High School Choir

High School Choir


NWKMEA In-Person mini-conventions are cancelled for 2020-21. Auditions and nominations for honor groups will be held online. Rosters will be published.
Audition Recordings
Auditions will be submitted online using Festival Scores. Teachers may create their Director account and update their Director and Student profiles now.

Festival Scores Audition Tag
Directors, in your Director account, activate Event Tag JPV6W7D in order to submit audition audio files.

IMPORTANT NOTICE! - HS Choir will require a "dual registration" for 2020-21. Auditions must be registered in the KMEA Members site, just as you did last year. Entries in the KMEA Members site will be the "official" data used for tracking district auditions as well as those students who will be named to the All-State Choirs. Festival Scores is being used only to replace the in-person audition.
Festival Scores information video
Directors should watch this short video to become familiar with the Festival Scores audition system.
Greetings NW District Choir Teachers!

This year we will all be experiencing a whole new world of teaching in many ways and KMEA is no exception. I know many of you are busy working on how you are going to teach choir following covid guidelines in person, as well as setting up an online format and also a hybrid option. Teaching in 2020 is not for the weak! I do wish you well and hope that you have a successful year! This year still holds many unknowns for KMEA, but I do want to reach out with the information that I do know at this time so that you can begin to plan accordingly.

Our District/ State Choir auditions will look a little different this year. You will still need to register your students in the KMEA member website as you have done every other year as this will be your registration for the district and state choir. The date you register your students will determine if you have to pay an audition fee or not. If your students are registered prior to October 11 there is no audition fee. Late Deadline #1 is October 25. Any registrations entered between the first deadline and this date would be charged $30. Late Deadline #2 is November 6 and these entries would be charged $60.

We will not be hosting live auditions this year! Instead of auditioning at Hays High School on November 7 you will need to upload your student auditions onto Festival Scores. You may register your students online now. Please note that NW District only allows students to audition for either HS Band or HS Choir so please make sure you only submit audition recordings for one ensemble per student. If a student is auditioning for the band they cannot audition for choir. The window for submitting auditions will open when the audition cuts and audition background track is sent out to the districts from the state chairs. The audition deadline will be November 6 at midnight. District Choir rosters will be published later than normal as we will need to wait for the audition deadline before judging can begin. You may be assigned to judge a voice part. Judging will be done individually on your own time. You will receive an email if you are assigned to judge. We will still have three judges for each voice part. If you have a judging preference please email me. Judging will be done blind in that the judge only sees a number for the student and hears the audition recording. The judge will not know the student's name or school when scoring the audition on the rubric.

We do not know at this time what December will look like. However, students that audition and are selected to the District Choir are still eligible to earn their 4 year medals whether this year is their 4th year selected to an ensemble or if this is a year that connects them to getting 4 years in a row. Also, even if a December convention is not possible this audition will still determine which students are selected to the State Choir. If our District event gets cancelled our students selected to the State Choir will still be eligible due to the special circumstances of this year.

Many of us are learning new things together. If there is something that you need help with please don't hesitate to reach out! We will do our best to help.

Good luck with all this year is sure to bring!

Jessica Hakoda
NW District Choir Chair

KMEA District/State Audition Pieces


Signs of the Judgement
(also listed as Signs of the Judg ment)
Mark Butler
Hinshaw Music Inc.
SATB divisi, $2.65

The Bike Let Loose
Edie Hill
Hummingbird Press
SSAA, $3.00


Signs of the Judgement
(also listed as Signs of the Judg ment)
Mark Butler
Hinshaw Music Inc.
SATB divisi, $2.65

Lass dich nur nicht nichts dauren
Johannas Brahms
[replacement audition selection]

Ballade to the Moon by Daniel Elder is no longer going to be performed by the All-State Mixed Choir. If you already purchased this selection from Senseney Music, you may contact the store for a refund.

Additional selections:

Hold Fast To Dream
Susan LaBarr
Santa Barbara SBMP 1136

Senseney Music will have these on hand for you to order or you may order from a company of your choice.
Michael Davidson
Russell, KS

Important Dates - HS Choir
Oct. 10, 2021 - Sun
Audition Registration Deadline — HS Choir
Oct. 24, 2021 - Sun
Audition Registration - Late Deadline #1 — HS Choir
Nov. 5, 2021 - Fri
Audition registration - Late deadline #2 — HS Choir
Nov. 6, 2021 - Sat
Audition registration - Late deadline #3 — HS Choir
Dec. 11, 2021 - Sat
Mini Convention II
HS Band, HS Choir, Elem. Choir
Fort Hays State University

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