Belton, Texas – The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor College of Visual & Performing Arts is proud to announce that the university’s Concert Choir has been invited to perform at the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) biennial divisional conference, to be held March 19-22, in Little Rock, Arkansas. Thirty-four universities submitted performance applications to participate in this event, but UMHB is one of only five collegiate choirs to be selected.
“We competed against Division I and Division II schools for this selection,” Dr. Michelle Roueche, the group’s director, said. “We beat out universities ten times our size that have graduate vocal programs to get this recognition.”
To apply for the conference, Roueche had to submit recordings from three years of performances. The recordings are then judged blindly by a panel to keep the playing field level. This is only Roueche’s third year as the choir’s director, making this the first year the group has even been eligible for consideration.
“I think it’s very rare,” Roueche said. “Our kids just really bought into the dream and worked really hard for it.”
This is the first time a UMHB vocal group has ever been invited to an ACDA event, an accomplishment that Roueche says can’t be overstated.
“Getting invited at this level is comparable to making it into the NCAA Sweet 16,” she said. “This selection means that they are ranking us among the top five groups in the seven state region.”
The ACDA is a nonprofit music-education organization dedicated to promoting excellence in choral music through performance, composition, publication, research, and teaching. The Southwestern Division is comprised of seven states: Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas.