Arkansas ACDA Archives Page

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ArACDA is the Arkansas chapter of ACDA—the American Choral Directors Association.  The ACDA is the largest organization of choral directors in the country, comprising directors of school, university, children’s, community, religious, and professional choirs.

The mission of the American Choral Directors Association is to inspire excellence in choral music through education, performance, composition, and advocacy.

ArACDA supports that mission by encouraging dialogue and cooperation in the choral community, by encouraging excellence in choral performance and repertoire, and by providing continuing education opportunities for school directors and others.  ArACDA communicates through this web site, through the biannual newsletter accent, and by mail and e-mail correspondence.

The primary regular activities of ArACDA include a summer conference, usually held in late July in Hot Springs, featuring music reading sessions, workshops, dialogues and roundtable discussions, and exhibitors with music-related goods. 

July, 2012

Cliff Ganus, editor of "accent," Arkansas ACDA's newsletter, assumes presidency as of July 1, 2012

Cliff is in his 44th year of teaching at Harding University.  He is a life member of ACDA and served for 13 years as the Youth and Student R&S chair for the SW division.  He is currently the editor of accent, the Arkansas ACDA neweletter.  He was the president of AMEA in 1995-97 and served as the editor of SEGUE, the AMEA journal, from 1987 through 1993.

As director of choral activities and professor of music, he directs the Chorus and teaches music history, conducting, music appreciation, and hymnology.  He has twice received a Distinguished Teacher Award from the University.  He hosts an annual Central Invitational Festival and All-State Audition Workshop.

Dr. Ganus completed his undergraduate work at Harding.  He received an M.M.E. from North Texas State University and his D.M.A. from the University of Colorado.  His groups have performed in 43 states and 38 countries.  The Harding Chorus was awarded the Grand Prix at the Mundus Cantat International Choral Festival in Sopot, Poland, in May 2006, and was selected to perform at the Arkansas All-State Conference in February 2008.


January, 2010

It's a privilege to serve Arkansas ACDA

by Howard Meharg, Web/Editor, AR ACDA

mehargMy thanks to Rhonda Hawley, your president, and the AR ACDA board for allowing me the opportunity to serve you as your web/editor. It's been fun developing a site unique to this organization. I hope and believe you'll find it helpful.

I've been a member of ACDA since the mid-1960's when one day during my third year of teaching I got a call from my college director, Bernard Regier, from what was then Western Washington College of Education in Bellingham, the college from which I had graduated just a few years before. He said, "you're going to want to join this new organization. It'll help you with your career." Regier actually understated it. ACDA has been a lifeline, a source of knowledge, a means of networking with colleagues. Many of my most cherished friendships were made, and continue to be made, because of ACDA. In short, I believe in ACDA!

Already I value my contacts with Rhonda as she has supplied me with material with which to build the site. Cliff Ganus, your "Accent" editor, I already count as a friend for we've had numerous email converations that began with my contacting Cliff about reprinting a great article he wrote on use of the spiritual and how it's considered an American art form around the world.

But here's the turns out that Cliff knew exactly where to find the now tumble-down house that I lived in as a child in Little Red, Arkansas (a few miles outside of Pangburn) and not far from where I was born. He even took photos of the old place and mailed them to me. (These places just a bit north of Searcy...for those of you who don't know where Pangburn is located.) And, yes, I'm very proud to say I was born in Arkansas. While I have few family members living there now who know who I am, I fully expect to connect with many of you and make claims on you as my extended ACDA family!

As to the website, my pledge is to keep it up-to-date and ac curate. However, that's where you come in. First, if you see errors, broken links, inaccurate information, or you find that material that should be on the site is missing, please make sure I know about it. If you write directly, include current President Cliff Ganus with a Cc of the memo. Part of the service is keeping the site updated, but I definitely need your help. You can be of great help in getting information online. Normally through an officer or your newsletter editor. My email address is:

Howard Meharg, Vancouver, WA