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ACDA 2023 Middle School Honor Choir

Every two years the American Choral Association organizes an All-State Honor Group.

Registration for student auditions is now open for the IMEA Middle School/Junior High School Honor Choir!! The honor choir will be a part of the IMEA statewide conference in Pocatello, February 1-4, on the beautiful campus of Idaho State University! Check in for the singers will be on Wednesday, February 1st with sectionals/part checks, rehearsals all day Thursday and dress rehearsal/concert on Friday!

This year, we have an online portal link that you and your student(s) can go onto to register, perform the audition, upload it and pay the registration fee, all in one place. The auditions will be blind whereas the singers will be assigned a number and their names will be anonymous upon listening. Here is the link for more information and for your students to register.

Idaho ACDA Middle Level Honor Choir Auditions

Each singer will (1) sing a two-octave F major scale on “la” in their preferred octave (drop out when it gets too low), (2) a series of intervals (D major triad, D minor triad, D tri-tone, 1-8-7 starting on D), and (3) Happy Birthday, Dear Abbie in D major.

One of the biggest questions we get each year is how to differentiate the 6th graders. If your singer attends middle school, your 6th grader should register for the older honor choir. If your singer is in an elementary chorus, you should have them register for the Elementary Honor Choir.

This year's clinician for the Middle School/Junior High IMEA/ACDA Honor Choir will be Dr. Matthew Meyers. Your singers are in for a real treat in working with Dr. Myers!

Finally, the financials…

There is a $10 nonrefundable registration/audition fee. Once accepted, the cost to participate is $125 to participate I this elite two-day event for Idaho’s TOP performers and includes meals, and vocal coaching from Dr. Matthew Myers. There will be an additional cost for 2 nights hotel stay if your singer is traveling to Pocatello. Depending on how many students your music teacher sends, there may be some split costs with other students. You will have to talk to your student’s teacher about these details once the Honor Choir list is posted.

We would like to make this an epic year for these students! The audition is simple and easy to submit. We would like to see over 200 singers for this chorus. Deadline for registration and audition submittal is Friday, October 14. We will be notifying your singer’s choral teacher of our accepted students by October 25 and will have more details about the conference schedule.

I do hope you will encourage your singer to audition!

Best regards,
Kerry Calverley
IMEA Middle Level Honor Choir Chair

ACDA Middle School Honor Choir Auditions

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