2017 Elementary and Junior High School Honor Choirs — 25th Annual
Co-sponsored by NJMEA and NJ ACDA
Dates for 2017:
Wednesday, January 11, 2017 – Deadline for Honor Choir Audition Materials
Saturday, January 28, 2017 – Judging Day at Grace Church, Madison, NJ. Host: Anne Matlack
Saturday, February 4, 2017– Judging Day – Snow Date (if necessary)
Saturday, April 29, 2017 – Rehearsal Day at New Providence High School, New Providence, NJ. Host: Ken Hess
Saturday, May 6, 2017 – Festival Day at J.P. Case Middle School, Flemington, NJ. Host: Rose Nagy
What’s Great About NJ Elementary and Junior High All-State
– Students get the chance to perform with other talented students
– Students have the opportunity to perform with excellent conductors from New Jersey and around the country
– Music teachers are able to network and form friendships during rehearsals
– Music teachers get great rep ideas and observe rehearsals with accomplished conductors
– For students and teachers alike, the time commitments is small, but the reward is great.
Nicholas McBride maintains an active career as a conductor, music teacher educator and researcher. In the fall, he will join the faculty at The College of New Jersey as a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Choral Music Education. Currently, he conducts the TCNJ College Choir and teaches courses in foundations of music education, secondary choral music methods, student teaching seminar and supervises senior-level student teachers.
Formerly, he served as Visiting Assistant Professor of Music Education at Westminster Choir College of Rider University where, at the age of 25, he became the youngest full-time faculty member in the history of the college. Previous positions include Associate Conductor of the Westminster Conservatory Youth Chorale, Conductor and Founder of the Trenton Children’s Choir – High School Division and Director of Choirs for Children & Youth at Chicago’s Frank Lloyd Wright structure, the Universalists Unitarian Temple. McBride has presented internationally on choral conducting and general music teaching techniques, and at the regional and national conferences of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) and at the NJ-ACDA (American Choral Director’s Association) summer conference. He has also served as a member of the NJ- ACDA State executive board. He is a contributing author to the texts Teaching Music through Performance in Middle School Choir and Planning Instruction in Music, both by GIA Chicago, and has published research in the Music Educators Journal and the Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education.
McBride remains active as a guest conductor, clinician and adjudicator for middle and high school choirs in the eastern United States. Most recently, he conducted the 2017 All-Central Jersey High School Treble Choir and in April 2017 will adjudicate the 4th annual Summit High School Choral Festival. Previous roles include guest conductor for the 2016 All-North Jersey Junior High Treble Chorus, clinician for the 2014 NJ-Region 1 High School Choral Festival and conductor of the 2013 Central Jersey NJMEA (New Jersey Music Educators Association) Honors High School Choir. In addition, he is a regular adjudicator for the Honor Performance Series Middle School Choir held at Carnegie Hall.
Mr. McBride is proud to have spent nearly a decade as a choral director and general music teacher in West Windsor-Plainsboro School District and at Clearview Regional High School in the (NJ) Public Schools. His choirs performed regularly on the stages of Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center and with the Philadelphia Pops Orchestra at the Kimmel Center. He was a 2013 nominee for the Grammy’s Music Educator award and was a finalist for the Governor’s Teacher of the Year Award. McBride holds dual Masters with honors in both Choral Conducting and Music Education from Northwestern University and completed undergraduate work in Music Education at Westminster Choir College. He is currently a doctoral fellow in Music and Music Education at Teachers College, Columbia University.
Pictures from the 2015 NJ Elementary and Junior High All State Honors Choir under the direction of Tom Shelton and Anthony Sears.