Undergraduate Conducting Competition

Undergraduate ACDA student members are invited to submit applications for the North Carolina ACDA State Conference Student Conducting Competition and Masterclass to be held in Raleigh, NC on October 8-9, 2021 at Meredith College. The application videos will be viewed by out-of-state judges and a maximum of 9 semi-finalists will be selected to participate in the competition at the convention. 

Semi-finalists will conduct 2 pre-selected contrasting works in front of a panel of judges and NCACDA participants. Select finalists from the semi-final round will participate in a masterclass with Dr. Eugene Rogers as the clinician. Semi-finalists and finalists will conduct a quartet or an octet of professional singers.


Selection Criteria

The selection committee will be guided in their acceptance process by the following criteria: 

  • Conducting gesture
  • Style and articulation
  • Interpretation and expression
  • Overall effectiveness

Application Requirements

Student applicants must submit a front-facing video link (video cannot exceed 6 minutes).  Please submit videos in MP4 format, not to exceed 100 MB. If needed, applicants may submit two separate videos each 100 MB or less. Please ensure the student name or institution name does not appear in the name of the file. The title of the video can be the composition name and composer. Delete bolded text.

The choir may be a live choir, piano only, or a high quality recording of a choir. If a recording is used, conduct as if the choir were live (e.g., eye contact). The work can be SATB, SSA, or TTB. This is not a rehearsal format, rather conducting of the full piece. The recording should not be in rehearsal format, but rather conducting a run-through of each piece. The video should not identify the student, institution, or major professor in any way (background or apparel).

COVID Precautions for the Conference:

The quartet of professional singers, semi-finalists, judges, and clinicians will have their temperatures taken upon arrival, sign a COVID form regarding exposure and symptoms, be appropriately socially distanced and masked (except the semi-finalist when conducting). Semi-final and final rounds will be held in a large indoor space and split into 30 minute sessions to give time for air circulation in between sessions. NCACDA participant observers will be socially distanced and masked or view the competition via live stream.

Application Date Range: February 15 - June 15, 2021. 

Application Fee: $25/applicant

Semi-finalists notified with selected repertoire: September 1, 2021

The Undergraduate Conducting Competition video submission deadline for the fall NCACDA Conference is fast approaching (June 15th). Late submissions will be considered until June 30th if there is room for more candidates.

The 2021 NC ACDA Undergraduate Competition is generously sponsored by the following individuals:

William Carroll

Don Coleman

Marta Force


For any questions regarding the masterclass or application process, please contact Nana Wolfe-Hill, Treble Choirs Repertoire and Resources Chair, NCACDA (n.wolfehill@wingate.edu).

Online Application

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