ACC/GTM Convention 2023

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ACC-GTM CONVENTION 2023 June 26-28, 2023 San Diego, CA

From Darkness to Light – Y’HI OR

Registration is now open for San Diego!

Join us for the long-awaited Southern California convention with our esteemed speakers and artists. It promises to be engaging and educational, relaxing and healing, and fun and inspirational. The past years have been a time of transition for all of us. How has this changed us? How has it affected our congregations and communities? What sort of healing or guidance do we need? How can we explore these new horizons, share our challenges and grow together? We need one another now more than ever! We are looking forward to being together June 26 – 28, 2023.

Early Bird Rates are valid through March 1, 2023.
Late Fees begin on May 21, 2023.

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The Details

Our ACC and GTM communities will find renewal in praying together and rejuvenation in learning from our Scholar-In-Residence Rabbi Jonathan P. Slater, Co-Director of Programs of The Institute for Jewish Spirituality.

Rabbi Slater cultivates mindful leadership among rabbis, cantors and Jewish leaders through retreat based and other study programs, grounded in Jewish texts and traditions, to transform Jewish life. He was ordained at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America and has served congregations in New York and California. He received a Doctor of Ministry degree from the Pacific School of Religion where he studied the nature of rabbinic authority among Conservative rabbis.

He is one of the founding teachers at Makom: Center for Mindfulness at the JCC in Manhattan, leading meditation and other programs there, and teaches Jewish mindfulness meditation in other venues. In addition, he was a Synagogue 2000 Fellow, writing curricular materials and serving as a consultant.

Read more of Rabbi Slater’s biography here.

Rancho Bernardo Inn is a retreat-like setting in beautiful San Diego County.

Hotel Rooms are $260 per night inclusive of tax for up to double occupancy (with no resort fee!). Free self-parking. Discounted golf and spa services are available.

Guest Rooms: Note that the hotel rooms are on the first or second floor of “walk up” buildings. If you require a first-floor room, please note it on your registration. There is a charge of $40.00 per night for more than two people in a room. Children 17 years and under may share their parent’s room at no additional charge.

All hotel reservations must be made through the Ayelet Tours system as part of your conference registration. For airline discounts, visit the ACC website.

2023 ACC-GTM Composer’s Workshop
Submissions are now open!

On behalf of the Convention Committee and the 2023 Composer’s Workshop Committee, I am delighted to announce a call for submissions to the Composer’s Workshop at the 2023 ACC-GTM Convention in San Diego. The 2023 Composer’s Workshop Committee is Jenni Asher, Boaz Dorot, Cantor Laurie Akers, Cantor Ben Ellerin, and chair, Dave Schlossberg.

The event takes place on Tuesday, June 27 at 2:45 p.m. PDT at our convention venue, Rancho Bernardo Inn in San Diego.

We are inviting submissions in two categories:

  1. Lead sheets with lyrics and chord symbols fully included, and an additional sheet containing lyrics alone.
  2. Vocal scores with fully written out piano accompaniment, and all necessary dynamics, tempi, and performance marks.

Criteria for submission:

  1. Must be active members of the American Conference of Cantors or Guild of Temple Musicians.
  2. Submissions must be related to the convention theme of “transitions.”
  3. Submissions will only be accepted through Google Forms. No emails, email attachments, or other file transmissions will be accepted. One file per form.
  4. Composition must be no more than five minutes in length.
  5. No more than two (2) works may be submitted by any composer.
  6. After considering technological and logistical challenges, it is suggested that all selected compositions be performed live at the venue by either the composer or the composer’s proxies/representatives. Videos may be presented however, the screening and audio in venue may be somewhat limited. Composers should keep this in mind when submitting pieces for evaluation. There will be a piano present at the venue.
  7. While all types of work are welcome to be submitted, including choral works, please keep in mind that we may have limitations in presenting choral pieces.
  8. Composers wishing to present their pieces in person must be registered for the ACC-GTM Convention. Single day rates are available. Early bird rates will be honored should a piece be selected after the early bird price deadline.

We are seeking all varieties and styles of music, including music for choir, solo, duet, etc., but the music should be appropriate for use in today’s synagogues and related to the theme of transitions. For more information on the convention, visit the ACC website.

Submissions may be newly written songs, may have been around for a while, or maybe have not had a chance to be presented in previous years. Submitting material represents consent to give us permission to share a portion of the score with those in attendance.

The deadline for submissions is March 15, 2023, at 12:00 AM (midnight), ET. Composers will be notified by Passover (April 5, 2023).

Important Additional Information:

Composers whose works are selected for inclusion should make every effort to attend the event. If they cannot attend, it is the responsibility of the composer to find a proxy to introduce and perform the material. The workshop may be recorded or streamed for use by convention attendees.

A list of Workshop attendees will be provided once it is available. If no previous arrangements have been made, piano accompaniment will be provided at the sole discretion of the Convention Committee.

There will be limited time and rehearsal space at the convention hotel. We recommend pieces be “ready to go” before you land in San Diego. By submitting your composition, you agree to the terms listed above.

We look forward to hearing your beautiful music!

Composer’s Workshop Submission Form