Repertoire and Resources

Repertoire and Resources committees provide support, vision, and resources for every major area of choral works within the ACDA.  They play an important role in serving their respective choral genres, providing

  • Leadership
  • Information
  • Networking
  • Excellence among colleagues
  • Professional growth
  • Choral music in the lives of people

Susan Avery, R&R Chair for Lifelong Singing

saveryDr. Susan J. Avery, associate professor of music education at Ithaca College, was the former director of vocal ensembles and department chair of Waterloo High School for 24 years.  She received her BM from the Eastman School of Music, MM from Ithaca College and a PhD from Eastman, where she was awarded the Eastman Graduate Teaching Assistant Prize for excellence in college teaching.  Dr. Avery conducts elementary, junior high and senior high honors, All-County and Area All-State Choruses throughout New York State; judges solo vocal and All-State Vocal Jazz as well as choral major organizations for the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA); and gives clinics and workshops on the local, state and national levels in the field of music education.  While teaching at Waterloo, her men’s ensemble Just Us was chosen to be the opening performing ensemble at the New York State School Boards Association’s state convention.  Dr. Avery’s choral ensembles consistently received high awards at festivals and her students participated in all levels of local, state and national ensembles.  She currently conducts the Seneca Singers (an adult choir in her hometown of Seneca Falls) and directs the faculty-staff choir voICes on the Ithaca College Campus in addition to her teaching duties. Dr. Avery accompanies the summer conference Director’s Chorus and reading sessions and has served NYSSMA as Piano Chair, High School Classroom Chair, Assistant Choral Chair; and the Choral Chair for New York State. Susan is a charter member of the North American Coalition for Community Music.”  Her research on adult rehearsal preferences was presented at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Lifelong Learning Symposium in April 2005 and two posters sessions (for original research/best practice) were given at Society of Music Teacher Education in September 2005. She has published in American Music Teacher, The School Music News, Music Educators’ Journaland contributed to MENC’s Benchmarks in Action: A Guide to Standards-Based Assessment in Music.

José “Peppie” Calvar, R&R Chair for Repertoire Specific

pcalvarJosé “Peppie” Calvar is Assistant Professor and the Assistant Director of Choral Activities at the Setnor School of Music at Syracuse University. His duties include directing the Hendricks Chapel Choir, and teaching choral literature, conducting, and music theory. Annual performances of Holidays at Hendricks are broadcast on WCNY and its radio and television affiliates throughout the region. He also serves as Artistic Director of the Syracuse Chorale, a non-auditioned mixed choral ensemble, serving singers of all experience levels from across the Central New York area. Dr. Calvar holds degrees from the University of South Carolina, Georgia State University and East Carolina University. He performs frequently as a baritone both as a soloist and as a chorister, and cantors regularly at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Syracuse. Recent vocal highlights include singing for high Mass at The Vatican, and Blessed Sacrament Church in Hollywood CA. A frequent guest conductor, clinician and adjudicator, he has conducted high school honor choirs in New York, Pennsylvania and North Carolina, and high schools, colleges, churches and civic organizations nationwide. He has performed as a percussionist before the American Bandmasters Association, and as a soloist for the Charlotte Symphony. He has collaborated in Jazz recordings as a vocalist, percussionist and pianist. An accomplished composer, he has received commissions from the New York State Council for the Arts, the Syracuse City School District, the Syracuse Children’s Chorus, the Charlotte Symphony, and The Firebird Arts Alliance among others. Many of his choral compositions are published by Colla Voce Publications and performed worldwide. His Mass of Reconciliation for chorus, soloists and jazz orchestra is currently available on, and has enjoyed recent performances at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall, and in Myrtle Beach, SC. He annually serves as reader for the AP exam in Music Theory and recently served as producer on A Blue Ridge Baroque Christmas, which features the premiere recording of Antonio Lotti’s Gloria No. 1, a collaboration between the VOX Choral Ensemble and the NC Baroque Orchestra. Calvar is an active member of NAfME and ASCAP, and he serves as Repertoire and Standards Chair for Multicultural and Ethnic Music for the New York State Chapter of the American Choral Directors Association.

Doreen Fryling, R&R Chair for Youth

Doreen Fryling, Ed.D. is entering her twenty-second year as a public school choral music educator. She currently teaches IB Music and choral ensembles at South Side High School in Rockville Centre, NY, and has previously taught K-5 general music and middle school chorus. In addition to her school choirs, Doreen has conducted the Hofstra University Chorale and the Hofstra University Chorus. She is currently the director of the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra Nassau Concert Choir. Her dissertation is on the psychological and sociological factors that influence persistence in choral singing. In 2015, Doreen was recognized as a semifinalist for the Grammy Music Educator Award. She has been published several times on the NAfME Music in a Minuet Blog and featured in their Member Spotlight Interviews. She was a participating member of the Chorus America Choral Ecosystem Forum held at Yale University. Doreen’s “Practicing Choral Music: Ten ideas for the singer who doesn’t think they can practice on their own” has been read over 100,000 times online.

Vernon Huff, R&R Chair for College & University

vhuffVernon Huff is Assistant Professor of Choral Music Education at The State University of New York at Fredonia, where he teaches courses in elementary and secondary choral methods, choral literature, and conducts the Women’s Choir and University Chorus. With ten years of public school teaching at the elementary and secondary levels, he has taught in California, Ohio, and South Carolina. In 2006, he earned National Board certification in Choral Music, Early Adolescence through Young Adulthood.

While earning his DMA in choral conducting at Arizona State University, he served as conductor of the ASU Men’s Chorus, lead teaching assistant, and for one year, Choral Ensembles Coordinator. He earned the MM degree in choral conducting from The Ohio State University, where he received the Outstanding Graduate Student – Performance Division award, and conducted the Mastersingers and directed the Lyric Opera Chorus. His baccalaureate degree is in choral music education from Furman University.

Huff has conducted clinics, adjudicated festivals, and conducted choirs in numersous states across the country. His research focuses on the music of William Dawson, and the development and evolution of the Spiritual.