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2017 Middle School Choirs of Distinction

The Florida Vocal Association congratulates the following choirs, which were selected by their district adjudication panels as the first ever Middle School Choirs of Distinction! These 11 choirs from 9 schools – and their directors – will be recognized at this year’s Awards Ceremony at the FVA Summer Conference on Friday, July 28 in Altamonte Springs.

Bak Middle School of the Arts (District 14)
Chorale & Girl’s Chorus
Connie Drosakis & Matthew Bischoff, Directors

Burns Middle School (District 7)
Andrea Peacock, Director

C.W. Ruckel Middle School (District 1)
Women’s Chorus
Michelle Tredway, Director

Carlos E. Haile Middle School (District 11)
Swing Choir
Sarah O’Kelly, Director

Florida Christian School (District 16)
Jubilation Middle School Choir
Jeannine Stemmer, Director

Hunter’s Creek Middle School (District 8)
Alex Pollard, Director

Lake Nona Middle School (District 8)
Treble Voices & Boys Chorus
Courtney Connelly & Ashley Majka, Directors

Martinez Middle School (District 7)
Advanced Women’s Chorus
R. Chad DeLoach, Director

Southwood Middle School (District 16)
Deborah Mar & Jessica Loman, Directors

2017 State Solo & Ensemble Instructions

Directors participating in State Solo & Ensemble MPA will find important instructions from Mark Scott below. Best of luck to you and your students!

Final instructions for State Solo & Ensemble 2017:

District Medals/Plaques orders

If you are interested in ordering medals or additional plaques, the order form is found below. If you have questions, please direct them to Mark Scott. Orders need to be submitted no later than April 15.

Important MPA Sight Reading Update

Directors are encouraged to examine the 2017 MPA Sight Reading Criteria Rubric. The exercises eligible for the “Superior with Distinction” rating are indicated with colored boxes. The medal/trophy symbols as printed are not entirely correct. Please use the attached sheet ONLY as the final record of which examples are eligible. There are three middle school only examples (red boxes), but middle school choirs may also read any high school “Superior with Distinction” exercise (orange boxes) as well. Note that Exercise 27 is NOT a HS “Superior with Distinction” exercise because it does not contain consecutive skips.

Here is the criteria for the “Superior with Distinction” exercises…

  • For middle school choirs, any melodic exercise from the book that is not unison and contains skips.
  • For high school choirs, any melodic exercise from the book that contains either stepwise chromaticism or consecutive skips for any voice part.

Also, please note that there has been an error in the 2017 MPA Sight Reading booklets. Exercises 17 (most advanced SSA) and 29 (most advanced SATB) were accidentally omitted, but will be available as a separate sheet. Please consider letting your District Chair know if you plan on reading these exercises.

When you come to registration at MPA, you will be asked to select your exercises. Please use this information to help you make your choices. We will be recording the exercise numbers as they should have been printed in the book- so make sure you are aware of the problem and that you take your time when selecting the exercises and announcing the numbers to your students in the sight reading room. We are using this data to fine tune the array of exercises offered each year.

MS Mixed Choir Update

The middle school mixed chorus will be learning a piece on-site (no sheet music) for the first time. The director, Tesfa Wondemagegnehu, will teach this piece at approximately 2:20pm in the Tampa Hilton Bayshore Room 1-3.