Winter Workshop,
Saturday, February 9

RIMEA All-State Chorus audition preparation clinics

Please invite any CHORUS student who is auditioning for SENIOR all state, and wants to get some extra practice time in, to join us at one or all of these events.
North Smithfield High School   Tuesday October 2nd  – 7pm
North Kingstown High School   Wednesday October 3rd  – 7pm

Pilgrim High School Wednesday, October 24th 7pm

We will discuss sight singing strategies, tonal memory and rehearse Domine Ad adjuvandume Festina!  Jackie Soares ( Pilgrim host/teacher), Norma Caiazza ( NK host/teacher) and Regina McAdam ( NS host/teacher )
A Junior all state choral prep day is also in the works…  date coming soon!


The WARWICK SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, in partnership with the UNIVERSITY OF RHODE ISLAND SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA & CONCERT CHOIR, invites singers from across RHODE ISLAND to participate in a multi-generational collaborative performance of selected movements from Mendelssohn’s ELIJAH

Please see the attached flyer for more information


It is with great sadness that we share the news of the passing of our dear friend, Dr. Michele Holt.
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Spring Workshop, April 28th

Please join us for another exciting day of learning and sharing on Saturday, April 28th!

more details here

Meet in the Middle 2017

* View photos from the rehearsals here

Oct. 21st, 2017  at Providence College

Both choral directors and students can join us for an exciting
In-Service clinic and an All-State Chorus preparation clinic!

For choral directors, there will be with presentations on:

  • Embracing Diversity through Choral Repertoire
    by Dr. Stephen Paparo
  • EŌ Choral Music of the Hawaiian Islands
    by Dr. Miguel Angel Felipe

And for students, there will be a:

  • Rhode Island Sr. All-State Chorus Preparation Clinic 

Please click here for more details

Jan. 27th, 2018 at Rhode Island College

Save the date for our Winter workshop, with a presentation on:

  • The Art and Science of Stress Management for Conductors
    by Amelia and Emily Nagoski

click here for more details

Meet in the Middle Project

Round two – we are working on finding grant money to keep the project going.

Spring 2017

Congratulations to the students and teachers who participated in the RI_ACDA Choral Festivals this spring. Choral music is alive and well in our RI schools!

A special thank you to JoAnn Phillips, Derek Sabatini and Donna O’Brien for managing the three events.

There will be a RI_ACDA Wine and Rep night in June. Date and time are TBA. Bring a bottle of wine, relax and sing through some new and maybe familiar repertoire together.

Thank you all for your continued support of RI_ACDA and choral music throughout Rhode Island.

View our Workshop Archive for an idea of what we offer to our members!

Summer update:

Hello everyone, I hope your summer is going well. I am excited for another year of RI-ACDA events and would like to have a more formal process for the board this year. Please see our Leadership page here for our list of officers for the 2015-17 term.

As of right now, I feel that these are the roles that best serve our RI community. If we should see the need for more sub categories, I am very willing to ask more people to participate on the board.

Here are a few things I would like to see happen in the up coming year:
  1. Reach out to inner city choirs by connecting them with college students studying to be conductors/teachers, giving both a chance to learn from each other.
  2. CONTINUE the workshops offered throughout the year.
    Our first workshop is scheduled for Sept. 24th, with Dr. Lisa Graham giving a presentation. Jeff Kerr and Susan Hodgins will also present.
  3. The first ever RI ACDA HS Honor Choir performance with the University of Rhode Island Chorus and Warwick Symphony Orchestra.
  4. A Community Choir/Church Choir event – TBD
There will be three board meetings scheduled for the 2016-2017 year. Here are the dates and locations:
9/12/16 – 7:00pm in Barrington
1/3/17    – 6:30pm at North Smithfield High School
6/1/17    – 7:00pm in Barrington

That is all for now! I look forward to working with you all and thank you for your dedication to choral music in RI

Regina McAdam, President

RIACDA Choral Festivals

Open to all RIMEA and RIACDA members

$175.00 fee per group
This fee includes adjudication, clinic, CD and award plaque
* RIACDA members will be refunded $25 per group at the festival

ALL RIACDA members are welcome to attend.  Come see and hear some fantastic choirs from all over Rhode Island.

  • High School Choral Festival – March 29th-30th
  • Middle School Choral Festival – April 11th -12th
  • Elementary School Choral Festival – April 28th -29th