We hope that all of you are doing well and settling into your teaching assignments for this fall with some sanity still intact. The Colorado Middle All State Choir board met on August 22nd to discuss and perform a final vote on the all state event for this year. We reviewed the survey and got a lot of feedback from all around the state. Among the things we noted were that many schools are not having vocal music classes in a traditional sense for the first semester or longer, General Music or other Exploratory classes are being placed in schedules instead of choir, there are any students being signed-up for your classes who are not those who typically audition for all state choir and that in many cases we are being told not to sing, period. There is also the question of the audition process itself. How do we, as directors, audition students who we cannot see right now and then how do we possibly help them prepare music for a virtual event? There are vast differences in the way schools and districts around our state are responding to the ongoing pandemic and your survey responses revealed the uncertainty that all of us are facing as we embark on a new school year in the face of this pandemic.
After taking your feedback and all of these different considerations into account, we will not be holding Colorado Middle All State auditions this fall, and will not be holding an in-person CMASC event in 2021. We do not make this decision lightly, but due to ongoing concerns about participation during COVID-19, logistical feasibility, and the long term financial solvency of our organization, our board felt the best course of action was to put our event on hold and regroup for 2022.
Your CMASC board is still dedicated to middle school choral music in the state of Colorado, and we will spend this time planning and building an even stronger event in February or March of 2022. We will continue to meet throughout the year and monitor the situation as it is ever changing. We love putting together this event and we appreciate that it is an important milestone for our middle schoolers. We welcome input on this process as we move forward as a board. As always, we invite you to communicate with your governors, who are listed on our website. As sad as we all are to have to make this decision, we believe it is for the welfare of everyone involved. We hope that you all have a safe and healthy go of things and that we have the opportunity to give this art back to the kids this year. We wish you well as you focus on your classrooms, your programs and of course your students this year, and we look forward to celebrating the return of our All State event in the future. Sincerely,
The Colorado Middle All State Choir Governing Board
Colorado Middle All State Choir offers 7th and 8th grade students in Colorado a chance to audition for one of our three elite ensembles: Triplo, Mescolare, and Cambiato. Designed to be a transition between the Elementary and High School All State models, CMASC requires students to audition with a prepared piece, as well as demonstrate their technical skills, but ensures students from all CMEA Districts have representation at the event. The two-day event is held at the Colorado Convention Center, where students have the opportunity to sing with 150 other talented, motivated, and dedicated singers, as well as learn from elite clinicians from around the country. Additionally, the participants will interact with High School All State students and experience a performance by local elite ensembles. The culminating concert is held on the final evening in the 5,000 seat Bellco Theatre, and is open to the public.
Important Dates for the 2022-tba, stay tuned for announcements! Colorado Middle All State Choir
Wednesday, May 13th - Practice Audition Materials posted to website
Monday, September 14th - Official Audition Materials posted. Audition Material passwords will be sent to Directors by District Governors.
Friday, October 2nd - Audition Submission Deadline. ALL AUDITIONS, PAPERWORK, AND FEES DUE BY 5 PM!
Monday, November 30th - Acceptance Announcements! Selected students' names will be sent to their choral director via email.
Directly after acceptance - Directors order music for students.
Friday, December 18th - Acceptance Deadline. ALL STUDENT ACCEPTANCE PAPERWORK, FEES, AND DIRECTOR'S FORMS DUE BY MIDNIGHT! (Checks Postmarked by This Date)
Thursday and Friday, March 4th and 5th - 2021 All State Festival at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver
Friday, March 5th, 7:00 pm - All State Concert Concert at the Bellco Theater