2016 - 2017 TCDA Board of Directors

July 2017                                    Choral Notes

Volume 33
Summer 2017

In This Issue...                

  1. Time to Pack!, by Kari Gilbertson, President
  2. TCDA Treble Directors Chorus
  3. Know your TCDA username and password!
  4. Last minute hotel reservations


Time to Pack! by Kari Gilbertson, President


It's that time of year again.  Time to make a "to do list" for attending the 62nd Annual TCDA Convention.  I thought I would help you out by sharing mine.



Kari Gilbertson's TCDA To Do List:

  • Lose 20lbs (I've still got time, right?!)
  • Find cute outfits for the soiree, worship, concerts, sessions, workshops, etc.  I love the summer casual dress code for TCDA...but pack a light sweater for the convention center air conditioning!
  • Pack your walking shoes...and your running shoes if you're doing the Fun Run!
  • Download the Guidebook App and make a plan for your fabulous days!
  • Vote for your future TCDA Board Members
  • Find my TCDA Username and Password (You'll need this to vote and register.  Having it with you will save you time in line.)
  • Find your Liebeslieder Waltzes, Op. 52 for the Sing In on Thursday afternoon. (JW Pepper will also have copies there to purchase.)  Brush up your Deutsch!
  • Nails and Toes (Not optional for some of us.)
  • Leave room in your luggage for reading session books and Vendor goodies!
  • Plan for a "No Regrets" TCDA...Contact us if you still want to sing with the TCDA Director Treble Chorus.  We can still make a place for you!
  • Update your Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Snapchat Statuses. Tag us with your "To Do List" and TCDA plans.

The only thing good about the end of summer break...ok, there is nothing really good about the end of summer break...but at least we have TCDA to look forward to!  Thank you for making time for TCDA in your summer and professional plans!  "Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning."  This quotation from Benjamin Franklin is at the core of why we are here this summer.  We are conductors, teachers, artists, ministers, singers...we are professionals.  We know that being here adds depth to our craft and meaning to our efforts.  I can't wait to see you all there soon! 

Kari Gilbertson

TCDA President

P.S.  Don't forget to vote!  It is a right, a privilege, and an expectation of our TCDA Membership. 



Conducted by Lori Hetzel, University of Kentucky

Important Information:
We still need singers!!
Registration Cost: $35/singer (includes music and a fabulous experience!)
Dress: Concert Black
Voice Parts: The chorus will be limited to 160 singers, 40 in each voice part (S1, S2, A1, A2)


Important Dates:
Music sent - as soon as we hear from you, but not after July 14
Sectional Rehearsals - July 20th 
Rehearsals - July 20th (afternoon), July 21st (morning)
Dress Rehearsal, July 21st (afternoon)
FINAL Performance, Saturday July 22nd, 10:30am

Directors Chorus Information & Registration

 SAVE YOURSELF SOME TIME AND AGONY!  If you don't know your TCDA username and password, please call our office no later than Monday, July 17 and we can help you.  Don't come to convention unprepared!



Last minute hotel reservations - try this page for assistance, CLICK HERE


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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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