2018 Children’s Honor Choir Festival

The Vermont ACDA announces the eighteenth annual Vermont ACDA Children’s Honor Choir Festival to be held May 4 and 5, 2018 (Friday and Saturday) at the First Baptist Church in Burlington, VT. Our guest conductor is Shoshana Hershkowitz, and our accompanist is Mrs. Shirley Smith.

Who can participate?
● Students in grades 6-9 with Teacher Recommendation
● Participants must be a member of their school, community, or worship choir and commit to be Ambassadors for Choral Excellence.
● The program will be for treble voices with an option for changes voices to double one of the voice parts down the octave.

Can all teachers recommend students?
● Yes! however teachers NOT in either ACDA of VMEA will be required to pay a $35 group fee.
● In the unlikely event we exceed 150 participants priority will be given to ACDA members first followed by VMEA and then all others.

What does it cost for students?
● The registration is $43 per student. This includes an ice cream social on Friday and lunch on Saturday as well as all other costs to run the festival.
● Tickets are $7 each and up to two can be purchased at the time of registration. (CHECKS should therefore be either $43, $50 or $57 ONLY at time of registration)
● Extra tickets will be sold later via email once registration is closed at $7 in advance or $8 at the door

What is the schedule/ expectations for the festival?
● Rehearsal is Friday and Saturday with a concert Saturday afternoon.
● All students must commit to be there for the full time on both days.
● Friday:
*Registration will be from 10:15-10:45
*Rehearsals from 11:00- 5:45 with a 12:30 lunch break (BROWN BAG) and 3:00 ice cream social

● Saturday:
*9:00- 1:00 rehearsal with lunch break (LUNCH PROVIDED)
*1:00 Concert
Great! So I’m a director. What do I do now?
● Print the registration sheet to give to parents (all forms can be found IN THIS GOOGLE FOLDER)
● Give out scholarship forms to those who may need it and submit with registrations
● Collect ALL registrations and checks (made out to VT-ACDA for either $43, $50 or $57) and mail to:
Heather Schoppmann, 557 Happy Hollow Rd, Huntington, VT 05462
● REGISTRATION closes Friday, January 26, 2018
● Teachers will be notified of those accepted by February 2, 2018 and music sent out shortly after
● Questions: email me at schoppmah@gmail.com
Please note: If a student chooses not to participate there are NO REFUNDS on the registration


Our conductor: Shoshana Hershkowitz

Shoshana Hershkowitz is an artist in residence at Stony Brook University, where she conducts the Stony Brook Chorale and Camerata Singers, prepares choirs for the opera productions, and has taught voice for the Pre-College Music Program. She is the founding conductor of the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra of New York’s Suffolk Symphonic Choir, an ensemble of select high school aged singers. Prior to her work at Stony Brook University and MYO, Ms. Hershkowitz taught at Commack High School from 1999-2009. As a guest conductor, Ms. Hershkowitz has conducted choirs for the Vermont Music Educators Association, Nassau Music Educators Association, Suffolk County Music Educators Association, and the Hamptons Music Educators Association. As a clinician, Mrs. Hershkowitz has presented workshops for NYSCAME, SCMEA, Society for Ethics in Education, and the Balanced Mind Conference. Ms. Hershkowitz sings with the Evoco Voice Collective, a semi-professional chamber choir. She holds degrees in music education and vocal performance from the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam.


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