9-10 TBB, SSAA & SATB Honor Choirs — 2018-19 Audition Information

Thursday, February 14, 2019

ACDA-MN STATE HONOR CHOIRS

DATE: Thursday, February 14, 2019

CONCERT TIME: 5:15 PM

NEW REHEARSAL LOCATION: Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1200 Marquette Avenue, Minneapolis

CONCERT LOCATION: Central Lutheran Church, 333 South 12th Street, Minneapolis

GUEST CONDUCTORS:

Mark Johnson

Minnesota Boys Choir
St. Paul, MN
9-10 TBB Honor Choir

Erynn Millard

Minnesota State University
Moorhead, MN
9-10 SSAA Honor Choir

Bradley Miller

University of Minnesota
Morris, MN
9-10 SATB Honor Choir

STATE 9-10 TBB HONOR CHOIR

Thursday, February 14, 2019
Rehearsal — Westminster Presbyterian Church
Concert — Central Lutheran Church
(schedule subject to change)

7:30 - 8:00 AMStudent On-Site Registration
8:00 - 8:30 AMRehearsal #1
8:30 - 9:15 AMSectionals
9:15 - 10:00 AMRehearsal #2
10:00 - 10:15 AMBreak
10:15 - 11:00 AMRehearsal #3
11:00 - 11:30 AMLunch
11:30 AM - 1:00 PMRehearsal #4
1:00 - 1:15 PMBreak
1:15 - 2:15 PMRehearsal #5
2:15 - 2:30 PMBreak
2:30 - 3:45 PMRehearsal #6
3:45 - 4:15 PMTransfer
4:15 - 5:00 PMStage Rehearsal / Photograph
5:15 - 6:45 PMCONCERT
Performing First at 5:15 - 5:45 PM

STATE 9-10 SSAA HONOR CHOIR

Thursday, February 14, 2019
Rehearsal — Westminster Presbyterian Church
Concert — Central Lutheran Church
(schedule subject to change)

7:30 - 8:00 AMStudent On-Site Registration
8:00 - 9:45 AMRehearsal #1
9:45 - 10:00 AMBreak
10:00 - 10:45 AMSectionals
10:45 - 11:30 AMRehearsal #2
11:30 AM - 12:00 PMLunch
12:00 - 1:15 PMRehearsal #3
1:15 - 1:30 PMBreak
1:30 - 3:00 PMRehearsal #4
3:00 - 3:30 PMTransfer
3:30 - 4:15 PMStage / Photo
4:15 - 5:00 PMHomeroom Rehearsal #5
5:45 - 6:15 PMCONCERT
Performing Second at 5:45 - 6:15 PM

STATE 9-10 SATB HONOR CHOIR

Thursday, February 14, 2019
Rehearsal — Westminster Presbyterian Church
Concert — Central Lutheran Church
(schedule subject to change)

7:30 - 8:00 AMStudent On-Site Registration
8:00 - 9:15 AMRehearsal #1
9:15 - 10:00 AMSectionals
10:00 - 10:15 AMBreak
10:15 - 12:00 PMRehearsal #2
12:00 AM - 12:30 PMLunch
12:30 - 2:15 PMRehearsal #3
2:15 - 2:45 PMTransfer
2:45 - 3:30 PMPhotograph
3:30 - 3:45 PMTransfer
3:45 - 4:45 PMHomeroom Rehearsal #4
4:45 - 5:00 PMTransfer
5:30 - 6:30 PMCONCERT
Performing Third at 6:15 - 6:45 PM
DOWNLOAD 9-10 COMBINED SCHEDULE IN PDF

AUDITION TIMELINE

9-10 TBB, SSAA & SATB

Friday, November 2, 10:00 PM — Auditions Due

Tuesday, November 13 — Directors Notified

Friday, November 23 — Scholarship Applications Due

Wednesday, December 5 — 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.

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 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:

9-10 Honor Choirs: Friday, November 23

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 – MP3

SSAA Scale:

SSAA Song — Down By the Salley Gardens:

SATB Scale:

SATB Song — Down By the Salley Gardens:

RECORDING THE STUDENT AUDITIONS

SSAA & SATB

  • 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 the following keys:
  • Soprano 1 – G
    Soprano 2 – F
    Alto 1 – D
    Alto 2 – Bb
    Tenor – Eb, F
    Baritone C, D
    Bass – Ab, A

  • Sing Down By the Salley Gardens at a moderate tempo, UNACCOMPANIED in the following keys:
  • Soprano 1 – F
    Soprano 2 – Eb
    Alto 1 – D
    Alto 2 – Bb
    Tenor – Eb, F
    Baritone – C, D
    Bass – Ab, A

SALLEY GARDENS EXCERPS – PDF

SOPRANO I

SOPRANO II

ALTO I & II

TENOR

BARITONE

BASS

SALLEY GARDENS EXCERPS – MP3

SOPRANO I – F

SOPRANO II – Eb

ALTO I – D

ALTO II – Bb

TENOR – Eb

TENOR – F

BARITONE – C

BARITONE – D

BASS – Ab

BASS – A

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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Mark Johnson

Mark Johnson began his work with the Minnesota Boychoir in 1992 as the accompanist and was hired as the Artistic Director in 1993.  Mr. Johnson holds a degree in vocal music education from St. Olaf College and he taught junior high choral music for six years before becoming full-time conductor of the Boychoir.  From 1995 to 2007, he was a member of the staff at Albemarle, a summer music camp program of the American Boychoir School in Princeton, New Jersey.  Mr. Johnson’s reputation in choral work, especially with children’s groups, has led to many invitations to work as a clinician, accompanist and adjudicator for honors choirs and festivals in Illinois, Iowa, Louisiana, Minnesota, Michigan, North Dakota, New York, North Carolina, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia and Wisconsin.  He conducted the Minnesota ACDA 7th grade Boys Honor Choir in 2005, the Young Men’s track for the World Voices Australia Festival at the Sydney Opera House in 2007, the Middle Level Honor Choir for the Wisconsin Choral Directors Association Convention in 2010, the SAB Honor Choir for Loudoun County Virginia in 2011, the Minnesota ACDA 4-6th grade Boys Honor Choir in 2015 and MMEA’s Celebration of Young Musicians Festivals in 2014 and 2016.  Professional memberships include Chorus America, the American Choral Directors Association and the Minnesota Music Educators Association.  Mark has also served as the American Choral Directors Association Repertoire and Standards Chair for Boychoirs at the state and regional levels.

 

Erynn Millard

Erynn Millard conducts multiple choral ensembles at MSUM, including Concert Choir,  University Choir, Music Theatre Ensemble, and is advisor to Solfire Pop A Cappella. Additionally, she supervises student teachers in elementary music and secondary choral experiences and teaches music education courses, including Elementary Music Methods, Secondary Choral Methods and Literature, and Diction for Singers. Dr. Millard holds degrees from Florida State University (Ph. D.) and Old Dominion University (B.M., M.S.). She previously taught elementary, middle, and high school general music and choir in Hampton Roads, Virginia.

 

Bradley Miller

Dr. Bradley Miller has served as director of choral activities at the University of Minnesota, Morris since the fall of 2014. In this position, he oversees all aspects of the choral program and conducts the Concert Choir and Chamber Singers. He also teaches courses in conducting, choral literature, choral arranging, and studio voice. Previous to this appointment, Miller served as director of choral and vocal activities at Iowa Wesleyan College in Mount Pleasant, Iowa and as associate director of vocal music at Blaine High School in Blaine, MN.

Miller has studied conducting with several distinguished teachers, including Bruce Chamberlain, Kathy Saltzman Romey, Jon Washburn, René Clausen, Matthew Mehaffey, and Elizabeth Schauer. His conducting skills were recognized at the 2008 National ACDA Convention where he advanced to the final round of graduate student conducting competition.

Miller is an active guest conductor, clinician, and adjudicator in the upper Midwest and throughout the United States. In the fall of 2017, Miller will represent the United States and ACDA as a conducting fellow for the International Conductor Exchange Program with Central and South America.

Miller earned a D.M.A. in choral conducting from The University of Arizona, an M.M. in choral conducting from the University of Minnesota, and a B.A. in music education from Concordia College, Moorhead. He currently serves as the Repertoire & Resources Chair for Student Activities for ACDA-MN. Additionally, he is an active member of the National Collegiate Choral Organization and the Minnesota Music Educators Association. Miller lives in Morris with his wife, Ana, and their two sons, Nicholas and Lucas.

 

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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

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

 

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

 

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/