Honor Choirs

2020-2021 All State Honor Choir Updates–we are going virtual!

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 normally have three Regional High School Honor Choir events; however, regional honor choirs are canceled completely this year. We also host an All-State High School and All-State Jr. High/9th Grade Honor Choir event.

Due to the fluidity of the Covid situation in California, CCDA is not able to offer an in-person All State this year. However, we will be offering our students a virtual All State experience, which we are very excited about! For more information, please check out this presentation. This is new territory for us all, so we will be continually updating our membership as the event takes shape. Please email me if you have any questions!

Click HERE for the audition instructions for the 2020-2021 Virtual High School All State Honor Choir

Click HERE for the audition score

Click HERE for the audition instructions for the 2020-2021 Virtual Junior High/9th Grade All State Honor Choir

General timeline:

September 2020: Auditions open for round 1 (auditions will be online through opusevent.com)

October 9, 2020: Auditions close at midnight

October 30, 2020: List of students moving on to round 2 of auditions posted

November 6 & 7, 2020: Round two of auditions; live auditions in which students will have their range checked, sing a few scales (major, minor, and chromatic) and perform a sight reading passage.

November 20, 2020: All State lists posted, and music and rehearsal tracks delivered digitally


The 2021 Virtual All State Honor Choir conductors are:

Mr. Tesfa Wondemagegnehu, St. Olaf College, High School TTBB

Dr. Judy Bowers, University of Louisiana Monroe, Junior High SATB

Dr. Anthony Trecek-King, The Hartt School, University of Hartford, High School SATB

Dr. Amanda Quist, Frost School of Music, University of Miami, High School SSAA

Links to Honor Choir Pages

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.”


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.

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.