OkCDA Summer Conference

July 11-13, 2021


Conference Location

University of Central Oklahoma
Music Building


Pre-Registration closes June 30

Member – $80
Non Member – $90
Retired Member – $45
Student – $25
1 Day Elementary – $50
Out of State ACDA Member – $80

Click here to complete the pre-registration form.

On-Site Registration

Entire Conference – $90
1 Day – $65

Conference Sessions

Conference Honor Group

Schola Cantorum Oklahoma founded and directed By Dr. David Howard.

Monday Afternoon
Radke Fine Arts Theatre – Transformative Learning Building



Director's Chorus

The Director’s Chorus will rehearse once with the headliner during the OkCDA Conference.

Sunday, July 11 @ 7-9pm
Choir Room (135)


Elementary Headliner

Sandy Knudson is the Artistic Director of Oklahoma Youth Sing! (formerly Norman Children’s Chorus) and has successfully taught K-5 classroom music for 30 years.  She holds a M.M.E. and Kodály certification from The University of Oklahoma. Since 1990, Sandy has served on the faculty of The University of Oklahoma Kodály certification program where she teaches solfege, conducting, and choir. She holds National Board certification in Early and Middle Childhood Music. Well-known as a clinician, master teacher and guest conductor, Sandy has presented workshops at numerous state and national conferences. She has been guest conductor for honor choirs in Louisiana, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri and Texas and has served as conductor of Circle the State with Song festivals throughout Oklahoma. In 2015, she conducted the OAKE National Children’s Choir.

Sandy has earned an Artist-Teacher Diploma under the mentorship of Doreen Rao in the Choral Music Experience Institute. Recognized by OMEA as an Exemplary Teacher in 2010, Sandy was inducted into the OMEA Hall of Fame in 2013. In the spring of 2014, Sandy was awarded the Pam Golden Honor Award by the Oklahoma Kodály Educators chapter for contribution to Kodály music education and the children and teachers of Oklahoma. In 2018, Sandy was awarded Outstanding Educator by OAKE.

Sandy is active as a dance caller in Oklahoma and loves to foster community through dance.

Secondary Headliner

Jeffery Redding, the 2019 GRAMMY Music Educator Award Recipient, is the newly announced Director of Choral Activities at the University of Central Florida. Redding has led his choirs in performances at national, regional, and state conventions of the American Choral Directors Association. His choirs have earned first place awards at Heritage Festivals of Gold in California, Chicago, New York and at the Festival of Spirituals in Washington D.C. While participating in the International Music Festival in Verona, Italy, his chorus from West Orange High School received the Gold Award for best choir, with Redding honored as top director.

Nationally, Redding is in demand as a guest conductor and clinician. He has conducted the ACDA National High School Honor Choir, the Central Division ACDA Honor Choir, and the North Central Division ACDA Honor Choir, the Eastern Division ACDA Honor Choir and All-State and Honor choirs in approximately forty states. In 2014, Redding was the only American adjudicator at the International Choral Festival, Verona, Italy. Additionally, he conducted at the TAISM Festival of Choirs in Muscat, Oman. He was the Artistic Director for Limerick Sings International Choral Festival in Limerick, Ireland in 2018. In 2019, he conducted the Alaska All-State Treble Choir, the NAfME Central Regional Elementary Honor Choir, the Morehead State University Honor Choir, and the Honors Young Adults Choir, at the Sydney Opera House in Sydney, Australia. In 2020, he will conduct honor choirs and festivals across the country, including Carnegie Hall. He will also hold the position of Artistic Director for Beethoven’s 250th Anniversary in Vienna, Austria and be an adjudicator for the World Choir Games in Belgium, Germany.

Redding is founder and Artistic Director of the Garden Community Choir and Voci del Cuore (Voices of the Heart) in Winter Garden, Florida. Redding is also the Executive & Artistic Director of the Orlando Choral Society, founded in 2019. He also serves as the Director of Worship Arts for the First United Methodist Church of Orlando. Formerly with the Moses Hogan Singers, he remains active as a singer in the professional male singing group, “Brethren.” The Jeffery Redding Passion and Purpose Choral Series is a compilation of new choral music by various composers, published by Colla Voce Music, Inc..