you will want to immediately add to your own choral libraries.   In addition to the works she has programmed, the choir will also have the privilege of preparing and premiering a new work for treble voices by Kim André Arnesen, a composer who has already developed a pretty substantial fan base here in Texas.  Those of you who aren't familiar with his music will, I know, love getting to know this very gifted young composer.  If you need a live introduction to his music, his beautiful piece, "Flight Song," will be performed by the Texas All-State Mixed Choir in just a few weeks at the TMEA Convention.

So make plans now to be a part of this wonderful experience.  All it will cost is a $35 registration fee and a few very enjoyable hours of rehearsal time.   Look for more details in February, and in the meantime, enjoy this roller coaster Texas weather and lots of gorgeous music-making!

Renew your TCDA membership for 2017 now so you don't miss a thing! 

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Mark your calendars for Monday, February 6!  It's opening day for...

2017 Convention Pre-Registration and Housing

MS/JH Honor Choir Auditions

Directors Chorus registration 



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TCDA Board of Directors 2016 - 2017
President - Kari Gilbertson, Richardson ISD
Past President - Billy Talley, Amarillo ISD
President-Elect - Pam Elrod Huffman, Southern Methodist University

Vice President, HS - Thomas Rinn, Grapevine-Colleyville ISD
Vice President, MS/JH - Connie Horton, The Woodlands ISD
Vice President, Elem - Debra Johnson, Belton ISD
Vice President, College/Community - Carolyn Cruse, Texas Tech University
Vice President, Church - Dan Baker, First Baptist Church Amarillo
Secretary/Treasurer - Leigh Ann McClure, Keller ISD

Executive Director - Sharon Lutz
Member Services Coordinator - Hallie Boone

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