Florida Vocal Association

inaugural
treble all-stars honor chorus

treble all-stars honor chorus

The inaugural Treble All-Stars Honor Chorus will be a part of the 2024 FVA Summer Conference. We are fortunate to have Mary Biddlecombe as the conductor of the inaugural chorus.

Mary is the Artistic Director of the Vanderbilt Youth Choirs at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN. We are thrilled to give our sixth graders the opportunity to work with such an inspiring clinician.

Important Dates
  • March 22, 2024
    Deadline to complete the nomination form in MPA Online and email scanned nomination form and student contracts to david at fva.net
  • July 23, 2024
    Rehearsal day from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm (lunch on your own)
  • July 24, 2024
    Concert in Ballroom A & B at 9:00 am
Registration

Registration fees are all-inclusive:

A $65 registration fee will be assessed for every student accepted into the honor chorus. All student fees will be included as a part of the director’s registration for the FVA Summer Conference. Registration fees are non-refundable. The registration fee includes:

  • $35 — Honor choir registration
  • $10 — Honor choir t-shirt for performance
  • $15 — Packet of music repertoire, includes shipping to the school by Head’s House of Music
  • $5 — rehearsal tracks provided by ChoralTracks to download

The concert on Wednesday morning is free to family and friends.

Honor Chorus Requirements
  • Student must have been in 6th grade during the 2023-2024 school year.
  • Student must be a treble singer (unchanged voice for males)
    Director must be a current member of FVA and FMEA.
  • The director may nominate UP TO FIVE (5) students, ranked in order of preference for placement.
  • The Nomination Form link will be available in your MPA Online homepage.
  • The Nomination Form submission deadline is Friday, March 22, 2024. Any incomplete, incorrect, or late nomination forms will not be considered.
  • All nominated participants must complete and return a signed Participant Contract. A button to print these contracts will appear when a student is added. Signed nomination form and student contracts should be emailed together as one file to david@fva.net by
    March 22, 2024 to be considered for selection.
  • Directors DO NOT need to be present to check the students in on Tuesday, but the directors MUST be registered for and attend the concert and conference on Wednesday.
  • Any directors interested in assisting during Tuesday’s check-in and rehearsals may contact the choir coordinator, Melinda Fradley at trebleallstars@fva.net
    For Brevard county schools, the application will require the name and signature of the recommending elementary music teacher along with the director at the middle school the student is scheduled to attend in the fall of 2024.
Vocal Part Placement
  • Students will NOT be assigned a voice part. They will be assigned to a group and the groups will rotate on voice parts for each song. Each child will sing one song each on T1, T2, T3, soprano, and alto during the concert.

  • Concert attire for the Wednesday morning performance will be blue jeans and the honor chorus t-shirt (included in the registration fee).

  • Selected students are responsible for knowing all of the music before they arrive at the first rehearsal Tuesday morning.

  • The rehearsal tracks will be organized by the assigned groups. Each song will include the full mix-down and the part-predominant track assigned for that song.

  • Students selected from one school will all be assigned to the same group enabling them to rehearse together more easily.

Parent/Chaperone Responsibilities

It will be the parent/guardian responsibility to transport the child to the conference and check them in to rehearsals.

A chaperone from each school must be in the hotel facility during rehearsals.

Singers will be on their own Tuesday for the lunch break to eat with their parent/guardian/chaperone. There are a multitude of fast food options along US-192.

Lodging

Room rate information at the Wyndham Orlando Resort and Conference Center/Celebration will be available soon. Students and directors are responsible for their own accommodations for the conference.

Repertoire
  • Sound the Trumpet, Henry Purcell, 2-part
  • Canto de Pilon, Cristian Grases, 2-part
  • Bandyrowe, arr. Susan Brumfield, SSA
  • Where the Light Begins, Susan LaBarr, SSA
  • Be Who You Are, Ryan Main, SSA