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

Nicholas McBride

2017 NJ Elementary All-State Honor Choir Conductor

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.

Dr. Peggy Dettwiler

Dr. Peggy Dettwiler

2017 NJ Junior High All-State Choir Conductor

Peggy Dettwiler is Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities at Mansfield University in Mansfield, Pennsylvania, where she conducts the Concert Choir, Festival Chorus, and Chamber Singers, and teaches choral conducting and methods. Before coming to Mansfield, she was a graduate assistant conductor to Donald Neuen at the Eastman School of Music, where she received a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Conducting. She also has a Master of Music Degree in Choral Conducting from the University of Texas at San Antonio and a Master of Music Degree in Music Education from the University of Wisconsin in Madison. Dr. Dettwiler is President Elect of the Eastern Division of the ACDA and is currently serving as the Pennsylvania representative on the Board of Directors for the National Collegiate Choral Organization.
Dr. Dettwiler has been a guest conductor and lecturer throughout the United States, working with singers of all ages from university, public school, church, to community choruses. Prior to coming to Mansfield in 1990, she was Director of Choral Activities at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas, and Choral Director at Mt. Horeb High School in Mt. Horeb, Wisconsin. She has developed two pedagogical DVDs entitled, “Developing a Choral Color Palette” and “Sing in Style,” and has given these presentations at numerous ACDA (American Choral Directors Association) and NAfME (National Association for Music Education) Conventions. Dr. Dettwiler received the 2010 Elaine Brown Award for Choral Excellence from the Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Choral Directors Association and was awarded 2nd place both in 2011 and 2013 for The American Prize for Choral Conductors. She made her conducting debut in Carnegie Hall in January of 2014 and presented an interest session at the World Choral Symposium in Seoul, Korea, in August of 2014. Most recently, Dettwiler received the Presidential Coin for Excellence from General Francis Hendricks, President of Mansfield University, and was designated “Honored Artist of the American Prize.” This past summer, she served on the jury for the World Choir Games in Sochi, Russia.

The Mansfield University Concert Choir, which Dettwiler has conducted for twenty-five years, has been invited for twenty consecutive years to perform at state, regional, national, or international choral conventions. In 2008, the Concert Choir won the World Championship in the Gospel & Spiritual Category at the World Choir Games in Graz, Austria. In 2011, the Concert Choir won first place and two second-place prizes at the International Eisteddfod in Llangollen, Wales, and was awarded the 2011 American Prize in Choral Performance for the College/University Division. In 2012, the Concert Choir won three gold medals at the World Choir Games in Cincinnati, Ohio, including second place in the Mixed Youth Choir Category. In 2014, the Choir performed in Carnegie Hall as a part of the Performing Arts Educators 8th-Annual Invitational, and received three gold medals, including 2nd and 3rd place awards at the 2014 World Choir Games in Riga, Latvia. The Concert Choir has performed in sixteen countries during their seven European Tours.

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