Online Application Form for the 2018 International Conductors Exchange Program ~ KENYA
ACDA is pleased to announce the 2018 International Conductors Exchange Program (ICEP) with Kenya. ICEP is providing opportunities for the next generation of choral leaders to represent the United States as ambassadors to the world in the exchange of music, ideas, and cultures. Since 2012, the ACDA International Conductors Exchange Program has provided meaningful exchange opportunities for the next generation of choral leaders from around the world in one to one partnerships. In 2018, ACDA will host ICEP Conducting Fellows from Kenya who will travel to the United States to be official guests in each of the seven divisions with residencies centered on the 2018 ACDA division conferences. In turn, Kenya will host U.S. ICEP Conducting Fellows to be official guests of that country in 2018.
ICEP OBJECTIVES• To create connections between potential leaders of the U.S. choral community with counterparts across the globe;• To forge stronger relationships between ACDA and choral associations around the world;• To raise the visibility and leadership role of the American Choral Directors Association in the global choral community.
The ACDA International Conductors Exchange Program Review Committee is charged with the selection of emerging leaders of the choral profession, who 1) have not previously had international conducting experience, and 2) reflect a high level of excellence, and 3) reflect a wide diversity of experiences and interests. The ICEP Review Committee has developed the following list of criteria:
1) Is a current member of ACDA;2) Is an active choral conductor in a professional (remunerative) position;3) Has completed at least a master’s degree;4) Has served in a volunteer or elected position at the State, Regional, or National level of ACDA;5) Has not previously been selected as an ACDA ICEP Conducting Fellow;6) Their choirs have demonstrated a level of choral excellence worthy of representing ACDA in an international setting, and one that is at least approaching the standard of choirs customarily heard at Division ACDA conferences;7) While not required, the applicant has some demonstrated facility in learning a foreign language and a willingness to undertake at least a rudimentary study;8) Exhibits a high level of human understanding, tact, and cross-cultural sensitivity;9) Minimum of 5 years in their current position and a maximum of 20 years as full time in the profession.10) The candidates should reflect a wide diversity of interests and accomplishments (church, high school, community, elementary, et al.). The ICEP Review Committee will consider a diversity of conductors (e.g. not all from one setting, such as Higher Education).
For more information, please refer to the 2018 ACDA International Conductors Exchange Program Selection Criteria and Application Guidelines which can be found at the ICEP Choralnet Community at http://choralnet.org/home/280632. Please direct all questions to Dr. T. J. Harper at - email@example.com.
Application Deadline - July 14, 2017
Hardcopies of the Application Form, Letters of Reference, Statement of Purpose, and CV must be postmarked by July 14, 2017. Electronic copies can also be sent via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please send to:
Dr. T. J. HarperDirector, ACDA International Conductors Exchange ProgramChair, ACDA Standing Committee on International ActivitiesDepartment of MusicProvidence College1 Cunningham Sq.Providence, RI 02918401-865-2209 office
YOUTUBE VIDEO SUBMISSION (Video Submissions must be uploaded to YouTube by 11:59pm, July 14, 2017)
VIDEO LENGTHRecording of Rehearsal of 12 minute minimum to 15 minute maximum
REPERTOIRE1. Two selections from different periods. 2. Selections should represent two different languages.3. Selections should be in contrasting tempo and style.
REHEARSAL:1. The applicant should rehearse the choir in such a way as to focus on gestural communication, rehearsal technique, and the development of the musical product (in much same manner as a guest conductor in a festival setting).2. The ICEP Review Committee will place primary value on gestural language and rehearsal technique.3. The ICEP Review Committee will also place value on mastery of interpretation, appropriate use of language (metaphor, simile, analogy, etc.), and the use of imagination.
CAMERA ANGLE1. The camera angle will show a full frontal view of the applicant and all conducting movements.2. The choral sound and comments of the applicant must be clearly audible on the video recording.3. The applicant will begin each selection by announcing the title and composer of the work to be presented.
FORMAT & DURATION1. The video recorded selections will be presented consecutively without stopping between selections.2. The video recording will not be edited in any manner.3. The video recording will show the applicant conducting and rehearsing for a minimum of twelve minutes and a maximum of fifteen minutes.4. The time should be divided equally between the two selections.
URL of the uploaded audition video:
(It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure the accuracy of this information)
NOTE: Video submissions must be uploaded to YouTube by 11:59pm on July 14, 2017.