Excellence in Choral Music

The Virginia chapter of the American Choral Director's Association supports its member choir directors in the pursuit of musical excellence.

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Our Mission

We take our mission from our national organization: to inspire excellence in choral music through education, performance, composition, and advocacy.

Virginia is a big place! It is 6-7 hours from the outer southern tips to the northern point, or from tip to tip across the bottom of the state. There is great work going on everywhere, and ACDA wants to support and recognize your efforts to bring excellence in choral music to your neck of the woods.

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About Us

Founded in 1959, the American Choral Directors Association is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote excellence in choral music education, performance, composition, and advocacy. 

The twelve purposes of ACDA are:

To foster and promote...

  1. ...choral singing which will provide artistic, cultural, and spiritual experiences for the participants.

  2. ...the finest types of choral music and to make these experiences possible.

  3. ...the organization and development of choral groups of all types in schools and colleges.

  4. ...the development of choral music in the church and synagogue.

  5. ...the organization and development of choral societies in cities and communities.

  6. ...the understanding of choral music as an important medium of contemporary artistic expression.

  7. ...significant research in the field of choral music.

  8. ...international exchange programs involving performing groups, conductors, and composers.

To foster and encourage...

  1. ...choral compositions of a superior quality.

  2. ...rehearsal procedures conducive to attaining the highest possible level of musicianship and artistic performance.


  1. To cooperate with all organizations dedicated to the development of musical culture in America.

  2. To disseminate professional news and information about choral music.


Members of Virginia ACDA work to bring the principles of ACDA to our own singers. We connect annually at Voices United, our state's conference held in conjunction with our colleagues from Maryland, Delaware, and DC in early August at George Mason University. 

Through concert performances, educational clinics, and exhibits by music-industry representatives, members have access to diverse and practical forums in which to develop their skills and professional knowledge.

Members of the 2016 Middle School Honor Choir in Virginia Beach

National conferences are offered in early spring of odd-numbered years. Regional conferences (we are part of the Southern Region) take place in even-numbered years. For more information about Division and National conferences, please visit acda.org.