Registration is Now Open!

In 2020, we’ll be treated to spectacular music, sessions, and workshops in Salt Lake City, Utah. Add it to your calendar… March 4-7, 2020. You won’t want to miss it!!

Planning your travel? Check out the FULL SCHEDULE below.

Book your hotel rooms now! The special ACDA rate atLittle and Grand America is only available through February 12. (You are given the opportunity to book at the conference hotel through the registration website). All interest sessions, reading sessions, and exhibits will be at the Little America.

Join us for incredible Interest Sessions, Roundtables, Composer Chats and Composer Fair, College Fair, Workout Choirs and Exhibits. You will hear 17 incredible auditioned choirs, a combined performance of the BYU Choirs and Philharmonic Orchestra (in a special performance titled "Celebration of Christmas"), the Madeline Choir School from the Cathedral of the Madeline in Salt Lake, The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square, Vocal Point, New York Voices, KammerChor Saarbrucken from Germany, and a performance of “The Sacred Veil” conducted by Eric Whitacre.

Our conference will feature the ACDA Western Region High School Honor Choir, under the direction of Dr. Steve Zielke. It will also feature the ACDA Western Region Middle School Honor Choir with conductor, Laura Farnell, and the Youth/Treble Choir with conductor, Kellie Walsh. The Conference Honoree is Mr. Don Brinegar.

Make arrangements now to attend this wonderful conference!!


  • Attendee: $270
  • Retired: $175
  • Student: $100

REGISTRATION: Date TBD by National in January 2020 (Price increase)

  • Attendee: $295
  • Retired: $200
  • Student: $125


  • Attendee: $320
  • Retired: $225
  • Student: $150

Conference Hotel Information:
We encourage all our membership to stay in the conference hotel so that we can continue to receive benefits from the hotel such as reduced room night cost and reduced meeting space expenses thus allowing us to not raise registration fees in the future. A link to conference hotel registration will be provided following completed conference registration. The deadline for the special ACDA rate is February 12.
Conference Hotels: Little America and Grand America
Costs: Vary from $130-$229 per night

Invited Performing Choirs

Congratulations to all of our invited performing choirs. We are looking forward to your fantastic performances at our 2020 conference!

  • American Heritage School A Cappella Choir (UT) - Rob Swenson, conductor
  • Biola University Biola Chorale (CA) - Shawna Stewart, conductor
  • Brevitas (UT) - Matthew D. Nielsen, conductor
  • CSULB Bob Cole Chamber Choir (CA) - Jonathan Talberg, conductor
  • Chandler Children's Choir, Cantus Choir (AZ) - Aimee Stewart, conductor
  • Clovis East High Choraliers (CA) - Carlin Truong conductor
  • Fountain Valley High SChool Troubadors (CA) - Kevin Tison, conductor
  • Nā Wai Chamber Choir (HI) - Jace Kaholokula Saplan, conductor
  • Orange County Women's Chorus (CA) - Eliza Rubenstein, conductor
  • Orpheus Male Chorus of Phoenix (AZ) - Brook Larson, conductor
  • Riverside City College Chamber Singers (CA) - John Byun, conductor
  • Salem Hills High School Singers (UT) - Justin Bills, conductor
  • Salem Jr. High School Chamber Singers (UT) - Dalan Guthrie, conductor
  • Sound of Ages Choir (UT) - Kameron Kavanaugh, conductor
  • University of Utah Chamber Choir (UT) - Barlow Bradford, conductor
  • Utah Valley University Chamber Choir (UT) - Reed Criddle, conductor
  • Utah Valley University Women's Choir (UT) - Cherilyn Worthen, conductor
  • Valencia High School Two N' Four Vocal Jazz Ensemble - Christine Mocha, conductor

Interest Sessions

Congratulations to all of our presenters of interest sessions. We are looking forward to learning from your incredible presentations

  • The Brain That Came to Rehearsal - Jeffrey Benson and Laura Natta
  • Practical Buddhist Wisdom for Choral Conductors - Reed Criddle
  • Renaissance, Baroque, and Classical Music for Middle School and High School Choirs - Emily Mercado
  • iRehearsal: A Technology-Infused Approach for the Gen Z Student - Kyle Nielsen and Eric Hanson
  • Culturally Responsive Pedagogy in Choral Music Education - Joshua Palkki
  • "The Future is Female"-Programming and empowering women's/treble choirs - Eric Rubenstein
  • Choir Athletes: Tips and Tricks from the World of Professional Sports - Alec Schumacker
  • Words, Words, Words: Analyzing and interpreting poetic texts for expressive, emotional music-making - Jonathan Talberg
  • 'The Game Changer': Are we missing the obvious? A frank and radical look at our singers' vocal technique - Andrew Crane and Jami Rhodes
  • Recruiting, Maintaining and Growing a Thriving Male Chorus Program - Joyce Keil and Travis Rogers
  • The Lyricist's Guide to Performing Choral Music - Charles Anthony Silvestri
  • TAking Music A.P.A.R.T. - Introducing New Music to Build Singer Agency - Joe Svendsen
  • Finally! A TAkadimi Demonstration with a Live Choir - Carlin Truong
  • Australian Choral Repertoire - Kym Scott
  • Four Masses from the California Missions: Comparing and Contrasting - Harmony Murphy

Exhibit at our regional conference

If you are a vendor and would like to have an exhibit in the exhibit hall, you can submit your request below:

Conference Schedule

Exhibit Hours:
Thursday, March 5: 10am-1:30pm; 2:30pm-5pm
Friday, March 6: 10am-1pm; 2pm-4pm

Exhibit Load-in: Wednesday, March 4: 2pm-5pm
Exhibit Load-out: Friday, March 6: 4pm-6pm

Please note that the conference schedule is subject to change. Items may have to move for circumstances beyond the planning committee's control.

    Wednesday, March 4

  • 2:00-9:30pm - Conference Registration Opens
  • 3:00-5:00pm - Honor Choir Registration
  • 7:30-9:30pm - Special Performance: Celebration of Christmas Brigham Young University Choirs and Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Thursday, March 5

  • 7:30am-5:30pm - Conference Registration
  • 9:00am-10:30am - Conference Session Two: Sound of the Ages Choir; Clovis East Choraliers; Utah Valley University Chamber Choir
  • 11:00am-12:15pm - Advancing the Art One: Renaissance, Baroque, and Classical Music for the MS and HS Choirs; iRehearsal: A technology-infused Approach for the Gen Z Student; "The Future is Female"; Reading Session One: Worship; Round Table One: Jazz; Chat with a Composer
  • 1:00pm-7:00pm - Exhibit Hall Grand Opening
  • 1:30pm-2:45pm - Advancing the Art Two: Words, Words, Words; Four Masses from the California Missions; "The Game Changer"; Reading Session Two: Ethnic/Multicultural; Round Table Two: Children's/Boys; Chat with a Composer
  • 3:00pm-4:15pm - Advancing the Art Three: The Brain the Came to Rehearsal; Reading Session Three: Children/Boys; Reading Session Four: Jazz/Contemporary; Round Table Three: Community; Workouts for your choir: MS & HS; Chat with a Composer
  • 4:45pm-6:15pm - Concert Session Three: Cantus Choir from Chandler Children's Choir; Brevitas; Biola University
  • 6:30pm-7:45pm - Dinner
  • 7:00pm-8:00pm - Special Session: Cathedral of the Madeleine Singing School
  • 8:30pm-10:30pm - Conference Session Four: A cappella/Jazz Night: Valencia HS Two n Four Vocal Jazz; BYU Vocal Point The New York Voices
  • Friday, March 6

  • 8:45am-10:15am - Concert Session Five: American Heritage HS A CAppella Choir; Utah Valley University Women's Choir; Orpheus Male Chorus of Phoenix
  • 10:45am-12:00pm - Advancing the Art Four: Finally! A TAkadimi Demonstration with a live Choir; The New York Voices Session; Reading Session Four: Middle School; Reading Session Five: Male Choir; Round Table Five: College/University; Round Table Six: High School: I love my Job, But it's killing Me; Chat with a Composer
  • 1:00pm-2:15pm - Advancing the Art Five: Culturally Responsive Pedagogy; Practical Buddhist Wisdom for Choral Conductors; Australian Choral Repertoire; Reading Session Six: Advanced SATB; Round Table Six: Youth/Student; Workouts for your choir: MS & HS; Chat with a Composer
  • 3:00pm-5:00pm - Concert Session Six: Salem Jr. High Chamber Singers; Na Wai Chamber Choir; Salem Hills HS Singers; Riverside City College Chamber Singers
  • 8:00pm-10:00pm - Conference Session Seven: All Conference Sing; Conference Honoree; Eric Whitacre with CSULB Chamber Singers; Kamerchor
  • Saturday, March 7

  • 9:00am-10:15am - Advancing the Art Six: Workout Choirs Performance; Pitch Perfect: A Theory & Practice of Choral Intonation; Recruiting, Maintaining, and Growing a Thriving Male Chorus Program; Reading Session Seven: Accessible SATB; Round Table Eight: Women's Choirs
  • 10:45am-12:15pm - Concert Session Eight: Orange County Women's Choir; Fountain Valey HS Troubadors; University of Utah Chamber Choir
  • 1:45pm-3:00pm - Advancing the Art Seven: Taking Music A.P.A.R.T.; Choir Atheletes; The Lyricist's Guide to Performing Choral Music; Reading Session Nine: Women's Choir; Round Table Eight: Jr. High/Middle School; Seminars in Music, The Arts, and Related Topics (SMART)
  • 3:30pm-5:15pm - Concert Session Nine: Middle School/Junior High Honor Choir; Youth Treble Honor Choir; High School Honor Choir
  • 7:30pm-9:30pm - Concert Session Ten: Tabernacle Choir


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The next regional conference will be in 2020 in Salt Lake City, UT. Check out more information on our 2020 regional conference.