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4-5-6 Boys & Girls Honor Choirs — 2017-18 Audition Information

Saturday, May 5, 2018

ACDA-MN STATE HONOR CHOIRS

DATE: Saturday, May 5, 2018

CONCERT TIME: 5:30 PM

LOCATION:  St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church • 900 Stillwater Road • Mahtomedi MN

GUEST CONDUCTORS:

FERNANDO MALVAR-RUIZ
The American Boys Choir
Princeton NJ
4-5-6 Boys Honor Choir

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BARBARA SLETTO
Heartland Youth Choir
Des Moines IA
4-5-6 Girls Honor Choir

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STATE 4-5-6 BOYS HONOR CHOIR

Saturday, May 5, 2018
St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church
(schedule subject to change)

8:30 - 9:00 AMStudent On-Site Registration/Seating
9:00 - 10:00 AMRehearsal #1
10:00 - 10:15 AMBreak
10:15 - 11:00 AMRehearsal #2 - Sectionals
Rooms B01, B02
11:00 - 11:45 AMRehearsal #3
11:45 AM - 12:30 PMLunch - Gym
12:30 - 2:00 PMRehearsal #4
2:00 - 3:00 PMRehearsal #5
in Sanctuary
3:00 - 3:15 PMPhotograph
3:15 - 3:30 PMBreak
3:30 - 4:30 PMRehearsal #6
in Choir Room
4:30 - 5:00 PMRehearsal #7
in Sanctuary
5:00 - 5:30 PMConcert Prep
5:30 - 6:30 PMCombined 4-5-6 Boys/Girls Concert
Download 4-5-6 Boys Schedule in PDF

STATE 4-5-6 GIRLS HONOR CHOIR

Saturday, May 5, 2018
St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church
(schedule subject to change)

8:30 - 9:00 AMOn-Site Registration in Sanctuary Atrium / Student Seating in The Great Hall
9:00 - 10:15 AMRehearsal #1
10:15 - 10:30 AMBreak
10:30 - 11:15 AMRehearsal #2 - Sectionals
11:15 - 12:15 AMRehearsal #3
12:15 AM - 1:00 PMLunch - Gym
1:00 - 1:45 PMRehearsal #4
1:45 - 2:00 PMBreak
2:00 - 2:45 PMRehearsal #5
2:45 - 3:00 PMStudents police The Great Hall spaces
3:00 - 3:15 PMStudents transfer to Sanctuary Building
3:15 - 3:30 PMPhotograph
3:30 - 4:25 PMRehearsal #6
in Sanctuary
4:30 - 5:15 PMConcert Prep
in Gym
5:30 - 6:30 PMCombined 4-5-6 Boys/Girls Concert
Download 4-5-6 Girls Schedule in PDF

AUDITION TIMELINE

4-5-6 Boys and Girls

Friday, February 23, 10:00 PM — Auditions Due

Tuesday, March 6 — Directors Notified

Friday, March 16 — Scholarship Applications Due

Wednesday, March 28 — Student Registration and Fees Due

LATE AUDITION POLICY

Each year we receive numerous requests from director members to submit student auditions after the posted deadline. Let us clearly state that once the deadline passes, there is no opportunity to re-open the Opus audition site and add more auditions for any reason, as those audition files are immediately secured and sent onto the screening committee for scoring. There are no exceptions to this policy.

Audition Fees — Student audition fee is $16.50.

Parents — Please make check payable to your child’s institution.

Directors — Please group all audition payments and pay by institution or personal credit card.

NOTE: If a student is selected for membership in the honor choir, the registration fee is $124 per student which includes transaction fee, fees and expenses for the guest conductor, accompanist, instrumentalists, facilities, food, T-shirt, CD recording of the concert, two tickets to the concert, liability insurance and administrative support services.

This fee is Payable ONLY if the student is accepted into the honor choir program.

  • Scholarships are available for Registration Fees. Please see “SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE” section for details.

SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE FOR REGISTRATION FEES

Several need-based scholarships to support the honor choir registration fee will be available on a limited basis, sponsored by ACDA-MN’s F. Melius Christiansen Endowment Fund Committee. Parents should indicate their interest on the Student Information Form returned to the school’s director. Should the student be selected for placement in the Honor Choir, an official Scholarship Application Form (see below for online or printed form) should be submitted by parents to the ACDA-MN office by due dates listed below. Scholarship applications will be considered in the order received.

Scholarship Applications Due Dates:

4-5-6 Honor Choirs: Friday, March 16

Online Application Form
Print Application Form

2016 Honor Choirs Group Photos

2015 Honor Choirs Performance Video Clips

CURRENT ACDA “ACTIVE” MEMBERSHIP REQUIRED

Before directors are permitted access to the Opus Event on-line audition site, current ACDA “ACTIVE” membership is required. Be certain that your Workplace, Email and Phone number listed with the ACDA national office is current and correct before you access Opus Event.

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AUDITION TIMELINE

Please see “AUDITION DEADLINES” section above.

LATE AUDITION POLICY

Each year we receive numerous requests from director members to submit student auditions after the posted deadline. Let us clearly state that once the deadline passes, there is no opportunity to re-open the Opus audition site and add more auditions for any reason, as those audition files are immediately secured and sent onto the screening committee for scoring. There are no exceptions to this policy.

AUDITION PAYMENTS TO OPUS EVENTS

Student audition fees are payable by CREDIT CARD (Mastercard/Visa) only.

Teachers must group all student auditions into ONE credit card payment within the Opus audition site.

FORMS — For Audition

Click the button below to access / print Student Information Form

Print Student Information Form

As Directors will personally register each student on the Opus audition website, the Student Information Form will enable directors to obtain required data from students and parents to complete the on-line registration process. If students indicate scholarship interest, please keep record of that indication for further action.

STUDENT AUDITION CAP

There are no limits or caps placed on the number of students auditioning from any school or institution.

SCORING THE AUDITIONS – RUBRICS

Click the button below to view / download State Honor Choir Audition Rubrics

State Honor Choir Audition Rubrics

SELECTION OF STUDENTS

Directors will be notified by ACDA-MN if students have or have not been selected. Within several days, directors will receive music packets and access to all required forms for student registration.

Please note due dates for Sending Scholarship Application Forms, Student Registration Fees and Notarized Forms as listed under “AUDITION DEADLINES”.

TIPS FOR RECORDING

  • Record Separate Tracks for Song and Scale
  • Be certain to record in the correct key
  • Record in a quiet room. Avoid a “live” acoustical room.
  • Do not use reverb or other pitch or tonal enhancements.
  • Avoid “helping” the student in any way. Give first pitch, then let student sing alone.
  • Record in designated key options for each voice part.
  • Note tempo markings as indicated
  • Due to technical difficulties within Opus Event, the “DNL” listening option is no longer available
  • Save recording in mp3 format Only

SAMPLE AUDITION AUDIO FILES – MP3

Boys Scale:

Boys Song — My Country Tis of Thee:

Girls Scale:

Girls Song — Dona Nobis Pacem:

RECORDING THE STUDENT AUDITIONS

4-5-6 Boys

  • Record Separate Tracks for Song and Scale.
  • Be certain to record in the correct key.
  • DO NOT have students announce name, grade, voice part, or school since students are assigned a Blind Audition ID Number when they are officially registered on-line.
  • Sing a one octave major scale at a moderate tempo, using solfege syllables forward, take a breath, repeat upper do, and return back UNACCOMPANIED in any one of these appropriate keys:
  • High – Eb
    Low – Db

  • Sing My Country Tis of Thee at a moderate tempo, UNACCOMPANIED in the following keys:
  • High – F#
    Low (Alto) – D

Download Low Key Here
Download High Key Here

4-5-6 Girls

  • Record Separate Tracks for Song and Scale.
  • Be certain to record in the correct key.
  • DO NOT have students announce name, grade, voice part, or school since students are assigned a Blind Audition ID Number when they are officially registered on-line.
  • Sing a one octave major scale at a moderate tempo, using solfege syllables forward, take a breath, repeat upper do, and return back UNACCOMPANIED in any one of these appropriate keys:
  • High (Sop 1) – E
    Middle (Sop 2) – Eb
    Low (Alto) – Db

  • Sing Dona Nobis Pacem at a moderate tempo, UNACCOMPANIED in the following keys:
  • High (Sop 1) – A
    Middle (Sop 2) – F
    Low (Alto) – D

DOWNLOAD ALL THREE KEYS HERE
Converting a Recording to MP3 Format
Watch Tutorial for GB Video

ACCESS TO OPUS EVENT ON-LINE AUDITIONS

Reminder: Current ACDA Active Membership is required to access Opus Event

Step By Step Guide To Opus
Go Directly to Opus Event
ACDA-MN-Short-NoText-181x75-RichBlkThe American Choral Directors Association of Minnesota (ACDA-MN), a professional organization in which your child’s choral director holds membership, sponsors the state honor choir program. Six honor choirs are sponsored annually, providing outstanding enrichment opportunities in choral performance for over 800 students. Typically, over 2300 students audition each year for the following honor choir offerings:

  • State 4-5-6 Boys – 115 students
  • State 4-5-6 Girls – 150 students
  • State 7-8 TTB – 145 students
  • State 7-8 SSA – 150 students
  • State 9-10 SSAA – 130 students
  • State 9-10 SATB – 130 students
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What are TTB, SSA, etc.?

They are abbreviations for the voices:
TTB — Tenor 1, Tenor 2, Baritone

SSA — Soprano 1, Soprano 2, Alto
SSAA — Soprano 1, Soprano 2, Alto 1, Alto 2
SATB — Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass

In order to be selected for one of these competitive honor choirs, students from around the state, together with their directors, prepare an on-line “blind” audition that is scored by a selection committee made up of choral directors trained with special adjudication and screening skills.

The audition fee is $16.50 per student. Parents may send in cash or a check (made out to your school/institution) along with the Student Information Form (button below) to your child’s choral director at the posted deadlines. The data on the form will be used to enter information into the on-line student audition website. This form requires a signature from both the student and parent.

Student Information Form

Whether selected or not, students will be notified by your child’s choral director. If selected, there will be a number of signed and notarized forms (medical/liability release) and a participation fee of $124 due (payable to your child’s choral institution/school. Includes transaction fee). The school will pay for all student’s fees via credit card directly to ACDA-MN). This fee will cover the following expenses:

  • Guest conductor artistic fees and travel expenses
  • Accompanist and Instrumentalists
  • Rental of performance and rehearsal facilities
  • Liability insurance premiums
  • Food
  • T-shirt
  • CD recording of the concert
  • Two tickets to the concert performance
  • Administrative support services

When returning forms and payments, please adhere to the posted deadline schedule. Upon student selection, the ACDA-MN Honor Choirs’ website (this website) will be regularly updated with access to required forms and other related information. For your convenience, families may utilize hotel accommodations with special ACDA-MN discount rates near the honor choir performance sites.

  • Scholarships are available for Registration Fees. Please see “SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE” section for details.

For More Information
Contact your child’s choral director or seek additional information directly from the ACDA-MN office at: execdirector@acda-mn.org

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Fernando Malvar-Ruiz

Fernando Malvar-Ruiz, Litton-Lodal Artistic Director of the American Boychoir, began his musical studies at the age of ten in his native Spain. His undergraduate degrees in piano performance and music theory are from the Reál Conservatorio Superior de Música in Madrid, and he has also completed his Kodály certification in Kécskemet, Hungary, where he was awarded the prestigious Sharolta Kodály scholarship. He also holds a master's degree in Choral Conducting from The Ohio State University and has completed all coursework toward a doctoral degree in musical arts from the University of Illinois.

Widely sought after internationally as a guest conductor, lecturer, and clinician, Malvar-Ruiz is recognized as an expert in the adolescent male evolving voice. He joined the American Boychoir School as Associate Music Director in 2000 and was appointed to the position of Litton-Lodal Music Director in 2004. Each year, he leads the American Boychoir in over one hundred performances and on tours throughout the United States and the world.

During his tenure, the American Boychoir has performed for major national and international events including the 9/11 Memorial Service (broadcast worldwide live on CNN), the Academy Awards, the Youth AIDS Benefit Gala and the US Open Tennis Tournament, among others. The American Boychoir, under Mr. Malvar's leadership, was chosen to perform at the 2009 ACDA National Convention in Oklahoma, the 2010 Kodály National Conference in Dallas, Texas, as well as many regional ACDA and NAFMA conventions.

In 2014, the American Boychoir made its feature film debut in Boychoir starring Dustin Hoffman, Kathy Bates, Josh Lucas and newcomer Garrett Wareing. Members of the American Boychoir are prominently featured in the film, and Mr. Malvar-Ruiz appears as Maestro Molina, in addition to his roles as Music Director, Choirmaster and Arranger for the film.

Mr. Malvar-Ruiz served as Artistic Director and Guest Conductor for the 2005 World Children's Choir Festival in Hong Kong and the 2015 PICFEST in Eugene, OR. He has conducted honor choirs at American Choral Director's Association national and regional conventions and at the Organization of American Kodály Educators national conventions. For 11 summers, he instructed the summer master's program in Kodály at Capital University, and in 2007-2012, he served on the faculty at the Academia Internacional de Verano de Dirección Coral y Pedagogía Musical in Las Palmas, Spain.

 

Fernando Malvar-Ruiz

Fernando Malvar-Ruiz, Litton-Lodal Artistic Director of the American Boychoir, began his musical studies at the age of ten in his native Spain. His undergraduate degrees in piano performance and music theory are from the Reál Conservatorio Superior de Música in Madrid, and he has also completed his Kodály certification in Kécskemet, Hungary, where he was awarded the prestigious Sharolta Kodály scholarship. He also holds a master's degree in Choral Conducting from The Ohio State University and has completed all coursework toward a doctoral degree in musical arts from the University of Illinois.

Widely sought after internationally as a guest conductor, lecturer, and clinician, Malvar-Ruiz is recognized as an expert in the adolescent male evolving voice. He joined the American Boychoir School as Associate Music Director in 2000 and was appointed to the position of Litton-Lodal Music Director in 2004. Each year, he leads the American Boychoir in over one hundred performances and on tours throughout the United States and the world.

During his tenure, the American Boychoir has performed for major national and international events including the 9/11 Memorial Service (broadcast worldwide live on CNN), the Academy Awards, the Youth AIDS Benefit Gala and the US Open Tennis Tournament, among others. The American Boychoir, under Mr. Malvar's leadership, was chosen to perform at the 2009 ACDA National Convention in Oklahoma, the 2010 Kodály National Conference in Dallas, Texas, as well as many regional ACDA and NAFMA conventions.

In 2014, the American Boychoir made its feature film debut in Boychoir starring Dustin Hoffman, Kathy Bates, Josh Lucas and newcomer Garrett Wareing. Members of the American Boychoir are prominently featured in the film, and Mr. Malvar-Ruiz appears as Maestro Molina, in addition to his roles as Music Director, Choirmaster and Arranger for the film.

Mr. Malvar-Ruiz served as Artistic Director and Guest Conductor for the 2005 World Children's Choir Festival in Hong Kong and the 2015 PICFEST in Eugene, OR. He has conducted honor choirs at American Choral Director's Association national and regional conventions and at the Organization of American Kodály Educators national conventions. For 11 summers, he instructed the summer master's program in Kodály at Capital University, and in 2007-2012, he served on the faculty at the Academia Internacional de Verano de Dirección Coral y Pedagogía Musical in Las Palmas, Spain.

 

General Honor Choirs Staff Contact

PRIMARY CONTACT:

Kristin Kivell

Executive Assistant
Phone: 507-645-8691
Email: execassist@acda-mn.org

OTHER CONTACT:

Bruce W. Becker

Executive Director
Phone: 952-270-7489
Email: execdirector@acda-mn.org

4-5-6 Boys Choir Specific Contact

PRIMARY CONTACT

Ben Henschel

Honor Choir Co-Chair
Blake Upper School
Phone: 952-988-3759
Email: ben.henschel@acda-mn.org

OTHER CONTACT

Kelly Newell

Honor Choir Co-Chair
Mound Westonka High School

 

4-5-6 Girls Choir Specific Contact

PRIMARY CONTACT

Zan Thrasher

Honor Choir Co-Chair
Howard Lake Waverly Winsted Public Schools
Phone: 320-543-3900 x4216
Email: athrasher@hlww.k12.mn.us

OTHER CONTACT

Jennifer Hazen

Honor Choir Co-Chair
  Minnetonka East Middle School

 

4-5-6 Boys Choir Specific Contact

PRIMARY CONTACT

Ben Henschel

Honor Choir Co-Chair
Blake Upper School
Phone: 952-988-3759
Email: ben.henschel@acda-mn.org

OTHER CONTACT

Kelly Newell

Honor Choir Co-Chair
Mound Westonka High School

 

4-5-6 Girls Choir Specific Contact

PRIMARY CONTACT

Zan Thrasher

Honor Choir Co-Chair
Howard Lake Waverly Winsted Public Schools
Phone: 320-543-3900 x4216
Email: athrasher@hlww.k12.mn.us

OTHER CONTACT

Jennifer Hazen

Honor Choir Co-Chair
  Minnetonka East Middle School

 

7-8 TTB Choir Specific Contact

PRIMARY CONTACT

Reid Larson

Cottage Grove Middle School
Phone: 952-200-8887
Email: rlarsen1@sowashco.org

OTHER CONTACT

Brandon Nordhues

Sartell High School

7-8 SSA Choir Specific Contact

PRIMARY CONTACT

Katie Irvin

Hopkins High School
Phone: 763-458-1979
Email: katiesirvinsings@gmail.com

OTHER CONTACT

Megan Cox

Black Hawk Middle School
Eastview High School

 

9-10 SSAA Choir Specific Contact

PRIMARY CONTACT

Laura Odden

Honor Choir Co-Chair
Milaca High School
Phone: 320-982-7303
Email: laura.odden@milaca.k12.mn.us

OTHER CONTACT

Wendy Suoja

Honor Choir Co-Chair
  White Bear Lake Area High School,
North Campus

 

9-10 SATB Choir Specific Contact

PRIMARY CONTACT

Kyle Eastman

Honor Choir Co-Chair
Northfield High School
Phone: 507-645-3402
Email: keastman@northfieldschools.org

OTHER CONTACT

Sarah Gilbertson

Honor Choir Co-Chair
Chanhassen High School