• Recommendations to the ACE Board from the All-State Solo Repertoire Committee

    After reading the following, please email comments to any committee member or ACE President at dshryock.tempeunion.org - keep all comments professional and constructive.  These recommendations were generated with great thought, understanding and integrity.  All comments should be generated in the same manner.


    The ACE Board will vote on this recommendation in March and will present the results of that vote at the All-State meeting.


    Thank you again to the Repertoire Committee for your time, knowledge and great care for our students.



    REPERTOIRE COMMITTEE:       GayLin Tutnick-Saguaro High School-chair

    Dr. Sammy Brauer-Coronado High School

    Kirk Douglas-Boulder Creek High School

    Greg Hebert-Corona Del Sol High School

    Joey Johnston-Red Mountain High School

    Rachel Stoddard-Private Voice teacher, parent

     

    SURVEY RESULTS:

    Last spring a survey was sent to ACE members regarding proposed changes to the vocal solo Auditions for Regional and All State. There were 66 responses.  The results were as follows:

     

    ·         71% were in favor of making a change in the current practice of allowing    

              students to choose any solo they want without regard to range.

    ·         59% were in favor of a small repertoire list, 21% were in favor of a

              prescribed solo, and 20% were not in favor of a change.

    ·         42% wanted to have recorded accompaniments provided, 39% wanted to   

             keep the current accompanist scenario, 19% wanted an acapella solo.

    ·         77% were in favor of changing the current practice of assigning voice part   

              by seat number.  23% thought we should keep the current system.

     

    Because there was a high percentage of teachers who wanted to see changes made, ACE VP for All State Activities, GayLin Tutnick was directed to chair a committee to make proposals for constituent review and adoption.

     

    The Repertoire Committee met on Dec. 26 and collaborated to come up with a small repertoire list of six songs to be used for students to audition for Regional and All State Choir.  Here are some of the parameters that were agreed upon for ACE Board consideration:

     

    1. Vocal solos will be in prescribed keys for each voice part, SI-B2, with SI and TI being in the same key and SII and TII, AI and BI, AII and BII corresponding similarly.

     

    2.              This change could either cause an increase of the size of of the Regional Choir from 100 to 104, so that there are 13 each of SI-B2, instead of 25 SATB.  Another scenario would put the top twelve SI-B2 students in the Regional Choir with the final seat in the section going to the student with the highest score, whether they are a I or II, which would give each section thirteen of part I and twelve of part II or vice versa.

     

    3. The committee has recommended three Italian arts songs and three English Art songs.  German and French pieces were also discussed, however every member of the committee agreed that most voice students don’t start studying that literature until their second or third year of college, and it was therefore unrealistic to ask for those advanced skills from high school students.  The songs that have been recommended are as follows:


    ITALIAN SONGS

    Keys

    SI/TI

    SII/TII

    AI/BI

    AII/BII

    TOP 3 RECOMMENDED FROM THE COMMITTEE

    VITTORIA MIO CORE-OCTAVE & 4TH

    D

    C

    A

    G

    CARO MIO BEN-OCTAVE & m3 LENGTH 2:30

    F

    Eb

    C

    Bb

    GIA IL SOLE DAL GANGE-OCT & 2ND

    Bb

    Ab

    Eb

    C

    ENGLISH LIST

    RECOMMENDED LIST

    WHERE E'ER YOU WALK-OCT & 2ND

    Bb

    G

    F

    Eb

    NOW SLEEPS THE CRIMSON PETAL-OCT. & MINOR 3RD

    G

    F

    Eb

    D

    WHITHER MUST I WANDER-OCT, & 4TH (FIRST VERSE ONLY)

    G

    F

    Eb

    C


    4.  The committee highly recommends that accompaniments be recorded for the auditions and posted on the ACE Webpage so that the students may practice, thus eliminating the need for accompanists, the conflicts and delays created by the lack of good accompanists, and simultaneously leveling the playing field and simplifying the audition process.

     

    5.  The adjudication form would likely need to be changed to reflect these changes.  One of the major complaints about judges is the amount of writing that needs to be done.  If the form could be simplified so that the judges did more checking of boxes instead of writing, we would be able to get more willing adjudicators. Online forms are also used in some states.

     

    6.  The Committee would like to present these ideas to the constituency at the All State meeting in April, and welcomes your input. Please e-mail your support, ideas or concerns to gtutnick@susd.org, or any of the committee members you are comfortable with.

     

    7.  With the money saved from the rental pianos it has been suggested by Region Chairs that ACE purchase BlueTooth speakers.

    Posted Feb 21, 2017, 10:53 AM by Darin Shryock
  • CALL FOR NOMINATIONS

    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.

    Sincerely,

    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.