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Choral Performance Kathleen Spadafino


732-214-1044 kspadEB@aol.com


A new school year! New, excited, talented students! New repertoire that you’re excited to start working on! New op-


portunities for you and your students! I love a blank slate every fall - your best work ever is waiting to happen this year! While I hope you found time to relax this summer, I hope you also had time to stimulate your mind and expand your choral/vocal knowledge


by attending a workshop or class, like the NJ-ACDA Summer Conference in July, or the NJMEA Summer Conference in August. If not, plan to attend one of these conferences next summer. They are a great way to learn something new and connect with old friends and new colleagues. But back to this new exciting year! Our present All-State Choruses are already rehearsing. Art McKenzie is the conductor of the Mixed


Chorus, and Deanna Joseph of Georgia State University will conduct the Women’s Chorus. While your students are getting a fabulous choral experience from you and your program, everyone will benefit more when you participate in your County, Region and All-State Choral groups. Your students will share a quality musical experience with other singers, and you all will enjoy making new friends with others who love singing as much as you do! Here is some basic information: Your best resource is our website, www.njmea.org. Please check it regularly, as well as emails known as TEMPO Express, for all related


activities. Please note: the deadline is usually 5-8 weeks BEFORE the actual audition. Mark your calendar! Region Choruses for HS students: New Jersey has 3 regions I (North), II (Central) III (South). Students in grades 9-12 are eligible to


audition. Audition Dates: Region I (NJSMA)


- Saturday, January 4, 2014


Region II (CJMEA) - Saturday, December 14, 2013 Region III ( SJCDA) - Saturday, November 16, 2013


New Jersey All-State Chorus: Students in grades 9 – 11 are eligible, as they audition in the spring and perform during the following


school year. Students do not have to be accepted into their Region Choruses to audition for All-State Chorus, unlike band and orchestra. There are 2 audition dates to choose from, and many schools split their students between the dates. All choral directors must help out at one audition each year, and must serve as a final room judge (both auditions) once every four years. The All-State Chorus Audition Bulletin will be available at www.njmea.org by January 15, 2014. Please read all sections carefully – everything you need is there. Audition dates for 2014 are Saturday, April 5th (North) and Saturday, April 12 (South). Honor Choirs: Both NAfME and ACDA have Honor Choirs open to high school students. As a choral director, you should belong to both of these organizations. ACDA alternates between a national conference one year and a divisional conference the next year. 2014 is an Eastern Division conference – in Baltimore on February 5 – 8, 2014. Audition applications were due on April 30, and accepted students will be notified later this fall. NAfME will host their National Conference in Nashville, TN October 27-30, 2013. Students’ eligibility was based on their All-State Chorus participation and recommendation from NJMEA. If you have interested students and missed these application deadlines, there’s always next year! Check the ACDA and NAfME websites for future information. Please plan to attend at least one of these conferences whether you have students in the honor choirs or not! I know that being a choral director is an exhausting job. I also know that there is a growing number of new, young directors in New Jersey, taking their choral programs to new heights! I invite all of you to become involved with NJMEA and all the opportunities offered for you and your students. Your Choral Procedures Committee consists of nine truly awesome choral directors that I am honored to call my friends: Steven Bell, Jamie Bunce and Tom Voorhis from Region I; Hillary Colton, Wayne Mallette and Judy Verrilli from Region II; and Cheryl Breitzman, Art McKenzie and Helen Stanley from Region III. Get to know these extremely talented and fun people – they’ll be at the Region auditions, All-State auditions, and most of the rehearsals as well. Go there, meet them, get involved! Or email me – Kathy Spadafino, Chairperson, at KSpadEB@aol.com. Have a great year, and I look forward to seeing all of you soon!


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