All-State Honors Choir

All-State Choir members are singers in good standing in a Regional Honors Choir and in a State Honors Choir. Those who are interested in consideration for All-State Honors Choir should indicate this when completing their Regional/State Audition Application Form. The maximum size of the choir will be 120 members. Selections will be based on quotas similar to the State Honors Choirs allowing for flexibility to ensure a balanced choir.

Directors will be notified by February 1 regarding All-State Choir selection.

The High School SATB All-State Choir will perform at Michigan Youth Arts Festival in Kalamazoo in May. For information, visit


Our conductor will be Emily Ellsworth, Artistic Director of Anima.  Repertoire is: 

  • Opening chorus to the Bartered Bride by Smetana - new edition, Emily Ellsworth
  • Der Ganz zum Liebchen   Brahms  ECS No. 391 (in German) 
  • Gaudete Omnes  Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck, edited Rick Bjella Alliance Music Publications, AMP 0844  
  • Libertango    Piazzolla, arr. Escalada  Kjos 3266145  
  • Across the Vast, Eternal Sky    Ola Gjeilo   Walton Music WW 1494 (vocal score)  
  • So I'll Sing With My Voice    Dominick Argento (from Spirituals & Swedish Chorales) Boosey & Hawkes 48019899
  • Best of All Possible Worlds (from Candide)  Leonard Bernstein, arr. Robert Page Boosey & Hawkes 

Music must be prepared and memorized by the first rehearsal. All students will be tested individually on memorization in the first hour of rehearsal. If students are unable to demonstrate an adequate level of preparedness, they may not be allowed to stay for the remainder of the rehearsals or performance.

Forms and Fees 

Information regarding MYAF registration and fees will be forwarded to the directors of singers selected to participate in All-State Honors Choir. Required forms must be completed and postmarked by March 1, 2017.

Students must pay the MSVMA fee and the MYAF participation fee which includes a rehearsal recording available for download from the website upon receipt of payment.

Emily Ellsworth is the conductor of the 2017
All-State Honors Choir. 

Nationally recognized as a leader in the field of youth chorus directors, Ms. Ellsworth has served has Artistic Director of Anima - Glen Ellyn Children’s Chorus since 1996. Under her direction, Anima has won several national awards, including the 2013 ASCAP award for Adventurous Programming from Chorus America, the 2013 Tribute Award from Chicago A Cappella, the once-in-an-organizational lifetime Margaret Hillis Award for Choral Excellence from Chorus America (2008), and the 2009 Dale Warland Singers Commissioning Award jointly given by American Composers Forum and Chorus America. 

Ms. Ellsworth additionally has served as Lecturer in Choral Conducting at Northwestern University and serves as the advisor for the Opera Workshop choral series with Boosey & Hawkes publishers. She has served several times on the music panel of the National Endowment for the Arts, and has over 20 years of singing and teaching experience as a voice faculty member in various college and university settings. She has served the American Choral Directors’ Association as the Central Division Repertoire and Standards Chair for Children’s and Community Youth Choirs, and is a long standing member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing. In 2010, she was inducted as a National Honorary Member to the Sigma Alpha Iota Music Fraternity.

In great demand as a guest clinician and conductor, Ms. Ellsworth has conducted all–state choirs and festivals in over 25 states, as well as for the Northwest, North Central, and Southwest divisions of ACDA. She has conducted featured performances at national conferences of ACDA, the Organization of American Kodaly Educators, and Chorus America. She has prepared various ensembles within Anima for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Chicago Bach Project, Grant Park Symphony, the Berlin Philharmonic, Ravinia Festival, Music of the Baroque, Chicago Sinfonietta, and many others. She has appeared as guest conductor at festival performances in Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center's David Geffen Hall (formerly Avery Fisher Hall); Wexford, Ireland; England’s Wells Cathedral; the Cultural Center in Hong Kong, and given presentations for the national association of choral directors in Brazil.

Eric Floetke 
Executive Board, Director of Honors Choirs

Nate Degner
All-State Coordinator

May 18-20    
Dalton Recital Hall
Western Michigan University
Tentative rehearsal times:
Thursday, May 18: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Friday, May 19: 8 - 11:30 a.m., 1 - 5 p.m.
Saturday, May 20: 8:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. 

Saturday, May 20, 2:30 p.m.
Miller Auditorium

Choir members may warm-up and perform with their school’s ensemble or as a soloist in a Solo and Ensemble Recital. Students are not allowed to leave campus during All-State Honors Choir activities. Students may not participate in more than one Honors group.

Performance Date

Western Michigan University
Miller Auditorium
Admission is free.

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