2018 - 2019 TCDA Board of Directors

September 2018                                             Choral Notes

Volume 47
Summer 2018

In This Issue... 

  1. Back to School by Jason Dove, High School Vice President
  2. Houston Saengerbund Scholarship
  3. Favorite Tunes from Jason


Back to School by Jason Dove, High School Vice President

It is hard to believe we survived the first few weeks of a mad dash of forms, reports, technology, in-service, etc. We hope you can look back at your summer and remember a wonderful experience at the TCDA Convention. Many of you had the opportunity for your students to attend a satellite TCDA Student Day. Somewhere in that hectic schedule of a summer, maybe you were able to find some down time for you and your family.

The start of a new year is always exciting as we greet new students and see the faces of returning ones. It is an exciting time to gage your choirs and come up with repertoire to develop tone, musicianship and reading skills. We will face new opportunities and challenges with our students throughout the year. As educators, we must provide all of our students (not just our Varsity ensembles) with our full attention and preparedness. Make the most of your rehearsal and preparation time so you can share your love and knowledge of music with your students to create memorable experiences for each of them throughout the year.   "Often a single experience will open the young soul to music for a whole lifetime" - Zoltan Kodaly

The TCDA Board wishes everyone an exciting year of music learning and music making!

New 2019 Scholarship Program - Save the date:  March 30, 2019

The Houston Saengerbund, founded in 1883, is the oldest musical association still active in the city.  It features three choirs, and is a 501(c)3 foundation devoted to promoting and preserving German language, music, cultural arts and traditions.

To further these ends, the Houston Saengerbund announces a new German Music and Language Scholarship Competition to provide scholarship funding for eligible Houston area high school seniors.   Requirements for the singing competition include an audition recording of a German language Class I Vocal Solo selected from the current UIL PML, uploaded to YouTube by January 12, 2019.  Highest ranked applicants will be invited to compete March 30, 2019.  Details are available at:  http://houstonsaengerbund.org/; application is live on the website as of August 1, 2018.

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 Jason Dove.

Durufle's Ubi Caritas a classic :)  
Gustav Holst Two Eastern Pictures Spring and Summer
Orphei Dranger coming through with a great Schubert Men's Piece - Grab Und Mond
Pop/Rock genre - Ben Rector - Drive - great road trip song
SoCal Vocals ICCA 2018 Champions music video of their original set recorded in studio
Great mash up of Found and Tonight by Ben Platt and Lin-Manuel Miranda


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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