Wednesday, February 24, 2016

KMEA Concert Schedule

Congratulations to all of the KCDA members who had ensembles selected to perform at the KMEA convention this weekend.  Please come out to support these educators and their excellent work!

Eisenhower Middle School 7th & 8th Grade Men's Choir - MJT 2:00pm
Eli Jones, Director

Lawrence Free State High School Chamber Choir - MJT 2:35pm
Hilary Morton, Director

University of Kansas Women's Chorale - MJT 3:55pm
Dr. Mariana Farah, Director

Hadley Middle School Mixed Honor Choir - MJT 9:00am
Matthew Nutter, Director

Kansas Wesleyan University Chorale - MJT 10:10am
Ken Hakoda, Director

Blue Valley North High School Mixed Chorale - MJT 11:20am
Jason Sickel, Director

Kansas City Kansas Community College Vocal Jazz "The Standard" - Hyatt Ballrooms F-H 1:00pm
John Stafford II, Director

Rose Hill High School Mixed Choir Rockataries - MJT 1:00pm
Brian Stranghoner, Director

Geary County Children's Choir - 210 B&C Redbud 1:25pm
Greg Gooden, Director

Hutchinson 6th Grade Honor Choir - 210 B&C Redbud 2:45pm
Christopher Shaw & Jarl Moreland, Directors

Lawrence High School A Cappella Choir - MJT 2:45pm
Dr. Dwayne Dunn, Director

Fort Hayes State University Concert Choir - MJT 4:00pm
Terry Crull, Director

St. Thomas Aquinas Show Choir Swingin' Saints - MJT 9:00am
Joe Heidesch, Director

Wichita ARISE - MJT 11:50am
Shawn Chastain, Director

Tiffani N. Thompson
KCDA Webmaster


The KMEA convention begins TODAY!  Don't miss out on these great KCDA events:

  • Friday is the KCDA Luncheon. It begins at 11:45 at the Drury Inn. Get your tickets here for $12, or at the door for $13.
  • The KCDA reading session is Friday morning from 8:00-9:15 in the Drury Broadview Plaza Room.
  • The KCDA Treble Honor Choir performs Friday evening, February 26, at 5:00pm in the Concert Hall. Congratulations to all of those who had students selected to perform, and a big thanks to coordinator Josh Wildin for all of his hard work!

See you in Wichita!

Thursday, February 18, 2016

KCDA Luncheon!

Happy Friday-Eve, KCDA!

We are only ONE WEEK away from KMEA and our KCDA Luncheon!  If you are heading to Wichita, we encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity to network, socialize, and get the scoop on our 2016 Summer Convention.

The Luncheon will be held at the Drury on Friday, February 26, at 11:45.  Tickets are $12 if purchased before February 25, and $13 if purchased on-site at KMEA.

You can check out all of the details and purchase your ticket by clicking here: KMEA Luncheon Tickets

Hope to see you there!

Tiffani N. Thompson
KCDA Webmaster

Kansas Choral Composition Prize

Please share the below info with any composers who may be interested in the 2016 KCCP Competition.


The Wichita Chamber Chorale performed “Life’s Symphony” by 2015 KCCP winner Geoff Wilcken at the Sounding Joy concert in December 2015 and is now calling for new submissions for the next round of the Kansas Choral Composition Prize. The only program of its kind in the state of Kansas, this initiative is founded by the board of the Wichita Chamber Chorale and co-sponsored by Wichita’s Senseney Music. In keeping with the WCC mission to champion significant choral music and to enrich the cultural life of our communities, the Kansas Choral Composition Prize fosters original choral music of the highest quality, with the intention of giving the winner(s) a high-profile performance of their work by the Wichita Chamber Chorale, in addition to a monetary prize. The winning composition will be performed by WCC during the 2017-18 season. 

For more information and KCCP guidelines please see link:

Choral Director Openings


Goddard High School is accepting applications for a 9th-12th grade Vocal Music Instructor for the 2016-2017 school year.  Internal applicants should submit a letter of interest to Mr. Doug Bridwell. External applicants will need to complete an on-line application at  All questions regarding this position should be directed to Mr. Doug Bridwell, at  Applications will be accepted through  March 4th

DeSoto Unified School District in is also accepting applications for Choral Music Directors for both Mill Valley High School and DeSoto High School for the 2016-2017 school year.  Please visit to apply.

Pittsburg Community Middle School in Pittsburg, KS, is accepting applications for a Vocal Music Instructor.  The position includes 6th-8th grade choirs and a piano lab.  Piano skills are necessary for day-to-day rehearsing.  To apply, visit

Monday, February 15, 2016

KSU Summer Choral Institute


The KSU Summer Choral Institute is accepting online auditions for sophomores and juniors. Two student pianists who wish to learn the art of accompanying will also be selected for the institute. 

Choir directors may nominate piano students by contacting Sheree Stoppel at
For more information, visit

Opening: Mill Valley High School

Mill Valley High School (Shawnee, KS) is currently accepting applications for a high school choral director. The position includes four choirs, Music Appreciation, and History of Rock and Roll classes. Mill Valley is a 5A school with approximately 1400 students on the west edge of Kansas City. 

For more information, or to apply for these positions, visit