KY All-State High School Chorus

KMEA State Choral Chair
Megan Puckett
Allen County-Scottsville HS
1545 Bowling Green Rd
Scottsville, KY 42164
(270) 622-4119

All-State Chorus Handbook

All-State Chorus Schedule

All-State Chorus Repertoire

2017 Audition Information

KY All-State High School Chorus
2017 Conductors

Mixed Chorus
Brad Holmes

Millikin University, Decatur, Illinois

Dr. Brad Holmes has been Director of Choir Programs at Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois since 1991. During this time Dr. Holmes has overseen the growth of the choral program to four traditional choirs and a variety of smaller vocal ensembles involving more than 300 students and five conductors. In addition to conducting the University Choir, Dr. Holmes teaches classes in conducting and choral methods. He is artistic director for Millikin's annual Christmas Vespers, an event that attracts more than 6,500 people annually. Under his direction the Millikin University Choir has performed before both regional and national conferences of the American Choral Directors Association. Dr. Holmes's extensive guest conducting schedule has included All-State choirs, ACDA Honor Choirs and District festivals as well as church music clinics throughout the United States. Internationally, he served as Visiting Fellow at Wolfson College in Cambridge, England. He has conducted choirs in 35 countries in Europe, South America, East Asia, the South Pacific and Australia.


Women's Chorus
Beth Holmes
Millikin University, Decatur, Illinois

Beth Holmes currently conducts the Millikin Women, a choir comprised of 80 selected singers, and serves on the Millikin voice faculty. Under her direction the choir hosts an annual Women's Choral Festival on campus, takes an Illinois tour, and performs for the popular Millikin Christmas Vespers and other annual concerts. Beth is an active guest conductor, directing District and All-State festival choirs and Convention Honor Choirs throughout the Midwest. Recent appearances include Women’s Honor Choirs on the 2010 Regional ACDA convention in Minneapolis, as well as state ACDA conventions in Illinois, Florida, and Minnesota. A graduate of Kansas State University, Beth subsequently completed a Masters in Choral Conducting at Arizona State University. She served as the Artistic and Musical Director of the Millikin University Children & Youth Choir Program for 7 years, conducting its premiere ensemble and coordinating a staff of conductors, managers, and Millikin student interns. She has served as ACDA Repertoire and Standards Chair for Women’s Choir in both Iowa and Illinois, and maintains a private voice studio in her home.
Men's Chorus
David Rayl
Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan

David Rayl is professor of music, director of choral programs and associate dean for graduate studies and research at the Michigan State University College of Music.
Prior to joining MSU in 2002, he held the same position at the University of Missouri-Columbia for 12 years. He conducted the University Singers and Choral Union, and taught in the undergraduate and graduate conducting programs.
Under his direction, University Singers sang at the national convention of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) in 1995. In May 1998, the ensemble appeared, by invitation, at the 27th annual Florilège Vocal in Tours, France, where it was one of five choirs to advance to the final round in the Mixed Chorus Division. In May 2000, the Singers undertook a concert tour in Italy, performing in Sorrento, Rome, Florence (at the international music festival Maggio Musicale Fiorentino), Venice, and Bergamo.
Rayl has appeared as guest conductor, clinician, and adjudicator throughout the United States. He has conducted workshops at the VanderCook College of Music in Chicago; University of Southern Mississippi; Columbus State University and Augusta College in Georgia; University of Central Oklahoma; Drake University in Iowa; the North Central Division Convention of ACDA; the Iowa, Mississippi, and Wisconsin Choral Directors Associations; and has led high school honor choirs at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, University of Iowa, Drake University, and Chadron State College in Nebraska.
His international engagements include the Classical Music Festival in Eisenstadt, Austria; the V Festival di Musica Antica in Urbino, Italy; the VII Festival Internaçional de Música de Camera do Pará, in Belem, Brazil; the II Festival de Corais in Brasilia, Brazil; the Painel Unicanto de Regencia Coral in Londrina, Brazil; and the Classical Music Festival in Montreal and Quebec City, Canada.
Several of Rayl's articles and reviews have appeared in the "Choral Journal" and "The Journal of the Conductors' Guild." His editions of Marc-Antoine Charpentier's Nine Settings of the Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary were published by A-R Editions of Madison, Wisconsin.
Rayl has also taught at Marymount College in Salina, Kansas, and St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa. He is the former music director of the Chamber Singers of Iowa City (1985-1990), and the Quad City Mozart Festival (1987-97). He received particular notice for his performances of the choral, operatic, and orchestral repertoire of the 18th century, especially the works of Bach and Mozart.
In 1993, Rayl received the Provost's Outstanding Junior Faculty award, recognizing teaching excellence among young faculty members at the University of Missouri-Columbia. In April 1996, he was named one of 10 recipients of the prestigious William T. Kemper Fellowship for Teaching Excellence. In addition, Rayl is past-president of the Missouri Choral Directors Association.
Rayl holds a Bachelor of Music in Voice from Illinois Wesleyan University; a Master of Music from the University of Oklahoma; and a Doctor of Musical Arts in Choral Conducting from the University of Iowa.


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

Nov 2
District Chair: District audition results, Student Audition fees, and Forms A, B, and C due to State Choral Chair.
Nov 9
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 1

• 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 29
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.
2016 All-State Chorus Schedule

Rehearsal Recordings
(Please access the Choral audio files via the KMEA Information Center)
All-State Chorus Participant Press Release
All State High School Chorus Ticket Information
(tickets available for sale in December)

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