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.

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

Fred Meads

Fred Meads

2017 NJ Elementary All-State Honor Choir Conductor

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.

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.