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Member Spotlight

Eric Cooley, Secretary

The end of the calendar year not only brings with it the joy of the holiday season, but also the end of the TCDA membership year.

As a current member of our organization, you are already aware of the important role TCDA plays in the connection of its members to a larger community of professionals involved in the choral arts.

In addition to the community that TCDA provides to its members, this organization also plays a critical role in offering continuing education and professional development opportunities to choral directors across our state.

Other benefits of membership include:

    •    Access to our monthly publications

    •    Retail discounts

    •    Access to professional development opportunities in addition to the summer convention

    •    Opportunity to apply for a wide variety of undergraduate/professional level scholarships. 

    •    Access Leadership Training for your Student Leaders

    •    And so much more...

Memberships for Active Members are $50 and are valid for a full calendar year (Jan 1 - Dec 31). Discounts are available for Retired, Student, and Associate Members.

Current Active Members received an invitation to log-in to their account on November 17th. This email contains your username and password for our new website (Subject: Hello from TCDA). Those members needing assistance with accessing their accounts are encouraged to contact our Membership Services Coordinator, Tiffany Russell, at [email protected]

More information about rates and inclusions can be found by clicking HERE.
We value your membership and engagement in this organization. Please let us know if we can be of assistance in the renewal procession or if we can be of assistance to you in any way!

Video Link for Setting Up Your Account - CLICK HERE

 Learn more and see all the details about this exciting Emerging Composer Opportunity! 

The entry deadline for this event is December 31, 2020

TCDA Pod Mentoring Program

Carolyn Cruse, President-Elect

One of the most important lessons we have learned from the pandemic is that we need one another. Connecting with others is important, and that is true both for our singers and for ourselves. A large number of people are entering the profession during these stressful times, seeking guidance, wishing to connect and have a listening ear to grant compassion when they struggle. As an organization, we are hoping to fill that need through a pod mentoring program.

For this pod mentoring program, we’re looking to match our experienced and retired directors with those new to the field. TCDA has a rich legacy with outstanding directors across the state, at every level and in every context, all dedicated to directing choirs and helping to serve singers everywhere...READ MORE




2021 Winter Conference

Monday, January 4th - 7:30 AM - 2:45 PM

Join us for a one-day virtual conference with sessions on topics including:

Rehearsal Strategies--both face-to-face and virtual
Building Community
Recruitment and Retention
Repertoire Selection and Reading Sessions

Registration Fees
Pre-Registration - $40 (Prior to Jan. 4, 2021)
Day of Registration - $50
Students - $20
Registration for this event now!  (2021 membership renewal is required)

Last Month's Choral Notes can be found HERE.  Topics included

President's Note - Update on TCDA
TCDA Pod Mentoring Program

Honor and All-State Choir Update

Let's Hear it Again for our 2020 Award Recipients!


Did you know that TCDA has an Amazon Smile account? 

Visit and Select TCDA as your benefactor to start donating today!

TCDA supports the international copyright laws for music publications and all directors should be aware of these laws regarding permission to use, copy, perform, that is protected under these laws.  We encourage all directors to be mindful and follow copyright laws.

TCDA Board of Directors 2020 - 2021
President - Thomas Rinn, Grapevine-Colleyville ISD
Past President -  Pam Elrod Huffman, Southern Methodist University

President-Elect - Carolyn Cruse, Texas Tech University

Vice President, College/Community - Jessica Nápoles, University of North Texas
Vice President, HS - Pauline Sexton, Grapevine-Colleyville ISD
Vice President, MS/JH - Clinton Hardy, Keller ISD
Vice President, Elem - Sarah Reyes, Keller ISD
Vice President, Church - Allen Hightower, Stonebriar Community Church, Frisco
Secretary/Treasurer - Eric Cooley, Burleson ISD

Executive Director - Sharon Lott
Member Services Coordinator - Tiffany Russell

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