THE CONCERT HALL:   A number of colleges and universities (including community colleges) are renowned because of the music programs and concert halls.
Examples of Top Programs:
1 California State University Fullerton Fullerton, CA
2 University of Maryland College Park, MD
3 Bucknell University Lewisburg, PA
4 Idaho State University Pocatello, ID
5 University of Florida  Gainesville, FL
6 University of Nebraska, Lincoln Lincoln, NE
7 Vincennes University Vincennes, IN
8 Clemson University  Clemson, SC
9 Indiana Wesleyan University Marion, IN
10 New York University New York City, NY

The mission of ACDA is to inspire excellence and nurture lifelong involvement in choral music for everyone through education, performance, composition and advocacy.

  • To foster and promote choral singing, which will provide artistic, cultural, and spiritual experiences for the participants.
  • To foster and promote the finest types of choral music to make these experiences possible.
  • To foster and encourage rehearsal procedures conducive to attaining the highest possible level of musicianship and artistic performance.
  • To foster and promote the organization and development of choral groups of all types in schools and colleges.
  • To foster and promote the development of choral music in the church and synagogue.
  • To foster and promote the organization and development of choral societies in cities and communities.
  • To foster and promote understanding of choral music as an important medium of contemporary artistic expression.
  • To foster and promote significant research in the field of choral music.
  • To foster and encourage choral composition of superior quality.
  • To cooperate with all organizations dedicated to the development of musical culture in America.
  • To foster and promote international exchange programs involving performing groups, conductors, and composers.
  • To disseminate professional news and information about choral music.

The association is made up of fifty state chapters, as well as a chapter in Costa Rica, each with its own events and publications.

National Association for Music Education (NAfME), among the world’s largest arts education organizations, is the only association that addresses all aspects of music education. NAfME advocates at the local, state, and national levels; provides resources for teachers, parents, and administrators; hosts professional development events; and offers a variety of opportunities for students and teachers. The Association orchestrates success for millions of students nationwide and has supported music educators at all teaching levels for more than a century.
Since 1907, NAfME has worked to ensure that every student has access to a well-balanced, comprehensive, and high-quality program of music instruction taught by qualified teachers. NAfME’s activities and resources have been largely responsible for the establishment of music education as a profession, for the promotion and guidance of music study as an integral part of the school curriculum, and for the development of the National Standards for Arts Education.
Since 1928, the concert hall at Mills College has been a center of musical innovation—hosting performances that have shaped the course of contemporary music in our time.  In 2009, in celebration of the 80th anniversary of the opening of the hall, Mills completed an extensive renovation project to upgrade the facility and restore it to its acoustic and visual splendor.
Named in honor of a noted Mills alumna and patroness of the arts, the Jeannik Méquet Littlefield Concert Hall opened to the public in February 2009 with a six-concert music festival—Giving Free Play to the Imagination—inspired by the architectural embellishments that boldly decorate the interior of the hall.
The renovation of the concert hall took a team of architects, acousticians, art conservators, wood and stone workers, and seating designers 18 months to complete. Highlights of the renovation included:
  • New acoustic panels for enhanced sound quality
  • Expanded stage area for larger performances
  • Installation of a dedicated mixing station
  • Soundproofing for performance and recording quality
  • Comfortable new seating and improved layout for a better audience experience
  • Restoration of the vibrant Boynton frescoes and murals that adorn the hall
Center stage are the newly restored choir loft murals that depict the California landscape and pay tribute to Mills’ home. Ornate wrought-iron and mica chandeliers illuminate the gold and multicolored frescoes that encircle the interior walls. New reproduction lead glass ceiling panels add a finishing touch to this richly decorated hall.