CCDA All State Honor Choir
Junior High/9th Grade All-State Honor Choir
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 Opusevent.com, 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.
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
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.
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.
“My Country, ‘Tis of Thee” (America): Sing the first verse a cappella beginning on the pitch designated according to your chosen voice part.
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
Saturday, May 16, 2020 — Rehearsal
4:30 Distribution of choir T-shirt and dismissal
Sunday, May 17, 2020 — Dress Rehearsal and Concert
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.
CONTACT: Email firstname.lastname@example.org
$20 PER SINGER; $50 REGISTRATION FEE
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:
Trinity Moreno(2 years in a row)
Ainsley Bird (2 years in a row)
Alissa Bonilla (2 years in a row)
Jaidan Woo (2 years in a row)
Here is how it works: http://www.scvachoral.org/20160507.html
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
Location: Portola High School, Irvine
Date: 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: email@example.com
Information about Honor Choir is here: http://www.scvachoral.org/20160507.html
The Audition Form is here: http://scvachoral.org/jr_high_honor_choir_reg.php