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In Memoriam: Michael DeShong

The Florida Vocal Association is sad to report that Michael DeShong, former President of FVA, passed away on Saturday, January 16, 2016 at the age of 76.Michael.DeShong

Mr. DeShong graduated from Bay High School in the Florida Panhandle in 1958, and earned his degree in music education from the University of Louisiana at Monroe in 1963.  He served as choral director at Hollywood Hills High School in Broward County from 1967 until his retirement in 1990, and as President of the Florida Vocal Association from 1981 to 1983.

FVA joins Mr. DeShong’s family, friends, colleagues, and former students in celebrating his life, and in mourning his passing.

Chorus angelorum te suscipiat, et cum Lazaro quondam paupere æternam habeas requiem.”

Proposed changes to MPA sight reading

Proposed changes to MPA sight reading will be presented to the membership at the general business meeting tonight. The following document explains those changes and is available for your reference.

All-State Newsletters 2016

rolled_newspaperPlease read and distribute this important information about the 2016 FVA All-State Choirs to students and parents! All newsletters are now available:


Middle School All State 2016 Newsletter

Please read and distribute this important information about the 2016 FVA All-State Choirs to students and parents! A middle school newsletter is ready now, and a high school newsletter is forthcoming. Download the newsletter here:

A few important items we would like you to share with your students and parents before they arrive in Tampa:

  • Please distribute our information newsletter.
  • Please remind your students to have all their music and a pencil for the first rehearsal. Even the best students misplace a selection from time to time, take a moment to check their packet.
  • This year, we are having our chaperone meeting BEFORE rehearsals begin. If possible, please have at least one chaperone attend the chaperone meeting onThursday, January 14 12:30PM so we can review important information. The meeting will take place in the Mixed Chorus Rehearsal Hall.
  • Parents, directors, and guests cannot reserve seats between the Treble and Mixed Concerts.
  • Please stress the importance of clearing the concert hall as soon as possible after the Treble concert so the Mixed Chorus can have a sound check. Ask parents and guests to exit using the back doors of the hall and to meet the All State performers down stairs away from the concert hall.

2016 Florida All-State Choirs seats available

Dear FVA members-

The 2016 Florida All-State Choirs have been seated and you can now access this information via MPA Online. Here’s where to find it:

  1. Login to MPA Online (same system you used to register for All-State)
  2. Click on “All-State Auditions” under “Event Name”
  3. Click on “Score Report for Composite Scores”
  4. Select the choir you wish to look at from the dropdown menu. HS Directors- Please note that students who DNA’ed or did not pass the first two portions of the audition will show in the HS Mixed Choir.
  5. Students who have been accepted show with a green “Yes” in the far right column. Students who have not been accepted have their names struck through and a red “No.” “Ineligible” means that the student did not pass the Musicianship or Sight-Reading portions of the audition.

Please remember that the Board reinstated the possibility of a student not being recommended for lack of technical preparation in the Vocal Quality audition. If your student did not have two out of three judges recommend them, they were not seated in an All-State Choir. The number of judges who said the student was technically prepared can be viewed on the “Score Report for Composite Scores” page as well.

If your accepted student cannot participate, please notify Jason Locker, All-State Chair at allstate@fva.net. We do not anticipate adding any students to the choirs at this time. All the choirs have been seated on the larger side to accommodate for the attrition that always occurs.

A special thank you to the District Chairs who have put in untold hours working on the All-State audition process! We also greatly appreciate the hard work of the Vocal Quality adjudication committees for their time and diligence in meeting the judging deadline so the seats could come out today. Thank you also to Jason Locker- All-State Chair, Rebecca Hammac– MS Chair, Jeannine Stemmer- MS Chair-elect, and Judy Arthur- Vice President for all of their hard work and effort in the 2015-2016 All-State audition cycle.

We are one step closer to another great FMEA Clinic-Conference in Tampa! Please make sure you are taking care of your hotel room cancellation issues (or finding rooms as they start to open). Don’t forget to pre-register yourself and your students for the conference- it’s a real money saver!

If you have questions or concerns, please e-mail me directly at carlton@fva.net. Have a great week! Thank you for all you do for your students!