Mark your calendars for the 2011 Children’s / Middle School Choir Festival:
May 13-14, 2011 at the St. Johnsbury School.
This festival is for students in grades six through nine with unchanged voices.
Vermont ACDA announces plans for the twelfth annual Vermont ACDA Children’s / Middle School Honor Choir Festival to be held May 13th and 14th, 2010 at the St. Johnsbury School in St. Johnsbury, VT. We are pleased this year to have Mr. Anthony Trecek-King, Artistic Director of the Boston Children’s Chorus, as our guest conductor. His information follows this invitation.
Members of Vermont ACDA are invited to audition up to fifteen of their students to participate. These students should be in grades six, seven, eight, and nine for the 2010-2011 school year and have an unchanged voice. They must be members of their school choir, community children’s choir, or church choir. The singers you choose should be willing to be music ambassadors for excellence.
Again, this year, non-ACDA choral directors in Vermont are encouraged to submit up to eight members of their school or church choirs. There is a one – time $30 non-member fee to participate.
Students will be selected by teacher recommendation. Please follow the application instructions carefully and do not miss the deadline of January 21, 2011. Failure to adhere to deadlines may result in your students not being allowed to participate in the 2011 VT ACDA Children’s Honor Choir. Be certain that your singers and their parents have fully read, understand and sign the statement of obligation. You should return a copy of the application to the parent for their future information. Teachers will be notified of student’s participation by February 11, 2011. A $35.00 participation fee will be due on or before April 8, 2011. Checks should be made out to VT ACDA.
We are excited about this upcoming event! Remember to return the enclosed application form by January 21th to Susan Cherry, 49 Frost Ave. St. Johnsbury, VT 05819. You may also call (802) 748-2538 if you have any questions.
VT Children’s Honor Choir Committee
Susan Cherry, Chair
As the Artistic Director of the Boston Children’s Chorus, Anthony Trecek-King has found a venue to share his passion for choral music with a new generation of musicians. Called “young and extremely talented” by Keith Lockhart, Mr. Trecek-King believes that excellent choral music can and should be enjoyed by everyone. During his short tenure at the Boston Children’s Chorus, the choir has quickly earned a reputation as an ensemble of high musical excellence and received glowing reviews. The Boston Globe calls the choir “angelic and dazzling” while His Majesty King Abdullah II of Jordan heralds them as “superb.” Federico Cortese from the New England String Ensemble lauds BCC as “one of the emerging forces in Boston music life.” Under Mr. Trecek-King’s leadership, the Boston Children’s Chorus has performed with the Boston Pops under the direction of John Williams as well as Keith Lockhart for the Fourth of July Celebration at the Esplanade. BCC’s annually televised Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. tribute concert has hosted the Chicago Children’s Choir and the Young People’s Chorus of New York City and has quickly become a tradition in New England for celebrating the holiday.
As a conductor and clinician, Mr. Trecek-King has earned international acclaim. He has most recently conducted the Queretaro (Mexico) Conservatory Choir and members of the Schola Cantorum de Venezuela, the Juvenil Schola Cantorum, and the University Simón Bolívar. He participated in both the Eric Ericson Masterclass in the Netherlands and the Eric Ericson Award, an international conducting competition, in Sweden. Mr. Trecek-King conducted Polifonija, a state chorus of Lithuania, on a national tour highlighting American music. He also spent a semester in residence at the Technische Universität Braunschweig in Germany as a guest conductor of the choir and orchestra. Under his direction, choirs have traveled to Jordan, Denmark, Germany, the Czech Republic, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Russia, Finland, Canada, and Mexico, as well as across the United States. A versatile conductor with an orchestral background, Mr. Trecek-King has also led several orchestras, including the Omaha Symphony Orchestra. He is also active as a guest conductor and lecturer for academic institutions and professional organization conventions.
Under his leadership, the Boston Children’s Chorus has established a unique music education curriculum that utilizes the best of European and American models. With the ultimate goal of fostering independently thinking musicians, students as young as seven develop skills that include sight-reading and ear training. An important component in the BCC Model is the development of leadership and life-skills training. Singers are encouraged to take ownership of their participation in the Chorus through activities that include mentoring, holding leadership positions within the choir structure, fundraising, giving and hosting workshops, and giving back to the community through charity work. Mr. Trecek-King promotes these training techniques both nationally and internationally through seminars and clinics.
Born into an Air Force family from the South, Mr. Trecek-King spent most of his youth in North Dakota and Nebraska. He earned a Bachelor’s in Cello Performance from the University of Nebraska at Omaha and a Master’s in Orchestral Conducting from Florida State University. Before joining the Boston Children’s Chorus, Mr. Trecek-King was a Professor of Music at the University of Nebraska at Omaha and the Artistic Director of the Nebraska Choral Arts Society, Nebraska’s oldest and largest community choral organization. He lives with his wife, Melanie, and two cats in Hingham, MA.