CCDA All State Honor Choir


Junior High/9th Grade All-State Honor Choir

The California Choral Directors Association board is pleased to announce auditions for the fifth Junior High All-State Honor Choir (grades 6-9). The honor choir will be part of CASMEC, the California All State Music Education Conference. We are using an online audition format through, similar to Western Division and National ACDA Honor Choir. Please see below for more information. If you have any questions, please e-mail Amanda Isaac at We are so excited to be able to offer this wonderful opportunity for your singers!

2020 Junior High All State will be part of the CASMEC conference in Fresno, February 20-22, 2020.

This year’s conductor is composer, conductor, scholar and educator Dr. Andrea Ramsey! 



September 1, 2019:  Online auditions open (Go to, click on Opus Audition, click on California Junior High All-State Honor Choir on the drop down menu)

October 15, 2019:  Auditions close at midnight

November 15, 2019:  Sponsors notified of audition results

November 30, 2019: Fees to be paid online (website TBA)

December 2019: Music sent to singers upon receipt of required materials via email and payment

February 20, 2020: Honor Choir Registration & Rehearsal at CSU Fresno

February 20-22, 2020: Rehearsals

February 22, 2020: Junior High, High School SSAA & TTBB Honor Choirs Concert (1:30pm) in the Saroyan Theater.



All applicants must sing under the direction of and be recommended by a current member of the American Choral Directors Association or Southern California Vocal Association, who is herein referred to as Sponsor.


Financial Commitment

Audition fee: $15 (non-refundable)

Participation fee: $360 (non-refundable) includes expenses for housing (all students must stay at the honor choir hotel, even local students), meals, music, t-shirt, recordings and transportation from the hotel to rehearsals and performances (transportation to and from Fresno is NOT included).

PLEASE NOTE: The structure of All State has changed for 2020. We will be following the CODA/CBDA model, which includes the financial changes listed above and the addition of chaperones for the students during the event. Parents/Guardians/Directors are responsible for travel and supervision of the student(s) to and from Fresno (prior to Orientation following Registration and after the Concert on Saturday).



The Junior High and High School SSAA & TTBB Honor Choirs Concert will be presented in the Saroyan Theater (730 M St, Fresno, CA 93721). Information regarding tickets will be announced ASAP.


Online Application Information

Up to 200 singers for each Honor Choir will be selected by audition. All applicants must be sponsored by a current member of ACDA or SCVA and may be members of school, church, and/or community choral organizations.


Required Vocal Audition Elements

Element 1

Upper Range Vocalization (determine your highest best pitch and sing an a cappella ascending major scale up to that pitch from low “do” to high “do” and stop). Either solfége or a neutral syllable is acceptable.


Element 2

Lower Range Vocalization (determine your lowest best pitch and sing an a cappella descending major scale down to that pitch from high “do” to low “do” and stop). Either solfége or a neutral syllable is acceptable.


Notes on scales:

-Sing on quarter notes with a tempo of 70-80 bpm

-each scale must be done in one breath

-each scale should be to the student’s highest or lowest BEST note, not possible note.

-each scale must be recorded on its own track

-when completing the online application, you will be asked to select your starting pitch for each scale separately.


Element 3

“My Country, ‘Tis of Thee” (America): Sing the first verse a cappella beginning on the pitch designated according to your chosen voice part.

Soprano: G

Alto: Db

Tenor: G

Baritone: E

Bass: C


Notes on “My Country Tis of Thee”:

Tempo: 80-90 bpm

Phrasing matters – breathe in appropriate places (not in the middle of a word)

Embellishments, liberties with pitch/rhythm, etc. are NOT allowed

Diction can make the difference – enunciate clearly.


Helpful hints for recording: 

-Files must be in .mp3 format in order to upload to Opusevent

-Please make sure that all effects are OFF when you are recording. Garage Band can default to a reverb effect when you are recording voices, which can distort the audition recording.

-LISTEN to your uploads after you put them on Opusevent to make sure you have the right tracks uploaded in the right place.

-No talking at all on the recording

-Accompaniment of any kind on the recordings will disqualify the audition (starting pitches are accepted)

-Tempos outside the stated range will disqualify the audition


KASC Junior Choral Festival

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First meeting: Saturday, September 21st, 1:30 PM
This unique festival provides an excellent opportunity for music and chorus teachers with their student musicians to participate in a collaborative performance under the guidance of a guest conductor. Choristers from 4th-8th grades are invited from all schools, community choirs, church choirs, private vocal studios and any district within southern California. Past KASC festivals have included three young instrumentalist winners of LACESMA’s annual music scholarships who perform solo pieces. Participating teachers will receive quality concert repertoire, rehearsal tracks, lesson ideas, festival meetings with the director and more.
First meeting: SATURDAY, SEPT 21st 1:30 PM
St. Paul’s First Lutheran Church
5244 Tujunga Ave
North Hollywood, CA 91601


Saturday, May 16, 2020 — Rehearsal

  • 12:45 Check-in

  • 1:00–4:30 Rehearsal

  • 4:30 Distribution of choir T-shirt and dismissal

Sunday, May 17, 2020 — Dress Rehearsal and Concert

  • 12:45 Check-in

  • 1:00—3:45 Dress Rehearsal

  • 4:00 Festival Concert


Sunday, May 17th, 2020 at 4:00 PM.


Glendale City Church

610 E California Ave, Glendale, CA 91206


Festival T-shirt and black bottoms.






SCVA Honor Choir


Southern California Vocal Association hosts an annual honor choir. Students from Santa Barbara to the boarder, Santa Monica to the dessert can audition. They pick the top 60 middle school singers (grades 6-9) in all of southern California to participate. Scroll to the bottom for this years information/ directions.

Our past honor choir participants:

Alyssa Bird

Audrey Granger

Trinity Moreno(2 years in a row)

Riley Swartz

Ainsley Bird (2 years in a row)

Jordan Brown

Alissa Bonilla (2 years in a row)

Aimee Copollo

Jaidan Woo (2 years in a row)

Ava Verhoeven

Jordan Brown


Here is how it works: 

Submit audition form online with $10.00 payment (they can not accept personal checks)

Audition at one of the following schools:

Regional Audition Dates 2017-2018 (various sites)
Saturday, January 20:
Lincoln Middle School, Santa Monica (host: Vanessa Counte)
McFadden Middle School, Santa Ana (host: Greg Ellis)
Raymond Cree Middle School, Palm Springs (host: Jeff Kopasz)

Saturday, January 27:
La Reina Middle School, Thousand Oaks (host: Heidi Vass)
Mesa Robles Middle School, Hacienda Heights (host: Amanda Benavides)
Orange Lutheran High School, Orange (host: Megan Carvale)
Warren High School, Downey (host: Robert Peterson)

Once accepted you must pay $55 and attend one rehearsal in March

Regional Rehearsal Site and Time
Saturday, March 24, Saturday, 9am – 1pm, Mesa Robles Middle School (Hacienda Heights)

Final Rehearsal and Performance
Portola High School, Irvine
 Saturday, April 21
Rehearsal sessions will be from 9:00am to 6:00pm
Concert is at 6:00pm

The day of the honor choir performance you will rehearsal all morning and perform at night.

You will need my e-mail to complete the audition form:

Information about Honor Choir is here:

The Audition Form is here:


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