2016 - 2017 TCDA Board of Directors

June 2017                                    Choral Notes

Volume 32
Summer 2017

In This Issue...                

  1. Summer Plans?  TCDA, Of Course!, by Leigh Ann McClure, Secretary/Treasurer
  2. TCDA Treble Directors Chorus
  3. 2017 TCDA Membership Renewal
  4. Make your summer hotel reservations now! And register for convention.

Summer Plans?  TCDA, Of Course! by Leigh Ann McClure, Secretary/Treasurer

As the school year was winding down, I was asked countless times, "Got any big plans this summer?"   I described a fishing trip, a cruise, all-state camps, time with grandsons, and concluded with, "and TCDA, of course!"

No matter what changes from summer to summer, the TCDA convention will always be, for me, the culminating event as I gear up for another eventful school year.   I live by my to-do list, so I began thinking about mine in preparation for one of the best conventions to date.

  • Pre-register:  Active members who register before July 1 save $20.  Not only will you save enough for an extra purchase in the exhibits, you'll also save yourself the inconvenience of standing at the on-site computer bank trying to remember your TCDA username and password (let's be honest, it happens). 
  • Spread the word:  Share with those colleagues who are new to our area or profession the latest edition of Texas Sings! or direct them to our website, so they can see for themselves the many benefits of attending convention. And remember, first-year teachers receive a 50% discount off the convention registration fee.  Unless we share this important cost savings, potential members may not know about this once-in-a-career opportunity!
  • Reserve your hotel room:  The deadline to secure TCDA rates is June 23, just a few short weeks away.  Refer to either the website or the hotel reservation form in the spring issue of Texas Sings! for rates, location, and availability.
  • Sign up for the Treble Directors Chorus:  It's not too late to sing in this chorus under the exceptional leadership of Dr. Lori Hetzel.  What an exciting opportunity these singers will have to perform a TCDA commissioned work by the renowned Dr. Kim André Arnesen.  Registration (including the music packet and certificate) is $35 and may be done on our website.
  • Dust off your copy of "Liebeslieder Waltzes, Op. 52":  Plan to arrive in San Antonio by Thursday afternoon, in time to sing Brahms together under the direction of Nora Henson. 

Remember, registration opens at 11 am on Thursday, July 20, and runs through Saturday, July 22 (TCDA will have no scheduled activities on Sunday).  If you can pre-register, you can skip those lines! We'll have your badge and convention materials ready and you'll be off in a flash to begin enjoying this great event.

So, whatever your summer to-do list includes, I hope you will take a moment today to check off "prepare for another great TCDA convention".  I can't wait to see you July 20-22 in San Antonio!



With a new commissioned piece to premier and a very talented conductor - only a TCDA Directors Chorus will do.  Please consider this golden opportunity to do what you love doing!

Conducted by Lori Hetzel, University of Kentucky

Important Information:
Registration Deadline: June 16, 2017
Registration Cost: $35/singer (includes music, commemorative certificate, 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 - mid/late June
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

Remember High School Student Day for your student leaders.  It's a great opportunity to provide them with some leadership skills and training at a very reasonable cost - only $15 for the day!!  You can sign them up on your convention registration or by downloading this form.

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

Click here to get started


Convention Pre-Registration and Hotel Reservation links:

2017 Convention Pre-Registration and Housing

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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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