Friday, September 16, 2016

National Worship Leader Conference - Discounted Rate!


Please see the following message from Suzie Stablein about the National Worship Leader Conference in October.  Consider taking advantage of the great discount!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Tiffani N. Thompson
KCDA Webmaster


Dear Kansas Choral Directors Association Member,
We are just a little over a month until the National Worship Leader Conference – Kansas in Lenexa (Kansas City area).  We have a special 20% discount rate just for KCDA members who are on staff at their church.  That rate is good for your whole team!  Volunteer team members can come at the mentoree rate of $199 (no additional discount on mentoree or student rates). PLUS you can bring your senior pastor for free – just email us after you register with their name and email address and we will add them to your group for free.
We’re excited about going to Westside Family Church in Lenexa, KS (Kansas City area) October 5 & 6.  Our speakers and worship leaders include:  David Nasser, Zac Hicks, Laura Story, Paul Baloche, William McDowell, Tommy Walker, Todd Dulaney, Ben Cantelon, and Brothers McClurg plus more!   We have changed from 3 days to 2 to help save you with taking time off work and with travel costs – but you still will get 8 workshops to attend live PLUS get all the recorded ones afterwards (still over 70 to choose from!). And this year you can bring those traveling with you to the nights of worship for FREE!
Our theme this year is “Teach Us to Pray” and we talk about the worship leader as prayer leader.  As our publisher, Chuck Fromm has shared the following quote in the past – “He who sings, prays twice” – it gives your job a new take, as a leader of sung prayer.
We’re being very intentional this year with our sessions.  You will find a fresh approach to the classic order of worship.  Each of the diverse voices and styles at the NWLC will come together under the classic order of worship: Gathering, The Word, The Table, and Sending Out. In order to both model and lead biblical worship that is inspired by the vast spectrum of God’s glory, every artist and teacher at NWLC is invested in the liturgy of the entire event. Robert Webber wrote on this topic extensively. In a short article in the September ’06 issue of Worship Leader magazine, we can catch a glimpse of this powerful way of thinking and part of the inspiration for designing the National Worship Leader Conference liturgy.
The National Worship Leader Conference is designed to take you away from the distractions and place you in a house of worship with others like you to learn, refresh and breathe in the presence of our Heavenly Father. Musicians, pastors, worship team members, and multimedia artists gather to find inspiration and renewal. When this happens, we believe your passion will flow forth with a powerful impact on your entire worship community. This is not merely a battery re-charge, this is a time to restore and rediscover your life’s passion and calling.
To get the special 20% off have you can register online at using the following code (KCDA20)

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Treble Honor Choir Submissions Now Open!


The link to submit Treble Honor Choir auditions is now live!!

Quick directions:

  • Login or create/setup an account
  • Click "Activate New Audition" from the "Auditions" Menu at the top of the page
  • Use the event tag: GWN5XM8
  • Add students to your roster from the "Students" menu at the top of the page
  • Assign students to audition from the "Entires" menu at the top of the page
  • VOILA! Upload auditions!
  • Mail audition fee check to KCDA Treasurer Steve Miller:
    • Steve Miller
      12721 NW 60th St.
      Halstead, KS 67056
  • Auditions and registration forms (all online) are due by 11:59pm, Oct. 3, 2016
  • Checks must be postmarked (to Steve) by Oct. 24, 2016
  • The KCDA Statewide Treble Honor Choir performs as part of the KMEA In-Service Workshop and is open to all students grades 5-9 with unchanged voices.
  • Dr. Patrick Freer is the clinician for 2017.
  • Audition materials and specifications can be found at
  • Students may not audition for both the Treble Honor Choir AND the KMEA Middle Level Honor Choir

Please let us know if you have questions or any issues. Have a wonderful day!

Tiffani Thompson
KCDA Webmaster

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

KCDA Has Gone Mobile!

2016 KCDA Summer Convention: Kansas Sings!has gone mobile!

We're excited to announce we have a brand new mobile guide for you to use on Guidebook! Get the guide to access the most up-to-date information about our event, including schedules, maps, and much more.
Android and iOS users:
  1. Tap the "Download" button to download the free Guidebook app
  2. Open Guidebook and you can find our "2016 KCDA Summer Convention: Kansas Sings!" guide
See you in Topeka!

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Accompanist Openings

The following schools have accompanist openings for the 2016-2017 school year.  Please read the below messages from their directors and share with those who may be looking or interested.


Topeka West High School has an opening for an accompanist for the 2016-2017 school year. For more information or to apply, please email Joshua East, choir director, at

Bonner Springs HS is seeking an accompanist for their choral program. Please contact Brian J. White, director, with questions and apply by clicking here:

Summer Convention Headliner Sessions

The 2016 Summer Convention Kansas Sings begins ONE WEEK from tomorrow! 
If you haven't registered yet, it's not too late! Click here to register today.
For more information, to book your hotel, or renew your ACDA membership, please visit

Dr. Kevin Fenton (Florida State University)
Sessions 1 and 2:  Conductor and Choir: Creating a Collective Story
This session will describe an approach to the rehearsal process that emphasizes the creation of a collective story related to music being prepared specifically and related to the identity of the group internally and externally.  Those in attendance will work as members of the choir to develop behaviors of a story teller, and a sense of purpose as a choral ensemble. The first session will focus on teaching techniques for expression (Storytelling) and the second session will focus on facilitating the collective story through gesture.

Dr. Ysaye Barnwell (Composer, Conductor, and Founder Sweet Honey in the Rock)
  This session will explore an African world view of music as an introduction to oral/aural tradition in music
This session will focus on rhythms, chant, spirituals, and other musical forms that will be taught and learned in oral/aural tradition.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Choral Director Opening: El Dorado Public Schools


USD 490 (El Dorado Public Schools) is seeking a Choral Director, grades 6-12, to begin in the 2016-2017 school year.  The position includes three High School Choirs, three Middle School Choirs, and assisting with the 5th and 6th Grade Elementary choir once per week.   El Dorado is a 1/1 iPad/MacBook district and will be building a new auditorium in a few years.

For more information, or to apply, please click here.

Have a wonderful day!

Tiffani N. Thompson
KCDA Webmaster

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Accompanist Opening: Eudora Schools


The Eudora School District is seeking a full-time accompanist.  Please see the below message from Ashley Ramirez, Director of Choral Activities at Eudora High School and Middle School, for more information. Or visit to apply.

KCDA Webmaster

Are you passionate about education? Do you enjoy adolescent humans? Are you a skilled and experienced piano accompanist and pianist? Well, keep reading if that is you (or you know someone that might fit this description)!! The Eudora Schools in Eudora, Kansas (7 miles east of Lawrence) are currently in search of a new full-time vocal music accompanist/choral assistant. If you know of an individual who might be interested, please pass on this information, or if you are personally interested in this fabulous (in my biased opinion) position, please contact me at your convenience. The main goal of this position is to assist the vocal music instructor in creating a positive learning environment for students. General requirements for hire include: i) High School Diploma or Certificate, ii) Experience and Skill as an Accompanist and Pianist.
Daily rehearsal/classroom activities include, but are not limited to: accompanying middle school and high school choirs and students; assisting in creating a positive learning environment for students; appropriately operating all equipment and musical instruments as required; supporting the value of education.
Physical requirements and environmental conditions include, but are not limited to: prolonged sitting or standing; occasionally requires physical exertion to manually move, lift, carry, pull, or push heavy objects or materials; occasionally requires stooping, bending, and reaching; requires travel for festivals and events; must work in noisy and crowded environments, requires additional time outside of the school day (before school, after school, and evenings).
General Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: assisting in the instruction and supervision of students in class, at rehearsals, and at performances; accompanying the choir during rehearsals and performances; tutoring students as directed in sectional rehearsals, individual sessions, and small group sessions; preparing instructional materials and supplies; supporting and accompanying elementary school choirs as needed for programs and events; supporting and accompany middle school and high school bands as needed for concerts, festivals, and events; assisting vocal music instructor with organization of choral music library and classroom materials; assisting vocal music instructor with preparation for events and activities; assisting in the maintenance and inventory of equipment and supplies; performing with students at concerts, festivals and community performances; assisting and accompany the fall musical and spring variety show; offering opinions when requested regarding musical style and interpretation; assisting substitute instructors in the absence of vocal music instructor; working effectively with students, teachers, parents, community agencies, and other groups; assisting with supervision to ensure that students observe district policies during all activities; keeping abreast of new information, innovative ideas and techniques; adhering to all district health and safety policies; performing other duties as assigned by the vocal music instructor or administrative staff.
For further discussion or questions, please contact Ashley Ramirez, Director of Choral Activities for Eudora Schools, at (785) 691-5108,, or feel free to send a private Facebook message to Ashley Kathleen Ramirez.
If you choose to apply, please complete an electronic application at the following link: In addition to the application, please include your resume and a cover letter.