About Summer Dialogue

The ACDA-MN Summer Dialogue was established in 1985 to offer a unique professional development conference that would engage its participants in active dialogue and relevant conversation about timely topics and specialized interest sessions connected to the choral music classroom and/or rehearsal hall.

Over its history, new music reading sessions developed by the ACDA-MN R&R Chairs and a Directors’ Chorus, have been key components of the annual program. The four day conference in collaboration with the MMEA All State choir program, is intentionally designed to honor and advance a variety of topical viewpoints, giving participants the freedom and permission to explore new concepts and methodologies in their home settings.

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About ACDA of Minnesota

The American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), founded in 1959, is a non-profit organization whose active membership is composed of choral musicians from schools, colleges and universities, community, industrial organizations, churches, and professional groups.


To inspire and support a community of choral musicians in our state


Artistry • Community • Excellence • Inspiration • Legacy • Renewal • Support

ACDA is one of the largest professional organizations for choral directors in the world, with a membership of over 20,000 conductors representing one million singers.

ACDA has as its highest purpose to encourage the finest choral music and to promote its development in all ways, including performance, composition, publication and research.

ACDA is organized in the United States into seven geographical divisions, each with its own activities. In addition each of the fifty states has its own officers, thereby making it possible for members to be in close proximity to persons actively involved in choral music and ACDA.

ACDA has a number of national committees engaged in exploring materials, techniques and standards. Among these are committees representing children’s choirs; junior and senior high school choirs; college and university choirs; choral music in the community and in the church; vocal jazz groups; show choirs; ethnic music; male and female choruses; and activities for students.

ACDA sponsors festivals, clinics and workshops on the state level as well as division and national conventions where ideas are shared and explored, problems discussed, and music is heard. Industry representatives frequently exhibit material at these conventions; members have the opportunity to examine firsthand the latest publications and music-related supplies.

ACDA publications include The Choral Journal, published then months each year, which contains important articles, reviews of books, records, music and general information about choral music and musicians throughout the world. Members also receive Melisma, published by the North Central Division, and Minnesota’s own newsletter, The Star of the North.

ACDA has student chapters in many high schools, colleges, and universities, whose members are contributing fresh ideas to the thrust of the national organization.

  1. To foster and promote choral singing, which will provide artistic, cultural, and spiritual experiences for the participants.
  2. To foster and promote the finest types of choral music to make these experiences possible.
  3. To foster and promote the organization and development of choral groups of all types in schools and colleges.
  4. To foster and promote the development of choral music in the church and synagogue.
  5. To foster and promote the organization and development of choral societies in cities and communities.
  6. To foster and promote the understanding of choral music as an important medium of contemporary artistic expression.
  7. To foster and promote significant research in the field of choral music.
  8. To foster and encourage choral composition of superior quality.
  9. To foster and promote international exchange programs involving performing groups, conductors, and composers.
  10. To foster and encourage rehearsal procedures conducive to attaining the highest possible level of musicianship and artistic performance.
  11. To cooperate with all organizations dedicated to the development of musical culture in America.
  12. To disseminate professional news and information about choral music.