Thursday, February 13, 2020

ACDA-MN STATE HONOR CHOIRS

DATE: Thursday, February 13, 2020

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:

Ryan Beeken

Wichita State University
Wichita KS
9-10 TBB Honor Choir

Brandon Dean

Gustavus Adolphus College
St. Peter MN
9-10 SSAA Honor Choir

Aimee Beckmann-Collier

Drake University (ret)
Des Moines IA
9-10 SATB Honor Choir

STATE 9-10 TBB HONOR CHOIR

Thursday, February 13, 2020
Rehearsal — Westminster Presbyterian Church
Concert — Central Lutheran Church
(schedule subject to change)

7:30 - 8:00 AMStudent On-Site Registration
Meisel Room
8:00 - 9:45 AMRehearsal #1
9:45 - 10:00 AMBreak
10:00 - 10:45 AMSectionals
10:45 - 11:30 AMRehearsal #2
11:30 - 12:00 NLunch
12:00 - 1:15 PMRehearsal #3
1:15 - 1:30 PMBreak
1:35 PM - 3:15 PMRehearsal #4
3:20 - 3:40 PMWalk to CLC
3:40 PMHome Room Line UP
Lower Narthex
3:55 - 4:20 PMStage Rehearsal / Photograph
4:25 - 4:55 PMHome Room
4:55 PMProceed to WEST seating Main Floor
5:15 - 6:45 PMCONCERT
Performing Second at 5:45 - 6:15 PM
Sectional Spaces:Room 209-210
Adult Choir

STATE 9-10 SSAA HONOR CHOIR

Thursday, February 13, 2020
Rehearsal — Westminster Presbyterian Church
Concert — Central Lutheran Church
(schedule subject to change)

7:30 - 8:00 AMStudent On-Site Registration
Sanctuary
8:00 - 9:15 AMRehearsal #1
9:15 - 10:00 AMSectionals
10:00 - 10:15 AMBreak
10:15 - 12:00 NRehearsal #2
12:00 - 12:30 PMLunch
12:35 - 2:45 PMRehearsal #3
2:50 - 3:10 PMWalk to CLC
3:10 PMHome Room Line UP
CLC Great Community Room
3:25 - 3:50 PMStage Rehearsal / Photograph
4:00 - 4:30 PMRehearsal #4
Home Room Great CLC Community Room
4:50 PMConcert Seating - Right Rear Main
5:15 - 6:45 PMCONCERT
Performing Third at 6:15 - 6:45 PM
Sectional Spaces:Room 209-210
Adult Choir - Chapel

STATE 9-10 SATB HONOR CHOIR

Thursday, February 13, 2020
Rehearsal — Westminster Presbyterian Church
Concert — Central Lutheran Church
(schedule subject to change)

7:30 - 8:00 AMStudent On-Site Registration
Westminster Hall
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 - 1:00 PMRehearsal #4
1:00 - 1:15 PMBreak
1:15 - 2:15 PMRehearsal #5
2:15 - 2:30 PMBreak
2:35 - 3:35 PMRehearsal #6
3:40 - 4:00 PMWalk to CLC
3:10 PMHome Room Line UP
EAST Seating Area Main Floor
4:25 - 4:50 PMStage Rehearsal / Photograph
4:50 PMReturn to EAST Seating Main Floor
5:15 - 6:45 PMCONCERT
Performing First at 5:15 - 5:45 PM
Sectional Spaces:Room 209-210
Adult Choir - Chapel
DOWNLOAD 9-10 COMBINED SCHEDULE IN PDF

AUDITION TIMELINE

9-10 TBB, SSAA & SATB

Friday, November 1, 10:00 PM — Auditions Due

Tuesday, November 12 — Directors Notified

Friday, November 22 — Scholarship Applications Due

Wednesday, December 4 — 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, on-site medical staff, facilities, food, T-shirt, downloadable audio 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 22

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

JOIN ACDA

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 – 8/1/19

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 the Opus Event system, the “DNL” listen option is not available
  • 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

  • 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 EXCERPTS – PDF

SOPRANO I

SOPRANO II

ALTO I & II

TENOR

BARITONE

BASS

SALLEY GARDENS EXCERPTS – 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

Note to Directors:  Please be certain to completely supply all school street address information within the Opus site.  This information is needed for music vendors and recording company to mail out music packets and recordings to each school.

Step By Step Guide To Opus
Honor Choir Successful Audition Tips
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 970 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 – 120 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
  • On-site Medical Staff
  • Rental of performance and rehearsal facilities
  • Liability insurance premiums
  • Food
  • T-shirt
  • Downloadable audio 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