Friday, December 21, 2012

State Large Group Plaques

Hello KCDA!

Many of you received this message via email, however just to have all of our information outlets covered I thought I'd send it out via KCDA Update as well:  Below you will find an email within an email from KCDA President, Dr. David Gardner, along with a message from Reg Romine, from KSSHAA, regarding the wording on our State Large Ensemble Gender Choir Plaques.

Happy Holidays!
Dustin Cates
KCDA Webmaster

Dear KCDA Membership,
I’ve been asked to elicit your feedback on a proposed change in wording that affects High School Choirs.  If you are a High School choir director who takes your choirs to State Large Group, would you take a moment to read the proposal below?  CLICK HERE to submit your opinion.  I will compile your responses and send them on to the KMEA leadership.
Please send any responses you have to me by January 7 so I can pass them on in a timely manner.  The note quoted below is from Reg Romine of KSHSAA, and it came to me from Craig Manteuffel, president of KMEA. 

To Music Advisory Committee:
I am getting ready to order State Large Group Music Plaques and would like to get your input before I do.  Many states no longer use Boy’s Glee and Girl’s Glee.  They have gone to Bass Clef Choir and Treble Clef Choir or Tenor/Bass Choir and Treble Choir.  This has been done to address the uncomfortable issue of having a boy who needs to sing in the girls glee or a girl who needs to sing in the boys glee due to voice range.  We have never had a challenge with this in our state; however in today’s times I would like to begin switching over to the new terminology if you feel our directors would be ok with it?  I am recommending going to Bass Clef Choir, Treble Clef Choir, Mixed Choir.
We would continue to deplete our supply of current plaques first and then move to the new titles once they are depleted.
Please let me know your feelings either way or any suggestions or thoughts.
Thank you for your prompt reply,

Thanks so much for all you do for Kansas Choirs!

Dave Gardner,
KCDA President

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Sympathy - Paul Oakley

KCDA Friends,

As many of you may be aware, Paul Oakley, Professor of Music at Kentucky Wesleyan University and former Friends University faculty memberlost his battle with cancer.

Please keep Paul's close friends and family in your thoughts and prayers.

To read Paul's bio use the link below:

Dustin Cates
KCDA Webmaster

Tuesday, November 13, 2012


See the message below from our new SWACDA President-Elect, Mark Lawley concerning our newly updated SWACDA website!

Dustin Cates
KCDA Webmaster

Much effort by Howard Meharg and Brent Ballweg have gone into this vibrant new look!!!

Please send me your article for inclusion and keeping the site fresh!

Mark Lawley
SWACDA President-Elect

Thoughts & Prayers

KCDA Friends,

Please keep Texanna Ollenberger (retired, Olathe East High School) and her family in your prayers.  Texanna's granddaughter, Anna, has been diagnosed with a brain tumor.  

Cards and notes of encouragement may be sent to: 
27430 Woodland, Paola, KS 66071

Dustin Cates
KCDA Webmaster

Monday, November 5, 2012

KCDA Treble Choir Results

Happy Monday KCDA Members!

The results have been posted for the 2013 KCDA Treble Honor Choir.  Visit and click on the Treble Honor Choir icon for links and information regarding the 2013 Treble Honor Choir.  To access the honor choir roster CLICK HERE.

If you have questions please contact the Christine Freeman, KCDA Treble Choir R & S Chair:
Enjoy your day!
Dustin Cates
KCDA Webmaster

Saturday, November 3, 2012

2012-13 Middle Level Honor Choir

The results of the Middle Level Honor Choir auditions have been posted.  CLICK HERE to view the 2012-13 roster.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Dustin Cates
KCDA Webmaster

Friday, October 19, 2012

Help w/ Treble Honor Choir Auditions

Happy Friday KCDA Members!

Please see the message below regarding help with the KCDA Treble Honor Choir Auditions.

Dustin Cates
KCDA Webmaster


Good Morning!
I am sending you this request because I am a little bit desperate. Tomorrow is the date for listening to audition CDs for the Treble Honor Choir. As of right now, I only have six judges. This is going to make for a long day for all. In addition, I have been suffering with a virus and have been in the hospital once in the last two weeks. Needless to say I have not been able to recruit volunteers as needed. If any of you is available beginning at 9:00 am tomorrow to hear auditions, even for a little while, your service would be most appreciated.

Good Morning!
We will be at St. MIchael the Archangel School on 143rd and Nall Ave in Leawood, KS. The address is 14201 Nall Ave, 66223 and the following link is to a Google map for directions. If you are coming from 69 highway, take the 135th street exit, and go East on 135th street to Nall Ave. Turn South onto Nall and turn left into the last drive before the light on 143rd St. That will get you into the parking lot. Park on the west or north side of the building and come in through the west doors. I will be there at a little before 9:00 to let you in.,+Overland+Park,+KS&aq=0&oq=14201+nall+v&sll=38.498779,-98.320078&sspn=6.404195,12.908936&vpsrc=0&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=14201+Nall+Ave,+Overland+Park,+Johnson,+Kansas+66223&t=m&z=16&iwloc=A

If you have a portable CD player, please bring it with you. You might also bring a pitch pipe if you have one handy. That should be all you need!
I am happy to provide lunch. I will be ordering sandwiches and chips from Mr. Goodcents. Please reply to this email with your sandwich preference so I can call the order in tonight.

Please call or email with questions or concerns. My cell number is 785-969-4551.

Thanks for your consideration on this matter,
Christine Freeman

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Allen Koepke (1939-2012)

Friday, July 27, 2012

Convention Survey Closes TONIGHT

Hey KCDA Friends!

I hope that you are all staying cool and enjoying the last few weeks of summer!  If you haven't had a chance to do so, please take the KCDA 2012 Convention Survey.  We value you your feedback!

Dustin Cates
KCDA Webmaster

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Awesome Convention!

KCDA Friends,

We hope that the great music, inspiring clinicians and outstanding concerts at this year's KCDA Summer Convention invigorated you to embark on another year of music making!

Let us know what you thought--take the KCDA Convention Survey.  The survey link will remain on the home page of for the next two weeks. Your feedback is a valuable part of our planning for future conventions and KCDA events.

SAVE THE DATE!  2013 KCDA Summer Convention:  July 11-13, 2013 at the Topeka Ramada.

Thanks again for a great convention and best wishes for a fabulous year!

Dustin S. Cates
KCDA Webmaster

Wednesday, July 11, 2012


Tons of great music! Tons of great friends! Tons of great clinicians and interest sessions!


Online registration has closed. On-site registration opens tomorrow at 7a.

To download the Schedule-at-a-glance visit the Summer Convention page of


Wednesday, July 4, 2012

8 Days til KCDA!

Just 8 Days until the KCDA Summer Convention - July 12-14 at the Topeka Ramada Convention Center.  Tell all your friends!

To register CLICK HERE


Happy 4th of July from KCDA!

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Have you registered for KCDA?

  • Awesome Reading Sessions!
  • Insightful Interest Sessions!
  • Inspiring Concerts!

Don't miss this year's KCDA Summer Convention, July 12-14 at the Topeka Ramada Convention Center!  JUST 11 DAYS AWAY!

To register CLICK HERE (all the really cool choir directors are doing it!)

Thursday, June 28, 2012


Welcome to the all new blog for choral directors in Kansas--KCDA Update!  We hope that the blog is a valuable tool in keeping you connected to KCDA news, information and most importantly colleagues!