• 2018 All-State Solo Audition

    On March 20, 2017 at a regularly scheduled meeting of the ACE Board of Directors, the following policy was approved for the 2018 and 2019 All-State Auditions.  It will be presented to the AMEA Board of Directors with the recommendation that it be approved for the 2017 and 2018 Regional Auditions.


    Three questions provided guidance in this decision-making process:

    1.     What is the desire of the ACE constituency?

    2.     How will it benefit students?

    3.     On balance, is it a better process than currently in use?


    The new solo policy was arrived at with integrity and transparency and with the belief that it successfully addresses the guiding questions. 


    In summary:

    ·      All students will prepare a 2-minute solo from the All-State Solo Repertoire List.

    ·      Students may use an accompanist or the provided recorded accompaniment.

    ·      Students will indicate at time of audition whether they are a I or II for their voice part. (This will have no impact on their score.  It will be used for informational purposes on completion of the audition process).

    ·      This policy will be in force for 2 years.

    ·      The sight-reading portion of the audition will remain unchanged.


    Information regarding the process and the All-State Solo Repertoire List is contained in the slide show.  An “information only” session will be held as part of the ACE constituency meeting during All-State on Saturday, April 8 at 9AM.


    The ACE Board would like to thank the Solo Repertoire Committee and those who shared their concerns and recommendations regarding this policy change.

    Posted Mar 27, 2017, 12:11 PM by Darin Shryock

    Greetings ACE members:


    Two years ago you received a notice similar to this one.  Two years ago many of you answered the call.  Two years ago an election was held and some fabulous people were selected to serve on the ACE board.  The term of service is two years and that term expires this spring.


    Today I am giving you notice.  Today I am asking you to answer the call to serve your state, your students and the choral educators that work every day to keep our art form vibrant and thriving.  Today I call on you to nominate yourself to serve on the ACE board for the 2017-2019 term.


    Tomorrow, our students will need opportunity and motivation.  Tomorrow, festivals and conferences will need to be planned.  Tomorrow, opinions will need to be shared.  Tomorrow, clinicians will need to be hired.  Tomorrow, new directors will need guidance and support.  Tomorrow, veteran directors will need inspiration and respect.  Tomorrow, the business of Arizona Choral Educators will continue to be done by energized, motivated and vibrant people like you.


    Throw your hat in the ring.  If you don’t have a hat, get one and throw it in the ring.  If you can’t get one, I’ll give you one :)


    Thank you for the support, respect, advice and encouragement you have provided.  I look forward to serving with you.


    D. Shryock

    President, Arizona Choral Educators

    Posted Nov 2, 2016, 10:59 AM by Darin Shryock
  • Conference Performance Submissions

    This is all in bold because it's important :)  I STRONGLY urge you to submit your ensembles for performance at this year's conference. Even though rejection is a possibility, your submission allows the board to create performance sessions that represent choral music in the state of Arizona.  Perfection is not possible - participation is... but only if you enter the arena.  Let someone else decide if your musical offering fits this year's conference.  Many of you do unique and amazing things every day.  This is a great opportunity to share that with the rest of us :)  The deadline is coming up quickly, so please act on this invitation.

    Enjoy your students, enjoy the music you are making, and have a wonderful year :)

    Conference Performance Submissions: If you are interested in having one of your ensembles perform at this year’s AMEA conference (Feb. 3-4, 2017), please submit audio recordings and supporting materials (outlined below) to Darin Shryock (ACE President) NO LATER THAN Wednesday, October 19, 2016. Notification will be made the following week.  Recordings may be emailed to dshryock@tempeunion.org or you can mail your submissions to:

    Marcos de Niza HS

    Attn: Darin Shryock

    6000 S. Lakeshore Drive

    Tempe, AZ 85283


    Submissions should be 3-5 total songs. Recordings should represent your choir over the past 3 years. Please also send a brief description of your school and your program, as well as sample concert programs or a repertoire list from recent concerts.

    Posted Sep 19, 2016, 1:18 PM by Darin Shryock
  • All-State Jazz Solo Clarification
    In measure 4 of the Soprano solo audition, there is a fall off.  The pdf makes it look like the flag of an eighth note, but it is indeed a fall off as noted in the other 3 parts.  Please help your students interpret this marking.

    Take care and see you at auditions :)
    Posted Aug 31, 2016, 8:33 AM by Darin Shryock
  • Important All-State Jazz/Show Announcement
    Dear Directors,

    Thank you to those of you who have already submitted your auditions for All State Jazz and Show. Please remember that you submissions must be completed by today. I wanted to let you know that our site for auditions has been secured and will be Paradise Valley HS. Audition materials will be posted after auditions close. I will send you another email when that is finished so that you will know when it is complete and you have access to your materials.

    Thanks so much for all you are already doing to prepare your students.


    Jason Neumann
    Posted Aug 26, 2016, 1:49 PM by Darin Shryock
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Arizona Choral Educators (ACE) is a constituent group of the Arizona Music Educators Association (AMEA) which serves the needs of elementary, junior high, high school, and collegiate directors throughout Arizona. AMEA was established in 1939 as a cooperative effort of music educators. Since that time, the association has become affiliated with The National Association for Music Education (NAfME).

ACE sponsors several choral festivals and events throughout the school year. Information about these events can be found on this website as well as on the AMEA website. All registration must be completed through the AMEA website.