All-State Music Programs, Sights & Sounds

2016 All-State Choir

The 2016 Choir will be directed on Nov. 17-19, 2016, by Dr. Russell Shelley.

Dr. Russ Shelley is Professor of Music at Juniata College (Huntingdon, PA), where he serves as Director of Choral and Vocal Studies and as Chair of the Department of Music and teaches Music for Classroom Teachers and Introduction to Aesthetic Experience. He also conducts the Concert Choir, Choral Union, Alumni Choir, and Chorale. Under his direction, Juniata choirs have performed in 21 states and 20 countries on more than 25 extended concert tours. In addition to his conducting opportunities at Juniata, Shelley has lectured internationally and is also music director of the State College (PA) Choral Society.

A native of New York, Shelley has baccalaureate degrees in music education and sacred music, a master’s degree in vocal performance from Mansfield University (PA), and a doctorate in music education from Penn State. Prior to his graduate work at Penn State, he taught junior and senior high school general and choral music in New York and served as a church musician. Active as a guest conductor, adjudicator, and clinician, he has appeared as a guest conductor more than forty times in seven states.

Shelley has received numerous honors and awards and is a member of a number of national music honorary societies.


The deadline for receiving audition recordings at the KCEA office is October 29, 2016. Schools are encouraged to refer to their Annual Update for specific recording, rehearsal, and performance details.

The Choir is scheduled to rehearse Nov. 17-18 at Hummelstown and to sing their repertoire at 11:00am and 1:30pm on Nov. 19 in the Capital’s main rotunda. The concerts are open to the public.

The 2016 Choir’s repertoire is as follows:

Achieved Is the Glorious Work (Franz Joseph Haydn, SATB score) – SATB Score (Public Domain – Download here)
Beautiful in His Time (Dan Forrest) – Score  Audio
Cry Out and Shout (Knut Nystedt) – Score   Audio
I Know that My Redeemer Lives (Dan Forrest) – Score   Audio
I Will Sing With the Spirit (John Rutter) – Score   Audio
In the Valley Flows a River (Douglas Nolan) – Score   Audio
It Is Well with My Soul (arr. Bradley Knight) – Score   Audio
My Shepherd Will Supply My Need (Virgil Thomson) – Score   Audio
Now the Green Blade Riseth (Kevin McChesney) – Score  Audio
The Last Words of David (Randall Thomson)  Score

The Annual Update will be released once score pricing is finalized.

Sample Programs

Here are some programs from various KCEA All-State Choirs and All-State Bands. The following program files are in PDF format.

Choir Programs

Band Programs

Sample Sights

2016 All-State Band

2015 All-State Choir

Sample Sounds

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.

Choir Samples

2015 Choir

“Sing a Mighty Song” – Daniel Gawthrop
“Jubilate, Alleluia” – Mary Lynn Lightfoot
“He Who Began a Good Work” – Joseph Martin

2014 Choir

“Foundation” – arr. Dwight Gustafson
“¡El Cielo Canta Alegria!” – arr. Roger Bergs

Band Samples

2015 Band

“Funiculi, Funicula” – Denza
“Be Thou My Vision” – Cross

2014 Band

 “Fanfare Prelude on the Italian Hymn” – Curnow
“On the Mall” – Goldman