All-State Jazz Choir 

The All-State Jazz Choir will include up to 20 singers, who will have a day-long rehearsal on December 2, 2023, at Rockford High School, followed by rehearsal at the Michigan Music Conference (January 25-27). This will culminate in a performance at the Specialized Choral Hour at the J.W. Marriott Ballroom on Saturday, January 27, 2024. The choir will rehearse and perform on a sound system and with a professional rhythm section.


MSVMA welcomes high school students to participate in its All-State Jazz Choir program. Participants must be enrolled and in good standing in their school's vocal music program. Their school must be a member of MSVMA.

2023 Audition Requirements

All-State Jazz Honors Choir Audition Excerpts

Please provide URL addresses to unlisted YouTube videos for your audition. Singers should sing their appropriate voice part for the audition. Any problems with submissions should be reported to before the deadline of November 3, 2023 at 11:59 PM

Our conductor for the seventh annual MSVMA All-State Jazz Choir is Dr. Kate Reid.

Dr. Kate Reid is an associate professor of jazz voice in the Studio Music and Jazz department and Director of Jazz Vocal Performance at the University of Miami Frost School of Music.

Audition: $25

Accepted participants

All-State: $200

All-State Jazz Choir Conductor

Dr. Kate Reid, University of Miami

Jazz singer and pianist Kate Reid appears as a duo and with her trio and quartet at jazz venues in the Los Angeles and Miami areas. Kate can be heard performing with Miami pianists Martin Bejerano and Tal Cohen, guitarist John Hart, and trumpet player John Daversa and his Progressive Big Band. She is a featured performer presented by the Miami Jazz Co-op. Kate has worked with many of the great jazz musicians in southern California including guitarists Ron Eschete and Larry Koonse, trumpeter and composer John Daversa, and drummers Roy McCurdy and Jamey Tate. Kate’s latest CD, The Love I’m In, features tenor saxophonist Ernie Watts and pianist Otmaro Ruiz.

Like her release, Sentimental Mood, The Love I’m In features tunes from the American songbook and has received extensive airplay

on jazz radio stations throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe, and South Africa. Kate has worked with many noted artists including John Clayton, Robin Eubanks, Jon Hendricks, Grady Tate,

Mercer Ellington, Don Shelton, Mark Murphy, and the Duke Ellington Orchestra.

Reid is a working studio/session singer in Los Angeles. Her film credits include Tinkerbell: Legend of the Neverbeast, Planes, Star Trek Into Darkness, Oz-The Great and Powerful, Epic, and Men In Black III featuring the music of composers Danny Elfman, Michael Giacchino, John Powell, and Joel McNeely. She has lent her voice to network television series, commercial spots for Ace Hardware, T-Mobile, Suntory Whiskey, and backing vocals for artists MUSE, X Japan, and Josh Groban. Kate co-authored

the GLEE Vocal Method book for Hal Leonard publishing with producer/author Andy Waterman of Umbrella Media.

Dr. Kate Reid is associate professor of jazz voice in the Studio Music and Jazz department and Director of Jazz Vocal Performance at the University of Miami Frost School of Music. Reid earned a B.M. in Jazz Studies from Western Michigan University, a M.M. and D.M.A. in Jazz Vocal Performance from the University of Miami.

Kate is in demand as a guest artist, conductor and a returning clinician and adjudicator at jazz and choral festivals through the United States and Canada including the Banff Vocal Festival, Alberta Choral Festival, Ontario Vocal Festival, Reno Jazz Festival, Eastern Washington University Jazz Festival and the vocal jazz festivals in southern California at Cuesta College, MiraCosta College and Fullerton College.

Emily Verdonk
Director of Honors Choirs

Jed Scott


Online Auditions Open  Saturday, October 14, 2023

Audition Deadline           Friday, November 3, 2023,  11:59 PM

Results Posted               Monday, November 6, 

Registration Deadline    Friday, November 17, 2023


Saturday, December 2

Rockford High School

Thursday, January 25 - Saturday, January 27 

Michigan Music Conference


Saturday, January 27

J.W. Marriott Ballroom

Michigan Music Conference

Updated repertoire list:

Forever Blue P. Eldridge, Arr. R. Eckert & P. Eldridge

Painted on Canvas Gregory Porter, Arr. K. Marsh

The More I See You H.Warren/M. Gordon, Arr. L. Lapin

Beautiful Friendship, Arr. Matt Falker

Satellite L. Biali, Arr. K. Marsh


Michigan School Vocal Music Association

P.O. Box 1131

Big Rapids, MI 49307-1131

(231) 592 - 9344


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