• 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
  • All-State Jazz/Show
    Dear Directors,

    I hope this finds you well on your way to a great school year. I know that many of us have been  busy with our first weeks back. I wanted to take a moment to update you on all state jazz and show. The deadline for audition registration is this week. Please make sure you mark your calendars to get those registrations completed. Following that, our chairs will work on the auditions schedule, and we will then share it as soon as it is completed. Please remember that voice part changes are not allowed after registration. The way you register a student is the way they will be required to audition.

    My chairs and I are currently working on finishing the excerpts for auditions and we will post that material soon. Once the material is posted, I will notify you through the list serve that materials are available. Please also encourage new directors in you area to join our list serve so that they can stay aware of important information from ACE throughout the year. Thank you for your continued support of ACE and all that we do.


    Jason Neumann
    Posted Aug 24, 2016, 11:00 AM by Darin Shryock

    Hello High School Choral Directors!

    I would like to take a minute of your highly limited time to encourage you to enroll your ensemble(s) in the Fall Choir Festival hosted by the Arizona Choral Educators. The festival is hosted in both the Tucson and Phoenix areas. The Tucson-area festival will be held on Thursday, October 27th at Catalina Foothills High School, and the Phoenix-area festival will be held on Wednesday and Thursday, October 26th and 27th at Chandler-Gilbert Community College. This year your choirs will get to opportunity to work with some outstanding clinicians. Dr. Ryan Holder (from Northern Arizona Univeristy) and Dr. Sharon Hansen (formerly from University of Wisconsin Milwaukee) will be adjudicating at our Tucson site, and Lori Marie Rios (College of the Canyons and past president of California ACDA) and Dr. Joshua Palkki (California State University Long Beach) will be adjudicating at our Phoenix site. If you have participated in the festival in the past you will notice a few small differences. Here’s what you need to know:

    • 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.
    • Sight Reading has changed slightly (for the better!) 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! The other change has been made in the 2-minute recap period after the first reading of the exercise. Students will now 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 also 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.

    Registration is now open on the Arizona AMEA website HERE. The registration deadline is September, 30th 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 ted.gibson@gilbertschools.net.

    Posted Aug 23, 2016, 9:17 AM by Darin Shryock
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