Thursday, February 13, 2020


DATE: Thursday, February 13, 2020


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

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


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


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


Thursday, February 13, 2020
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 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


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



Tuesday, November 12 — Directors Notified

Friday, November 22 — Scholarship Applications Due (Parents)

Wednesday, December 4 — Student Registration and Fees Due (Teachers)

Registration Fee

The state honor choir registration fee is $124 per student which includes fees 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.

Payment Process

Parents: Include check payment made out to your child’s institution/school.

Teachers: Group all registration payments together and pay by credit card directly to ACDA-MN using the registration form at: (Do not pay to Opus Events).

NOTE: If credit card payment is not an option, please submit all individual student registration fees with one institutional or personal check payable to ACDA-MN and send the check to:

Bruce W. Becker
Executive Director
13288 Downey Trail
Apple Valley, MN 55124

Refund Policy

The ACDA-MN State Honor Choir program bases its projected budget on the number of selected participants and plans for accordingly. Student registration fees cover the following contracted costs: meals/snacks, t-shirt, printed music, design and printing of programs, two concert tickets, artistic fees for conductor, accompanist and instrumentalists, postage and shipping costs, travel expenses, administrative services, web services, recording services, facility rental, and liability insurance.

Students withdrawing from the honor choir program up to five weeks prior to honor choir day will be issued a full refund if a suitable alternate can be located and placed into the choir. After five weeks, students withdrawing from the honor choir program will not be eligible for a refund.

Partial refunds will be considered on a case-by case basis if the student absence is the result of a sudden medical or family emergency, provided that sufficient notification was directed to the designated ACDA-MN honor choir co-chair, in advance of the honor choir day.

Students who are absent will receive their t-shirt and the CD recording of the performance through their home director.

  • Scholarships are available for Registration Fees. Please see “SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE” section for details.


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


The ACDA-MN Honor Choir leadership team wishes to clarify basic expectations for appropriate student behavior during honor choir day. Student Behavior Contracts should be distributed to selected students and their parents for signatures and returned to the ACDA-MN office with Director’s Return Form and Student Registration Forms.


Directors will distribute all letters and forms directly to the students. Please refer to “FORMS” page on the menu of this website to download the following forms:

  • Director’s Return Form
  • Student Registration Form / Medical Release Form
  • Student Behavior Contract
  • Letter to Director
  • Student Congratulations Letter
  • Student Regrets Letter


Repertoire packets for each selected student will be sent to each director shortly after select notification. Here follows a list of repertoire to be learned by the students prior to honor choir day:

9-10 TBB


9-10 SSAA


9-10 SATB



9-10 TBB
Rehearsal Notes

9-10 SSAA
Rehearsal Notes

9-10 SATB
Rehearsal Notes


As a member of ACDA-MN, you will receive a complimentary concert ticket to any of the honor choir concerts during any of the three weekend offerings. While at the February concert during the MMEA Mid-Winter Clinic, your clinic badge or ACDA membership card can be presented for free admission.


As a policy, the Honor Choir Co-Chairs select and place

  • 7-8: Up to five students per school, per group
  • 9-10: Up to fifteen students per school assigned to three groups
  • 4-5-6: Up to five students per school, per group

Occasionally, in order to ensure overall high quality of the choir, or in the case of a student withdrawal, more students per school could be selected. In other words, selected students with qualifying audition scores will be entitled to receive additional consideration, if needed.


please wear your concert attire (black pants) for the day if possible. Students will receive honor choir t-shirt upon arrival at the morning registration site.

Rehearsals – black pants, comfortable top

Concert – black pants, honor choir t-shirt, black shoes (no high heels recommended)


Ticket2 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.

Please note that due to a large percentage of tickets being lost or misplaced by students, ACDA-MN will not be distributing complimentary concert tickets to parents this year. Families unable to afford two parent tickets should contact the ACDA-MN Executive Director at:

PURCHASE TICKETS ONLINE — To avoid long lines, parents may conveniently purchase tickets in advance by going to Brown Paper Tickets. Please click here for links to purchase tickets online .


Professional (audio and video) recordings will be made during the performance. One audio download is included in the cost of the student registration fee.

Please note that ACDA-MN will discontinue offering CD recordings as of the 2019-20 school year.

Additional recordings may be ordered and purchased at the concert site. No audio or video recording by concert patrons is allowed.


ACDA-MN has engaged a private professional photographer to capture a formal group photo.  For further information contact Bruce Maeda Photography at  Order forms will be available in the lobby.


Concert patrons may utilize area surface parking lots and ramps near the performance site at the prevailing rates.


Due to needed rehearsal time just prior to the performance, concert patrons will not be permitted into the seating area until ½ hour prior to the concert.


IMPORTANT NOTICE — In order to avoid dumping over 1,000 one-time use plastic water bottles into the environment during our honor choir season, ACDA-MN will not be providing bottled water to honor choir students at lunch time.  Students are requested to bring refillable water bottles (labeled with students’ name) to honor choir day.


Students are encouraged to eat a good breakfast prior to your early arrival at the rehearsal site. A mid-morning snack along with a noon lunch will be served. If singers have food allergies, or desire a vegetarian meal, please indicate that information on the Student Registration Form.

Please note that students with gluten-free or vegan diet preferences should BRING THEIR OWN FOOD to honor choir day.


Congratulations on your child being selected for one of the most prestigious honors in choral music, that of becoming a member of the ACDA-MN State Honor Choir program!

There are few important items for you to accomplish within the next several weeks.

1 — Sign the Student Registration Form (located on the “FORMS” page)

2 — Along with your student, sign the Student Behavior Contract (located on the ‘FORMS” page)

3 — Submit payment of $124 by check payable to your child’s institution/school

Return payment prior to the posted deadlines to your child’s choral director:

9-10 TBB/SSAA/SATB Honor Choir Wednesday, December 4

The student registration fee will cover the following expenses: Guest conductor artistic fees and travel expenses, accompanist, instrumentalists, on-site medical staff, rental of performance and rehearsal facilities, liability insurance, food, T-shirt, downloadable audio recording of the concert and administrative support services.

Parents please assist our state honor choir program by monitoring your student’s regular progress in rehearsing and thoroughly preparing the music.

Please see the Rehearsal Track section for the required music.

  • 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:

Holiday Inn Express
225 South 11th Street
Minneapolis MN 55403

Phone: 612.341.3300
Toll Free: 800.870.0114

Room rates available for Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Single: $99 plus tax (13.15%)
Double/Triple/Quad: $109 plus tax (13.15%)
Includes full breakfast

Cut off date to reserve rooms: Thursday, January 23, 2020

Parking available across street: $15

Room Block Code: ACD