ELEMENTARY HONOR CHOIR
(SSA, Unchanged, grades 5-6)
Dr. Angela Broeker, conductor
Western Washington University

MIDDLE LEVEL MIXED HONOR CHOIR (SA(C)TB, grades 7-8)
Dr. Tim Fredstrom and Dr. Carol Krueger, conductors
Illinois State University and Valdosta State University

HIGH SCHOOL SSAA HONOR CHOIR
(SSAA, grades 9-12)
Dr. Glen Thomas Rideout, conductor
First Unitarian Universalist Congregation, Ann Arbor

HIGH SCHOOL TTBB HONOR CHOIR
(TTBB, grades 9-12)
Dr. Jessica Napoles, conductor
University of North Texas

JOINING VOICES FESTIVAL CHOIR
(SATB, High School/Collegiate age)
Dr. Anton Armstrong, conductor and
Dr. Therees Hibbard, clinician
St. Olaf College

AUDITION/APPLICATION INFORMATION

Auditions for Elementary, Middle Level, and High School Choirs will be submitted through Opus Event. Applications for the Joining Voices Festival Choir will be submitted through Google Forms.

ADDED September 20th–We have created these two-page information flyers so directors can send them home with singer applicants.
Honor Choir Participant Information
Joining Voices Festival Choir Participant Information

AUDITION/APPLICATION WINDOW: August 30, 2019 through October 7, 2019 (must be submitted by 11:59 pm)

AUDITION FEE: $30 (non-refundable)
Opus now provides a feature for directors to send payment links directly to the applicant’s Parent/Guardian. Directors will be able to do this from their Opus home page. Parents/Guardians then click the link received and arrive at a secure payment page.
**There is no audition fee for the Joining Voices Festival Choir. The equivalent fee is included in the participation fee for the ensemble.

PARTICIPATION FEES (if accepted)
$130 – Elementary Honor Choir
$155 – Middle Level Mixed Honor Choir
$170 – High School SSAA Honor Choir
$170 – High School TTBB Honor Choir
$120 – Joining Voices Festival Choir

DEADLINES
OCTOBER 7, 2019: Audition deadline (must be submitted by 11:59 pm)
October 28, 2019: Notification of selection
November 11, 2019: Participation confirmation (forms/participation fees due)
November 18, 2019: Honor choir music/info mailed to participants
March 4, 2019: Joining Voices Festival Choir, rehearsals and performance
March 5-7, 2019: Middle Level, SSAA HS, and TTBB HS rehearsals and performance
March 6-7, 2019: Elementary rehearsals and performance
**All performances take place at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts

AUDITION INSTRUCTIONS-HONOR CHOIRS

The audition elements vary depending on the honor choir for which your student auditions. Links for all required elements are below. Please read the requirements carefully.

1) Go to Opus Event.com to submit audition recordings. Directors of students who audition must be current ACDA members. Login with your OpusEvent email and password.
2) Pay the audition fee on OpusEvent.com BEFORE uploading the audition. Auditions cannot be uploaded until the audition fee has been paid. Directors can have the Parent/Guardian pay this fee by selecting the audition application on your Home Page and then clicking on the Email Paylink option (this link is found above your list of applications).
Sample email text: “Your child is planning to audition for a Cental/North Central Honor Choir, rehearsing and performing in Milwaukee, WI during the 2020 C/NC American Choral Directors Association Joining Voice Conference, March 4-7, 2019. Specific dates for your child’s honor choir are found on the organization website. At this time, please submit $30 audition fee using the link provided in this email.”
3) Do not state the student name, grade, school or director information on any of the recordings.
4) Record and upload each of the 3 audition elements as separate tracks. The director is responsible to ensure that each student’s auditions are uploaded correctly and ethically. The student listed is performing each audition element. Each audition element adheres to all given directions including key provided. Each audition element is uploaded under the correct category.
5) Check the OpusEvent.com verification statement: “I verify that each recording adheres to the guidelines of the digital ethics agreement and has not been manipulated or enhanced in any way.”

DIGITAL ETHICS AGREEMENT
Sponsoring teachers and students are responsible for adhering to the following digital ethics agreement.
1) Sound files may not be manipulated or enhanced in any way. Record in a traditional rehearsal space. The space should not
be too “live” (like a cathedral)  or too “dead” (like a carpeted  room with a low ceiling) to avoid the impression of an enhanced recording. If the recording is determined  to have been altered,  the student will not be eligible for participation. The ACDA Executive Committee’s decision will be final.
2) The sponsoring teacher must be in the room when the audition is recorded. If there are multiple teachers in a school/program, this may be delegated to a member of the team.

HOUSING AND MEALS
Parents or legal guardians are responsible for making housing reservations for their singers in the Central/NCACDA designated hotel. Hotel contact information will be included in acceptance letters. Accepted participants MUST stay in the designated hotel. The cost of meals and other expenses is the responsibility of each singer/family. Parents or legal guardians are responsible for all supervision when singers are not in rehearsal or performance. Commuting will not be permitted.

CHAPERONES/SECURITY
ACDA Honor Choir policy requires one parent or legal guardian to chaperone and be housed with his/her child in the same room.  In the event that a parent or legal guardian is unable to attend the conference, the parent or legal guardian may appoint another adult to serve as chaperone and, upon the singer’s acceptance, must indicate this intent in the registration form.

AUDITION ELEMENTS

ELEMENTARY HONOR CHOIR
DO NOT LIST student name, grade, school or director information on any of the recordings. Each of the 3 audition elements must be recorded and uploaded as SEPARATE TRACKS.

1-Scale
Sing an unaccompanied ascending and descending major scale using solfège, numbers, or a neutral syllable showing the applicant’s top and bottom range and the ability to sing in tune. Humming is not permitted. Your teacher may provide the starting pitch. Please STATE THE STARTING NOTE of the scale BEFORE the singer begins.

2-America (My Country ‘Tis of Thee)
Sing the first verse of America (My Country ‘Tis of Thee) at a moderate tempo, UNACCOMPANIED, in one of the three keys listed below. STATE THE KEY in which you are singing BEFORE you begin. Your teacher may provide the starting pitch.
Soprano 1 – G Major (starting pitch=G above Middle C)
Soprano 2 – F Major (starting pitch=F above Middle C)
Alto – E Major (starting pitch=E above Middle C)

3- Prepared Solo
Sing 60-90 seconds of a Folk Song (such as The Water is Wide, Shenandoah, Down in the Valley, etc.), an Art Song, a Hymn, or an Aria in English or other language. Limit the introduction to 5 seconds. Pop music of any type will not be accepted. The solo may be sung with or without accompaniment. The solo should demonstrate the best quality and range of the voice. 

MIDDLE LEVEL MIXED HONOR CHOIR
DO NOT LIST student name, grade, school or director information on any of the recordings. Each of the 3 audition elements must be recorded and uploaded as SEPARATE TRACKS.

1-Scales
Sing two major scales (scale = eight tones) on a neutral syllable or solfège – humming is not permitted – one from the middle of your range to the lowest accurate note and the other from the middle of your range to the highest accurate note (including treble/falsetto register). STATE THE STARTING NOTE of the scale BEFORE you begin. Your teacher may provide the starting pitch.

2-America (My Country ‘Tis of Thee)
Sing the first verse of America (My Country ‘Tis of Thee) at a moderate tempo, UNACCOMPANIED, in one of the keys listed below, appropriate for your voice part. STATE THE KEY in which you are singing BEFORE you begin. Your teacher may provide the starting pitch.
Soprano  – G Major (starting pitch=G above Middle C)
Alto – E Major (starting pitch=E above Middle C)
Cambiata – Starting pitch will be at the discretion of the instructor based on the singer’s vocal comfort
Tenor – A Major (starting pitch=A below Middle C)
Baritone/Bass – E Flat Major (starting pitch=E flat below Middle C)

3-Prepared Solo
Sing 60-90 seconds of a Folk Song (such as The Water is Wide, Shenandoah, Down in the Valley, etc.), an Art Song, a Hymn, or an Aria in English or other language. Limit the introduction to 5 seconds. Pop music of any type will not be accepted. The solo may be sung with or without accompaniment. The solo should demonstrate the best quality and range of the voice.

HIGH SCHOOL SSAA HONOR CHOIR
DO NOT LIST student name, grade, school or director information on any of the recordings. Each of the 3 audition elements must be recorded and uploaded as SEPARATE TRACKS.

1-Scale
Sing a major scale, UNACCOMPANIED, in the key corresponding with your voice type. You may use numbers, solfège, or a neutral syllable. Humming is not permitted. Your teacher may provide the starting pitch.
All SSAA Scales
Soprano 1 – A flat, second space on treble clef, ascending then descending
Soprano 2 – G, second line on treble clef, ascending then descending
Alto 1 – E flat, first line on treble clef, ascending then descending
Alto 2 – F, first space on treble clef, descending then ascending

2-America (My Country ‘Tis of Thee)
Sing the first verse of America (My Country ‘Tis of Thee) at a moderate tempo, UNACCOMPANIED, in one of the keys listed below, appropriate for your voice part. STATE THE KEY in which you are singing BEFORE you begin. Your teacher may provide the starting pitch.
S1 A Major (starting pitch=A above Middle C)           
S2 – G Major (starting pitch=G above Middle C)
A1 – E Major (starting pitch=E above Middle C)             
A2 D Major (starting pitch=D above Middle C)

3-Prepared Solo
Sing 60-90 seconds of a Folk Song (such as The Water is Wide, Shenandoah, Down in the Valley, etc.), an Art Song, a Hymn, or an Aria in English or other language. Limit the introduction to 5 seconds. Pop music of any type will not be accepted. The solo may be sung with or without accompaniment. The solo should demonstrate the best quality and range of the voice.

HIGH SCHOOL TTBB HONOR CHOIR
DO NOT LIST student name, grade, school or director information on any of the recordings. Each of the 3 audition elements must be recorded and uploaded as SEPARATE TRACKS.

1-Scale
Sing a major scale, UNACCOMPANIED, in the key corresponding with your voice type. You may use numbers, solfège, or a neutral syllable. Humming is not permitted. Your teacher may provide the starting pitch.
All TTBB Scales
Tenor 1 – F, fourth line of bass clef, ascending then descending
Tenor 2 – E flat, third space of bass clef, ascending then descending
Bass 1 – D, third line of bass clef, ascending then descending
Bass 2 – F, fourth line of bass clef, descending then ascending

2-America (My Country ‘Tis of Thee)
Sing the first verse of America (My Country ‘Tis of Thee) at a moderate tempo, UNACCOMPANIED, in one of the keys listed below, appropriate for your voice part. STATE THE KEY in which you are singing BEFORE you begin. Your teacher may provide the starting pitch.
T1 B major (starting pitch=B below Middle C)
T2 A Major (starting pitch=A below Middle C)   
B1 E Major (starting pitch=E below Middle C) 
B2 – D Major (starting pitch=D below Middle C)

3-Prepared Solo
Sing 60-90 seconds of a Folk Song (such as The Water is Wide, Shenandoah, Down in the Valley, etc.), an Art Song, a Hymn, or an Aria in English or other language. Limit the introduction to 5 seconds. Pop music of any type will not be accepted. The solo may be sung with or without accompaniment. The solo should demonstrate the best quality and range of the voice.

Questions regarding honor choirs can be directed to Lynn Seidl, Honor Choir Coordinator (Elementary, Middle Level, High School SSAA, and High School TTBB) at 2020cnchonorchoirs@gmail.com.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS-JOINING VOICES FESTIVAL CHOIR

The Joining Voices Festival Choir is open to high school/college age singers who will apply to participate in pairs. The festival choir will be conducted by Dr. Anton Armstrong, with integrated body singing sessions led by Dr. Therees Hibbard. Rehearsals will take place on Wednesday, March 4th and the choir will sing on the Marcus Center main stage during the conference opening night concert. March 4th is also Immersion Day: a day focused on working with singers who have a variety of specific needs, with special emphasis on creating meaningful connections between singers with varying abilities. ACDA member/directors are encouraged to seek out and submit applications for cross-ability pairs of singers, one of whom must be a singer who experiences challenges related to disability. We encourage singer partners who would like to sing with, and support family members and friends with a variety of physical, sensory, and cognitive challenges.

1) Go to the Joining Voices Festival Choir Application Form to submit your application form. Directors of singers who audition must be current ACDA members. ACDA member/directors may submit up to five singer pairs per organization. Priority will be given based on application submission date and applicants will be considered in the order they appear in the application.
2) Application components include the name and age of each applicant as well as a video.
3) Video instructions (you may pause and restart recording so that participants can be prepared for each segment of the recording)
With your singing partner, please record a video using your cell phone, iPad, or computer. The length of your video should be no more than 3 minutes. Please include the following:
Tell us your names and ages.
Tell us about any choir experience you have had — be sure to include both singers.
Tell us something interesting about yourselves.
Tell us why you would like to be a part of the Joining Voices Festival Choir.
Either alone, or preferably together, sing approximately 60 seconds of something you enjoy singing. You can sing with or without accompaniment. This can be a folk song, a segment of a choral composition or arrangement, a favorite song from a musical, or even a pop song. Save your video using your ACDA Member/Director’s last name and the number your director assigned to your team.

CHAPERONES/SECURITY
ACDA Honor Choir policy requires one parent or legal guardian to chaperone and be housed with his/her child in the same room. In the event that a parent or legal guardian is unable to attend the conference, the parent or legal guardian may appoint another adult to serve as chaperone and, upon the singer’s acceptance, must indicate this intent in the registration form. Collegiate students who are their own guardians are not included in this statement.

HOUSING AND MEALS
Parents or legal guardians are responsible for making housing reservations for their singers in the Central/NCACDA designated hotel. Hotel contact information will be included in acceptance letters. Accepted participants MUST stay in the designated hotel. The cost of meals and other expenses is the responsibility of each singer/family. Parents or legal guardians are responsible for all supervision when singers are not in rehearsal or performance. Commuting will not be permitted.

Timelines for the selection of the Joining Voices Festival Choir will be the as posted above:
OCTOBER 7, 2019: Application deadline (must be submitted by 11:59 pm)
October 28, 2019: Notification of selection
November 11, 2019: Participation confirmation (forms/participation fees due)
November 18, 2019: Festival choir music/info mailed to participants
March 4, 2019: Joining Voices Festival Choir, rehearsals and evening performance

Questions regarding the festival choir can be directed to Dr. Lynda Laird, Joining Voices Festival Choir Coordinator at 2020cnchonorchoirs@gmail.com.