KY All-State High School Chorus

KMEA State Choral Chair
Maggie Blair
3600 Brookewind Way
Apt. 1207
Lexington, KY 40515
(859) 396-3692

All-State Chorus Handbook

2015 All-State Chorus Schedule

2015 All-State Chorus Repertoire

2015 Audition Information

KY All-State High School Chorus
2015 Conductors

Mixed Chorus
Craig Hella Johnson

Texas State University, San Marcos,TX

Craig Hella Johnson brings depth of knowledge, artistic sensitivity, and rich imagination to his programs. Johnson is artistic director of Conspirare, the Victoria Bach Festival, music director of the Cincinnati Vocal Arts Ensemble, artist-in-residence at the Texas State University School of Music, and is in international demand as a guest conductor and clinician.

Johnson studied music at St. Olaf College, Juilliard School, University of Illinois, and Yale University. He was inducted into the Austin Arts Hall of Fame (2008), received Chorus America’s Louis Botto Award for Innovative Action and Entrepreneurial Zeal (2009) and professional music fraternity Mu Phi Epsilon’s Citation of Merit (2011), and was named 2013 Texas State Musician by the Texas Legislature. His compositions, arrangements, and edited scores are published by Alliance Music and in the Craig Hella Johnson Choral Series with G. Schirmer and Hal Leonard.


Women's Chorus
Rosephanye Powell
Auburn University, Auburn, AL

Rosephanye Dunn Powell has been hailed as one of America’s premier women composers of choral music. She has an impressive catalogue of works published by some of the nation’s leading publishers, including the Hal Leonard Corporation, the Fred Bock Music Company/Gentry Publications, Oxford University Press, Alliance Music Publications, and Shawnee. Dr. Powell is commissioned yearly to compose for university choruses, professional, community and church choirs, as well as secondary school choruses.  Dr. Powell’s works have been conducted and premiered by nationally-renowned choral conductors, including, but not limited to, Anton Armstrong, Philip Brunelle, Bob Chilcott, Rodney Eichenberger, Tom Hall, Albert McNeil, Tim Seelig, André Thomas and Judith Willoughby.  Her work has been auctioned by Chorus America and her compositions are in great demand at choral festivals around the country, frequently appearing on the regional and national conventions of the American Choral Directors Association, as well as Honor Choir festivals.  Dr. Powell’s compositions include sacred and secular works for mixed chorus, women’s chorus, men’s chorus, and children’s voices. Dr.  Powell serves as Professor of Voice at Auburn University.  She holds degrees from The Florida State University (D.M. in vocal performance, University Fellow), Westminster Choir College (M.M. in vocal performance and pedagogy, with distinction), and Alabama State University (B.M.E., summa cum laude. Dr. Powell served on the faculties of Philander Smith College (AR) and Georgia Southern University prior to Auburn University. Dr. Powell is in demand as a clinician, adjudicator and choral conductor for choral festivals nationally and internationally.

Men's Chorus
John Flanery
University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, MS

John Flanery is the Associate Choral Director at the University of Southern Mississippi. His Doctor of Musical Arts and Master’s degrees are both in Choral Conducting from the University of Kentucky. He holds a Bachelor’s of Music Education degree from Briar Cliff University in Sioux City, Iowa.   

At Southern Miss, John teaches choral conducting, choral procedures, and choral literature, directs the Concert Choir, Spirit of Southern, Men’s Chorus, and the Southern Miss Gulf Coast Civic Chorale. His ensembles have been selected to perform at various state and regional conferences and concert series. 

John has served ACDA in various positions, currently serving as the Mississippi Chapter past-president. He is also the church choir director at St. Fabian’s Catholic Church in Hattiesburg.

He founded the Festival of Choirs on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, which comprises the Civic Chorale and area high schools in a non-competitive concert. The Southern Experience Show Choir and Choral Camp was founded under Flanery’s guidance with 900 junior high and high school students and teachers attending in its first six years.

As a high school music educator in the state of Iowa for nine years, John conducted concert choirs, madrigal dinners, show choirs, jazz choirs, and many other ensembles. John is a regular clinician and judge throughout the Midwest and Southeastern United States. John and his wife, Juliane, have five children – Elias, Cecelia, Josephine, Lucinda, and William.

Handbook for District Chairs

KY All-State High School Chorus
All Items must be postmarked by the deadline date.


Contact your District Chair for district deadlines for the
  following forms:
• Form A (Total Choral Enrollment Form)
• Rosters signed by principal, counselor, and local choir teacher.   
• $12 audition fee per student

Oct 27
District Chair: District audition results, Student Audition fees, and Forms A, B, and C due to State Choral Chair.
Nov 7
Anticipated date for posting All State Chorus membership on KMEA web-site. Results will not be mailed. Form D (Chorus Acceptance Form) will be emailed to schools with student names of those invited for participation in All State Choir.
Dec 2

• All State Chorus Acceptance Form (Form D) (must contain all signatures) due to KMEA Office.
All State Medical Form and copy of insurance card (one of each per student) due to KMEA Office.
All State Rules and Regulations for Participation Form
(one per student) due to KMEA Office.
All State Chorus Music Order Form due to KMEA Office.

Dec 17
All-State Housing Form due
Jan 30
Talent Show Audition form due to Raye Hurley.
January–see linked schedule
Regional Rehearsal: Attendance to a regional rehearsal is required by each student for All State participation. Failure to attend a regional rehearsal will result in an automatic withdrawal from All State Chorus.
You must have proof of your school registration as well as your current KMEA dues card number before you audition in the district.
2015 All-State Chorus Schedule

Rehearsal Recordings
All-State Chorus Participant Press Release
All State High School Chorus Ticket Information
(tickets available for sale in December)

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