Saturday, May 1, 2021

GUEST CONDUCTORS

Henry Leck

BOYS CHOIR
Henry Leck
Butler University
Indianapolis IN, (ret)

Bio / Info

Karen Howard

GIRLS CHOIR
Karen Howard

University of St. Thomas
St. Paul MN

Bio / Info

NEW THIS YEAR – EXPANDED ACCESS

GENDER ACCESS:

It is ACDA-MN’s intent to regard the emotional well being of our singers based upon gender or voicing. It is our priority to be transparent and place students with efficiency and consistency. Transgender and gender expansive students may be placed in ANY honor choir in which they feel comfortable. However, as a minimal expectation, the student must be able to meet all of the musical requirements for that ensemble, including demonstrating the necessary vocal range for the voice part in which they are auditioning.

NEW SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION FORM:

The need-based scholarship application form has been revised to remove tax documentation required for families to report income. Instead, two supportive statements will now be provided by the

  • parents/guardians to explain financial need
  • Student statement of expected personal growth in the honor choir experience

Scholarship application forms will be available in these printed translations:

  • English, also available in on-line version
  • Spanish
  • Somali
  • Hmong

6th GRADE SINGER WITH VOICE CHANGE:

Upon consultation with and recommendation from the home choral director, a 6th grade singer who is experiencing voice change and whose range is more suited as a cambiata, tenor or baritone, will be permitted to audition for the 7-8 CTB honor choir.

AUDITION SONG:

Dona Nobis Pacem” will be the audition song for BOTH 4-5-6 Boys’ and Girls’ honor choirs.

ACDA-MN STATE HONOR CHOIRS

DATE: Saturday, May 1, 2021

CONCERT TIME: 5:30 PM

REHEARSAL & CONCERT LOCATION: St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church, Mahtomedi, MN

DOWNLOAD 4-5-6 BOYS’ SCHEDULE IN PDF
DOWNLOAD 4-5-6 GIRLS’ SCHEDULE IN PDF

AUDITION TIMELINE

4-5-6 BOYS & GIRLS

Friday, February 19, 10:00 PM — Auditions Due

Tuesday, March 2 — Directors Notified

Friday, March 12 — Scholarship Applications Due

Wednesday, March 24 — 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, professional rehearsal tracks, 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 date listed below.

Scholarship Applications Due Date:

4-5-6 Honor Choirs: Friday, March 12, 2021

NEW SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION FORM:

The need-based scholarship application form has been revised to remove tax documentation required for families to report income. Instead, two supportive statements will now be provided by the

  • Parents/guardians to explain financial need
  • Student statement of expected personal growth in the honor choir experience

Scholarship application forms will be available in these printed translations:

  • English, also available in on-line version
  • Spanish
  • Somali
  • Hmong

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
  • Directors may utilize the “DNL” (Do Not Listen) option
  • Save recording in mp3 format Only

SAMPLE AUDITION AUDIO FILES – MP3

Boys Scale:

Girls Scale:

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 – F
    Low – D

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

Download Both Keys 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

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 950 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
  • Professional Rehearsal Tracks
  • 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