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GA ACDA’s 2017 Summer Conference will be held June 22-23 in beautiful Spivey Hall. Additionally, excellent performances by featured choirs, including the Treble Honor Choir (June 21-22) under the direction of Ms. Kimberly Davidson and the Lifetime Singers/Lifetime Learner's Chorus under Dr. Eric Nelson. Conducting masterclasses and interest sessions will also be featured. The event will culminate with a Conductors’ Chorus performance. Learn more about the event.

Lifetime Singers/Lifetime Learners Choir: June 17 & 22 with Dr. Eric Nelson

Eric Nelson This year's Lifetime Learners/Lifetime Singers choir will be conducted by Dr. Eric Nelson. Learn more about the event.

Dr. Nelson is the Director of Choral Studies at Emory University and is also the artistic director of the Atlanta Master Chorale.

Dr. Nelson’s choirs have performed throughout the world, including London, Rome, Krakow, Berlin, Leipzig, Prague, Moscow, Seoul, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and the Sydney Opera House. He has conducted choirs at eight American Choral Directors Association conventions, including the Emory Concert Choir’s performance at Chicago’s Orchestra Hall for the National ACDA Convention in 2011 and the Atlanta Master Chorale’s performance at both the Southern Regional Convention in 2014 and the National Convention in 2017. In May 2017, he will be leading the Emory Concert Choir on a performance tour to Spain and Portugal.

His ensembles are characterized by the performance of repertoire in a wide variety of styles and for their ability to fuse technical precision with warmth of musical expression. He appears regularly as clinician, lecturer, and guest conductor for honor choirs, conventions, symposiums, workshops, and all-state choral festivals.

Dr. Nelson’s choral compositions and arrangements are sung regularly by ensembles throughout the United States. He is the editor of the “Atlanta Master Chorale Choral Series,” a division of Morningstar Music Publishers. His compositions are also published by Colla Voce, Augsburg Fortress, and ECS. He holds degrees in voice and conducting from Houghton College, Westminster Choir College, and Indiana University.

Treble Honor Choir: June 21-22, 2017 with Kimberly Davidson

Kimberly Davidson This year's Treble Honor Choir will be conducted by Kimberly Davidson. Learn more about the event.

Ms. Davidson is the founding director of the Roanoke Valley Children’s Choir (formerly the Roanoke College Children’s Choir). She has served as both artistic director and administrative director of the Children’s Choir since 1987.

A graduate of Valparaiso University in Indiana, Ms. Davidson has taught music at the junior high and elementary school levels; directed youth and adult church choirs; and taught piano lessons. She has served as adjudicator, guest director, and festival choral director on numerous occasions.

Ms. Davidson is serving her thirtieth year as director, and under her direction, the choir has grown from 23 young singers to a choral program including 270 children, ages 8-18 in four choirs. Ms. Davidson’s goal as a director is not only to bring out the beauty in the music, but also the beauty in the child and their capacity to find joy even during the most difficult of times. Known for her warm smile, her serious work ethic, and most importantly for her sincere love for the choristers, the title of director is not only her life’s work, but her passion.

The RVCC has sung with the United States Army Band; at Carnegie Hall; for both southern and national ACDA conventions; and much more. They look forward to traveling to England to perform in the International Children’s Choir festival at Canterbury Cathedral in July 2017.

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