For those interested in the South Dakota choral music scene

SD ACDA Midwinter Conference

January 20-21, 2017

Ramkota, Rapid City, SD

We are pleased to welcome

Axel Theimer


Babette Lightner

from the

VoiceCare Network



2017 SD-ACDA Midwinter Conference Schedule

Friday, January 20

10 – 10:30 Registration  - Right outside the Washington Room
10:30-12 Session 1 – Welcome &  VoiceCare Network on the Road    Washington Room
12-1 Lunch on your own
1:00-2:15 Session 2 -  VoiceCare Network on the Road    Washington Room
2:15-2:30 Break (hotel provides snacks)- Check out Pepper booth!    Badlands Room
2:30-3:30 Session  3   VoiceCare Network on the Road    Washington Room
3:30-3:45 Break – Check out Pepper booth!    Bandlands Room
3:45-5 Session  4   VoiceCare Network on the Road    Washington Room
5-7 Dinner Break (on your own) and travel to concert

Session  5   Evening Concert – Cathedral of Our Lady of Perpetual Help

520 Cathedral Drive

Guest Choir – Chorus Angelorum
Guest Choir – Mitchell Children’s Choir
Guest Choir – Spearfish 8th Grade Choir
Guest Choir – Shrine of Democracy Chorus
Guest Choir – Sioux Falls Roosevelt Executive Chamber Choir
Guest Choir – SDSU Concert Choir

Session  6  -  SD ACDA Social at Best Western Ramkota Hotel    Lincoln Room

  Cash Bar – Finger Food provided by the Conference

Saturday, January 21

7:30-9:00 Session   7  -Breakfast Meeting (Breakfast incl. w/ registration) – Lincoln Room
9:00-10:15 Session  8 - VoiceCare Network on the Road   Washington Room
10:15-10:30 Break – (Snacks provided)    Check out Pepper Booth   Badlands Room
10:30-12:00 Session  9 -  VoiceCare Network on the Road   Washington Room
12:00-2:00 Check out and Lunch (on your own)
2:00 PM Session  10 -  Junior Honor Choirs Concert   Performing Arts Center   601 Columbus St.


This conference is not only for choral conductors, music education specialists and voice teachers, but for anyone interested in their own vocal health, and how the voice works. You will hear about Creative Teaching Methods, how Body/Mind/Voice function as one, and how a greater knowledge of Human Coordination, the Alexander Technique, Yoga, Laban and other teaching and learning methods can enhance your teaching and performance.

In addition to the presentations by Axel and Babette, we will have the opportunity to hear guest choirs conducted by our peer members of SD ACDA on a concert in the beautiful acoustic space at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Perpetual Help.  One credit hour will be available through the University of Sioux Falls, to those who wish to take this as a class.

Rooms are available now at a reduced rate for conference attendees at the Ramkota in Rapid City.

Book your room before December 20, 2016 to receive the reduced rate of  $83.99 plus tax. (605-343-8550)


Babette Lightner    River Falls, Wisconsin

Babette Lightner, director of Stones in Water-Movement Education and LearningMethods Center, is a Registered Somatic Movement Educator, has a degree in Dance, is a Certified Teacher of the Alexander Technique and is one of four Certified Learning Methods Teachers in the United States. For ten years she taught in the Professional Actor Training Program and Music Department at the University of Minnesota. Babette has lectured and taught for many institutions, organizations, colleges and Universities including the Guthrie Theater, Sister Kenny Institute, Taipei National University of Arts in Taiwan and a multitude of music organizations. Since 1988 Lightner has maintained an individual practice initially as an Alexander Technique Teacher and currently as a Learning Methods" teacher. In this practice she works with people dealing with pain, and stress issues and with performers who want to get better at what they do.

Her explorations into human movement have taken her around the world from dancing with a folk dance troupe in the villages of South India to performing with a post-modern physical theatre company in the warehouses of Boston.  She is currently pioneering  teaching a new model  human structure and function in her Anatomy of Wholeness workshops. She has developed her own movement work called Wholeness in Motion. This innovative approach brings together her range of expertise in movement work including: Alexander Technique, Yoga, Tai Chi Chuan, Body Mind Centering, Bartenieff Fundamentals, Modern and Ethnic Dance,  Mindfulness, Laban Movement Analysis and LearningMethods. Her studio is in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She also has an active workshop and residency schedule.


Axel Theimer

Dr. Axel Theimer, a native of Austria, where he was a member of the Vienna Boys Choir, is in his 48th year on the music faculty at St. John’s University and College of St. Benedict  He received much of his training in Vienna, continued his studies at Saint John’s University and completed graduate degrees at the University of Minnesota – MFA in Choral Conducting (student of Dr. Thomas Lancaster) and DMA in Vocal Performance (student of Roy Schuessler).  He is an active recitalist, has presented master classes, workshops and seminars for state, regional, national and international music conventions and conferences and has conducted All State Choirs, Choral Festivals and Honor Choirs throughout the United States as well as in Europe and the Far East.

 At St. John’s (St. John's University, Collegeville, and St. Ben’s College of St. Benedict, St. Joseph, Minnesota, he directs the CSB/SJU Chamber Choir and SJU Men’s Chorus and teaches Choral Techniques and Vocal Pedagogy.  In addition to his professional activities at SJU and CSB he is founder and music director of Kantorei (,  a Twin Cities (Minneapolis/St. Paul) choral ensemble, of Amadeus Chamber Symphony, (, a chamber orchestra for Central Minnesota musicians and audiences and is past music director and co-founder of the National Catholic Youth Choir ( ). He is on the faculty, and is currently Executive Director of The VoiceCare Network.  ( In 2001, he received the MN - ACDA Choir Director of the Year Award  and, in 2004, was inducted to the Minnesota Music Educators Association’s “MMEA Hall of Fame”.  He is the 2011 recipient of the ACDA-MN F. Melius Christiansen Lifetime Achievement Award.

Original compositions and arrangements for Men’s Chorus, Women’s, Mixed and Children’s Choir are published by and available from Alliance Publications, Inc. Fish Creek, WI. ( ).