The Ithaca ACDA chapter had a lovely weekend assisting in the execution of this year's Choral Composition Festival. Six high schools from the northeast region traveled to Ithaca College to perform original compositions for a panel of IC music faculty judges. Throughout the day they experienced performances from the other high schools, as well as 5 of IC’s vocal ensembles: Choir, Madrigals, Women’s Chorale, Chorus and Vocal Jazz Ensemble. Each high school ensemble had the chance to rehearse with the composer of their assigned piece in order for the composer's full vision to come to life! In addition, all 6 high schools had a rehearsal with Dr. Janet Galvan and the Ithaca College Choir, where they rehearsed the finale piece for the evening’s performance; a selection from Craig Hella Johnson’s “Considering Matthew Shepard." It was an exciting and educational day for all of those involved. I’d like to extend a big thank you to all of the ACDA members who volunteered to assist our high schoolers this weekend!
-Danielle Gurcan, IC ACDA Co-President
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