2018 - 2019 TCDA Board of Directors

January 2019                                             Choral Notes

Volume 50
Winter 2019

In This Issue... 

  1. New Year, New Things, by Katy Flowers, VP Elementary
  2. New Benefits for Members
  3. Important Dates for Scholarships and Awards
  4. Announcing the 2019 TCDA MS/JH All-State Choir

 New Year, New Things, by Katy Flowers, VP Elementary

At the beginning of this new year, I find myself, like many of you, reflecting on changes around me. For me personally, 2018 was a year of big and exciting changes as we celebrated the college graduation and then marriage of my daughter (in two weeks' time!!) In 2019, my youngest son will also graduate from college, and I will be the mom of three launched young adults! And even in the excitement of the wonderful things I have hoped and prayed for, the goals I have worked toward as a parent, there is anxiety in the uncertainty of what comes next. Isn't that often the way, because change - even changes that are good for us personally and professionally - can be difficult.

2019 will be a year of change for us in TCDA. Your state board has been hard at work examining the ways we can move TCDA into the future, growing into the organization we need to be to serve our membership now, while still honoring our history and the path that has brought us to this point. We are excited about the things that will be introduced in the coming months, with that healthy dose of anxiousness mixed in to keep us ever-striving to be at our best.

As we work to better meet the needs of our Elementary Division, we are excited to announce the 2019 TCDA Elementary Immersion Day on Friday, July 26. This will be a full day jam-packed with sessions geared for teachers of those early (and we know oh-so-important!) grades. With a group of presenters led by Darla Meek (Texas A&M University - Commerce), attendees will enjoy a variety of sessions including: The Soprano Recorder in the Kodaly Context; Solfege to Song for the Elementary Choir; and It's Music to Their Ears! Listening Lessons for the Elementary Music Classroom. Round out the day with a visit to our fabulous vendors in the exhibit hall, and a session focusing on technology in the music classroom with Michele Hobizal (Quaver Music), and it's sure to be a day well-spent!

More to come soon! Blessings to each of you as you reach out and embrace whatever changes 2019 may be sending your way!


New Benefits exclusively for TCDA Members!

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]


, Thank you for renewing your 2019 membership.  You are among those that have done so and are receiving this discount code to use for purchases made with Sightreading Factory.  Please enjoy this exclusive benefit of membership. 


20% discount to TCDA members for purchases from Sightreading Factory.  Use this discount code to take advantage of this great offer, TCDASRF


Visit the TCDA Member Benefits page to see MORE benefits as a TCDA member!



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 All-State MS/JH Choir

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

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.


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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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