March 4-7, 2020
The SWACDA 2020 conference will be in Little Rock, AR - a city of great historical significance in its efforts to improve the human condition and in its commitment to making positive global contributions for the present and future.
Choral music, through the fusion of music and text sung by a family of voices, has the power to comment on the beauty and complexity of the human condition. The conference will be centered around the idea that music can inform people not only pedagogically but also to allow singers and listeners to engage in important dialogues. We reflect and learn from the past, we intently study the present, and we dream about the future.
There will be 9 reading sessions and 30 interest sessions. Registrants can attend an immersion day for college and university students and new teachers. There will also be a vocal jazz immersion day featuring clinician Kerry Marsh. The Young Voices of Colorado, mirabai, and the Chuncheon City Choir (Korea) are our invited guests for the opening president’s concert.
This conference will feature selected auditioned performance choirs, graded honor choirs (conductors: Anthony Trecek-King, Gary Packwood, Deanna Joseph, and Eugene Rogers), a church honor choir (conductor: Craig Jessop), and a collegiate honor choir (conductor: Joshua Oppenheim). University students will be featured in conducting masterclasses and competitions.
We will also host a special honor choir comprised of Little Rock high schools students conducted by Dr. William Powell. They will present a concert of perfect vision along with a performance by the Pambo Afrika Chorale (Kenya) and the Inspirational Chorale of the University of Arkansas. This performance will take place at Central High School, a nationally historical site critically important in the desegregation of US public schools following the May 17, 1954 Supreme Court decision Brown v. Board of Education.
There will also be a special concert by the Concert Chorale of Prairie View A&M University and the University Singers of the University of Missouri performing And They Lynched Him On A Tree by William Grant Still (Little Rock native) - composer (1895-1978) and Katherine Biddle - poet (1890-1977).
Conference performances will be held in the newly renovated Robinson Center. Music in Worship events will be held at First United Methodist Church of Little Rock. In addition to all performances being in Robinson, we will be holding sessions in the conference center, Marriott Hotel, and Doubletree Hotel which are adjacent/connected to one another.
Numerous eating establishments are a few blocks away. We will have an all conference BBQ and conference celebration for conference attendees.
All conference members will be singing and performing in conference choirs led by VIP conductors!