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From Jordan Rakita, ACE VP Fall Festival

posted Aug 22, 2018, 1:50 PM by Darin Shryock

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 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

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