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ACDA All-State Elementary & Middle School Choirs





The Deadline for the ACDA Middle School Honor Choir Auditions has been extended to October 28th!
The Deadline for ACDA Elementary Honor Choir has been extended to October 20th!

Dear Music Educators,

Idaho ACDA is excited to once again sponsor an All-State Middle School Choir and All-State Elementary Choir during the IMEA Biennial In-Service Conference and All-State.

  • The Elementary All-State Choir will rehearse during the day Friday, February 1, and perform that same evening.
  • The Middle School All-State Choir will rehearse all day Thursday, February 1, and Friday, February 2, and perform Friday evening with the Elementary Choir.

Sincerely,
Dr. Scott Anderson
President - Idaho American Choral Directors Association

Idaho ACDA Elementary Choir Honor
Information

The Deadline for ACDA Elementary Honor Choir has been extended to October 20th!

Greetings!

As the Idaho ACDA Board continues its preparations for a phenomenal conference in conjunction with IMEA, we are making plans for a superior All-State opportunity for the brightest and best young singers in our state. The Idaho ACDA Board is pleased to offer for the second time a statewide Elementary Honor Choir in partnership with the Idaho All-State IMEA Conference.

CONDUCTOR

Dr. Kristina Ploeger, highly reputable conductor, educator, and clinician, will conduct the Honor Choir. She is the Artistic Director of the Spokane Area Children’s Choirs as well as the Director of Choral Activities at Eastern Washington University and will provide a memorable, positive experience for each singer in attendance.

WHO CAN APPLY?

Elementary Honor Choir applicants must be students enrolled in 4th, 5th or elementary 6th grade. School districts that have 6th grade in Middle School are to apply for the Middle School Honor Choir. Singers may only apply for one voice part. They may NOT apply for more than one choir or voice part. If singers are found to have applied more than once, they will be disqualified.

AUDITION PROCEDURES

There are NO auditions for the Elementary Honor Choir. Teachers from each school/organization may nominate nine students and three alternates that demonstrate outstanding musical ability, attention span, and exemplary behavior.

HOUSING & CHAPERONES

To provide a safe and productive environment for the students, it is the responsibility of the parents/directors of Elementary Honor Choir singers to secure a chaperone for every singer. Elementary Honor Choir singers MUST be provided with a chaperone or follow school/district/organization policy as it applies to trips. One chaperone may serve more than one singer. There will NOT be a fee for chaperones. Chaperones will need to purchase tickets to concerts and pay general registration fees to acquire admission badges to ANY ACDA or IMEA interest sessions. Registration badges are required for admittance to IMEA interest sessions.

This a one day event, so students and chaperones need to find housing at their own expense, if needed. Please make reservations early, as accommodations in Moscow are limited.

EXPENSE

The registration fee for each Elementary Honor Choir singer is $85 (US). The participation fee must be paid upon acceptance into the choirs, by Dec. 1, 2017, and is absolutely NON-REFUNDABLE. This expense covers 1 full day of high quality rehearsals and performance with other exceptional singers, the conductor, accompanist, sheet music, rehearsal recording, and a T-shirt. All transportation arrangements will be made and expenses paid for by Honor Choir participants. ACDA assumes NO financial responsibility for transportation to and from the IMEA Conference in Moscow, ID. Rest assured that our Honor Choir Committee is working hard to ensure that each singer will be provided the greatest experience possible for the best price possible.

ELEMENTARY HONOR CHOIR APPLICATION TIMELINE (Failure to meet deadlines could result in removal from the choir.)

September 18, 2017
Application period begins. Audition instructions below.
October 13, 2017
Deadline for all application materials.
November 1, 2017
Posting of singers accepted to each choir on the IMEA website. Singers will have one month to complete online registration and to send forms and non-refundable payment to confirm their intent to participate.
December 1, 2017
Online Registration deadline for all accepted singers. Non-refundable payments must be made online. All forms must be mailed directly to the appropriate Honor Choir Chair, postmarked by Dec. 1(see addresses below)
HONOR CHOIR STAFF

We have a wonderful group of dedicated professionals serving each Honor Choir for this conference. They are the primary individuals volunteering their time to ensure the Honor Choir’s success.

Idaho ACDA Elementary Chair
Stephanie Sant
402 E. 5th Street
Moscow, Idaho 83843
Phone: (208) 301-4065 (cell)
sants@msd281.org

Idaho ACDA Elementary, Site Chair
Tera Stoner
101 Trojan Drive
Troy, ID 83835
Phone: 208-835-2361 (work)
tstoner@troysd287.org

This conference and this Honor Choir will rehearse and perform the highest quality choral music at elementary level and will be conducted by an artistic and inspirational conductor that will certainly provide many wonderful and life-changing musical opportunities. I look forward to seeing you in Moscow!

Musically Yours, Stephanie Sant, Idaho ACDA Elementary Honor Choir Chair

Idaho ACDA Elementary Honor Choir
Application Instructions


ONLINE APPLICATION PROCEDURE:

  1. Download the Student Information Form. Have the students take them home and return them filled out.
  2. Go to the online application form and register your students.
  3. Print off the Teacher Recommendation Sheet. Rank the top nine students that you registered online. Also, list three alternates.
  4. Submit your Teacher Recommendation Sheet by Friday, October 13, 2017. Do not return the Student Information Sheets. Keep those for your own records.
    • Submissions may be sent via email to Stephanie Sant at sants@msd281.org
      or through the mail to:
      Stephanie Sant
      Idaho ACDA Honor Choir
      402 E. 5th St.
      Moscow, ID 83843
INFORMATION NEEDED

Please prepare the following information for each student applying or auditioning. You will be asked for this information when applying and auditioning online. You may use the application worksheet below if you wish.

For the Director:
  • Name & ACDA Membership Number
    • Directors must be current members of ACDA (Membership will be verified by the ACDA National Office, and new and renewable memberships must be paid by October 12, 2017).
  • Email Address
  • Sponsoring Organization: name of school, church, community choir
  • Preferred Address & Phone
  • You will be asked to sign (by agreement) a Student/Participant Character Recommendation as shown below.

Director Statement of Character Recommendation for the Applicant: This student/singer has demonstrated the outstanding musical ability, attention span, and exemplary behavior necessary to represent his/her school, church, community choir, city/state, in the Idaho ACDA Elementary Honor Choir in Moscow, Idaho.

For the Applicant:
  • Name
  • Parent/Guardian Name
  • Mailing Address & Phone
  • Email Address (for both singer and parent/guardian)
  • Voice Part for Audition
    • Children’s Choir: SI, SII, A (4-part music: SI, SII, AI, AII; 2-Part music: S or A)
  • Grade Level
  • Height in INCHES (for example, if a student is 5-foot-2, please enter 62 for their height)
  • T-shirt size
    • Youth S, Youth M, Youth L, Youth XL, Adult S, Adult M, Adult L, Adult XL, Adult XXL, Adult XXXL (please allow for student growth when choosing a size)
  • As part of the application, you are asked to agree to the Statement of Obligation below.

All-State Choir Statement of Obligation: I/We have read the guidelines and application forms and understand that a final list of accepted singers will be posted on the IMEA (www.idahomusiced.org) website on or prior to November 1, 2017. If I/my singers are accepted, I will complete the formal registrations, including all fees and forms, for each of my singers prior to the December 1, 2017 deadline. I/We fully understand that selection for a 2018 Idaho ACDA Elementary Honor Choir brings with it significant musical and financial obligations. We understand that as a member of the Elementary Honor Choir, the applicant must pay an $85 non-refundable participation fee and that the ACDA is not responsible for the costs of the applicant’s transportation or lodging in Moscow. We also understand that the applicant must attend all rehearsals and the entire performance on February 2, 2018. The applicant will commit to fully prepare his/her music according to the instructions included in the music packet before arriving in Moscow.

For the Chaperone:

Upon acceptance into the Elementary Honor Choir, each singer must be accompanied by a chaperone. Please do not depend on the student’s teacher as the chaperone. The teachers are members of the organization and will most likely attend conference events. Students may not be left unchaperoned at any time. Students MUST have a chaperone on-site. Information about your chaperone will be requested upon registration if accepted.

  • Chaperone First & Last Name
  • Mailing Address
  • Phone
  • Email
  • Student Name (more than one student may be added to each chaperone)
  • Relationship to Applicant (i.e. Parent, teacher, responsible chaperone or organization designee.
  • You will be asked to sign a Chaperone Statement of Obligation as shown below.

Upon this applicant’s selection for a 2018 Elementary Honor Choir, I understand that I will be responsible for ensuring that the applicant(s) attends all Honor Choir rehearsals and performances on time. I understand that the Idaho ACDA is not responsible for the costs of my transportation, lodging, or meals. I understand that I will not be admitted to any ACDA or IMEA Conference concerts, interest sessions, or other activities without purchasing tickets or general conference registration. I understand that I am the party responsible for the singer while attending the Idaho ACDA Honor Choir, and that no student may be left unchaperoned at any time.

Application Instructions:
Elementary Honor Choir (Grades 4-Elementary 6)
Dr. Kristina Ploeger, Conductor

The Elementary Honor Choir is open to singers in grades 4, 5 or elementary 6. Directors may recommend up to nine singers and three alternates to the Elementary Honor Choir, balanced for each voice part. Applications are as follows for the Children’s Choir.

  • Soprano 1
  • Soprano 2
    • For 2-part music, Soprano 2’s will be assigned a part based on balancing needs
  • Alto
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Idaho ACDA All-State Middle School Choir
Information

The Deadline for the ACDA Middle School Honor Choir Auditions has been extended to October 28th!
The Deadline for ACDA Elementary Honor Choir has been extended to October 20th!

Greetings!

Idaho ACDA is proud to sponsor the upcoming Middle School Honor Choir at the 2018 IMEA All-State Conference in Moscow, ID. Middle school singers have unfortunately been underrepresented in the past. Idaho ACDA recognized that middle level representation and recognition at our state conference was a necessary change to the state level conferences. In order for this is take place, Idaho ACDA agreed to sponsor a middle school honor choir, as well as a children’s honor choir, to round out the choral experience for students and educators attending the state conference. The purpose of the Idaho ACDA sponsorship is to provide an exciting musical opportunity for middle level singers to rehearse and perform with a nationally and internationally sought after conductor while meeting and making music and memories with peers from across the state of Idaho.

OUR CONDUCTOR

Our conductor this year will be Dr. Anne Lyman from Tacoma, WA. Dr. Lyman serves as Director of Choral Activities at Tacoma Community College, Artistic Director of the Seattle Bach Choir, and Artistic Director of the Sine Nomine Renaissance Choir in Seattle. She is founding and artistic director of the Tacoma Early Music Ensemble and is currently serving as President-Elect of the Washington Chapter of the American Choral Directors Association. Dr. Lyman has also conducted honor and festival choirs across the Pacific Northwest and beyond.

HOUSING & CHAPERONES

Singers will be assigned to a room with 3 other participants (4 to a room) of the same gender. The Honor Choir General Coordinator will be providing more information regarding housing and chaperones for these choirs as students are selected to participate in the honor choir.

AUDITION PROCEDURES

The auditions must be conducted online and in an mp3 format. Teachers must be members of ACDA with a valid ACDA number to submit student auditions! Please follow the instructions below to submit student auditions. Please be sure to follow the directions carefully and have all the necessary information from each singer before submitting online auditions.

EXPENSE

The registration fee for the Middle School Honor Choir is $175. The participation fee must be paid upon confirmation of acceptance by December 4th, 2017. This fee is absolutely NON-REFUNDABLE. There is also a $5.00 application fee at the time of auditions. The expense covers 2 days of unforgettable rehearsals and performance with new friends from across the state, our conductor, accompanist, sheet music, T-shirt, meals, housing, and other activities. All travel arrangements and expense costs to IMEA All-State must be made by the participant. IMEA nor ACDA will assume any financial responsibility for transportation to and from Moscow, ID. The Honor Choir Committee is working hard to provide students with the best experience possible at the best value.

MIDDLE SCHOOL HONOR CHOIR TIMELINE
September 18, 2017
Application period begins. Teachers, remember to update ACDA membership or you will not be able to upload the student auditions.

October 16, 2017
Deadline for all audition materials online. No applications will be considered after this date.

November 6, 2017
Post singers accepted to the honor choir. Singers will have one month to complete on-line registration and non-refundable payment and to send notarized forms to confirm their intent to participate.

December 4, 2017
Online registration deadline for all accepted singers. Non-refundable payments must be made online. All notarized forms must be mailed directly to the appropriate chair. See address below.

January 15, 2018
Music check. Students must demonstrate progress on their music by submitting a recording of specified sections from the repertoire. More information to come.

January 31, 2017
Student check-in and registration. Ensemble activities and sectionals.
MIDDLE SCHOOL HONOR CHOIR STAFF

We have a dedicated staff of experienced music educators working to provide a memorable honor choir experience. Here are the individuals volunteering their time to make the middle school honor choir happen.

Melody Potratz
River City Middle School 1505 N. Fir St.
Post Falls, ID 83854
mpotratz@sd273.com

Idaho ACDA All-State, Site Coordinator
TBD

Idaho ACDA President-Elect
Max Mendez
North Idaho College
Coeur d'Alene, ID
mjmendez@nic.edu

Idaho ACDA is proud to partner with IMEA to provide the premier Middle School Honor Choir .We look forward to seeing you in Moscow as we create a memorable and inspiring musical experience for Idaho’s middle school singers!

Sincerely,
Melody Potratz
Idaho ACDA Middle School Honor Choir General Coordinator

Idaho ACDA Middle School Honor Choir
Application Instructions

ONLINE PROCEDURE:
  1. Download the Middle School Student Information Sheet. Have the students complete and sign the form. Collect the forms and use the information to complete the online registration.
  2. Click on the link for Idaho ACDA Middle School All-State Choir Submission.
    • This will take you to an external site.
  3. Enter your ACDA member name and number password.
    • You can update this through the National ACDA website (acda.org)
  4. Verify that your name and contact information are correct.
  5. Register your singers.
    • Teachers can register multiple students under one registration session.
  6. Upload individual audio files (files must be in an .Mp3 format).
    • All recordings must be unedited
    • Please submit a separate recording/.Mp3 file for each exercise. There will be four total .Mp3 files: high scale, low scale, arpeggio & song.
  7. Submit payment electronically via credit card.
INFORMATION NEEDED

Please prepare the following information for each student applying or auditioning. You will be asked for this information when applying and auditioning online. You may use the application worksheet below if you wish.

For the Director:

  • Name & ACDA Membership Number
    • Directors must be current members of ACDA (Membership will be verified by the ACDA National Office, and new and renewable memberships must be paid by October 1, 2017).
  • Email Address
  • Sponsoring Organization: name of school, church, community choir
  • Preferred Address & Phone
  • You will be asked to sign (by agreement) a Student/Participant Character Recommendation as shown below.

Director Statement of Character Recommendation for the Applicant: This student/singer has demonstrated the outstanding musical ability, attention span, and exemplary behavior necessary to represent his/her school, church, community choir, city/state, in the Idaho All-State Middle school Honor Choir in Moscow, ID. All auditions included are the work of the singer and have not been edited or altered in any way.

For the Applicant:

  • Name
  • Parent/Guardian Name
  • Mailing Address & Phone
  • Email Address (for both singer and parent/guardian)
  • Voice Part for Audition –S, A, T, B
  • Grade Level
  • Height in INCHES (for example, if a student is 5-foor-2, please enter 62 for their height)
  • T-shirt size (Youth is children’s size, not “teen”)
    • Youth S, Youth M, Youth L, Youth XL, Adult S, Adult M, Adult L, Adult XL, Adult XXL, Adult XXXL (please allow for student growth when choosing a size)
  • As part of the application, you are asked to agree to the Statement of Obligation below.

Honor Choir Statement of Obligation: I/We have read the guidelines and application forms and understand that a final list of accepted singers will be posted on the Idaho ACDA website on or prior to November 6, 2017. If I/my singers are accepted, I will complete the formal registrations, including all fees and forms, for each of my singers prior to the December 4, 2017 deadline. I/We fully understand that selection for a 2018 Middle School All-State Honor Choir brings with it significant musical and financial obligations. We understand that as a member of the honor choir, the applicant must pay a $175 non-refundable participation fee and that the ACDA is not responsible for the costs of the applicant’s transportation to Moscow, ID. We further understand that the applicant will be staying in either the Marriot Residence Inn and Courtyard by Marriot, and choir members must have a parent/chaperone at the hotel or follow their school/district/organization policy as it applies for overnight trips. Students will be assigned to a room with other singers of the same gender. We understand that all hotel policies and participation guidelines must be followed, or the singer will be removed from the conference at their own expense. We also understand that the applicant must attend all honor choir rehearsals February 1 and 2, and the convention performance on Friday, February 2, 2018. The applicant will be committed to having the music fully prepared according to the instructions included in the music packet before arriving in Moscow.

Mp3 Audio Audition Submission:

  • Use the best quality recording equipment you can. You can record a CD and convert it to an .Mp3 file format or record directly to your computer.
  • Garageband (Mac) and Audacity (PC) are recommended recording software.
  • iTunes is recommended for .Mp3 file conversion.
  • Audio-Enhanced Recordings will be disqualified. Recordings should NOT be edited or enhanced electronically in any way. THIS INCLUDES “REVERB”
  • Do not give the name of the applicant on the recordings.
  • All applicants will be given an audition number for the screening process. Applicant name and information will be hidden from the screening panel.
  • Recordings will not be returned.

Idaho ACDA Middle School Honor Choir
Audition Instructions


  • Sing all exercises and the song unaccompanied.(Remember no REVERB or sound editing)
  • Record the starting pitch only of each exercise/song PRIOR to singing. (Do not hum the first pitch.)
  • Record each exercise as a separate file.
  • Idaho ACDA Middle School Honor Choir (Grades 6-8)
    Dr. Anne Lyman, Conductor

    The Middle School Honor Choir is open to singers (mixed voices) in grades 6, 7, or 8 for an SATB choir. Double check the starting notes for exercises. THANKS!

  • Sing the TWO scales below, one octave ascending and descending, using quarter notes at approximately 100 mm, and using solfege syllables (do, re, mi, fa, so, la, ti, do, ti, la, so, fa, mi, re, do). Do not repeat high “do” upon descending and sing the exercise in one breath. (Please record each scale on a separate .mp3)
  •   Low Scale High Scale
    Soprano D G
    Alto B (below Middle C) Eb
    Tenor D F
    Bass G D
  • Vocalize the following scale pattern: 8-5-3-1-3-5-8 using the syllable “mah” on quarter notes at approximately 120mm, starting on the pitches designated below. At the end of the pattern modulate up a minor second (aloud), take a breath and sing the pattern again in the new key. Continue as before until a TOTAL of four (4) patterns have been sung. A pitch should be given only once at the start of the first pattern. Each of the four patterns should be sung with only one legato “maaaaah” from beginning to end. (Do not rearticulate the “m” for each note.)
  • Sopranos: C (third space)
    Altos: Bb (third line)
    Tenor: middle C
    Bass: A (below middle C)

  • Sing the first verse and chorus (melody) of “America, the Beautiful” at approximately 100mm. (“Oh beautiful... to shining sea.”) Remember to record (only) the starting pitch, which is the fifth scale degree or ‘sol’.

Soprano and Tenor: Key of D
Alto and Bass: Key of B

REMINDER!

  • Sing all exercises and the song unaccompanied.(Remember no REVERB or sound editing)
  • Record the starting pitch only of each exercise/song PRIOR to singing. (Do not hum the first pitch.)
  • Record each of the exercises as a separate file.
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