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

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.

All-State Conductor 2018

Jo-Michael Scheibe chairs the Thornton School of Music’s department of Choral and Sacred Music at the University of Southern California.  Currently serving as Chair of the Past President’s Council of the American Choral Director’s Association (ACDA), Scheibe has served as National President, National President Elect, Western Division President, and National Repertoire and Standards Chairperson for Community Colleges. Under his leadership, the USC Thornton Chamber Singers received the 2015 American Prize in Choral Music, performed for the 2015 ACDA National Convention in Salt Lake City (his seventh appearance at that event) and were one of twenty-five choirs selected to perform at the Tenth World Choral Symposium in
Seoul, South Korea in 2014.  

Prior to his appointment at USC, Scheibe served as Director of Choral Studies at the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music, Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Long Beach City College, Vintage High School in Napa, California, and Huntington Beach High School. He received his DMA from the University of Southern California and his BA and MM degrees from California State University at Long Beach, where he was presented with the distinguished alumnus award.

Scheibe has collaborated with artists ranging from Luciano Pavarotti to Sir Elton John and the Rolling Stones, and he has prepared choruses for international conductors Helmuth Rilling, Michael Tilson Thomas, Sir Colin Davies, and more. Recordings of his ensembles have been released on the Albany, Cane, Naxos, Arsis and ANS labels.

A champion of contemporary music, Scheibe regularly commissions and performs new works of choral literature.  Music publishers Walton, Colla Voce Music, Pavane, and Santa Barbara distribute the Jo-Michael Scheibe Choral Series internationally.

Scheibe presents nationally and internationally as a clinician, conductor, and adjudicator for choruses at all levels.  Future engagements include international presentations in Shanghai, Bangkok, and Salzburg; and university presentations and all-state choirs across the country.

The results of State Honors Choir auditions will determine the All-State Choir. Directors will be contacted by February 1 regarding student selection for the All-State Choir. All-State Honors Choir members must be members in a Regional and State Honors Choir.

The All-State Honors Choir will not exceed 120 members. Selections will be based on quotas similar to the State Honors Choirs allowing for flexibility to ensure that a balanced choir.

The All-State Honors Choir will perform at the Michigan Youth Arts Festival in Kalamazoo in May.

Eric Floetke 
Executive Board, Director of Honors Choirs

Nate Degner
All-State Coordinator

May 10-12  
Dalton Recital Hall
Western Michigan University
Tentative rehearsal times:
Thursday, May 10: 12 pm - 4 pm
Friday, May 11: 8 am -  5 pm
Saturday, May 12: 8:30 am - 3 pm

Saturday, May 12, 2:30 pm
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.

Total Fees - $258

MSVMA All-State Practice Files

The links to the practice .zip files can be downloaded and saved.


All music will be provided to the students

1. Cantate Domino - Elberdin

2. I Carry Your Heart - Koppin

3. Little man in a hurry - Whitacre 

4. Lullaby - Elder

5. Huita te Rito - Moore

6. Rock-a-my Soul - Gibbs

All-State music provided by: 

February 6 - All-State selection announced

March 6 - All-State registration deadline

May 9-11 - All-State Honors Choir at WMU

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