All-State Music Programs, Sights & Sounds
The KCEA All-State Choir first gathered in November 1992, the culmination yet opening of an effort to offer an opportunity to affiliating ministries to further develop the musical talents of selected students. By bringing in an ‘outside’ guest clinician, participants are exposed to a ‘new face’ with different methodology than what they are used to at their school. Through this opportunity, the clinician is able to uniquely focus the students to hone their musicianship using the selected pieces, while also directing their attention to the application of Scripture and spiritual truths to their singing/playing/musicianship. Through these learning opportunities, they can then share and apply the lessons learned with others in their choirs and instrumental groups at their school or church, and in other musical opportunities in the future.
Interested students work with their school to learn the choral music before auditioning in mid- to late October. Schools are notified of the results in early November, with invited students coming to the Harrisburg area for three days of focused music learning in a Bible-centered setting. Two concluding concerts in the Rotunda of the state Capitol building offer the students an outstanding public forum and venue to demonstrate what they have learned and experienced. The concerts are a highlight of the school year for many students, as they have opportunity to sing with a choir of 125-160 voices in any given year. An untold number of state employees, members of the state House and Senate, and members of the public have witnessed the testimonies given in music and in word in any given year. The 2017 concerts mark the 25th anniversary of the Choir’s founding.
For Band, their timeframe begins later in the fall, with music becoming available for preview by October. Schools indicate students’ interest in participating by early December, with registrations due by mid-January. Students come together for a full day of instruction with a guest clinician, with a half-day of additional guidance and rehearsals on the day of the closing concerrt. Simular to Choir, this event serves as a highlight in their school year, with 70-100 students participating annually.
2017 All-State Choir
The 2017 Choir will be directed on Nov. 16-18, 2017, by Dr. Kevin Suiter. For background information on our guest clinician, visit his home ministry in Indiana.
The deadline for receiving audition recordings at the KCEA office is October 26, 2017. Schools are encouraged to refer to their Annual Update for specific recording, rehearsal, and performance details.
The Choir is scheduled to rehearse Nov. 16-17 at Hummelstown and to sing their repertoire at 11:00am and 1:30pm on Nov. 18 in the Capital’s main rotunda. The concerts are open to the public.
The 2017 Choir’s repertoire, one public domain score, and pertinent forms are available in the Annual Update, which is now available for download!
Here are some programs from various KCEA All-State Choirs and All-State Bands. The following program files are in PDF format.
2016 All-State Band
2015 All-State Choir
Here are some sound samples from various KCEA All-State Choirs and All-State Bands. The following sound files are in MP3 format. You must have an appropriate sound program in order to listen to them.
|“Sing a Mighty Song” – Daniel Gawthrop|| Audio Player|
|“Jubilate, Alleluia” – Mary Lynn Lightfoot|| Audio Player|
|“He Who Began a Good Work” – Joseph Martin|| Audio Player|
|“Foundation” – arr. Dwight Gustafson|| Audio Player|
|“¡El Cielo Canta Alegria!” – arr. Roger Bergs|| Audio Player|
|“Funiculi, Funicula” – Denza|| Audio Player|
|“Be Thou My Vision” – Cross|| Audio Player|
|“Fanfare Prelude on the Italian Hymn” – Curnow|| Audio Player|
|“On the Mall” – Goldman|| Audio Player|