2018 - 2019 TCDA Board of Directors

May 2019                                             Choral Notes

Volume 54
Spring 2019

In This Issue... 

  1. A Fabulous Convention, by Jason Dove, Vice President, High School
  2. TCDA High School Student Days this summer - New location of Brownsville just added!
  3.  Important Dates for VOTING and 2020 Clinic Submissions
  4. Take a look at recently added Benefits for Members
  5. Supporting TCDA through gifts and Endowed Scholarships

A Fabulous Convention, just for You!, by Jason Dove, Vice President, High School

I hope to see all of you at this year's convention.  The High School Division of TCDA is proud to present an array of interesting clinics at this year's convention. Our first sessions will begin on Thursday, July 25 at 10 am, so pre-register to ensure you are ready to take advantage of these exciting clinics and reading sessions.

The Board has made significant changes this year, including offering 17 publisher sponsored reading sessions, and double the clinic opportunities for middle school and high school directors. Convention highlights include our first-ever Composer-in-Residence sponsored by the College Division. We are happy to welcome Dr. Alec Schumacker, Assistant Professor and Director of Choral Activities at Hawai'i Pacific University.  Dr. Schumacker will present three clinics, including "How to Authentically Arrange Pop Music for your Choirs." And TCDA is very proud to present its first-ever Elementary Immersion Day on Friday, July 26  (pre-register NOW to receive the special price of $100).  Also, don't forget to bring your copy of Rutter's Gloria for this year's Sing-In, under the direction of Dianne Brumley. Immediately following the Sing-In we will hold our annual Soiree in the lobby outside of the Hemisfair Ballroom!

Back to the High School Division! I am pleased to announce our High School Headliner, Dr. Kent Hatteberg, Director of Choral Activities at the University of Louisville. Dr. Hatteberg will present two sessions, "Engaging Singers in the Rehearsal-What Do They Need From You?", offering tips and techniques to enhance rehearsals and students' experiences in rehearsals; and the second session, "Finding Repertoire-The World is at Your Fingertips!", will address ways to find new repertoire - and how to expand your searches to find the right pieces, including music from the public domain. All High School clinics will include music packets! And, yes, you get music EVERYWHERE this year in the High School Division! Other clinicians include: Dorothy Wilson, Roxan Silva, Heather Orr, Cheryl Wilson, Danny Knight, Ryan Forkner, Denise Eaton, Arielle Sword, Gershom Garcia, Brad White and Patricia Neighbors. Check the website soon for a tentative schedule of all offerings!

Lastly, Region meetings will take place on Thursday from 4:15 pm - 5:15 pm before the Sing-In! Don't miss this year's TCDA Convention. I guarantee it will energize you for the upcoming school year!



High School Student Leadership Days this Summer

Make your plans now to have your student leaders attend one of our fabulous student leadership days this summer.  We are now offering these leadership days to students whose choral director may NOT be a member of TCDA.  For TCDA Members, only $15 per student will provide a full day of leadership training from great speakers.  For non-members of TCDA, the price per student is still only $25 for an entire day of great leadership training.

We are offering 6 in different locations around the great state of Texas.  Keep an eye on our website as we finalize the programming for each day, https://www.tcda.net/high-school-student-day


  • Central Texas Area
    Monday, July 29, 2019, Stony Point HS, Round Rock, TX

  • DFW Area
    Tuesday, July 30, 2019, LD Bell HS, HEB ISD (Hurst, Bedford, Euless)

  • Rio Grande Valley Area 
    Monday, August 5, 2019, UTRGV-Edinburg, Edinburg, TX 
  • Tuesday, August 6, 2019, Brownsville, location TBD - Just added; more details to come


To learn more and/or to register for any of these, CLICK HERE



Renew your 2019 TCDA Membership HERE


Convention Pre-Registration is open through July 1.  Don't delay and ensure you save some money AND avoid the long lines at the Convention Center.  Also, be sure to make your hotel reservations ASAP!  Rooms are limited and the lower contracted rates are good only through June 23.  Everything you need to know is HERE.


Ideas for 2020?  We want to know!

Submit your ideas for the 2020 TCDA Convention HERE. - deadline is August 31, 2019



Click here to learn more about each candidate and the offices they are pursuing. Voting is available to current 2019 TCDA Active, Past Presidents and Retired members.  


Congratulations Dr. Kenaston-French!

 It gives us great pleasure to announce that Fort Worth Chorale has chosen Dr. Karen Kenaston-French as their new Artistic Director! She is in her 10th year as Associate Professor and Director of Choral Activities at the University of Texas Arlington, where she conducts the A Cappella Choir, teaches graduate and undergraduate conducting, and heads the Vocal Area. She began her tenure as Artistic Director in April. More info soon about our 2019-2020 season on our website, http://fortworthchorale.org/

Conn-Selmer Education & Univ. of Notre Dame Partner to Provide
Grant Proposal Training for Music Educators in Texas

Elkhart, IN-May 9, 2019 - The Conn-Selmer Division of Education has teamed up with The University of Notre Dame, Mendoza College of Business to offer a 2 day intensive certification course on Grant Proposal Writing for Music Educators! This exciting course is going to be offered in San Antonio, TX at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center for all members of the Texas Bandmasters Association (TBA), Texas Orchestra Directors Association (TODA), or Texas Choral Directors Association (TCDA)! Join us this July for 2-day intensive course on Wednesday, July 24 (8:00-5:00 pm) and Thursday, July 25 (8:00am-Noon). Registration is now open, but spots are limited. 

The course fee is $199 and includes registration, textbook, University of Notre Dame Certificate (12 hrs) and a continental breakfast. During the seminar attendees will learn the step-by-step process of putting together a grant proposal. Sessions will cover understating the grant seeking process and all the steps included from defining clear objectives, putting all the pieces together, and sustaining relationships with funders after the grant proposal submission. This unique and hands on seminar will be led by Dr. Angela Logan, St. Andre Bessette Director of Nonprofit Professional Development, Associate Teaching Professor of Management & Organization in the Mendoza College of Business at The Univ. of Notre Dame. For more information on the course curriculum and to register, visit http://bit.ly/txgrantcertification

Benefits exclusively for TCDA Members! 


Visit the TCDA Member Benefits page to see MORE benefits as a TCDA member!

Supporting TCDA

TCDA provides wonderful opportunities for professional development, peer to peer networking, personal growth and development and scholarships for college students and professionals striving to improve their skills and career opportunities.

Fortunately, these opportunities are made possible by our very own members and their generosity.  Please consider giving to this organizaiton to ensure we can continue to give back to you when needed.  There are many ways to give and anything helps!  Please visit our Giving Opportunities page to learn more.

TCDA and the family of Kathy Blair are pleased to announce the creation of the Kathy Blair Memorial Scholarship for Music.  Read all about it HERE.

TCDA is honored to have a total of FOUR Endowed Scholarships created by the generousity of passionate choral directors and their families.  You can help ensure future generations of choral directors continue to pursue these rewarding careers.  Learn more about the Endowed Scholarships.


TCDA supports the international copyright laws for music publications and all directors should be aware of these laws regarding permission to use, copy, perform, etc...music that is protected under these laws.  We encourage all directors to be mindful and follow copyright laws.

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TCDA Board of Directors 2018 - 2019
President -  Pam Elrod Huffman, Southern Methodist University
Past President - Kari Gilbertson, Richardson ISD
President Elect - Thomas Rinn, Grapevine-Colleyville ISD

Vice President, HS - Jason Dove, Deer Park ISD
Vice President, MS/JH - Christina Chapman, Richardson ISD
Vice President, Elem - Katy Flowers, Midway ISD
Vice President, College/Community - Jeb Mueller, University of Houston
Vice President, Church - Robert Stovall, First United Methodist Church Fort Worth
Secretary/Treasurer - Carisa Niemeyer, Richardson ISD

Executive Director - Sharon Lutz
Member Services Coordinator - Tiffany Downey

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