2017 Elementary and Junior High School Honor Choirs — 23rd 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.
Fred Meads is enjoying his eighth year on the staff of the American Boychoir School in Hopewell, New Jersey where he serves as the Director of Vocal Studies. In this position, he conducts daily rehearsals of the Training Choir, teaches private voice lessons and leads ear-training classes. He helps prepare the training boys for orchestral performances, recordings and touring. During the summer, he serves as Assistant Director of American Boychoir Experience, an auditioned camp for boys from all over the United States. In addition to his school duties, he serves as Assistant Director of the Princeton Girlchoir, a community choir of 290 singers in Princeton, NJ.
Mr. Meads has been director of choirs in public and private schools, churches and at the collegiate level for the past twenty-five years. From 1999–2009, he was Artistic Director of the Fort Wayne Children’s Choir in Fort Wayne, IN, where he led the group on national and international tours, prepared the choir for annual symphonic engagements, and commissioned works from diverse and renowned composers. Mr. Meads has been invited to conduct various honor choirs and all-state choirs in Georgia, Indiana, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York, Virginia, Nebraska and Ohio. In 2014, he conducted the Northwest ACDA Division Children’s Honor Choir in Seattle and in 2011 he led the Organization of Kodály Educators National Children’s Honor Choir in Phoenix. Internationally, he traveled to Hong Kong to present choral workshops for music educators and the Yip Children’s Choir. Mr. Meads has also presented workshops for the Indiana Music Educators Association, ACDA, OAKE and Westminster Choir College. He has served on the boards of both the Indiana Choral Directors Association and the New Jersey Choral Directors Association.
Mr. Meads received the Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from Ithaca College, NY and the Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He completed his Kodály training at Capital University in Columbus, OH where he was a scholarship recipient.
Pictures from the 2015 NJ Elementary and Junior High All State Honors Choir under the direction of Tom Shelton and Anthony Sears.