2019 NC ACDA Fall Conference:

Access, Engage, Transform

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Meredith College, Raleigh, NC -- October 4-5, 2019


Join us on the campus of Meredith College for the 2019 NC ACDA Fall Conference:
Access, Engage, Transform!

Headliner Clinicians

Doreen Fryling, Ed.D.

Doreen Fryling, Ed.D. is in her twenty-third year as a public school music educator. She currently teaches IB Music and chorus classes at South Side High School in Rockville Centre, NY as well as graduate courses in music education at Hofstra University. Doreen has presented on topics including differentiation, the boy’s changing voice, vocal health, curriculum, and politics in education. She is an outspoken critic of high-stakes testing and its negative effect on music education opportunities for students. Doreen is the director of the MYO Nassau Concert Choir and is an active and founding member of the eVoco Voice Collective. She teaches eVoco’s Open Door Ensemble (ODE), which aims to help people learn to sing better (even if they think they can’t!). Doreen was recognized as a 2015 semifinalist for the Grammy Music Educator Award and has been published several times on the NAfME Music in a Minuet Blog and featured in their Member Spotlight Interviews. On July 1, Doreen will become NY ACDA president-elect.

David Fryling, DMA

Dr. David Fryling is director of choral activities at Hofstra University, where he conducts both the select Hofstra Chorale and Hofstra Chamber Choir and teaches beginning and graduate-level studies in choral conducting and literature. In addition, he serves as an adjunct professor for the Hofstra School of Education, where he supervises choral music education student teachers during their field placements. In fall 2014 David was inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame as the “Educator of Note” in recognition of his years of leadership in the Long Island music education community, and in the spring of 2017 David was named winner of the American Prize in Conducting in two categories: community chorus and college & university, honoring his work as Artistic Director of eVoco Voice Collective (https://www.evoco.vc/home-2/). David is a past president of the ACDA Eastern Division and is National ACDA president-elect designate.

Book your room at the Conference Hotel before 12 September in order to secure the $139 conference rate (breakfast included). Group Code: ACD

Conference Hotel:

DoubleTree by Hilton Raleigh Brownstone 
1707 Hillsborough Street
Raleigh, NC 27605
(919) 828-0811 


J. Reese Norris

Reese Norris is director of choirs at Hernando Middle School and is co-founder and co-artistic director of CoroRio, both in Northwest Mississippi. Mr. Norris received degrees from Delta State University and Florida State University, and in 2005 was named Delta State University Music Alumnus of the Year. Norris was the 2017 recipient of MMEA’s Music Educator of the Year, the Ernestine Ferrell Lifetime Achievement Award given by the Mississippi Chapter of ACDA, and the Delta State University Educator of the Year Award. Norris has served in several leadership capacities for state-level NAfME and ACDA, and at the regional level for ACDA.

Choirs under his direction have performed at Carnegie Hall, at the National Conference for Middle School Choirs, twice for Mississippi ACDA’s State Conference, twice for ACDA’s Southern Division Conference, at the OAKENational Conference and at the ACDA National Conference. Norris has been honored to serve as guest clinician across the U.S. Norris has been commissioned by children’s choirs, middle schools, high schools, colleges and universities, church, and adult community choirs. Mr. Norris’ compositions havebeen performed in all-state choirs, at ACDA Conferences, in Carnegie Hall, all across the U.S., and abroad. His compositions and arrangements are published by Santa Barbara, Lawson Gould, Colla Voce, G. Schirmer, and MusicSpoke.


Joelle Norris

Joelle Norris graduated summa cum laude with a BME from Roberts Wesleyan College and a MME from Florida State University and directed choirs at Olean High School (NY) and Olive Branch High School (MS).  While teaching in the public school system, Mrs. Norris’ choirs were invited to sing at the 2008 Mississippi ACDA/MMEA State convention and the 2010 ACDA Southern Division Convention.  Also in 2010, she was honored as a Mississippi STAR teacher.  She had the privilege of serving as MSACDA R&S Chair for Women’s Choirs in which capacity she coordinated the first Mississippi All-State Women’s Choir from 2009-2010 and the ACDA Southern Division Women’s Honor Choir in 2010.In 2012, Joelle and her husband, Reese, co-founded the MidSouth Music Institute, Inc., a non-profit organization that supports a community youth choir, CoroRio, and a community adult choir, Mississippi River Chorale.  She currently serves as Executive and Co-Artistic Director for MMI and conducts two of the six choirs. Joelle works from home where she also cares for daughters, Isabelle and Juliette. She was a contributing author for a recently published book, Conducting Women’s Choirs: Strategies for Success, and also enjoys serving as a clinician, adjudicator and presenter across the Southeast.