Welcome to the Women’s Repertoire and Standards webpage! All the women’s chairs at the division, state, and national levels look forward to serving you!
A new book titled "Conducting Women's Choirs: Strategies for Success" is now in print and available through GIA Publications. The book is edited and compiled by former National R&S Chair Debra Spurgeon. It is a fabulous book, and one that all women's choir directors should have in their library! Check it out. You can find a review of the book in the August 2013 Choral Journal.
ACDA Women’s Commission ConsortiumThe ACDA Women’s Commission Consortium is a group of women’s choirs that pool their resources to commission new works for women’s choirs. The commission fee has been $250 - $300 per choir, paid to the national ACDA office once the consortium is finalized.
Consortium members receive the new works by PDF file and have exclusive rights to copy it for their own performance. The member choirs and their conductors are listed on the work when published. Choirs are encouraged to advertise their premier performances of the new works.
Schedule for Participation in the Consortium:
Call for participants: Fall preceding the consortium year.
Deadline for participation: December 31st preceding consortium year.
Invoices sent to consortium members: January of Consortium Year
Commissions provided to membership: December of Consortium Year
Membership in the 2014 commission is completed. The composers for the 2014 Commissions are Abbie Betinis, Susan LaBarr and Andrea Ramsey. The call for participation in the 2015 commission will be sent in the fall of 2014. If you are interested in participating and have not already indicated so, please email Dr. Iris Levine, National Chair for Women’s Choirs Repertoire and Standards, at IrisLevine@mac.com. You will be added to our consortium email list.
We currently have more than 30 choirs participating in the consortium. The level of difficulty for the commissions is listed at advanced high school, college/university or community choirs.
Previous ACDA Women’s Consortium Compositions
2013 – I Want to Die While You Love Me by Rosephanye Powell
2013 – Yellow Twig of Willow by Stephen Smith
2013 – Mother O’ Mine by Lauren McLaren
2012 - Full Fathom Five by Paul Carey
2012 - Flare by Dale Trumbore
2012 - Carmel Highlands by Daniel Kallman
2011 – Moon Goddess by Jocelyn Hagen
2011 – Chapo Pou Fanm by Sydney Guillaume
2011 – Leshana Haba’a BiYerushalyam, arr. by Shawn Kirchner
2010 – Reasons by Elizabeth Alexander
2010 – Tundra by Ola Gjeilo
2008 – The Singing Place by Joan Szymko
2007 – Softly Little Child by Daniel Gawthrop
Thank you for supporting women’s choirs!
Iris S. Levine
Artistic Director, Vox Femina Los Angeles
ACDA National Chair, Women’s Choir Repertoire and Standards
2013 ACDA Women’s Consortium Commission Members
Aurora Chorus: Joan Szymko, Conductor
Baldwin-Wallace University Women’s Choir: Robert Vance, Conductor
Bella Voce Women’s Ensemble: Jennifer Tibben, Conductor
California Lutheran University Women’s Chorale: Wyant Morton, Conductor
Cantala (Lawrence University Women’s Choir): Phillip A. Swan, Conductor
Central Bucks West Women’s Choir: Joseph Ohrt, Conductor
Clark College Women’s Choral Ensemble: April Duvic, Conductor
Elektra Women’s Choir: Morna Edmundson, Artistic Director
Flower Mound High School Women’s Chorale, Flower Mound, TX: Mark Rohwer, Conductor
Grand Rapids Women’s Chorus: Lori Tennenhouse, Conductor
Holton-Arms School: Mary Jane Pagenstecher, Director
Lewis and Clark College Women’s Chorus: Margaret Green, Conductor
Marcus High School Treble Choir: Jason Dove, Director
Mirinesse Women’s Choir: Rebecca Rottsalk, Conductor
MUSE, Cincinnati’s Women’s Choir: Catherine Roma, Artistic Director
Nazareth Academy Chorale: Katherine Chmelko, Conductor
Peninsula Women’s Chorus: Martin Benvenuto, Artistic Director
Saint Mary’s College Women’s Choir: Nancy Menk, Conductor
Sistrum, Lansing Women’s Chorus: Meredith Bowen, Conductor
South Dakota State University Women’s Choir: Laura Diddle, Conductor
The Girl Choir of South Florida: Wallis Peterson, Conductor
The Ohio State University Women’s Glee Club: Richard Schnipke, Conductor
University of Mississippi Women’s Glee Club: Debra Spurgeon, Conductor
University of Missouri Women’s Chorale, Columbia MO: Elizabeth Hogan McFarland, Conductor
University of No. Colorado Women’s Glee Club: Jill Burleson, Conductor
University of Southern California Oriana Women’s Choir: Jo-Michael Scheibe, Department Chair
Vox Femina Los Angeles: Iris S. Levine, Artistic Director
West Ottawa High School Select Women’s Ensemble: Pam Pierson, Conductor
WomanSong (West Virginia): Emily Capece, Conductor
WomenSing: Martin Benvenuto, Artistic Director