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7-8 TTB & SSA Honor Choirs — 2018-19 Audition Information

Saturday, November 17, 2018

ACDA-MN STATE HONOR CHOIRS

DATE: Saturday, November 17, 2018

CONCERT TIME: 5:30 PM

REHEARSAL LOCATION: Mahtomedi High School • 8000 75th Street North • Mahtomedi MN

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

GUEST CONDUCTORS:

DANIEL GUTIERREZ

Reed Academy
Springfield, MO
7-8 TTB Honor Choir

KARI LACE

Jackson Middle School
Champlin, MN
7-8 SSA Honor Choir

STATE 7-8 TTB HONOR CHOIR

Saturday, November 17, 2018
Rehearsal — Mahtomedi High School
Concert — St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church
(schedule subject to change)

7:30 - 8:00 AMStudent On-Site Registration/Seating
Mahtomedi High School
8:00 - 9:15 AMRehearsal #1
9:15 - 9:30 AMBreak
9:30 - 11:00 AMRehearsal #2
11:00 - 11:45 AMLunch
11:45 AM - 12:30 PMSectionals
12:30 - 2:00 PMRehearsal #3
2:00 - 2:15 PMBreak &
Change into performance attire
2:15 - 3:15 PMRehearsal #4
3:15 - 3:30 PMTransfer to St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church
3:30 - 4:15 PMStage Rehearsal / Photograph
4:15 - 5:00 PMRehearsal #5
5:00 - 5:30 PMConcert Prep
5:30 - 6:30 PMCombined 7-8 TTB / SSA Concert
St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church
Download 7-8 TTB Schedule in PDF

STATE 7-8 SSA HONOR CHOIR

Saturday, November 17, 2018
Rehearsal — Mahtomedi High School
Concert — St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church
(schedule subject to change)

7:30 - 8:00 AMStudent On-Site Registration/Seating
Mahtomedi High School
8:00 - 9:30 AMRehearsal #1
9:30 - 9:45 AMBreak
9:45 - 11:00 AMRehearsal #2
11:00 - 11:45 AMSectionals
11:45 AM - 12:30 PMLunch
12:30 - 2:30 PMRehearsal #3
2:30 - 2:45 PMBreak &
Change into performance attire
2:45 - 3:50 PMRehearsal #4
3:50 - 4:10 PMTransfer to St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church
4:15 - 5:00 PMStage Rehearsal / Photograph
5:00 - 5:30 PMConcert Prep
5:30 - 6:30 PMCombined 7-8 TTB / SSA Concert
St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church
DOWNLOAD 7-8 SSA SCHEDULE IN PDF

AUDITION TIMELINE

7-8 TTB & SSA

Friday, September 28, 10:00 PM — Auditions Due

Tuesday, October 9 — Directors Notified

Friday, October 19 — Scholarship Applications Due

Wednesday, October 31 — 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:

7-8 Honor Choirs: Friday, October 19

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:

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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
  • NOTE: Save recording in mp3 format Only!
Converting a Recording to MP3 Format

SAMPLE AUDITION AUDIO FILES

TTB Scale:

TTB Song — My Country Tis of Thee:

SSA Scale:

SSA Song — Musica:

RECORDING THE STUDENT AUDITIONS

7-8 TTB

  • Record Separate Tracks for Song and Scale.
  • Be certain to record in the correct key.
  • Please have students announce the key they are singing in, prior to both scale and song.
  • 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 the following keys:
  • Tenor 1 (unchanged) – Ab, A, Bb, B, C, Db, D
    Tenor 2 (changing / mid voice) – Eb, E, F, Gb, G
    Baritone – A, Bb, B, C, Db, D

  • Sing My Country Tis of Thee at a moderate tempo, UNACCOMPANIED in any key that is appropriate for the student and voice part for which they are auditioning.

7-8 SSA

  • Record Separate Tracks for Song and Scale.
  • Be certain to record in the correct key.
  • Mid Voices will sing the Soprano 2 part and as a singer, should be confident in holding onto a harmony part.
  • 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 the following keys:
  • Soprano 1 (High) – F
    Soprano 2 (Mid) – Eb
    Alto (Low) – Db

  • Sing Musica at a moderate tempo, UNACCOMPANIED in the following keys:
  • Soprano 1 & 2 – Key of F
    Alto – Key of E

    Musica Dei Key of F
    Musica Dei Key of E

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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Daniel Gutierrez

Daniel Gutierrez is the vocal music director at Reed Academy. Daniel is an active conductor, clinician and presenter throughout the country.  Daniel has been named Teacher of the Year for Springfield Public Schools and Southwest Missouri (also a finalist for the state TOTY award),  “Hometown Hero” by CBS,  Springfield Rotary Award for Outstanding Community Service, honoree for Springfield Business Journal’s 40 Under 40, quarterfinalist for the GRAMMY National Music Educator Award, and the 2017 recipient of the Missouri Choral Directors Association Podium Award.

Daniel's choral groups have won choral festivals and received invitations to perform at the Missouri Music Educator Association Conference, Southwest American Choral Directors Association Conference, the National Conference for MS/JH Choral Music, and the National American Choral Directors Association Conference.

Daniel Gutierrez

Daniel Gutierrez is the vocal music director at Reed Academy. Daniel is an active conductor, clinician and presenter throughout the country.  Daniel has been named Teacher of the Year for Springfield Public Schools and Southwest Missouri (also a finalist for the state TOTY award),  “Hometown Hero” by CBS,  Springfield Rotary Award for Outstanding Community Service, honoree for Springfield Business Journal’s 40 Under 40, quarterfinalist for the GRAMMY National Music Educator Award, and the 2017 recipient of the Missouri Choral Directors Association Podium Award.

Daniel's choral groups have won choral festivals and received invitations to perform at the Missouri Music Educator Association Conference, Southwest American Choral Directors Association Conference, the National Conference for MS/JH Choral Music, and the National American Choral Directors Association Conference.

Kari Lace

Kari Lace is a native of Burnsville, Minnesota where she attended Burnsville High School and sang under the direction of Loren Squires. Kari is a graduate of St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota with a Bachelor of Art degree in Music Education, Vocal And Instrumental K-12. She studied voice with Alice Larsen and piano with Kenneth Graber. Kari also holds a Master of Arts in Education from Concordia University, St. Paul, Minnesota.

She retired in the spring of 2018 after 27 years of working with choirs at Jackson Middle School in the Anoka Hennepin school district. Jackson is a school of 2000 students in grades 6 through 8 with a strong music program offering band, choir and orchestra. During the 2017-2018 school year, there were 700 students singing in choirs at Jackson. Mrs. Lace works with all of the 8th grade singers and a few sections of 6th grade choir. In 2013 the 185 voice Jackson Middle School Eighth Grade Concert Choir that Mrs. Lace directs was selected to perform at the MMEA State Convention.

In addition to working with middle school choirs, Kari has directed church choirs in Owatonna and Anoka, directed musical theater productions at Jackson and has maintained a private piano studio. She has served and presented as a member of MMTA, MMEA and ACDA. She lives in Andover, Minnesota with her husband John, retired Anoka High School band director. They have two daughters, two son-in-laws and two granddaughters.

 

Kari Lace

Kari Lace is a native of Burnsville, Minnesota where she attended Burnsville High School and sang under the direction of Loren Squires. Kari is a graduate of St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota with a Bachelor of Art degree in Music Education, Vocal And Instrumental K-12. She studied voice with Alice Larsen and piano with Kenneth Graber. Kari also holds a Master of Arts in Education from Concordia University, St. Paul, Minnesota.

She retired in the spring of 2018 after 27 years of working with choirs at Jackson Middle School in the Anoka Hennepin school district. Jackson is a school of 2000 students in grades 6 through 8 with a strong music program offering band, choir and orchestra. During the 2017-2018 school year, there were 700 students singing in choirs at Jackson. Mrs. Lace works with all of the 8th grade singers and a few sections of 6th grade choir. In 2013 the 185 voice Jackson Middle School Eighth Grade Concert Choir that Mrs. Lace directs was selected to perform at the MMEA State Convention.

In addition to working with middle school choirs, Kari has directed church choirs in Owatonna and Anoka, directed musical theater productions at Jackson and has maintained a private piano studio. She has served and presented as a member of MMTA, MMEA and ACDA. She lives in Andover, Minnesota with her husband John, retired Anoka High School band director. They have two daughters, two son-in-laws and two granddaughters.

 

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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

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

 

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.odden@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: gilbertson@district112.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/