The Nebraska Choral Directors Association is pleased to announce the 2014 Sing Around Nebraska Honor Choir. This select chorus will be under the direction of Dr. Rollo Dilworth. The choir will be made up of 120-150 students from grades 5 and 6. The event will begin with Friday evening registration and rehearsal, November 7, and will culminate with a concert at O’Donnell Auditorium at Nebraska Wesleyan University on Saturday, November 8.
Rollo A. Dilworth is Professor of Choral Music Education and Chair of Music Education and Music Therapy at Boyer College of Music and Dance at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. More than 150 of Dilworth’s choral compositions and arrangements have been published. He has authored 3 books of choral warm up exercises intended for elementary and secondary choral ensembles. Dilworth has conducted 36 all-state choirs at various levels (elementary, middle school, high school), and has conducted 6 regional honor choirs and 4 national honor choirs (ADCA, OAKE and NAfME). He has appeared as guest conductor for international choral festivals in Canada, England, China, Italy, and Australia.
There are four main purposes for the Sing Around Nebraska Honor Choir:
¨ To provide talented young singers the opportunity to work with and learn from a specialist in the field of children’s voices.
¨ To provide an opportunity for elementary music specialists to observe the work of an artist in the field of children’s choral music.
¨ To experience quality children’s choral repertoire.
¨ To provide an experience that will stimulate singer and music educator alike.
The audition includes the submission of an online application and mp3, due by midnight on Saturday, September 13, 2014, or a paper application and CD, which must be postmarked by September 13, 2014. Each teacher who is currently a member of NCDA is eligible to submit ONE audition for every 15 students in their 5th and 6th grade classes. (For example: if you work with 120 fifth graders and 80 sixth graders, you would be able to send in a total of 13 mp3’s or CDs. If you work with 20 fifth graders and 15 sixth graders, you could send in 2 mp3’s or CDs.)
If accepted, it is understood that the student is expected to commit to this event. In addition, an adult chaperone (teacher or parent) must be present in the room during each chorus rehearsal. Friday night’s lodging is the parent/sponsor’s responsibility. Lunch, snacks, and supper will be provided, but directors/chaperones are responsible for monitoring their students during lunch and snack times.
Participants will be notified of acceptance or rejection by October 1, 2014. Approximately 120-150 students will be selected for the chorus. A registration fee of $65.00 will be due Saturday, October 25 from each student selected. This fee covers organizational expenses, t-shirts, music, rehearsal CD, postage expenses, lunch and dinner on Saturday, snacks, and one complimentary ticket to the concert. Music and a rehearsal CD will be mailed to each director with the notification of acceptance. Each singer needs to come to Lincoln with the music well learned and memorized.
LOCATION: Nebraska Wesleyan University! Registration will begin at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, November 7, at the Rogers Center for Fine Arts on the Nebraska Wesleyan University Campus (5000 St. Paul Avenue). Choir members will attend 2 hours of rehearsal Friday evening (7:00-9:00 pm), and they will rehearse throughout the day on Saturday, November 8. The performance is scheduled for 7:00 pm in the O’Donnell Auditorium on Saturday. Students will be dismissed to parents/chaperones immediately following the rehearsal Friday evening (9:00pm) and after the concert on Saturday evening.
Audition fee: $6.00 non-refundable (payable to NCDA—one check per school, please)
1. Online option:
-Record auditions in mp3 format
-Complete online application: tinyurl.com/SANHonor2014
-Upload mp3’s via web address given at the end of the application.
-Mail audition fee to address below.
2. “Snail Mail” option: Send via US Mail
-Print and complete: Honor choir app 14
In either case, postmark deadline: September 13, 2014. Mail all to:
Tom Michalek, NCDA Children’s Choir Chair
823 Valley Chase Ave.
Hastings, NE 68901
The audition should include the following:
1. At the beginning of the recording, the singer will speak his/her name, grade in school, and the voice part for which he/she is auditioning.
2. Sing “My Country ‘Tis of Thee” (America) unaccompanied.
Sopranos: start on A above middle C
Altos: start on F above middle C.
3. Sing Jubilate Deoin the key of C major, alone without accompaniment beyond a starting pitch. The student will then sing the song a second time, with the director trailing the student in canon on the piano. (The teacher will begin at number 1 when the student reaches number 2; thus creating a canon. The student will finish first, ahead of the piano.)
4. Selected Solo—Sing one verse (and refrain, if there is one) of one of the listed songs. You may accompany the singer with the piano and in any key desired. Please choose from: “Amazing Grace,” “All the Pretty Little Horses,” “Greensleeves,” “Home on the Range,” “Scarborough Fair,” or “Simple Gifts.” Use a simple arrangement. (These are all available in most folk song books).
If you have questions, please contact Tom Michalek firstname.lastname@example.org or cell: 402-699-2342.
September 13, 2014: Postmark Deadline for Application, MP3/CD, and audition fee
October 1, 2014: Notification of Acceptance/Rejection (Music packet mailed to those accepted)
October 26, 2014: Registration Fee Due
November 7 (evening) and 8 (all day), 2014: Honor Choir Dates (Choir members meet in Lincoln)
I teach PreK-5 General Music for the Hastings Public Schools (Morton and Longfellow Elementary Schools) as well as adjunct music education courses for Hastings College. I also assist with the South Central Nebraska Children's Chorale, in residence at Hastings College, and direct the JuBELLation Bell Choir at First United Methodist Church in Hastings. Most importantly, I'm a husband to Amy and dad to Grace.