Honor Choirs

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

Please check the High School All State and Junior High/9th Grade All State pages for updates regarding payment, rehearsal tracks, scores, and scheduling. More information can be found in our Welcome Letter.

Click here to go through the behavior expectations slideshow for our participants. Remember, any student can be removed from All State if they do not follow the rules or observe common courtesy of rehearsal etiquette.

VAI/Virtual choir links: Each singer needs to log into the VAI website PRIOR to the first rehearsal on January 30th to create your account and familiarize yourself with the recording specifications for our All State ensembles. Please follow your ensemble link below to create your account and navigate through the website. If you have any questions about your VAI account, please send them to honorchoir.allstate.ca@gmail.com.

SATB: https://my.virtualartsinc.org/courses/casmec-hs-satb

SSAA https://my.virtualartsinc.org/courses/casmec-hs-ssaa

TTBB: https://my.virtualartsinc.org/courses/casmec-hs-ttbb

JHS/9th Grade: https://my.virtualartsinc.org/courses/casmec-jhs-mixed-choir

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!


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

CCDA Position on Transgender Student Equity

The California Choral Directors Association commits to be inclusive for transgender or gender expansive students. 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!

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.