American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) Regional Conferences: A Retrospective

Earn graduate credit from VanderCook by attending performances, educational clinics and exhibits at ACDA Regional Conferences. Students must attend 12.5 clock hours of clinic sessions and concerts for one graduate credit, or 25 clock hours for two credits. A notebook summarizing and critiquing all sessions, concerts and exhibits, including copies of all handouts, concert programs and other supporting materials, must be submitted to VanderCook no later than one month after the conference. For notebook guidelines, please contact Dr. Robert Sinclair at 312.788.1144, or by e-mail at

Instructor: Dr. Robert Sinclair


Robert L. Sinclair has served VanderCook College of Music as Director of Choral Activities since 2001.  His educational background includes three years at Luther College where he sang in the Nordic Choir under the direction of Weston Noble.  After transferring to Sam Houston State University, he completed his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Music degrees with B. R. Henson.  In December of 2000, Sinclair completed a Ph. D. in Curriculum and Instruction (Music Education) at the University of MissouriColumbia where he worked with Drs. David Rayl and Wendy Sims.

Dr. Sinclair has ten years of public school teaching experience and continues to work as an active choral clinician and adjudicator for junior high and high school students from across the nation and abroad including honor choirs in Japan and the Bahamas. Sinclair has presented sessions on conducting and educational pedagogy to the Music Educators Association in Texas, Illinois, Missouri, and Ohio, the Illinois Chapter of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), as well as the Central, Southwestern and Southern Divisions of ACDA. In January of 2010, he served as guest conductor for the Illinois All State Choir in Peoria. 

He is an active member of ACDA, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Music Fraternity, Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honors Fraternity, and the National Association for Music Education (NAfME).  He currently serves the Central Division of ACDA as Repertoire and Standards Chair for Youth and Student Activities.


Course Information

1 graduate credit: register for Section A Tuition: $300, due in full with registration
2 graduate credits: register for Section B Tuition: $575, due in full with registration
7004A & 7004B Eastern Division Conference,
February 5-8, 2014, in Baltimore, MD
7024A & 7024B Western Division Conference,
February 18-22, 2014, in Santa Barbara, CA
7034A & 7034B Central Division Conference,
February 26-March 1, 2014, in Cincinnati, OH 
7014A & 7014B Southern Division Conference,
March 5-8, 2014, in Jacksonville, FL
7044A & 7044B Northwestern Division Conference,
March 13-16, 2014, in Seattle, WA
7054A & 7054B Southwestern Division Conference,
March 19-22, 2014, in Little Rock, AR
7064A & 7064B North Central Division Conference,
March 20-22, 2014, in Des Moines, IA


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