• NEW From VP Ginger Wade, Elementary/Middle School Festival

    Elementary and Middle School teachers! Are you looking to bring your elementary and middle school choirs to a festival? Please consider Arizona Choral Educators Elementary/ Middle School Spring Festival on Saturday April 7th, 2018 at Boulder Creek High School. This is a wonderful opportunity for a formal performance for your choirs with feedback from amazing clinicians as well as an introduction to the festival experience to younger choirs. You can register on the AMEA website under festivals. Registration Opens early February.  Hope to see you there! 
    Posted Jan 27, 2018, 8:09 AM by Darin Shryock

    Greetings High School Choral Directors!


    I’m very pleased to invite you to participate in the ACE Fall Choral Festival! This year the festival will be held over the period of four days in three different locations throughout the state. Matt Henry has agreed to be the sight reading judge for all three sites. The sight reading will be provided again by sightreadingfactory.com. You can go to their website and practice level 3 exercises for free! Here are the details about each of the festival locations:


    Southern Site – Palo Verde High School, Tucson – Tuesday, October 24th

    Clinicians: Alyssa Cossey, University of Arizona – Elliot Jones, Arizona Repertory Singers


    Northern Site – Snowflake High School – Wednesday, October 25th

    Clinicians: GayLin Tutnick, Scottsdale Community College – Ryan Holder, Norther Arizona University


    Central Site – Chandler-Gilbert Community College – Thursday and Friday, October 26th and 27th

    Clinicians: Karen Miskell, Victor Valley College – Matthew Tresler, Irvine Valley College


    Registration will be available HERE on the AMEA website azmea.org on Monday, August 28th. Choirs will be scheduled on a first-come first-served basis. You can access the tentative schedule HEREThe registration deadline is Friday September 29thPlease pass the word along to any directors who you think might be interested. This is a great opportunity for your choirs to work with some outstanding clinicians and be inspired by other choirs. Receiving a rating and participating in the group sight reading are completely optional, however choirs who receive a Superior or Excellent rating on their performance AND a Superior or Excellent rating on their sight reading will qualify for participation in the ACDA spring festival.


    - Ted Gibson

    Director of Choirs and Guitar Instructor - Gilbert Classical Academy - GCA Choirs
    VP of High School Activities - Arizona Choral Educators - ACE
    Technology Liaison - AZ Chapter of American Choral Directors Association - AzACDA
    Posted Aug 20, 2017, 4:09 PM by Darin Shryock
  • All-State/Regional Solo Materials
    Please click on this announcement to find the All-State/Regional Solo Materials for 2017-2018.  We are working to find the most efficient way to share recordings and will post as soon as possible.  Please remember you may use a live accompanist if the provided recordings do not meet your needs.

    Thank you to Ted Gibson, Gaylin Tutnick and the Solo Repertoire Committee.
    Posted Jul 17, 2017, 11:29 AM by Darin Shryock
  • 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
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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.