2017 - 2018 TCDA Board of Directors
with new elected Board members

August 2018                                             Choral Notes

Volume 46
Summer 2018

In This Issue... 

  1. What a Convention! by Pam Elrod Huffman, President
  2. TCDA High School Leadership Days around the State
  3. A few pictures from the 2018 Convention
  4. Favorite Tunes from Pam
  5. 2019 Convention Clinic Submissions
  6. 2019 Convention Performing Group Submissions


What a Convention! by Pam Elrod Huffman, President

Renewal is a funny thing.  We can be renewed by something as simple as sitting on the beach and staring at the ocean - which, as I write this, I will be doing in a matter of hours on my strategically planned post-Convention trip to my happy place - Hilton Head Island.  The simplicity of a beach chair, warm sand, and the sound of the surf can revive my spirit like almost nothing else.  Then again, the renewal I experienced during the 2018 TCDA Convention was also like nothing else - and completely opposite in form, energy, and busy-ness from the beach. 

The ocean will gently push me into another school year - but that Convention!  Those few days in San Antonio were like a rocket launch for my soul, and I am deeply grateful to everyone who worked so hard to create that once-in-a-lifetime experience: the fabulous TCDA Board; the JW Pepper staff; the energizer-bunny Texas Tech University student workers; the conductors; the accompanists, the section leaders; the workshop clinicians; the committee chairs and committee members; headliners Mary McDonald, David Rayl, and Ruth Dwyer; the incredible artists of mirabai; the fantastic Elementary Honor Choir; and of course - Tesfa Wondemagegnehu, Jonathan Palant, and the heroic Dallas Street Choir. 

Of course, all of that incredible talent gathered in one place wouldn't have been successful had it not been for those of you who took time out of your summer and joined us in San Antonio.  I hope you found many "takeaways," both in practical resources and in rich emotional experiences.  I hope you're already planning to attend the 2019 Convention.  And I hope you will encourage colleagues to join us for the first time or rejoin us after an absence.   Facebook pages are great resources for information and virtual catching up.  But a hug, a laugh, a shared tear, singing new music and cherished masterworks with your friends - that's a special kind of renewal.  And that's what you get from a TCDA Convention.  See you next July!

High School Student Leadership Days

This year TCDA offered five (5) of these programs in various locations around the state in an effort to give more students an opportunity to take advantage of this fabulous day of leadership training for only $15 per student.  We worked with SASI, The Leadership People and several other clinicians to offer outstanding sessions for a total of 619 students! 

   Houston Area HSSD




         West Texas Choral Directors that brought students to HSSD

The dates and locations for the 2018 High School Student Leadership Days were:

  • Monday, July 30 - Central Texas Area - Round Rock, TX
  • Tuesday, July 31 - Houston Area - Deer Park, TX
  • Tuesday, July 31 - DFW Area - Arlington, TX
  • Friday, August 3 - West Texas Area - Lubbock, TX
  • Saturday, August 4 - Rio Grande Valley Area - Edinburg, TX

Dates and locations for the 2019 Student Leadership Days will be determined by early next year.

2018 Convention


To see a few more pictures from the 2018 Convention, CLICK HERE

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.


Dr. Taylor is recruiting choirs and individual singers to join him at the Carnegie Hall Performance next June.  For more information, please contact him directly, [email protected]

New Tunes for your playlist

The TCDA board would like to share some of their favorites with you periodically. 

This month's selection, courtesy of Pam Elrod Huffman.  Thanks Pam!

The Water is Wide (Conspirare - A Company of Voices: Conspirare in Concert)

Island (Anuna: The Best of Anuna)

Island Style (John Cruz - Acoustical Soul)

Water Night (Eric Whitacre & London Symphony Orchestra)

Water Music Suite: Hornpipe (Academy of St. Martin in the Fields & Sir Neville Marriner)

These are the recordings: 



2019 Convention Clinic Submissions

If you would like to submit a clinic idea for next summer's convention, please CLICK HERE to let us hear from you.  The deadline for 2019 submissions is Friday, August 31.



2019 Convention Performing Group Submissions


If you would like to submit a performing group for consideration for next summer's convention, please CLICK HERE to let us hear from you.  The deadline for 2019 submissions is Friday, August 31.


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TCDA Board of Directors 2017 - 2018
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, Lovejoy 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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