CONSTITUTION AND BYLAWS
MONTANA CHORAL DIRECTORS ASSOCIATION
This organization shall be known as the Montana Choral Directors Association, an affiliate of the American Choral Directors Association, Inc.
1. To foster and promote choral singing which will provide artistic, cultural, and spiritual experiences for the participants.
2. To foster and promote the finest types of choral music to make these experiences possible.
3. To foster and encourage rehearsal procedures conducive to attaining the highest possible level of musicianship and artistic performance.
4. To foster and promote the organization and development of choral groups of all types in school and colleges.
5. To foster and promote the development of choral music in church and synagogue.
6. To foster and promote understanding of choral music as an important medium of contemporary artistic expression.
7. To cooperate with all organizations dedicated to the development of musical culture in America.
8. To foster and promote exchange programs involving performing groups, conductors and composers.
9. To disseminate professional news and information about choral music.
Section 1. There shall be eight membership classifications: (1) Active, (2) Associates
(3) Industry Associate, (4) Institutional, (5) Contributing, (6) Life,
(7) Student, and (8) Retired.
Section 2. Membership eligibility, methods of admission, privileges, tenure and dues
shall be as prescribed in the Bylaws of the Association.
Section 3. Active members whose dues are fully paid shall have the privilege of voting
and holding office.
ORGANIZATION AND STRUCTURE
Section 1. The fundamental authority and responsibility of the association shall reside in
the corporate active membership and shall be exercised through the free expression and vote of each individual member, and by the executive powers delegated to the Officers.
Section 2. No official action involving MCDA membership may be taken without a
regularly constituted or specially invoked meeting of the Officers.
Section 3. As an Affiliate State Association, the MCDA Constitution and Bylaws shall
determine the organization and government of the association and for the direction of state activities.
ELECTION AND DUTIES OF OFFICERS
Section 1. The officers for the MCDA shall consist of a President, a President-Elect, a
Secretary, a Treasurer, a Vice-President (Immediate Past-President), and a Historian.
Section 2. The State President shall preside or designate a chairman of all state meetings
of the MCDA and the Regional Advisory Board. The President, with consultation of the Advisory Board, Officers and the membership will arrange all sessions for the MCDA at the MMEA State Convention, prepare the program for the annual meeting and shall perform all other duties pertaining to this office.
Section 3. The Vice-President will act in an advisory capacity to the President, President-
Elect and the other officers. He/she may assume the duties of either, in case of the disability of the State President or the President-Elect.
Section 4. The President-Elect shall be elected during the annual business meeting.
He/She shall serve a term of two years beginning on the day following MMEA convention of uneven numbered years. At the end of his/her term, the President-Elect shall automatically succeed to the office of President. In case of a vacancy in the office of President, the Vice-President or President-Elect shall serve the balance of the unexpired term at the discretion of the National President-Elect with the advice of the Division President. The President-Elect is to assist the President in the execution of his/her duties. He/She will also be in charge of state-wide recruiting.
Section 5. The Secretary shall take accurate minutes of all meetings of the MCDA and
Regional Advisory Board, and shall make printed copies of minutes available to the membership. He/She shall assume the duties assigned by the President.
Section 6. The Treasurer shall be the custodian of all funds of the organization. He/She
shall present at the annual business meeting a fiscal account of all monies received and disbursed. He/She shall deposit the funds of the association in a depository approved by the President. The Treasurer will pay all bills as they become due if properly authorized according to the By-Laws of the MCDA. Such authorization is to become part of his/her records.
Section 7. The President, upon advice of the officers, shall appoint a minimum of two
MCDA members from each MHSA Music District to serve on the MCDA Regional Advisory Board. This Board shall reflect the diversity of the MCDA membership and constituency. The Board shall meet to advise the officers and assist in the formulation of policy, the action upon such policy to be undertaken by the officers and voting membership as prescribed in the Bylaws.
Section 1. Business meetings of the MCDA shall be held at least annually at a time and
place to be determined by the President, usually during the state MMEA Convention.
Section 2. Other meetings of the Officers or the Regional Advisory Board may be called
by the President.
Section 1. The quorum of the MCDA for the transaction of business at business meetings
shall consist of a quorum of the officers as stated above, plus the active membership present and voting.
Section 1. This constitution may be amended or revised by an approving vote of two-
thirds of the active members present and voting at a business meeting, or amendment or revision may be made by an approving vote of two-thirds of the active membership casting ballots in accordance with stipulations of the Bylaws, provided, however that in any case, sixty days notice of such contemplated amendment or revision shall be given by mail, email, or other electronic means to active members.