Commissioning Consortium

In the winter of 2010, a group of interested choral directors and composers met to organize the first ACDA-MN Commissioning Task Force.  The charge of the Task Force was to create new opportunities to promote and support the creation and development of new choral compositions written by Minnesota composers.  Further, the goal of the Task Force was to offer an opportunity for state-wide collaboration in sharing the expense of these commissions by creating a consortium to support this work.  

The first ACDA-MN Commissioning Task Force members are:  

  • Bruce Becker, ACDA-MN Executive Director
  • Bryan Blessing, Task Force Chair, choral director, Oak Grove Middle School, Bloomington 
  • Craig Carnahan, consultant and staff member, American Composers Forum
  • Michael Culloton, choral director, Rochester Arts Ensemble/Honor Choirs
  • Jocelyn Hagen, composer, Minneapolis
  • Karen Lutgen, choral director, Minnehaha Academy
  • Eugene Rogers, choral director, Macalester College
  • Timothy C. Takach, composer, Minneapolis

2011 SATB Commissioned Work

Title:  Music in the Night

Composer:  David C. Dickau, Mankato

World Premiere Performance:  

  • ACDA-MN State Conference
  • November 18, 2011
  • Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter
  • David C. Dickau, Minnesota State University-Mankato, conductor


  • Brainerd High School, Brian Stubbs, director
  • Breck School, Lisa Doering, director
  • Buffalo High School, Michael Walsh, director
  • Henry Sibley High School, Aaron Kapaun, director
  • Hopkins High School, Philip Brown, director
  • Minnehaha Academy, Karen Lutgen, director
  • Princeton HIgh School, Mark Potvin, director
  • Rosemount High School, Gina Toso, director
  • Sauk Centre High School, Bonnie Nelson, director
  • Underwood High School, Dana Flint, director
  • University of Minnesota-Morris, Kenneth Hodgson, director
  • Virginia High School, Matt Krage, director


2012 SSA Commissioned Work

Title:  Some Glad Morning

Composer:  Carolyn Jennings, Northfield

World Premiere Performance:  

  • Men's/Women's Combined Choir Festival
  • Saturday, October 27, 2012
  • St. John's University, Collegeville
  • Sigrid Johnson, St. Olaf College, conductor


  • Aitkin High School, Kelly Blake, director
  • Blaine High School, Chad Garrels, director
  • Brainerd High School, Brian Stubbs, director
  • College of St. Scholastica, Bret Amundson, director
  • Crown College, Allan Hawkins, director
  • Eagan High School, James Cox, director
  • Eastview High School, Kari Douma, director
  • Minnetonka High School, Paula Holmberg, director
  • Mound Westonka High School, Kate Larson, director
  • New Ulm High School, Gary Maki, director
  • Prior Lake High School, Thomas Wm, Hassig, director
  • St. Catherine University, Patricia Connors, director
  • Staples Area Women's Chorus, Rob Freelove, director
  • Stillwater High School,  Angela Mitchell, director