Junior High/9th Grade All-State Honor Choir

The California Choral Directors Association board is pleased to announce the 2018 JHS Honor Choir List. The honor choir will be part of the California All-State Music Education Conference (CASMEC) and the High School Honor Choirs concerts. Directors of accepted students, please see your email for further materials and information. If you have any questions, please e-mail Amanda Isaac at amanda.isaac4music@gmail.com. We are so excited to be able to offer this wonderful opportunity for your singers!

Medical/Liability Form (2017-2018)    (emailed to chair by Nov. 30)

Registration Fee:    Click here to pay your registration fee

Rehearsal Tracks

Link to Hotel Block — Hurry! It will fill up FAST!


This year’s conductor is Mr. Anthony Trecek-King, Artistic Director and conductor of the Boston Children’s Chorus.


    • September 1, 2017Online auditions open (Go to Opusevent.com, click on Opus Audition, click on California Junior High All-State Honor Choir towards the bottom of the drop down menu)


    • October 15, 2017:  Auditions close at midnight


    • November 15, 2017:  Sponsors notified of audition results


    • November 30, 2017: Fees to be paid online    (Click Here to pay your fee)


    • December 2017: Music sent to singers upon receipt of required materials via email and payment



    • February 15-17, 2018: Honor Choir rehearsals


  • February 17, 2018: Junior High and Men’s Honor Choir Concert (11:00am) St. Joseph Cathedral, San Jose, CA


All applicants must sing under the direction of and be recommended by a current member of the American Choral Directors Association, California Music Educators Association, or Southern California Vocal Association, who is herein referred to as Sponsor.

Financial Commitment

Audition fee: $15 (non-refundable)

Participation fee: $210 (non-refundable) includes expenses for Honor Choir conductor, accompanist, rehearsal and performance facilities, music packet and rehearsal voice files, concert program, office materials, digital video and audio downloads of the concert, and miscellaneous costs. This fee does not include housing, meals, or travel.


The designated Honor Choir hotels will be listed in the acceptance packet. Students are required to provide and pay for their own housing.


Each Honor Choir participant must be accompanied to San Jose by a parent or other designated chaperone, age 21 or older. It is permissible for one chaperone to be responsible for more than one singer.


Singers and chaperones are responsible for all meal costs in San Jose. We will be rehearsing near the San Jose State University campus, and there are many inexpensive food options around, including the student union.


Honor Choir participants and chaperones will arrange and pay for their own travel.

Rehearsals (subject to change)


    • 10:00-11:45am    Check in (Rotary Summit Center, top floor) Signs will direct you to the registration tables. *Please note: Parking is very limited in downtown San Jose. A suggestion is to park at your hotel and walk over to the Rotary Summit. The walk is about 10-15 minutes from the Honor Choir hotels.


    • 12:30-4:30pm    First Rehearsal (Rotary Summit Center, top floor)


    • 4:30-5:00pm    Short stretch break


    • 5:00-6:30pm    Rehearsal


  • Dismissed at 6:30pm Eat a good dinner and get a good night’s sleep for tomorrow!


    • 9:00am-12:00pm    Rehearsal


    • 12:00-2:00pm    Lunch


    • 2:00-4:00pm    Rehearsal


    • 4:00-6:00pm    Dinner


    • 6:00-8:00pm    Honor Choir Exchange Concert (St. Joseph’s Cathedral) SUBJECT TO CHANGE


  • 9:00-10:00pm    Evening concert


    • 8:45am    Meet at Rotary Summit Center and we will walk to the Cathedral for sound check. We will sit on the risers after sound check and start the concert at 11:00am.


  • 11:00am    Honor Choir Concert at St. Joseph’s Cathedral (Junior High and Men’s)


The Junior High and High School Men’s Honor Choirs Concert will be presented in the beautiful St. Joseph’s Cathedral on Saturday, February 17th at 11:00am. The Cathedral is located at 80 S Market Street, San Jose, CA 95113. Concert Tickets are $10 and will be made available ONLINE one week before the concert. If you plan on attending both concerts (Junior High/Men’s AND Women’s/Mixed), it will require TWO tickets, one to each concert. Tickets are free for conference attendees but you must reserve your tickets in advance.

Online Application Information

Up to 200 singers for each Honor Choir will be selected by audition. All applicants must be sponsored by a current member of ACDA or CMEA, and may be members of school, church, and/or community choral organizations.

Required Vocal Audition Elements

Element 1

Upper Range Vocalization (determine your highest pitch and sing an acapella ascending major scale up to that pitch from low “do” to high “do”). Either solfege or a neutral syllable is acceptable.
*Please state the starting pitch at the beginning of the recording.

Element 2

Lower Range Vocalization (determine your lowest pitch and sing an acapella descending major scale down to that pitch from high “do” to low “do”). Either solfege or a neutral syllable is acceptable.
*Please state the starting pitch at the beginning of the recording.

Element 3

“My Country, ‘Tis of Thee” (America): Sing the first verse unaccompanied beginning on the pitch designated according to your chosen voice part.
(Soprano and Tenor: F; Alto and Bass: D flat)

* Students should not say their name, teacher’s name, or school name.


Helpful hints for recording:

-Files must be in mp3 format in order to upload to Opusevent

-It is helpful to say the name of the ascending and descending scale so adjudicators know the student’s range (ex: C major ascending, A flat major descending).

-Please make sure that all effects are OFF when you are recording. Garage Band can default to a reverb effect when you are recording voices, which can distort the audition recording.

-LISTEN to your uploads after you put them on Opusevent to make sure you have the right tracks uploaded in the right place.

We are looking forward to having your singers audition!

Amanda Isaac
Junior High All-State Chairperson
Choral Director, Norris School District, Bakersfield, Ca

Future Junior High All-State Honor Choir Activities

  • TBA