Welcome to the Huntsville Choral Director's Association! We hope you find the information here helpful as you prepare for upcoming auditions for our annual All-City Choral Festival.

The Huntsville Choral Director's Association was founded in 1966 to promote excellence in choral singing for learners in the Huntsville City Schools System. You can find out more about the HCDA by reading our Constitution and By-laws.

An All-City Choral Festival is held each year to promote collaboration between choral programs in the Huntsville City School System (Alabama) for students in grades 6 through 12. The Festival also provides an excellent opportunity for students to study under the baton of distinguished choral clinicians.

Awards are presented to students who participate in the festival for six or seven years. The accompanying "Outstanding Choral Student" auditions provide incentives and reward excellence and exceptionalism for students in the 8th and 12th grades who plan to continue music studies as they transition to the next educational level.

Meet the 2016 Clinicians...

Dr. Tom Shelton, Jr.

Tom T. Shelton, Jr. is a native of Greensboro, N.C. and a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where he earned both a Bachelor of Music Education and Master of Music in Choral Conducting. He is Assistant Professor of Sacred Music at Westminster Choir College. More...

Sharon L. Lawhon

Soprano Sharon Leding Lawhon holds degrees from Belmont University (bachelor of music in vocal performance) and Southern Seminary (master of church music and doctor of musical arts). More...


Students and Parents...

Learning Trax for This Year's Festival Choirs...

Middle School
High School

For Directors Only...

CLICK HERE to access information, forms and resources for Huntsville City Schools Choral Music Faculty.

Favorite Links

CPDL - Choral Library
Alabama Vocal Associaion
Huntsville City Schools

Honoring Excellence...

History of the HCDA
6 & 7 Year Participants
Outstanding Choral Student Scholarship
Faculty Honorees
Success Stories


If I were not a physicist, I would probably be a musician. I often think in music. I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music. ... I get most joy in life out of music.

-Albert Einstein

HCDA Officers...

President - Mrs. Karen Anderson
President Elect - Mrs. Bess Jernigan Desta
Secretary - Mrs. Emily Stoddard
Treasurer/Webmaster - Mr. James Kendrick