Saturday, July 11, 2015

Convention Review!

Thanks to all who attended this year's Summer Convention! We hope that you enjoyed the sessions, performances, and the chance to connect with others who share a love of choral music. You can find highlight photos from this weekend on our Facebook page; please share your own (or send them to to post).  Also be on the lookout for a reflection survey in the next few weeks.

Congratulations to our new President-Elect, Dr. Cindy Sheppard!  Read her bio on our website here.

As you may have heard, the Kansas All-State Choir is considering a reorganization of some kind.  This could have a great impact on how we audition or select students for our state ensemble(s).  Please take some time to read through the email and information included below form Dr. Dwayne Dunn and take the survey.

Have a great rest of your weekend, and safe travels home from Topeka!

Tiffani N. Thompson
KCDA Webmaster


You are receiving this survey because you were a Kansas high school director who entered students in district auditions last fall (2014).  With the creation of a new 7th music district for our state (2018) coming soon, changes to the KMEA All-State Choir experience will be necessary.  This may include changes to district auditions, the possible addition of a state-wide audition (similar to what occurs for our All-State instrumental ensembles), and changes to the rehearsal and performance experiences for students at the In-Service Workshop in Wichita.

Change is also being discussed due to the under-representation of choral students versus band students in the All-State ensembles, the inequity of All-State slot allocations between districts, and various other concerns.  Many possible solutions and scenarios have entered the conversation.  The board of KMEA and KCDA has given the go-ahead to collect information from the high school choral directors in the state of Kansas about the upcoming changes that will be needed.

The link below will take you to a survey to help us gather data.  You should be able to access this survey by computer, tablet, or smart phone (however, some of the formatting for the supplemental material may not be correct on smart phone devices – the survey questions themselves will be fine).  Only one survey response per device can be entered (so no sharing devices).  There are 11 pages of background material at the beginning of the survey to bring directors up to speed on the issues and discussion so far.  If you have not been a part of this discussion, please look over the material to familiarize yourself with the many ideas and issues.  If you wish to skip straight to the survey, just click through to page 12 and begin answering the questions.  The survey questions will only require about 10 minutes to complete.

Thank-you in advance for making your voice heard in this process.  Results will be shared with the KMEA Board to help guide their decisions as we move forward with a adding a new music district and trying to make our All-State experience the best possible for the students of Kansas.  If you have additional comments, there is a place to enter those at the end of the survey.  You may also send your comments to Elise Peterson (NEKMEA President-Elect) directly at

Dwayne E. Dunn, Ph.D.
Director of Choral Activities
Lawrence High School

Friday, July 10, 2015

President Elect Voting and Cathedral Concert


Just a reminder that voting for KCDA President-Elect closes tomorrow morning, Saturday July 11 at 9:00am!  All active KCDA members are eligible to vote (membership number or last name required).

CLICK HERE to read the candidate bios and cast your vote!

To those who have joined us in Topeka: we hope to see you tonight for the Cathedral Concert (Grace Episcopal Cathedral, Topeka, KS) at 7:30pm.  This concert features the All-State Women's Choir (Dr. Andrea Ramsey, Conductor), the All-State Men's Choir (Jacob Narverud, Conductor), and the Heartland Men's Chorus (Dustin S. Cates, Artistic Director).

Tiffani N. Thompson
KCDA Webmaster

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Get the Convention Schedule on Your Mobile Device!!

2015 KCDA Summer Convention: Choral Connections Has Gone Mobile!

Dear Conventioners,

This e-mail is to inform you that 2015 KCDA Summer Convention: Choral Connections has gone mobile using Guidebook!

We strongly encourage you to download our mobile guide to enhance your experience at 2015 KCDA Summer Convention: Choral Connections. You'll be able to plan your day with a personalized schedule and browse exhibitors, maps and general show info.

The app is compatible with iPhones, iPads, iPod Touches and Android devices. Windows Phone 7 and Blackberry users can access the same information via our mobile site at

To get the guide, choose one of the methods below:

  • Download 'Guidebook' from the Apple App Store or the Android Marketplace
  • Visit from your phone's browser
  • Scan the following image with your mobile phone (QR-Code reader required, e.g. 'Red Laser', 'Barcode Scanner')

The guide will be listed under the "Download Guides" section of the application.

See you tomorrow in Topeka!

Tiffani N. Thompson
KCDA Webmaster

Monday, July 6, 2015

Convention Countdown: 3 Days!!!

The 2015 Summer Convention is only three days away!!!  I hope each of you has made plans to join us at the Capitol Plaza Hotel and Convention Center in Topeka for this year's fantastic convention!  If you haven't yet, you still have time.  Online registration will close tomorrow, Tuesday, July 7 at 11:59pm, and will reopen on-site in Topeka at 7:30am on Thursday.

Visit our website at to learn more, or click the links below:
Summer Convention Details
Register for the Convention
Book Your Hotel
Renew Your ACDA Membership
Download the Schedule-At-A-Glance
View the Convention Booklet

See you in Topeka!

Tiffani N. Thompson
KCDA Webmaster

Friday, July 3, 2015

Summer Convention Countdown!

The 2015 Summer Convention is less than one week away! Haven't registered yet? You still have time!  CLICK HERE to register today. 

Jump-start your school year with three days of concerts, reading sessions, interest sessions, and connections with colleagues. This year promises fantastic headliners like Dr. Andre Thomas and Dr. Eric Barnum, relevant interest sessions from local legends like Mary Lynn Lightfoot, Dr. Robert Bode, and Dr. Eph Ehly, incredible performances by the Heartland Men's Chorus, All-State Women's Choir, and All-State Men's Choir, reading sessions for all styles and ages, and much more!  For a full list of events, access the Schedule At-A-Glance here.

Also don't miss out on the chance to join us in our Thursday evening KCDA Soiree and All-Convention Sing, under the direction of Dr. Andre Thomas, or evenings socializing in our all-new convention location: The Topeka Capitol Plaza Hotel & Convention Center.

We hope to see you all in Topeka!

Tiffani N. Thompson
KCDA Webmaster

Job Posting: Central United Methodist Church, KCMO

See the job posting below:

Central United Methodist Church, located on the campus of the University of Missouri-Kansas City, seeks a part-time Director of Music to lead the adult choir and supervise interns leading hand bell choir and youth band/children's choir.
Please send cover letter/resume to :
Thank you, 

Ken Adams 
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