Honor Choirs

An update on Fall 2020 Regional Honor Choirs

Dear Colleagues,

The CCDA executive board has made the difficult decision to suspend our Coastal and Central Regional Honor Choirs this year. As with our beloved summer conference, it has become clear that it just won’t be possible – or, more importantly, safe – to bring our students together in the fall to sing in our ensembles.

Please keep checking this page for updates to the audition process for All State for the fall of 2020, since they cannot be in person. CCDA is committed to giving our students an All State experience for the 2020-2021 school year, even if it looks different than normal. There is no formal word about All State at this time, but as soon as a decision is made we will let you know.

And as our President’s Council stated, please remain connected with us during this difficult time. We will continue to converse with you via our online platforms, and will reach out directly in Cantate. Your board is dedicated to serving you through this crisis, and helping us all emerge stronger than before. Be well.

-The CCDA Executive Board


Honor Choir concert recordings from Fresno 2020 are HERE! Each link below will take you to a downloadable video. A reminder that these videos are for personal educational use only and cannot be posted anywhere online.

A reminder of our no-show policy: “By submitting an application, the singer, director, and school/organization agree to follow through on their commitment for that singer to participate in the honor choir should he or she be accepted. This policy stands at both the Regional and All State levels. You are required to attend all of the rehearsals. Your school/organization may be subject to a one-year suspension from participation in honor choirs if any singer from your school/organization does not attend any or all required activities after being accepted, unless there are extenuating circumstances such as illness, injury, or death in the family.”

2020 All State Choir Welcome Letter

The CCDA/SCVA Honor Choirs are an amazing opportunity for school students from around the state of California to sing in select choirs under the direction of nationally and internationally known conductors. We have three Regional High School Honor Choir events, and an All-State High School and All-State Jr. High/9th Grade Honor Choir event.

CCDA Position on Transgender Student Equity

The California Choral Directors Association commits to be inclusive for students who identify as transgender or gender expansive. CCDA affirms that students of any gender may audition for any CCDA honor choir that matches their vocal range. Thus, transgender and gender-expansive students may be placed in any honor ensemble in which they feel comfortable. However, it would be expected that the student meets all of the expectations for that ensemble, including demonstrating the necessary vocal range for the voice part for which they are auditioning as part of their audition. 

CCDA encourages its members to work with their school and county administration to ensure a positive and inclusive environment for transgender and gender-expansive students. This may include placing transgender and gender-expansive students in voice-specific ensembles (SSAA or TTBB) for which they identify, modifying vocal parts slightly, modifying uniform expectations for all students, and increased awareness of how hormone therapies may affect the singing voice.

This is a living statement and CCDA will make edits as needed. For more information about trans and gender expansive terminology, please visit https://www.transstudent.org/definitions

Why participate in honor choir?
Check out this video link for student testimonials!

If you are new to the honor choir process please visit our High School All-State page, or Junior High/9th Grade All-State page to learn more about the honor choir process and experience. We look forward to working with many new students,  teachers and directors this year.

Please watch this short video to orient yourself to the California Honor Choir process: Honor Choir Information

2019-2020 Honor Choir Handbook can be downloaded here: Honor Choir Handbook 2019-2020

PLEASE NOTE: The structure of All State will be changing in 2020. We will be changing to the CODA/CBDA model, in which the cost for participation will include hotel (all students must stay at the honor choir, even local students), hotel, meals, music, t shirt, recordings, and transportation from the hotel to rehearsals and performances (transportation to and from Fresno is NOT included). The participation fee for All State Honor Choir in 2020 will be $360.

Links to Honor Choir Pages

Other Helpful Links:

Past Sight Reading examples from Honor Choir auditions

Past Tonal Memory passages from Honor Choir auditions

Sample audition video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GjgNkf2GE78

Click here to see a copy of the rubric adjudicators use to score the vocal solos

Click here to see a sample copy of the audition form

Click here to access a list of the Repertoire History for the California All State Honor Choirs.