Saturday, May 31, 2014

Registration Countdown - 1 day!

Good afternoon, KCDA!

Just a quick reminder that pre-registration for our 2014 Summer Convention closes TOMORROW!  Don't miss out on this discounted rate. Click here to register today!

Still on the fence about attending?  This year's summer convention features headliners Laura Farnell and Dr. Tim Seelig, interest sessions on conducting, rehearsal techniques, and vocal health, and reading sessions for all choral levels.  Read convention details, register, or book your hotel by visiting the KCDA website.

Hope you're all enjoying summer!

Tiffani N. Thompson
KCDA Webmaster

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Convention Registration Countdown - 3 days!

Congratulations, you've made it to Summer Break! (Or almost... If you're still teaching, hang in there - only a few more days!)

Before your head off to beaches and on luxurious vacations, please don't forget to register for the 2014 Summer Convention!  Only 3 days remain to receive the Pre-Registration Rate.  If you have not already done so, we highly encourage you to take advantage of this discounted rate and register before June 1: Register Online

Read convention details, book your hotel, register, or renew your ACDA membership by clicking HERE.

Tiffani N. Thompson
KCDA Webmaster

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Summer Convention and All-State Tracks

Good afternoon, KCDA!

I hope that each of you has had successful year-end performances and are enjoying your last few days of school (if you aren't already on vacation!).  

Just a reminder that Pre-Registration for our 2014 Summer Convention closes at 11:59pm on June 1st.  To register, click here: Summer Convention Registration.  To learn more about Convention offerings, visit our website at

For those who have students participating in the All-State Women's Choir, the rehearsal tracks are now available online.  They can be accessed by clicking here: All-State Women's Choir, then scrolling to the bottom of the page. From this page, you and your students have the capability of downloading the tracks or listening online.  To listen, simply click the link and allow time for the track to load.  To download, right-click the link.  If you have any questions or issues, please let me know.

The end is in sight! Enjoy the rest of your week.

Tiffani N. Thompson
KCDA Webmaster

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Job Opportunity: Lawrence High School Associate Director

Please see the following message from Dr. Dwayne Dunn, Director of Choral Activities at Lawrence High School, concerning their new opening for a full-time associate director beginning in the 2014-2015 school year.

Have a great day!

Tiffani N. Thompson
KCDA Webmaster


Hello everyone –
Unfortunately, I will be losing my accompanist after this spring, but have been authorized to hire a new full-time, certified associate conductor who will share accompanying, conducting, teaching and administrative duties for the Lawrence High School choral program.  This person will need to have excellent piano skills in addition to being a great choral teacher.  I know it is late in the hiring game, but the position should be posted in the next week or so.  If you know of anyone who fits the bill who might be a good match, please have them apply.  The website is:
Dwayne Dunn, Ph.D.
Director of Choral Activities
Lawrence High School

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Accompanist Opportunity

Mill Valley High School (Shawnee, KS) is seeking an accompanist for the 2014-2015 school year.  The position requires 12 hours per week (11:30-1:50 daily) as well as concerts and contest activities throughout the year.  Compensation is $16.50 per hour.

For more information, please contact Choir Director Sheree' Stoppel at

Tiffani N. Thompson
KCDA Webmaster

Monday, May 5, 2014

Summer Singers of Lee's Summit


Please see the following message from KCDA member Christine Freeman concerning a performance opportunity with the Summer Singers of Lee's Summit.

Tiffani N. Thompson
KCDA Webmaster


The Summer Singers of Lee’s Summit is the newest ensemble of the William Baker Choral Foundation, Inc., which was created in Atlanta in 1990, and now sponsors ten musical ensembles based in three states.  Each year these ensembles involve over 500 men, women, and youth in the celebration of great music.
The Summer Singers of Kansas City was formed in 1999. The summer-only chorus of 150 voices begins rehearsals in early June of each year and holds 8-10 rehearsals in a fun workshop setting with an emphasis on experiential learning. The 2014 Summer Singers of Kansas City will join with distinguished solosits and members of the Kansas City Symphony in an all-Handel program featuring the DETTINGEN TE DEUM, and two CORONATION ANTHEMS: “Let They Hand Be Strengthened” and Zadok the Priest”. Performances will be Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon, August 16 and 17.  Rehearsals begin Tuesday, June 3rd. 
The 2014 Summer Singers of Lee’s Summit will join with distinguished soloists and a chamber orchestra of players from the Kansas City Symphony to perform Mozart’s MISSA BREVIS IN D, K194.  There will be one performance on Sunday, July 27th.  Rehearsals begin Thursday, June 5th.
NO AUDITION is required for membership in the Summer Singers of Kansas City or Lee's Summit, but music reading ability is a must.  Choral experience is highly recommended.  All adults and mature youth are invited to participate.  (Youth under 16 may participate only if a parent or guardian is also a registered member of the Summer Singers.) 

Questions?  Call 913-403-9223 or email

Tabor College Concert

This Sunday, May 11, Tabor College will present John Rutter's Requiem and Five Orchestral Meditation.  This concert takes place at 7pm at Hillsboro Mennonite Brethern Church in Hillsboro and features KCDA members Dr. Brad Vogel, director, and Janie Brokenicky, soprano.

Please click here for more information.

Have a great week!

Tiffani N. Thompson
KCDA Webmaster

Thursday, May 1, 2014

William Baker Festival Singers

The William Baker Festival Singers will present a concert tour this weekend to benefit Kansas Public Radio. The tour includes performances in Topeka, Manhattan, and Emporia, and admission is free of charge.  For more information, call 913.403.9223 or email

Have a great day!

Tiffani N. Thompson
KCDA Webmaster

Ollenberger Family

Please see the following message from Secretary Elise Peterson concerning KCDA member Texanna Ollenberger and her family.


Dear Colleagues:

Our dear friend and colleague, Texanna Ollenberger and her family need our help!  Texanna’s 10-year old granddaughter, Anna has brain cancer. Anna is the daughter of Rolland & Jamie Powers.  Things were going well for Anna; the doctors thought that the course of treatment was working; however, recent testing has determined this not the case and Anna is no longer eligible for the clinical trial. Unfortunately, the cancer is now rampant in her body and new tumors are being found.  In addition, medical bills are mounting - the community of Paola is rallying and putting together fundraisers to help, but the family can use our help!!!  Feel free to join Anna’s Facebook page “Angels for Anna” which talks about all the community fundraisers that are being done for Anna and ways you can help with these fundraisers.

Texanna has blessed so many people through her incredible teaching, faith and loving personality.  Her profound effect on choral music has certainly made a difference in our lives!  If you would like to help, please pray and send words of encouragement to her and her family - her address is 27430 Woodland Rd, Paola, Ks 66071.  If you are interested in making a financial donation to help with cancer treatment and mounting medical bills, we know the family would be grateful.
Elise Peterson
Director of Choirs, Shawnee Mission South High School​
Secretary, Kansas Choral Directors Association