Choral / Opera Room Rehearsal Dr. Tucker Biddlecombe and the Boychoir Mr. Ken Berg and the Boychoir Dr. Judy Bowers and the Girls Choir

Young Voices Festival Welcomes New Clinicians

The Alabama ACDA Young Voices Festival is a unique opportunity for 4th-9th grade public school, homeschool, community, and church choir students in the state of Alabama. The Young Voices Festival offers choral students a challenging opportunity to perform advanced choral literature under the direction of nationally recognized music educators.

Held every spring since 1993, 4th - 9th grade students are eligible to participate in one of three choirs: Junior High Mixed, Girls' Choir, and a Boychoir. Each choir is under the direction of a renowned guest clinician over the course of this two-dayday event. Rehearsals begin Friday afternoon, and students present a final public concert on Saturday afternoon.

Students in 4th-6th grades wishing to participate will be chosen by their teachers and should be registered by March 15th. Google registration forms for the two children's choirs will be available at alabamayvf.org and alabamaacda.org. A director may bring a maximum of ten students for each of the two children's choirs. If a teacher teaches at two schools, or at a school with an elementary and middle school campus, a director may bring ten from each school or section of the school. All singers should know all of their music before arriving in Tuscaloosa for the festival.


Auditions for the Mixed Choir (grades 7-9) will be Friday, February 15th at Simmons Middle School in Birmingham, AL. Other cities will be added as needed. Girls Choir (grades 4-6) and Boychoir (grades 4-6) will consist of students selected by their teachers.

7th-9th grade students will audition in groups and will audition on a portion of every song. Students will hold music for their audition, should be very familiar with all of the music, and should be able to match pitch and sing with confidence. Unlimited students may audition from a school, but we ask that directors do their best to bring a balance of voice parts to audition.

BOYCHOIR
All boys in 4th - 6th grade may participate in the Boychoir. Treble music is performed by this group. ACDA member directors may select up to twelve boys to register for this choir. Students selected to participate should exhibit appropriate attitude, behavior, musicality and the ability to sit through long rehearsals Vocal parts should be equal. Please check the vocal parts listed with the songs to be performed. Sixth grade students may not participate in the Junior High Girls or Mixed Choir.

GIRLS CHOIR
All Girls in 4th - 6th grade may participate in the Girls Choir. Current ACDA members may register up to twelve select girls to participate in this choir. Students selected to participate should exhibit appropriate attitude, behavior, musicality and the ability to sit through long rehearsals. See the list of songs to be performed for the correct voice parts needed. Students should be evenly divided between voice parts. Sixth grade students may not participate in the Junior High Mixed Choir.

MIXED CHOIR
The Junior High Mixed Choir is for students in 7th -9th grade and performs SATB music. Directors may bring an unlimited number of students to audition, however, directors are encouraged to balance the audition group by voice parts. Voice parts are indicated with the songs to be performed. Directors must be ACDA members. Please check the voicing of songs to be performed by the Junior High Mixed Choir.

All choirs combine to perform one song to conclude the performance.

Please read the following information carefully and feel free to share with colleagues: The registration deadline for those who wish to participate in the Mixed Choir is January 20th. A Google registration form submission will be required, but registration is not complete until money has been mailed to Jim Schaeffer, ACDA treasurer, Spain Park High School, 4700 Jaguar Drive Birmingham, AL 35242. The audition fee is $10.00 per student and includes Dropbox rehearsal recordings. An invoice will be emailed upon receipt of the Google form. Once accepted to the choir, there is a $40 school fee and $45 student fee.

All music lists are available under State & Festival Lists at jwpepper.com. Music should be ordered separately by each director.

BOYCHOIR
Cantate Jubilate! (Unison/Two-Part) Jeff Reeves, Shawnee Press ID 35030477
I've Been to Haarlem (Three-Part Treble) arr. Ken Berg, Hal Leonard Corporation ID 08748850
The Jumblies (Unison/Two-Part) Jill Friedersdorf & Melissa Malvar-Keylock, Hal Leonard Corporation ID 00123665
Shenandoah (Two-Part) arr. Rollo Dilworth, Hal Leonard Corporation ID 08552226
Three Black Socks (Unison) Valerie Showers Crescenz, Hinshaw Music, Inc. ID 08764470
Come Sing With Me (SATB) Ken Berg, National Music Publishers ID 08761862

GIRLS CHOIR
There Has to Be a Song (SA) Andrea Ramsey, Santa Barbara Music Publishing ID SBMP963
The Cloud (Two-Part) Victor C. Johnson, Shawnee Press ID 35032665
Jambo (SSA) Teddy Kalanda Harrison/arr. Jacob Narverud, Santa Barbara Music Publishing ID SBMP1134
Laudate Dominum (Psalm 117) (SA) Dan Davison, Walton Music ID WW1749
I See Colors (Two-Part or SA) Pinkzebra, Pinkzebra Publishing ID 1807014
Come Sing With Me (SATB) Ken Berg, National Music Publishers ID 08761862

MIXED CHOIR
Nda Wana arr. Michael Barrett, Santa Barbara Music Publishing ID SBMP1389
Kyrie from Missa Brevis K. 275 (SATB) W.A. Mozart/arr. Leininger, Alliance Music Publications, Inc. ID AMP0505
Jabberwocky (SATB) Sam Pottle, Heritage Music Press ID 15/2088H
This Is My Father's World (SATB) arr. Elaine Hagenberg, Hinshaw Music, Inc.
I Sing Because I'm Happy (SATB) arr. Kenneth Padden/adapt. Rollo Dilworth, Hal Leonard Corporation ID 00124479
Come Sing With Me (SATB) Ken Berg, National Music Publishers ID 08761862

Dropbox rehearsal recordings will be included with ALL audition registrations as well as festival registrations. Recordings will be emailed to all registered directors upon the receipt of completed (paid) registration. Please note that this is a change and there is a slight price increase due to this service. We hope this will alleviate the headache of sending a different check for rehearsal recordings.

A block will be reserved for Young Voices at the Hotel Capstone in Tuscaloosa. Ask for the Young Voices Festival rate.

In February of 1993, two middle school teachers approached the Alabama ACDA Board about sponsoring a choral festival dedicated to younger choral students and their directors. Founders of this festival recognized the need to promote a statewide event that would provide a high level of choral instruction and performance for youngsters in upper elementary and middle school. The Alabama ACDA agreed and enthusiastically voted to endorse the Young Voices Festival. For over 25 years the Young Voices Festival has been committed to providing a positive, quality choral experience for young singers in the state of Alabama.

The first Young Voices Festival was held in 1993. Three choirs for students in 4th - 9th grade was the original format. The two day event had over 350 students from across the state participate in the first festival. The Young Voices Festival has evolved to include four choirs for students 4th - 9th grade and a performance by the combined choirs to conclude the concert. The 1999 Young Voices Festival saw the original 'Children's Choir' split into a 'Children's Girls' Choir' and a 'Boy Choir'. With over 800 young students participating annually in the YVF it is clear the Alabama ACDA Young Voices Festival will continue for a very long time!


All Young Voices participants should be current members of the American Choral Directors Association. Click Here to join. This information will be checked before students are allowed to audition. We hope to have many participants in 2019. Please pass this information along to teachers in your areas, and feel free to contact us if you have any questions!

Meredith Devore: meredithcdevore@gmail.com
Shirley Ellison: shirlellison@mac.com
Lisa Latham: lisa.latham@icloud.com

 

Young Voices

  • When:April 24-25, 2020
  • Where:Tuscaloosa, AL
  • Who:4th-9th Graders
  • How:Register Now

 

Director Registration Form

Guest Clinicians

  • Tyson Askew, Boychoir
    Georgia Elementary Schools
  • Bridget Sweet, Girls Choir
    University of Illinois
  • Craig Zamer, Mixed Choir
    Tennessee Tech University

GUEST CLINICIANS

Bridget Sweet

University of Illinois

GIRLS CHOIR

Craig Zamer

Tennessee Tech University

MIXED CHOIR

Guest Clinician Bios

Tyson J. Askew was impacted by the world of music through his elementary music teacher and a strong foundation in church music. His gift for music and passion for teaching lead him to later obtain a bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Auburn University. A native of the state of Alabama, Mr. Askew currently resides in the state of Georgia where he teaches elementary music. The vibrancy taken from his former elementary music teacher lives today within him. Mr. Askew desires that all elementary students have access to a quality, motivating, and exciting musical experience.

Mr. Askew has previously served as a High School and Middle School Choral Conductor, Community Choir Director, Assistant Marching Band Director, and as a Director of Church Music. He has served as a clinician and an adjudicator for vocal and instrumental festivals and competitions.

With a conviction to see all children have the same musical experience as he did, Mr. Askew pursued his master’s in education to focus on policy, curriculum, and development in music education. He is currently a doctoral candidate researching motivational and inspiring relationships between students and teachers and the outcomes they produce. Mr. Askew’s classroom is a replica of his developments in research as his music classroom is full of high energy kinesthetics and enthusiasm. Along with teaching, he has developed music education curriculum and instruction on the district level. As an author and researcher, Mr. Askew continues to use his voice to advocate for the need and importance of music education in all K-12 schools.

Bridget Sweet is Associate Professor of Music Education at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, Illinois where she teaches music education pedagogy, including choral methods and literature, middle-level general music methods, graduate courses in music education, as well as a course focused on the development of healthy practices for all musicians. Dr. Sweet has worked extensively with adolescent singers as a teacher, clinician and adjudicator. She wrote the books Growing Musicians: Teaching Music in Middle School and Beyond (2016, Oxford University Press) and Thinking Outside the Voice Box: Adolescent Voice Change in Music Education (2019, Oxford University Press). Her research interests include middle level choral music education, female and male adolescent voice change, educating and empowering adolescent music students, and intersections of diversity and the music classroom.

Craig Zamer is Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities at Tennessee Tech University where he directs a non-auditioned Concert Choir and the Tennessee Tech University Chorale,Tennessee Tech’s top auditioned choir. Dr.Zamer also teaches undergraduate courses in choral conducting, choral literature, and secondary choral methods.

Dr. Zamer received his Bachelor of Arts degree with a double major in Vocal Performance and Music Education from Virginia Tech University. He also holds the M.M.E. and Ph. D. degrees in Music Education and Choral Conducting from The Florida State University. Before his graduate work he taught high school choral music at Stone Bridge High School in Loudoun County, Virginia.

In 2018 Dr. Zamer debuted in Carnegie Hall conducting choirs from Tennessee and Mississippi in a performance of Dan Forrest’s Jubilate Deo with full orchestra. Dr. Zamer has been an invited clinician, conductor, and adjudicator in Alabama, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Kentucky, Mississippi, New York, Tennessee, and Virginia. Dr. Zamer has conducted abroad in Austria, China, the Czech Republic, England, France, Germany, Italy, and Switzerland.