2018 - 2019 TCDA Board of Directors

December 2018                                             Choral Notes

Volume 49
Winter 2018

In This Issue... 

  1. A Million Little Things, by Carisa Niemeyer, Secretary/Treasurer
  2. TCDA Winter Conference
  3. Important Dates for Scholarships and Awards
  4. Announcing the 2019 TCDA MS/JH Honor Choir
  5. Favorite Tunes from Carisa


 a million little things, by Carisa Niemeyer, Secretary/Treasurer

This year's new hit TV show chronicles the lives of a close-knit group of friends who are driven to reflect on their lives and inspired to start living fuller lives after losing a friend. The line that comes back time and again is, 'Friendship isn't a big thing, it's a million little things.' The same can be said about TCDA.

TCDA isn't just for finding new repertoire...it's dedicated to intellectual and professional development, it's a board of directors who fight for the profession and organization we hold so dear, it's an executive director and membership services coordinator who are committed to the future of this organization, it's a support group, it's a provider of scholarships, it's an organization that recognizes those who've made an impact in our field, it's the Texas Sings and Choral Notes publications, it's mentorship within our membership, it's job resources, it's friendships, and so much more.

As you consider your year-end activities, please renew your membership and encourage colleagues to join or renew as well. You should have received an email or you can go to www.tcda.net/membership. Your membership sustains this organization and helps us continue to do the important work of advancing choral music in Texas. Remember the value of TCDA and the many ways it is has impacted and continues to impact your professional and personal growth through 'a million little things.'



Due to popular demand, we've opened the registration for this week, Monday - Sunday, December 10-16.



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.



2019 TCDA Scholarship Application - deadline is March 31, 2019

2019 Choral Excellence Award Nomination - deadline is April 15, 2019

2019 Young Director of Distinction Award Nomination - deadline is April 15, 2019

 2019 TCDA MS/JH Honor Choir

We are pleased to announce Tom Shelton, Jr. will be the 2019 TCDA Honor Choir conductor.  Online auditions will open on February 1, 2019.  For more details and audition information, please go to our website, 2019 Honor Choir. 

New Member Benefit

We are happy to announce a new partnership with AAA Texas.  TCDA members can now take advantage of discounted rates.  To take advantage of these discounts, call or email Todd Alexander, 832-339-3605 or [email protected]

Tunes for your playlist

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

This month's selection, courtesy of Carisa Niemeyer.


First Noel - Leslie Odom, Jr. ft. PS22: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SWXt2WEHyRE

Peace Be Still - The Belonging Co. feat. Lauren Daigle: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dUpKZz0Nm7c

Tightrope - Sara Bareilles: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=13h_1DOFuL0

Birdsong - Kina Grannis: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8WZEPtN8_f0

Someday - Glorietta (featuring David Ramirez): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2C5G4lA5-vQ


 All of us at TCDA wish all of you a wonderful holiday season

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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