June 2015                              Choral Notes


Volume 10
Summer 2015

In This Issue...                

  1. Convention Registration & Housing Information
  2. On-line voting - 2015 candidates
  3. Billy Talley, President
  4. Childcare - a few details to know BEFORE you GO
  5. Home Free tickets

Important Dates & Deadlines:

  • NOW - 2015 Convention & Hotel Housing Registration is open. Click here for more information
    • Hotel rates are only guaranteed to June 24!
  • Directors Chorus this year, Friday, June 26 deadline, click here to participate
  • High School Student Day (HSSD) - registration is part of your convention pre-registration. Deadline July 1

Convention Registration & Housing Info

Convention pre-registration is now!  Make sure you register before July 1 to secure the discounted rate. 

Even if you choose to pay when you arrive in San Antonio, complete the forms now to avoid long lines and secure the pre-registration rate.

Learn more on the convention page of our website where you can find specific pricing, downloadable forms, and more.  It's our 60th Anniversary!  Be sure to buy extra tickets if you have guests that may want to see Home Free Saturday night.

NOTE | Hotel rooms are going quickly, don't delayClick here to make your hotel reservation online.

Don't forget about High School Student Day!  Featuring Jeremy Spicer, Dr. James Franklin, and Susan LaBarr - this is a fantastic opportunity for all of your high school student choral leaders.  You can sign them up when you complete your convention registration form.  Click here for additional information. 

If you would like to purchase Home Free tickets for your students attending HSSD, you can purchase up to 10 tickets.  Your 2015 membership must be current. Log in is required, click here


Online Voting - 2015 candidates!

TCDA is introducing on-line voting for all Active members.  According to the TCDA by-laws, all Active members are eligible to cast a vote to elect new board members.  With on-line voting, this is possible, even if you are not able to attend convention.

Log into the TCDA website using your username & password.  Voting will remain open until Friday, July 24 at noon. Once your vote is submitted you will not be able to change it.  We encourage you to learn more about each of the candidates, read the candidate statements, and cast your vote at the bottom of the page.  Click here to read more and vote!


 What Goes Around Comes Around by Billy Talley, President

I was in a retail clothing store recently which geared to a much younger generation than mine. After quickly deciding that these were clothes I would never wear publicly, I began to look at other items in the store: accessories, socks, water bottles. Then I discovered an entire counter full of VINYL RECORDS! I could barely believe my eyes. And these weren’t vintage oldies from fifty years ago. These were current pop groups on LPs! It seems the old style of listening to music is making a comeback.

Some of you can remember, as I can, spinning the old 45 rpm records of your favorite singers and groups. You still see them at garage sales and thrift shops. Can you also remember how revolutionary it was when the eight track tapes became the rage? Then it was on to the cassette tapes and finally to CDs. But now there is a trend to return full circle to the LP records.

I have spent some time trying to figure out why people would prefer listening to a record over popping your ear buds in and listening to your digital playlist. I remember an episode of “Everybody Loves Raymond” where Ray gave his father a CD player and a collection of jazz CDs. Ray couldn’t understand why his father preferred to hear his jazz on a record player, complete with scratches and skips. There is something nostalgic about listening to an imperfect record album. Maybe there is some degree of comfort in knowing that not everything in life is perfect. Those record albums have nicks and scratches, but they can still make pretty good music. Some of us are pretty banged up too, but we can still make pretty good music.

Another reason for this return to the LP might be that music is meant to be shared. The LP allows everyone in the room to hear what is being played. That sense of sharing the music with a community of listeners might be a major factor in bringing back the LP.

Whether we listen to it on a cassette tape, CD, record player, or LIVE in a concert hall, quality choral music will always be appreciated by those who hear it. I am so grateful to every choral director and music teacher who spends their lives making music and teaching others how to make music as well. Like the record album, you will NEVER go out of style.

Childcare Information and Guidelines

Childcare is complimentary to our members during the convention for children 12 yrs and younger. This convenient, on-site service is provided by Fit For A King. They have over 20 years of experience and are bonded for your protection.  They are also trained in CPR and First Aid.


Thursday 10:00am - 10:00pm**Friday 7:30am - 10:00pm**Saturday 7:30am - 10:00pm**Sunday 8:00am - noon


Please read the suggestions below and come prepared to ensure a smooth process for you and your children.

  • Plan to take strollers with you, as there is no extra space in the childcare rooms to store them.
  • No meals are provided or served. Snacks of raisins, Cheerios, cookies and punch are served mid-morning and mid-afternoon. You can bring snacks for your own child, labeled and with instructions. Parents must pick up children for each meal and no other foods will be allowed in the room.
  • Please take children to the restroom prior to bringing them to childcare. Bring extra, labeled clothes for young children.
  • Allow sufficient time for registration and instructions. Have all instructions in writing. Label everything that comes with your child (bag, wipes, diapers [no cloth diapers], pacifiers, etc...)
  • Please list the sessions you will attend with room numbers so we can reach you if there is an emergency.
  • Age appropriate toys are provided. Please do not bring personal toys.
  • Ill children will not be admitted. Parents will be called to pick up children that hit, bite or are inconsolable for long periods.
  • Quiet times are from 1:15pm to 3:30pm and 8:30pm until closing. No children will be admitted during these times and all who are inside will rest quietly.  No exceptions. Children may be picked up any time.
  • Parents who do not pick up children by posted closing times will be charged $10 per each minute late per child.

Home Free Tickets

One ticket is included in your convention registration.  You can purchase up to three (3) additional tickets as you complete your convention pre-registration form.  On-site ticket sales only while they last; first come, first serve.

For Directors that are bringing students to High School Student Day (HSSD), we are offering a limited number of tickets to these students.  The sponsoring Director can purchase up to ten (10) student tickets for those students attending HSSD. The Director must have a current TCDA membership.  The order form to purchase these tickets can be found on our convention web page as well as by clicking here.



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TCDA Board of Directors 2014 - 2015
President - Billy Talley, Amarillo ISD
Past President - Jeff Rice, Midway ISD
President Elect - Kari Gilbertson, Richardson ISD
Vice President, HS - Robin Brockway-Nichols, Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD
Vice President, MS/JH - Jennifer Gallagher, Alvin 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 - Terry Berrier, Wylie ISD

Executive Director - Sharon Lutz
Member Services Coordinator - Hallie Miller

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