Dr. Gary Packwood

ACDA Southern Region

Greeting ACDA Members,

It’s almost here! The 2018 Southern Region American Choral Directors Association Conference is less than a month away and you need to witness this event. I am so fired-up about the various opportunities that “Beyond Boundaries” will offer and I believe that you will leave this conference inspired and musically fulfilled.

The honor choirs will feature a Children’s honor Choir conducted by Anthony Trecek-King. Mr. Trecek-King is president and artistic director of the Boston Children’s Chorus. Ms. Sandy Holland leads the Middle School/Junior High Treble Honor Choir. Ms. Holland is the founding artistic director of the Young Voices of the Carolinas. The Middle School/Junior High Tenor/Bass Honor Choir will feature guest conductor, Mr. Ken Berg. Mr. Berg serves as the music director for the Birmingham Boys Choir. Our final honor choir is the High School SATB Honor Choir. Dr. Allen Hightower, Director of Choral Activities at the University of North Texas, will conduct and prepare this ensemble.

Other featured events include our auditioned choirs, invited choirs, conducting master class for college members, interest and reading sessions, R&R symposiums, and a thrilling and engaging Music in Worship event at the Cathedral of the Assumption. All choral performances will be in beautiful Whitney Hall of the Kentucky Center for the Arts and all sessions are in the host hotel, Galt House. Additional hotels for the conference include:

Hampton Inn:
louisvilledowntown.hamptoninn.com Use Group Code: ASD
Link: Hampton Inn Here
Reservation Link: ACDA Southern Division 2018
Reservation Line: 1-800- 533-0127
As we finalize the plans for “Beyond Boundaries,” I would like to thank the entire planning committee for their efforts. Planning and executing this type of event takes lots of cooperation, patience, and hard work. Your planning team has done of these at the highest levels!

See you in Louisville!
Gary Packwood
President, Soyrhern