2018 Elementary and Junior High School Honor Choirs — 26th Annual

Co-sponsored by NJMEA and NJACDA

Dates for 2018:

Friday, January 12, 2018 – Deadline for Honor Choir Audition Materials

Saturday, January 27, 2018 –  Judging Day at Grace Church, Madison, NJ. Host: Anne Matlack

Saturday, February 3, 2018– Judging Day – Snow Date (if necessary)

Saturday, April 28, 2018 – Rehearsal Day at New Providence High School, New Providence, NJ. Host: Ken Hess

Saturday, May 5, 2018 – 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.

Coordinator: Pamela Crockett, pcrockett@npsdnj.org

Elementary Auditions Manager: Jennifer Jenkins and Kaitlyn Reiser

Elementary Festival Managers: Britt Marie Dominick

Junior High Auditions Manager: Christopher Henke

Junior High Festival Manager: Erika Krimm

– Practice recordings will again be available on the NJACDA website to facilitate student and teacher learning
– NJACDA and NJMEA are co-sponsors of this event

Marianna Parnas-Simpson

Marianna Parnas-Simpson

2018 NJ Elementary All-State Honor Choir Conductor

Marianna Parnas-Simpson graduated with a Master’s degree in Choral Conducting from the St. Petersburg Conservatory, Russia. She founded the award-winning St. Petersburg Girls’ Choir, KAMERTON, which she directed for ten years before coming to the United States. Since 1999 Ms. Simpson has taught at Parker Elementary School, a Houston ISD magnet school for music and created chorus program that grew from 30 to 250 children, grade 1-5. In 2005, she was named Teacher of the Year by her fellow teachers at Parker Elementary. In 2006 Marianna founded the Treble Choir of Houston, a youth ensemble for young women, grade 6-12 whose mission is Helping Young Women to find Their Voice. From 2008 to 2010 Ms. Simpson served as the Artistic Director of the summer program for the American Boychoir in Princeton, NJ. Her choirs have been selected to perform at Carnegie Hall, Houston Symphony, Texas Music Educators Association Convention, OAKE and American Choral Directors Association Convention multiple times. She has conducted numerous children’s chorus festivals and workshops in the United States and internationally. Marianna Parnas-Simpson is the founding member of the Houston Chamber Choir, a premier professional ensemble. With this group she has recorded four CD’s that are released with MSR Classics

Dr. Brandon Williams

Dr. Brandon Williams

2018 NJ Junior High All-State Choir Conductor

Dr. Brandon Williams is an assistant professor of choral music and choral music education at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. He conducts the Voorhees Choir and teaches a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses related to choral music education. Dr. Williams appears frequently as a guest conductor, clinician, and presenter throughout the country.

As a secondary vocal music educator, Dr. Williams amassed a decade of middle and high school teaching experience in St. Louis, Missouri, where he also served as a conductor with the St. Louis Symphony IN UNISON Chorus, the St. Louis Children’s Choirs, and as an adjunct faculty member at Maryville University. His school ensembles received invitations to perform at the 2010 and 2013 Missouri Music Educators Association conventions, and his middle school students were featured on the GIA DVD titled “How to Make A Good Choir Sound Great!”

Dr. Williams holds degrees from Western Illinois University (B.A.), the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (M.M.E.), and Michigan State University (D.M.A.) where he was awarded the prestigious University Enrichment Graduate Fellowship Award. He also earned an Artist Teacher Diploma from the Institute for Choral Teacher Education. Dr. Williams has numerous compositions and arrangements published with Hal Leonard, G. Schirmer, and Mark Foster, and multiple articles published in the Choral Journal. He is a member of the American Choral Directors Association, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, and the National Association for Music Education.

Pictures from the 2015 NJ Elementary and Junior High All State Honors Choir under the direction of Tom Shelton and Anthony Sears.