4-5-6 Boys & Girls Honor Choirs — 2018-19 Audition Information

Saturday, May 4, 2019

ACDA-MN STATE 4-5-6 HONOR CHOIRS

DATE: Saturday, May 4, 2019

CONCERT TIME: 5:30 PM

REHEARSAL & CONCERT LOCATION:

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

GUEST CONDUCTORS:

RACHEL LUCIUSZ

Angelica Cantini Youth Choirs
Bloomington, MN
4-5-6 Boys’ Honor Choir

KARI WERDAHL

Bayview Elementary School
Waconia, MN
4-5-6 Girls’ Honor Choir

STATE 4-5-6 BOYS HONOR CHOIR

Saturday, May 4, 2019
Rehearsal & Concert — 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 4, 2019
Rehearsal & Concert — 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 & GIRLS

Friday, February 22, 10:00 PM — Auditions Due

Tuesday, March 5 — Directors Notified

Friday, March 15 — Scholarship Applications Due

Wednesday, March 27 — 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 $16.00 (includes transaction fee).

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, 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 (Use Online Application Form or use a Paper Copy 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 Date:

4-5-6 Honor Choirs: Friday, March 15

Online Application Form
Print Application Form

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. Your national login credentials are as follows:

CLICK HERE FOR LOG-IN INFORMATION FOR ACDA

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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

Please see the “FORMS” page on the Main Menu to access and 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.

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 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
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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

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. Seven honor choirs are sponsored annually, providing outstanding enrichment opportunities in choral performance for over 940 students. Typically, over 2300 students audition each year for the following honor choir offerings:

  • State 4-5-6 Boys – 120 students
  • State 4-5-6 Girls – 150 students
  • State 7-8 TTB – 150 students
  • State 7-8 SSA – 150 students
  • State 9-10 SSAA – 140 students
  • State 9-10 SATB – 140 students
  • State 9-10 TBB – 90 students

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 $16.00 per student (includes transaction fee). Parents may send in cash or a check (made out to your school/institution) along with the Student Information Form (located on the FORMS Page on the Menu) 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. The form requires a signature from both the student and parent.

Whether selected or not, students will be notified by your child’s choral director. If selected, there will be a number of signed 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
  • 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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Rachel Lucius

Rachel Lucius serves on the artistic staff of Angelica Cantanti Youth Choirs, directing their 4th-6th grade choir, Cantabile.  She  is also a K-5 vocal and general music teacher at Rahn Elementary School of Arts &Technology in Burnsville, MN, and has an extensive background in directing children and youth choirs.  Rachel’s choirs have performed at the Minneapolis Holiday Market, and have also shared the stage with musical artists including The American Boychoir, Sowah Mensah, Natalie McMaster, and David Benoit.   She has worked on the artistic staff of The Northfield Youth Choirs, in Northfield, MN, Camp Albemarle, the summer music program of The American Boychoir School, in Princeton, NJ​​, and Allegro Choral Academy, in Apple Valley, MN.

A certified Orff-Schulwerk and Kodály music educator, Rachel holds a B.A. in Vocal Music Education from St. Olaf College, and an M.A. in Music Education from the University of St. Thomas.  She is currently completing the choral concentration in the Graduate Programs in Music Education from UST. Other choral professional development work includes participation in the Westminster Choir Collage Conducting Institute in 2010, and a ten-day independent study with Fernando Malvar-Ruiz and The American Boychoir as well as Melissa Keylock and the Princeton Girlchoir.

Most recently, Rachel and her family spent 5 months during the spring 2017 living in Finland where she studied children's choirs and music education on a Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching grant. While in Finland, she studied at the University of Jyväskylä and worked closely with both the Tapiola and Vox Aurea youth choirs.

 

Kari Werdahl

Kari Werdahl teaches K-5 classroom music at Bayview Elementary in Waconia, Minnesota.  She co-directs a 4th and 5th grade All District Choir and a yearly 3rd grade choir. Singing and vocal development is at the core of her teaching.   In 2016 she was awarded the MMEA Minnesota music educator of the year. In 2014, the Waconia Elementary Schools were featured in the ACDA Star of the North magazine as a star program.  In 2009 Kari was selected as Waconia Education Association’s Teacher of the Year.

Kari has been an active member of MMEA, ACDA and OAKE throughout her entire career. She co-chaired numerous elementary honor choirs, a regional ACDA Elementary Honor Choir and a National OAKE Children’s honor choir. She also managed the University of St. Children’s Choral Camp which was under the direction of Dr. Angela Broeker.  Most recently she was part of a committee to raise $25,000 to fund a scholarship for future female choral conductors.

Honor Choir experiences have been a passion for Kari since she first participated in the South Dakota High School choir as a sophomore in high school. Numerous Waconia singers have participated in ACDA Honor Choirs throughout her 37 years of teaching.

Kari received her master’s degree from University of St. Thomas with an emphasis in the Kodaly approach to music education.  She received her bachelor’s degree in music education from St. Olaf College.

Currently singing with the Mt. Olivet West senior church choir, she has performed with Magnum Chorum, and the Dale Warland Symphonic Chorus. Kari has also served as a church choir director and private voice teacher.

 

 

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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

 

7-8 TTB Choir Specific Contact

PRIMARY CONTACT

Reid Larsen

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 TBB Choir Specific Contact

PRIMARY CONTACT

Kyle Eastman

Honor Choir Co-Chair
Northfield High School
Phone: 507-602-0563
Email: keastman@northfieldschools.org

OTHER CONTACT

Jim Cox

Honor Choir Co-Chair
Eagan High School

 

9-10 SSAA Choir Specific Contact

PRIMARY CONTACT

Laura Odden Quaintance

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

OTHER CONTACT

Wendy Suoja

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

 

9-10 SATB Choir Specific Contact

PRIMARY CONTACT

Sarah Gilbertson

Honor Choir Co-Chair
Chanhassen High School
Email: gilbertsons@isd112.org

OTHER CONTACT

Chad Garrels

Honor Choir Co-Chair
Mahtomedi High School

 

GET CONCERT TICKETS

BPT_pinIN PERSON — Concert tickets may be purchased at a cost of $10 for adults; $5 for students (CHECK or CASH ONLY) at morning registration check‐in or ½ hour at the door prior to the performance.

ONLINE — To avoid long lines, parents may conveniently purchase tickets in advance by going to Brown Paper Tickets website to each of the following links for specific Choir:

4-5-6 CONCERT TICKETS

https://2019-456honorchoir.brownpapertickets.com/

7-8 CONCERT TICKETS

https://2018-78honorchoir.brownpapertickets.com/

9-10 CONCERT TICKETS

https://2019-910honorchoir.brownpapertickets.com/