MISSOULA – The University of Montana Chamber Chorale has been honored by the American Choral Directors Association with an invitation to perform at the association’s 2016 northwest conference March 3-6 in Seattle. 

It is UM’s first ACDA invitation and follows the choir’s recent invitational performance at the National Association for Music Education’s Northwest Conference in February, which also was a first in the choir’s history.

The 2015-16 University of Montana Chamber Chorale. (Photo by Mark Bryant-UM)
The UM Chamber Chorale is a select choir whose members are chosen by audition at the beginning of each school year. Singers in the choir include music majors as well as students from a variety of majors across campus. As UM’s premier choral ensemble, the Chamber Chorale tours the state and region presenting a repertoire from a variety of genres, historical periods and cultures.
“ACDA is the gold standard when it comes to choral music in the United States,” said David Edmonds, director of choral studies at UM. “While at the conference the Chamber Chorale will perform alongside many of the best choral ensembles from the Northwest at the high school, college and professional levels. So, this is indeed a great honor.  
“The audition process for the ACDA conference is extremely rigorous and requires demonstration of three years of outstanding artistic achievement by each selected choir,” Edmonds said. “Therefore, this is not just an accomplishment of the 2015-16 singers, but of the many students who have participated in the Chamber Chorale since 2012.”