WACDA Conference Honor Choirs
The Western ACDA Conference is thrilled to be hosting three honor choirs this year. Over 250 singers, ages 12 – adult, from across the Western Region will participate this year, and work under the guidance of three world-renowned choral conductors.
- Youth Honor Choir, directed by Dr. Marcela Molina
- High School SSAA Honor Choir, directed by Tesfa Wondemagegnehu
- Gospel Honor Choir, directed by Dr. Rosephayne Powell
Rehearsals will run concurrently with conference sessions, and are closed to visitors. Please join us for the concert on Saturday, March 6, 2022 at 3:00pm at the Terrace Theater.
- December 6, 2021: Medical liability forms, registration forms, and payments DUE via Submittable (medical forms must be notarized, please be sure to plan accordingly).
- December 15, 2021: Digital copies of music and learning tracks are released to those who have turned in forms and fees.
- February 1, 2022: Proof of COVID-9 vaccination required. Singers must be fully vaccinated by this date. If two doses are needed, the first dose must be administered no later than January 11, 2022.
March 2 – 5, 2022: Honor Choir rehearsals and performance in Long Beach, CA (detailed schedule released at later date)
- Honor Choir Registration: Wednesday, March 2, 3:00 – 6:00pm
- First Honor Choir Rehearsal: Thursday, March 3, 9:00am
- Honor Choir Concert: Saturday, March 5, 3:00pm
The conference committee is happy to announce the following clinicians for our 2022 conference:
Dr. Marcela Molina, Youth Honor Choir, Grades 6-9 (minimum age 12)
Dr. Molina has been affiliated with the Tucson Girls Chorus since 2006, first serving as Artistic Director and taking the helm as Executive Director in 2011. Under Dr. Molina’s guidance, the Tucson Girls Chorus has grown significantly in both programming and community engagement. With her leadership, the TGC has transformed into a collaborative organization that creates access to inclusive programming for youth, and provides resources to music educators and support to their classroom all year-round.
Born in Bogotá, Colombia Dr. Marcela Molina holds degrees from Westminster Choir College and the University of Arizona. Dr. Molina serves on the boards of the Arizona Choral Directors Association and Chorus America. She also serves as part of the advisory group to The Choral Commons.
Tesfa Wondemagegnehu, High School SSAA
Tesfa Wondemagegnehu serves as the conductor of the Viking Chorus and the Chapel Choir at St. Olaf College. He also served as the guest artistic director of one of North America’s Largest LGBTQ+ choirs, Minnesota’s One Voice Mixed Chorus. Tesfa maintains an active voice studio and teaches Music & Social Justice with the goal of helping bridge the gap of social injustice through music, dialogue, and inspiring participants to take action in their communities. Wondemagegnehu previously served as the Director of Choral Ministries at Westminster Presbyterian Church of Minneapolis, where he co-founded the Justice Choir movement with noted composer Abbie Betinis.
Tesfa has conducted and given masterclasses, workshops, and clinics both nationally and internationally. Tesfa holds a Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting and Vocal Performance from the Florida State University and a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performing from the University of Memphis. While teaching high school, Tesfa was named Orange County Public School Teacher of the Year and received the Macy’s National Magic of Teaching Award.
Dr. Rosephanye Powell, Gospel SATB
Open to High School, College & interested ACDA members
Dr. Rosephanye Dunn Powell has been hailed as one of America’s premier women composers of choral music. She has an impressive catalogue of works published by Hal Leonard Corporation, the Fred Bock Music Company/Gentry Publications, Oxford University Press, Alliance Music Publications, and Shawnee. Dr. Powell is commissioned yearly to compose for university choruses, professional, community and church choirs, as well as secondary school choruses.
Dr. Powell serves as Professor of Voice at Auburn University. She holds degrees from The Florida State University (D.M. in vocal performance, University Fellow), Westminster Choir College (M.M. in vocal performance and pedagogy, with distinction), and Alabama State University (B.M.E., summa cum laude). Dr. Powell’s research focuses on the art of the African-American spiritual and voice care concerns for voice professionals (specifically, music educators, choral directors, and choral singers). Dr. Powell has received numerous awards including the “Living Legend Award” presented by California State University African Diaspora Sacred Music Festival in Los Angeles. She was listed in the first edition of the international publication Who Is Who in Choral Music. And, she has been included in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers and Outstanding Young Women in America in recent years.