The American Choral Directors Association of Minnesota (ACDA-MN) and its F. Melius Christiansen Endowment Fund support choral music in MN.

Thank you for making a special gift which will help sustain the distinguished legacy of exemplary choral music in Minnesota.

We encourage you to designate your gift in memory or in honor of loved ones, musical mentors, friends or colleagues. Thank you!

Mission: The mission of the American Choral Directors Association of Minnesota is to support and inspire a community of choral musicians.

Purpose: The F. Melius Christiansen (FMC) Endowment Fund of the American Choral Directors Association of Minnesota (ACDA-MN) was established in 1996 to champion and foster the choral art in Minnesota. Members of the FMC Endowment Fund Committee are committed to providing the leadership and resources to guarantee a vibrant future for exemplary choral music in the state of the Minnesota. During the past seventeen years the FMC Endowment Fund Committee has awarded over $128,000 in scholarships to members of ACDA-MN to attend national and division ACDA conferences, ACDA-MN Summer Dialogue, the World Symposium on Choral Music, and graduate school. The FMC Endowment Fund also assists ACDA-MN with administrative expenses. Contributions to the F. Melius Christiansen Endowment Fund are fully tax-deductible and may be made at any time.

Testimonials from ACDA-MN member scholarship recipients:
"ACDA-MN's Summer Dialogue was one of the most friendly and welcoming conferences that I have ever attended. Everyone reached out a hand to introduce themself and genuinely wanted to connect. Not only were the sessions and presentations of very high quality, but the collegiality of the participants and presenters alike was unsurpassed. The connections I made at Dialogue will support me throughout this year and in the years to come." -Nyssa, 2013 Summer Dialogue scholarship recipient

"Attending the ACDA National Conference in Dallas has impacted me in an immense fashion, both professionally and personally. I went to Dallas with goals of becoming a more effective educator and choral director but came back with so much more. I wish to extend a heartfelt thank you to the F. Melius Christiansen Endowment Fund for providing me with the finances to make this fantastic opportunity a reality." -Zachariah, 2013 ACDA National Conference (Dallas) scholarship recipient

"Working in a small, rural school district means that I am the one-and-only choir director. Joining ACDA during my first year as a choir director gave me many ideas and resources to use in my teaching, but it didn't necessarily make me feel connected to the choral community. For me, the biggest takeaway from dialogue is my new sense of belonging in a community of wonderful music educators in our state. I so am thankful to the FMC Endowment Fund and ACDA-MN for this special opportunity, and I look forward to getting more involved with our fabulous organization!" -Stephanie, 2013 Summer Dialogue scholarship recipient

"At the ACDA National Conference in Dallas, I had the opportunity to meet new friends and colleagues from around the world. The most exciting moment for me was meeting Maria Guinand of the Fundación Schola Cantorum. When Ms. Guinand handed me her card, shook my hand, and instructed me to call her when I arrive in Caracas this fall, I knew that I had just experienced one of those defining moments that will shape the rest of my life. Thank you to ACDA-MN and its FMC Endowment Fund for affording me this amazing opportunity!" –Brandon, 2013 ACDA National Conference (Dallas) scholarship recipient

"My time at Michigan State has been fruitful and worthwhile. This scholarship presents so many opportunities for furthering my education. My sincere gratitude and thanks to ACDA of Minnesota and its FMC Endowment Fund for this scholarship award." -Dwight, 2012 Graduate Study scholarship recipient

Your contribution is greatly appreciated. Thank you!

To make a special donation to the Alice T. Larsen Memorial Scholarship, please visit the project site which is posted below or click on this link: http://givemn.razoo.com/story/Donate-To-The-Alice-T-Larsen-Memorial-Scholarship

Please visit our websites for additional information:

ACDA-MN - http://acda-mn.org/ or

FMC Endowment Fund - http://fmcendowment.org/

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