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American Choral Directors Association


2017 National Honor Choir...
NOTE:  If you are an Honor Choir attendee, you must use the special reservation link that was sent to you within the Honor Choir invitation/acceptance packet you received from ACDA. DO NOT PHONE THE HOTEL DIRECTLY. THEY WILL NOT BE ABLE TO ASSIST YOU.

Junior High/Middles School Honor Choir
(Accepted by Audition Number)
Acceptance Letter and Final Forms)

Senior High School Honor Choir

Deadline January 20, 2017 (click here

COLLEGE CREDIT THROUGH VanderCook College of Music.
CLICK HERE - temporarily down

What are you thinking? ACDA National Conference in Minneapolis, March 8-11? It's WINTER!
You won't need a coat once you check into your hotel. The Skyway will take you to most locations during the conference: Orchestra Hall, Convention Center, Dining options, etc...  Central Lutheran is across the street from the Convention Center. Some may need a wrap for that intersection crossing, or venturing beyond the Skyway.


You must be registered by Midnight February 1, 2017 to receive reading packets.
Registration February 2, 2017 - March 5, 2017 cost increase and NO reading packets.

Registration will re-open onsite March 7 - 11, 2017 Mezzanine Level of the Minneapolis Convention Center


To check if your app is live, simply navigate to the Google Play Store on an Android Device, or the Apple Store on an iOS device and search for your app by ACDA 2017 National Conference.


2017 Conference Schedule available in the March Choral Journal available on line now. (Click Here)
***schedule subject to change until March 12, 2017*** 

Airline Group Discounts (10 or more passengers)
AirTran Airways - 888.419.6109
American Airlines -
Delta Airlines - 800.532.4777
Southwest Airlines -
U.S. Airways - 877.US-GROUP
United Airlines -

What is the dress code?
Business casual is a safe wardrobe choice for all conferences. Make sure to check the local weather anytime you travel.

How do I book a Reception or Reunion?
Reception and Reunions: Contact Margie Camp, . Once a room is assigned you will be provided catering contact information and link to menus for the selected venue. Reception/Reunion expenses are between you and the venue. ACDA currently has space in the Hilton and Minneapolis Convention Center. Thursday, 03/09 is typically Reception / Reunion night. Deadline to book room and make the conference program is Deceember 15, 2016.

Need assistance with mobility?

We do permit scooters/wheelchairs to go to the Hilton, Hyatt, and Millenium hotels that are rented in our building by gaining access through the skyway system.  We do not permit the scooters or wheelchairs to be used outside.  The best way for your member to reserve a scooter/wheelchair is through the Mobility Shop Website:


People are able to rent scooters/wheelchairs on site; however, it is a first come/first serve approach.  The best way to ensure the scooter/wheelchair is renting it through the website.  


There’s some information on our website about an on-site provider we work with:


Another option that is located not too far from the MCC and Hyatt is:


The 2017 ACDA National Conference Exhibit Hall will be in the Minneapolis Convention Center. Exhibit Hours will be 9am-1pm and 2:30-6pm on Wednesday, 3/8, Thursday, 3/9, and Friday, 3/10 and 9am-1 pm on Saturday, 3/11. We will begin taking reservations on September 1, 2016.

The March 2017 issue of the Choral Journal will also serve as the official 2017 National Conference Program Book. We will begin taking reservations for advertising in the March 2017/National Conference Program Book on September 1, 2016. AD COPY DEADLINE for ads will be January 5th, 2017. In addition to our National Conference Program Book, we will also have an official 2017 ACDA National Conference APP (for phone & tablet). Advertising on the app will also be available for purchase beginning September 1, 2016.

There will be a multitude of Conference Sponsorships available for the 2017 Minneapolis Conference. Sponsorship information will be available beginning July 1, 2016.

Reservation Forms can be found on or after September 1, 2016 by clicking here
Sponsorship Info can be found on or after July 1, 2016 by clicking here


Honor Choir Information (CLICK HERE)
Honor Choir Conductors (CLICK HERE)

Honor Choir Audition Materials:
Children"Sound the Trumpet" - Purcell  (Printed Music)  (Recording)
Junior High/Middle School"Ave Verum Corpus" - Mozart (Printed Music) (Recording)
High School: "Veni Sancte Spiritus" - Mozart (Printed Music) (Recording)

Collegiate Honor Choir: This year's Collegiate Honor Chorus will be featured on the Unity Concert at the Minneapolis convention in 2017.  In order to ensure that the choir has representatives from all 50 states, state ACDA presidents have been asked to nominate a quartet of singers to represent their state in the choir.  Those nominated will be contacted directly.

Applications and Guidelines

Deadline January 20, 2017 (click here

Deadline October 31, 2016 (click here) CLOSED

2017 Graduate Conducting Competition (Guidelines)
Deadline October 31, 2016 (click here) CLOSED

2017 Undergraduate Conducting Masterclass (Guidelines)
Deadline October 31, 2016 (click here) CLOSED

2017 Brock Student Composition Competition
Deadline November 1, 2016 (click here)

How do I get to downtown Minneapolis from the airport?

Getting to downtown Minneapolis from Minneapolis-St. Paul (MSP) airport is quick and easy. Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport is only 11 miles from downtown Minneapolis.

Metro Transit's Blue Line is the cheapest way, and very convenient. Taxis are plentiful, with fares around $40. Renting a car? Read on for driving directions from MSP to downtown Minneapolis. 

Light Rail Trains from Minneapolis Airport to Downtown Minneapolis

Metro Transit's Blue Line light rail trains run directly to downtown Minneapolis. There is a station at both Terminal 1 (Lindberg) and Terminal 2 (Humphrey), for trains to downtown Minneapolis. Follow the signs in the airport.


There are five light rail stops in downtown Minneapolis - the Metrodome/Downtown East, Government Plaza, Nicollet Mall, Warehouse District, and Target Field. Your light rail ticket is also valid for use on Metro Transit buses with no extra charge (Your ticket is valid for 2.30 hours).

The one-way fare is $1.75 during off-peak times, $2.25 during rush hour times. There are ticket machines which take cash and credit cards at each station.

Trains run approximately every 10 minutes from the early morning until late at night. Trains begin at about 4.30 am, and the last train is at about 2 am.


The journey time from Minneapolis-St. Paul airport to downtown Minneapolis is just under 30 minutes.