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Audition Information

To audition for Colorado All-State Choir, students must be a junior or senior and must be currently enrolled in their high school vocal music program.(Note: homeschooled students are required to be enrolled in their local high school's vocal music program to audition.) Auditions are held each fall to place students in one of three choirs to perform in the spring. Auditions are scored on a point system using a variety of qualified judges from the Colorado region. Raw scores are then configured into "Z-Score" to account for different judges and voice parts.

Boundary Assignments

Boundary Assignments for Audition Sites by County (Updated for 2015-2016)

NOTE: Directors may petition to audition at an alternate site. Complete the Petition Form for each student and follow directions on the form.

Audition Sites & Dates

October 15th - 17th

Colorado Academy
3800 S. Pierce St.
Denver, CO 80235

[Click here for directions]
*Auditions held in Schotters Music Center
*Head south on Pierce and turn left into the campus. Bear left and park in the parking spaces along the north road.

Site Governors: Cindy Jordan, Garland Salder Bello, Heather Schenck

October 9th & 10th

Fort Collins High School
3400 Lambkin Way
Fort Collins, CO 80525

Site Governors: Kaitlin Silar, Janay Bird and Stacy Miller

October 2nd & 3rd

October 2 & 3:
Mesa State College,
Moss Performing Arts Center
1100 North Ave
Grand Junction, CO 81501

October 3:
Durango High School
2390 Main Avenue
Durango, CO 81301

Site Governors: Matt Doty & Jessica Hazzard
Note: Due to construction, no auditions will take place in Gunnison. Those schools may audition at Durango, Grand Junction or Southern. Thank you for your understanding.

October 22nd - 24th

Vista Ridge High School
6888 Black Forest Road
Colorado Springs, CO 80921

Site Governors: Shawna Beeler, Katie Bainer & Connie Campbell


Fall 2015 Audition Sites & Dates

Director Timeline, Reminders, Changes

2015-2016 Director Timeline

Procedures and Requirements

Directors should read and review the following document to fully understand audition procedures and requirements.

Audition Procedures and Requirements

Audition Order & Scoring Card

Sample Audition Card     

The audition consists of the following:
(Audition Videos are provided after each portion of the audition.)

Original score for judge and live accompanist required. Jazz, Pop, and Musical Theatre songs are NOT permitted.

Tone Quality - 10
tone, breath support, vowels, appropriate style
Intonation - 10
singing in tune
Accuracy - 10
accuracy of notes and rhythms
Diction - 10
text clarity, accurate pronunciation
Musicality - 10
dynamics, sensitivity to text, articulation to convey appropriate meaning

Any method is suitable: Solfege, numbers, 'la', etc..

Major Triad - 1
Minor Triad - 1
Diminished Triad - 1
Augmented Triad - 1
Major Scale - 2
Harmonic Minor Scale - 2
Melodic Minor Scale - 2

INTERVALS: 10 Points
Any sung/hummed note will be scored - Do NOT hum or sing to "practice."

Sing requested interval from given pitch - 6 (3 intervals, 2 pts ea.)
Identify interval between two pitches - 4 (2 intervals, 2 pts ea.)

Any method may be used: Solfege, numbers, 'la', etc..

Melodic Sight Reading - 20 (2 examples, 10 pts ea.)

Scoring occurs from what students say. Any method may be used: Beat Numbers, 'ta', 'da', etc..

Rhythmic Sight Reading - 10 (1 example, 10 pts)

Each student will receive a RAW SCORE out of 100 possible points. That score will then be calculated into a "Z-Score" to account for the different judges, their averages, and the amount of students that are needed for each choir. The "Z-Score" cut off is different for each voice part, and will change every year.

     Released Previous Auditions

Z Score

Colorado ASC runs audition tabulation based on a function called Z score. First, all students from a particular judge are listed and compared with the average and standard deviation of that judge.  The standard deviation shows the score spread for each judge. The judge's average score less the student's Raw Score is divided by the judge's standard deviation. The result will be a number roughly between -2 and +2. This number is the student's "Z Score." The average scoring student from that judge will receive a "z score" near zero.  The Z-score allows for the best mathematical method to account for the varying difficulty of a judge's scoring.  As a result, a student's raw score from one judge can produce a seemingly different z score than expected.  The score cut offs for the choirs are made by "z score."  

The formula is:

(Student Raw Score - Judge's Average Score) / Standard Deviation of Judge = Z Score

Example:   ( 78 - 73 ) / 12.5 = .40000


Hyatt Booking Audition Statistics


NOTE: This information DOES NOT apply to the Colorado All-State Jazz Choir that takes place in January. Please refer to the "Jazz Choir" page for more information.

Colorado All State Choir - P.O. Box 370780 - Denver, CO 80237
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2015-2016 Important Dates for Colorado All State Choir

September 9- Registration Deadline

October 2-3- Western Site Auditions
October 9-10- Northern Site Auditions
October 15-17- Metro Site Auditions
October 22-24- Southern Site Auditions

November - Audition Results Available
November - Order Music for Students
December - Rehearsal Materials Avail.
December 11 - Acceptance Deadline

February 4, 5, 6- All-State Festival
**Thursday, Friday, Saturday**

February 6- All State Choir Concert

2015-2016 Important Dates for All State Jazz Choir

Audition Registration Due: Oct. 2

Notification for Callbacks: Oct. 12

Callbacks at Smoky Hill HS: Nov. 14

Notification of Acceptance: Nov. 16

Acceptance Materials Due: Dec. 4

January 2016- All State Jazz Concert (CMEA)