Callie Carmosino

President of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA)

Photo contributed by Callie Carmosino

Photo contributed by Callie Carmosino

We are a student chapter of the national ACDA. The mission of ACDA is to inspire excellence in choral music through education, performance, composition and advocacy (acda.org). Our primary goal is to advocate and support choral music educators. We attend conferences in the fall and spring focusing on choral music education and sponsor guest lectures on choral education. We meet Thursday nights at 8 p.m. in the Redfern Arts Center. We meet as a chapter and discuss what is coming up for us. These past few weeks, we have been talking about how to become a member, preparing for a conference in October and talking about the Cantate! Choral Festival that the music Department hosts every fall. We also encourage members to reach out to us if they have any idea of what they would want to do for an advocacy project or group activity. I like to think of this chapter as a family; we meet and we have fun and we promote something that we all love: music. Personally, I am a instrumental music performance major but ACDA has my heart, I really try to show people that you don’t have to be a Choral Music Education major to be a part of this organization; we welcome everyone! Our Facebook page is KSC ACDA and we are also putting on our annual Scores Project this fall. “No child should be denied sheet music due to financial needs, because MUSIC MATTERS! The Keene State College Chapter of ACDA will donate money to a high school music program in need. Our goal is to raise $300…Supporting local choral Programs by bringing Communities together.” What is important to ACDA is that we try for $1 from 300 people, not $300 from 1 person!