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American Choral Directors Association


Welcome to the Women's Choir Repertoire & Resources webpage!

All the women’s chairs at the division, state, and national levels look forward to serving you!

THANK YOU to Iris S. Levine for her impeccable leadership and service as the National Women's Choir Repertoire and Standards Chair (2010-2016)!

Conducting Women's Choirs: Strategies for Success, is 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 Consortium

The 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 2016 commission is now underway and will be completed by Dec. 31st. The composers for the 2016 will soon be announced. If you are interested in participating in future commissioning projects and have not already indicated so, please email Dr. Phillip A. Swan, National Chair for Women’s Choirs Repertoire and Resources, at 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.

ACDA Women’s Consortium Compositions - History

2015 – Patito by Gabriela Frank
2015 – Two Friends Like Fireflies by Joseph Gregorio
2015 – I Have a Voice by Moira Smiley
2014 – Truth by Andrea Ramsey
2014 – Spring Shall Bloom by Susan LaBarr
2014 – A Blessing of Cranes by Abbie Betinis
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 and encouraging the creation of quality, new repertoire for women's choirs!

Phillip A. Swan, ACDA National Chair, Women’s Choir Repertoire and Resources

contact info:

Phillip A. Swan,
Associate Professor of Music and Co-Director of Choral Studies
Conservatory of Music West Offices #209
Lawrence University
Appleton, WI  54911
(920) 993-6282

2014 ACDA Women’s Consortium Commission Members

Aria, Monterey: Sean Boulware, Conductor

Aurora Chorus: Joan Szymko, Conductor

Baldwin-Wallace University Women’s Choir: Robert Vance, Conductor

Bella Voce Women’s Ensemble: Jennifer Tibben, Conductor

Bonneville HS Bel Cantos: Steve Dresen, Conductor

California Lutheran University Women’s Chorale: Wyant Morton, Conductor

Cantala (Lawrence University Women’s Choir): Phillip A. Swan, Conductor

Carthage Women's Ensemble: Peter Dennee, 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

Jenny Lind Vocal Ensemble at Augustana College: Michael Zemek, Conductor

Kennesaw State University: Alison Mann, Conductor

Lewis and Clark College Women’s Chorus: Margaret Green, Conductor

Lexington High School Women's Chorus: Jason Iannuzzi, Conductor

Manitou Singers, St. Olaf College: Sigrid Johnson, Conductor

Michigan State University Women's Chamber Ensemble: Sandra Snow, Conductor

MUSE, Cincinnati’s Women’s Choir: Rhonda Juliano, Artistic Director

Nazareth Academy Chorale: Katherine Chmelko, Conductor

Peninsula Women’s Chorus: Martin Benvenuto, Artistic Director

Portland Lesbian Choir: Paul Zona, Conductor

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

Spirito!: Molly Lindberg, Conductor

The Girl Choir of South Florida: Wallis Peterson, Conductor

The Ohio State University Women’s Glee Club: Kristina MacMullen, 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

Wellesley College Choir: Lisa Graham, Conductor

West Ottawa High School Select Women’s Ensemble: Pam Pierson, Conductor

WomanSong (West Virginia): Emily Capece, Conductor

WomenSing: Martin Benvenuto, Artistic Director