Thank you all for another successful and productive year of choral music in Arizona.  As we move forward, please keep in mind the 3 main topics from our All-State meeting:

    If you owe it, pay it :)  If an opportunity presents itself to serve - DO IT.  And please communicate needs, wishes and dreams about festivals and events - now is a time of VISION and you, the Choral Educators of Arizona, are the source of that vision.

    Have a wonderful end to your school year.

    Posted May 10, 2016, 2:42 PM by Darin Shryock
  • From Jason Neumann, ACE VP All-State Jazz/Show Choirs:
    Dear Colleagues. Thank you for your participation in yesterday’s all state jazz and show audition process. There were many excellent auditions and it was a pleasure welcoming you to Mountain View. Please note that audition results have now been sent to your email. Please note that if you have students who have made it into a group, our chairs will be forwarding your music packets to you soon. In addition, all schools will be receiving your score sheets either in person or by postal mail.

    We appreciate your continued support of ACE. Please let your specific chair know if you have questions or concerns.


    Jason Neumann
    Arizona Choral Educator's Vice-President
    All-State Jazz/Show Choirs
    Posted Sep 27, 2015, 2:15 PM by Tess Birch
  • Fall Choral Festival - A Message from Ted Gibson, ACE VP Fall Festival

    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 site is Catalina Foothills High School, and the Phoenix-area site is First United Methodist Church in Mesa. 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, 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 only difference is that online exercises are 8 measures long and the exercises provided at the festival will be 16 measures long.

    Registration is now open on the Arizona AMEA website HERE. The registration deadline is September, 25th 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.

    Thank You!

    Posted Sep 8, 2015, 1:56 PM by Darin Shryock
  • Call for Submissions: Performance Ensembles for 2016 AzMEA Conference

    Conference Performance Submissions: If you are interested in having one of your ensembles perform at this year’s AMEA conference (January 28-30, 2016), please submit audio recordings and supporting materials (outlined below) to Darin Shryock (ACE President) NO LATER THAN Friday, October 16, 2015. 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 8, 2015, 8:47 AM by Darin Shryock
  • 2015 All-State Jazz & Show Choir Audition Materials
    Audition materials for the 2015 All-State Jazz & Show Choirs are now available to download from the "Jazz & Show Auditions" tab above!
    Posted Sep 1, 2015, 10:48 AM by Tess Birch
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