2017 - 2018 TCDA Board of Directors

May 2018                                             Choral Notes

Volume 43
Spring 2018

In This Issue... 

  1. Vote for TCDA Board of Directors
  2. Renew & Register!, by Jason Dove, Vice President, High School
  3. Six Flags/Fiesta Texas reduced admission prices for TCDA members
  4. Resources page for TCDA members
  5. Favorite Tunes from Jason


 Renew and Register!, by Jason Dove, Vice President, High School

The end of the school year is near. Everyone thinks things are winding down and we are in coast mode planning vacations on the beach. If only that were reality. Most of us are in the midst of final concerts, auditions for next year, calendar meetings for next year, graduation performances, voice recitals, choir camps, etc. The list doesn't seem any shorter on any given day. I feel your pain! In the midst of the end of year chaos please don't forget to renew your TCDA membership and register for the summer convention. The TCDA board is excited about our reading sessions, interest sessions and our time together as a choral community July 26-28. Check out all of the convention information in the latest edition of Texas Sings! Make your plans and reservations now. Our sessions start on Thursday, July 26 at noon and we finish on Saturday at 5:30 pm. We hope to see you there.


Satellite High School Student Days are coming to an area near you soon!  Still only $15 per student!  Watch our website for more details, https://www.tcda.net/high-school-student-day

DFW - to be held at Lamar HS in Arlington, Tuesday, July 31


West Texas - to be held at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Friday August 3

Valley  - to be held at UTRGV-Edinburg Campus, Saturday August 4

Central Texas - TBD

Renew your 2018 TCDA membership

Go to the TCDA membership page to renew your membership.

2018 Convention Registration AND Hotel Reservations are open

Be sure your 2018 membership is current to pre-register and to get hotel reservations made EARLY!  See all the details 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.  CLICK HERE.


TCDA is now signed up for savings at Six Flags Fiesta Texas in San Antonio!  Click on the above image and find substantial savings on ticket prices.  This price ($44.99) is valid the whole season, through summer, Fright Fest and Holiday in the Park.

If you'd like to plan a group visit to the park, let us know and we can check on an even deeper discount for your group visit.



TCDA is pleased to offer a RESOURCES page for our members.  Take a look for classroom tips, curriculum and lesson planning information, templates for programs and all sorts of helpful links.  Click on the image above to see this great new resource.


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 Jason Dove.  Thanks Jason!


Anrej Makor: O lux beata Trinitas; BYU Singers


¿riks E¿envalds: Salutation; BYU Singers


Andrea Ramsey: She; Allegro con brio


Stephen Paulus: The Road Home; Conspirare


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 2017 - 2018
President -  Pam Elrod Huffman, Southern Methodist University
Past President - Kari Gilbertson, Richardson ISD
Vice President, HS - Jason Dove, Deer Park ISD
Vice President, MS/JH - Christina Chapman, Lovejoy ISD
Vice President, Elem - Debra Johnson, Belton ISD
Vice President, College/Community - Carolyn Cruse, Texas Tech University
Vice President, Church - Dan Baker, First Baptist Church Amarillo
Secretary/Treasurer - Carisa Niemeyer, Richardson ISD

Executive Director - Sharon Lutz
Member Services Coordinator - Tiffany Downey

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