CBCA CHORAL EVENTS

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Below is a reference guide for the events that CBCA participates in each year. Specific details can be found in your student’s choral binder. To participate in choir, the following events are required: Christmas Concert, Choir Festival, SSACS/AACS Competition (if choir goes as a group), and the Fine Arts Program. While we strongly recommend participation in All-County, All-State, Disney Candlelight, and individual entries for the SSACS/AACS Competition, these events are only required once a student commits to them. If a student breaks their commitment to any event, they would risk their involvement in other activities.

ALL-COUNTY CHORUS

Grade Level: 6th-12th

Requirements:

·        Attend Friday prep classes after school the first several weeks of classes.

·        Complete and turn in required registration forms by deadline (mid-end August).

·        Audition at Calvary for the opportunity to go to the live audition.

·        Live audition on a Tuesday in October at a school of Polk County’s choosing

·        Attend two evening weekday rehearsals before the performance date (usually a Monday/Tuesday end of October or beginning of November)

·        Attend all-day rehearsal and performance that evening on a Tuesday in early November

Cost: Cost covered for students enrolled in choir

Description: Each fall, Polk County celebrates the impact of music education on children’s lives through the annual Polk County Choral Festival. This event will feature select students, through audition, representing all Polk County choral music programs, under the direction of master teachers in the following ensembles: 6th grade Treble Chorus, 7th & 8th grade Mixed Chorus, and Sr. High Mixed Chorus.

ALL-STATE CHORUS

Grade Level: 7th-12th

Requirements:

·        Attend Friday prep classes after school the first several weeks of classes.

·        Complete and turn in required registration forms by deadline (mid-end August).

·        Complete and pass a written exam and sight-singing audition at a school of Polk County’s choosing.

·        Learn song selections to complete and pass a vocal quality exam at a school of Polk County’s choosing.

·        Attend a 3-day (Thurs-Sat) rehearsal and conference in Tampa in January concluding with the Saturday performance.

Cost: $30 audition fee. If selected, the registration fee of $50 will be covered by the CBCA choir budget. Should your student make it into an All-State chorus, hotel cost for 2 nights may be necessary. We will try to split hotel costs among those accompanying the trip.

Description: All-State is an auditioned honor choir that is made of some of the best singers and musicians in the state. To get into the choir, you must sight sing material that you have never seen before and take an advanced theory test. If you pass those two stages and score high enough, you will then learn the concert music and be tested for vocal quality exam. If you score high enough in all three categories, you are eligible to be selected for All-State Chorus (Tampa Convention Center) but still must be selected.

DISNEY CANDLELIGHT PROCESSIONAL

Grade Level: 9th-12th

Requirements:

·        Attend Sr. High Choir class the first few weeks of school for the video audition

·        Commitment forms with possible performance dates (November-December) must be completed by each student.

·        If CBCA is accepted (pending results in October), travel forms must be completed by each student.

·        Disney will then select a date for us to perform based on the possible dates we submitted and we will send out our official performance and travel plans.

·        Bring apparel required according to Disney guidelines for the performance.

 

Cost: No cost

Description: Hear the stirring Biblical story of Christmas told by a special guest celebrity narrator, accompanied by a 50-piece orchestra and several magnificent choirs each year at the America Gardens Theatre at Epcot.

CBCA CHRISTMAS CONCERT

Grade Level: K-12th

Requirements:

·        All students will be fitted for performance apparel within the first month of classes. Concert apparel is to be worn at every choral event except Disney’s Candlelight.

·        Participate in class rehearsals.

·        Memorize song title(s) for performance.

Cost: No cost

Description: Held on campus, CBCA’s Annual Christmas Program is a highlight of our year, allowing us to show parents and families part of what your students have learned so far in the year.

FLORIDA CHRISTIAN CHOIR FESTIVAL

Grade Level: 9th-12th

Requirements:

·        Participate in class rehearsals.

·        Participate in an all-day rehearsal concluding with the mass choral performance on a Friday evening mid-January.

Cost: No cost

Description: This mass choir event is comprised of Central Florida private Christian schools and held on campus at CBCA under the direction of a renowned guest clinician.

SSACS (Sunshine State Association of Christian Schools) COMPETITION

Grade Level: 9th-12th

Requirements:

·        Participate in class rehearsals.

·        Memorize song title(s) for performance.

·        For individual events, select piece and complete the required form(s) by due date (November).

·        Attend after class rehearsals as needed (January-March).

·        Attend the competition (mid-March).

Cost: No cost for choir/ensemble, cost varies for individual categories.

Description: Annual state-wide competition held at a Central Florida Christian private school for many varying categories including choir, ensemble, vocal solos, instrumental solos, etc.

AACS (American Association of Christian Schools) National COMPETITION

Grade Level: 9th-12th

Requirements:

·        AACS is for those who place 1st in the SSACS Competition. (In some cases, 2nd place may be eligible to attend if the 1st place winner is unable to go.)

·        Attend the Tuesday-Friday competition in South Carolina in early April.

Cost: Travel meals to and from SC

Description: Annual national competition held at Bob Jones University each year.

FINE ARTS & AWARDS PROGRAM

Grade Level: 6th-12th

Requirements:

·        Participate in class rehearsals.

·        Memorize song title(s) for performance.

Cost: No cost

Description: This is our annual end-of-year program where students receive awards for their participation levels and character shown throughout the year. It is also our final opportunity to show parents and families how your student has progressed throughout the year.