Nowhere in the world is there a more comprehensive assemblage of resources for the orchestral conductor than with CODA! With extraordinary ideas and insights on a wide range of relevant topics, CODA Members now have the tools to succeed anywhere!


As the most comprehensive organization for college and university orchestra directors, CODA is dedicated to advancing the art of live symphonic music. CODA initiatives are an important tool to reach across boundaries and connect with other disciplines and cultures.


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Message from President

Welcome to CODA!

I am excited to welcome you to CODA, the world's finest organization for collegiate conductors. Since 2003, CODA has provided unparalleled resources to our members and has led the charge for the promotion of academic conducting worldwide. We continue to grow our membership both nationally and internationally because of the camraderie and friendships that CODA cultivates.

Whether you are new to college conducting or a tenured professor, from a small college or large university, a liberal arts college or conservatory, it is our passion for orchestral education that binds us in a common mission of service. Says George Bernard Shaw, "This is the true joy in life, the being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one."

Membership in CODA allows you access to the repository of publications, research, and libraries that are unmatched anywhere else. We have resourcs that include an extensive bowing library, errata lists, guest conducting lists, and program notes. By joining CODA you have surrounded yourself with artist-educators who can assist, inspire and advise you. You will also have immediate access to our listserv for questions about missing parts, recruiting, navigating tenure, funding your program, and more.

Because CODA thrives on personal relationships, we hold a national conference each year. Our 2016 National Conference was recently held in Salt Lake City (January 14-16) and was hosted by Dr. Robert Baldwin at the University of Utah.  Guest clinicians and speakers included Diane Wittry  and Henry Fogel , with performances by the University of Utah Philharmonia, the Utah Symphony OrchestraUtah Opera  and guest collegiate orchestras.

And that’s only the beginning! I hope you will join me and your CODA colleagues in Washington, D.C Feb 2-4, 2017.


Kevin P. Bartram, President
College Orchestra Directors Association

University of Mary Washington, Fredericksburg, VA