• From Kirk Douglas, ACE VP All-State Jazz/Show
    Greetings Teachers,

    Hope your year is off to a fantastic start. You will find the excerpts for the All-State Jazz and Show Choir auditions included in this email, as well as on the ACE website. This year our Jazz selections is an arrangement of a swing tune called “Mister Hooper’s Find It In a Minute Book.” Here is a link to download the PDF chart and MP3 demo:


    Jeremy Fox, our Jazz Choir Clinician has selected an excerpt for us starting at measure 73 through 89. We have included the dropbox to a PDF of the chart because the excerpt is as written voice part, and in the event you wanted to practice it with your singers altogether, you will have that ability. Ryan Holder will be working with our Jazz Clinic Choir this year.

    Paul Gulsvig and Kye Brackett will serve as our Show Choir Clinicians. For that audition we will be using Shut Up and Dance.

    Auditions will once again be at Boulder Creek High School located at 40404 N. Gavilan Peak Blvd in Anthem on September 15th. Registration for the Jazz and Show Choirs are open and being collected until Friday, August 25th. Please list any conflicts any students may have on your form to avoid any schedule conflicts. If your student is selected, the Festival will take place at Horizon High School on November 15th-17th.

    Our Jazz Choir Chairperson is Meg Foote
    Jazz Clinic Choir Chairperson is Robin Neely
    Show Choir Chairperson is Chris Hughes.
    I am the of VP Jazz and Show activities.

    Please let any of us know if you have questions.
    All My Best,
    Kirk Douglas
    Posted Aug 22, 2018, 1:52 PM by Darin Shryock
  • From Jordan Rakita, ACE VP Fall Festival

    Hello High School Choral Directors!


    I would like to welcome you back from what was hopefully a relaxing summer. Let me be the first to encourage you to register your ensemble(s) in the Fall Choir Festival hosted by the Arizona Choral Educators. The festival is hosted in the Flagstaff, Tucson and Phoenix areas. The Flagstaff-area festival will be held on Monday, October 29th at Flagstaff High School, the Tucson-area festival will be held on Tuesday, October 30th at Catalina Foothills High School, and the Phoenix-area festival will be held on Thursday and Friday, November 1st and 2nd at Chandler-Gilbert Community College. This year your choirs will get to opportunity to work with some outstanding clinicians. Dr. Kevin Kriegel (from Glendale Community College) and Danya Tiller (from Phoenix Girls Chorus) will be adjudicating at our Flagstaff site, Dr. Miguel Felipe (from University of Arizona) and Dr. David Ashcraft (from University of Arizona) will be adjudicating at our Tucson site, and Dr. Charlene Archibeque (from San Jose State University) and Dr. John Byun (from Riverside City College) will be adjudicating at our Phoenix site. Some important information:


    • Scheduling is limited. Ensembles will be scheduled on a first come, first served basis. That being said, I will keep a live, in-progress schedule posted HERE so that you can see if there are viable time slots available before you register. Once you have registered you will be required to pay even if your assigned performance slot is not ideal. I will make every effort to facilitate all the ensembles and will publish a finalized schedule when registration is closed.
    • The sight reading exercises will be available in SSA, SA, TB, TTB, TBB, SAB, and SATB at the director’s discretion. These exercises have been provided by SightReadingFactory.com. You can go HERE and create your own, free sight reading exercises for your choir to prepare! A reminder in regards to the 2-minute recap period after the first reading of the exercise. Students will be allowed to sing during these two minutes. They may sing individually or in sections, but cannot sing the exercise all together homophonically. Directors are still not allowed to sing other than the tonic triad and starting pitches.
    • We have aligned our adjudication process more closely with state standards and choral education goals. The new performance adjudication form will include numeric values for each of the ten evaluation criteria which will be added for a total point value, from which your rating will be determined. The sight reading adjudication form also has specific point values which will be awarded based on a detailed rubric. You can find these forms HERE if you would like to examine them further.
    • If you receive a Superior Rating, you are encouraged to submit a recording for the AMEA Conference. The AMEA Conference Performances will be February 1-2, 2019. Your recording must be submitted by November 10th to camicoff@gmail.com.

    Registration is now open on the Arizona AMEA website HERE. The registration deadline is September, 28th but there may be very limited time slots available if you wait to register. Please read your ACE handbook (also available at the AMEA website HERE) for complete details. If you have any questions you can email me at jrakita@heritageacademyaz.com.

    Posted Aug 22, 2018, 1:50 PM by Darin Shryock
  • Teaching Position Open

    Peoria Unified has opportunities for Elementary Choir. For educators who would be interested, we would encourage them to go to https://www.peoriaunified.org/Page/1  to learn more about our District and our Arts Department. Once individuals are there they there they can also apply on-line for a position with Peoria Unified https://www.peoriaunified.org/Domain/166  We will be conducting interviews in person, by phone and over Skype as needed for those who have applied.  We are always excited to talk with educators more about the potential of a future position and to share even more about the Arts programming for students as well as more about Arts within the Peoria Unified School District.

    Robert Panzer

    Director of Arts Education

    Peoria Unified School District

    623 486-6062

    Posted Jun 14, 2018, 1:33 PM by Darin Shryock
  • Eric Whitacre and Avi Kaplan Honor Choir Festival
    Greetings Arizona Choral Educators.

    Please take a moment to remind your students that registration for the Eric Whitacre and Avi Kaplan Honor Choir Festival  Festival is this Friday, April 6.  

    *Please note that, per AMEA policy, you must accompany your student to any AMEA/ACE/ABODA festival or have an "Official Designee" with a letter signed by your principal.

    ACE and McClintock HS present The Eric Whitacre and Avi Kaplan(formerly of Pentatonix) Honor Coir Festival!

    Come join us for this epic event held at McClintock HS May 25 & 26, 2018.  Rehearsals and performance will take place at McClintock HS. 

    Please send musically capable singers to attend.  You may send 4 singers or 44 singers…just make sure it’s balanced as much as possible.  

    We will rehearse on Friday 5/25 3:30-9:00pm (subject to change).  This rehearsal will be led by John Byun, director of choral/vocal activities at Riverside City College, CA.  

    Saturday 5/26 – check in at 9:00am.  Rehearsal, Q & A sessions, with Eric and Avi throughout the day culminating in a concert for family and friends at 7pm. (detailed schedule to follow)

    Music – we will sing songs by Eric Whitacre, conducted by Eric and also perform charts by Pentatonix and originals from Avriel and the Sequoias.  Avi will sing along with the choir!

    Cost - $150 per singer (covers all music and all festival costs)

    General Admission for Concert - $20 (please preorder…as I’m sure it will sell out!)

    Send completed applications to john.byun@rcc.edu no later than April 6, 2018.  
    Payment can be mailed, checks made out to Jbproductions Sent to John Byun 36255 Trail Creek Cir Wildomar, CA 92595
    or processed through PayPal at jbproductionsfestivals@gmail.com

    I hope you can join us for this amazing festival!! Eric and Avi are super stoked to bring this festival to AZ and the amazing choral programs.  
    Posted Apr 3, 2018, 9:52 AM by Darin Shryock
  • 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
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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.