The All State Jazz Choir will be held January 2014 during the Colorado Music Educators Association Clinic/Conference at the Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs. Students will rehearse and stay at the Broadmoor. We are excited to be presenting in the Broadmoor Hall. Students must be in grade 11 or 12 and a member of their school’s curricular vocal music program if one exists. At the time of the audition and the All State Jazz Choir rehearsals and performances, students must be eligible under the rules of the Colorado High School Activities Association.
September 30, 2013 - Deadline for CD Submissions!
October - Judging Audition Tapes and Callback Selection Process
October 7, 2013 - Notification Process for Callback Audition
November 2, 2013- Callback Auditions & Final Selection Process @ Smokey Hill HS
December 6, 2013- Acceptance/Registration Forms and Fees Due Date
End of January - Final All State Jazz Choir Music Preparations, Final Audition & Performance
2013-2014 All-State Jazz Choir Information Packet
All State Jazz Mixed Choir
KIRK MARCY is a 1983 Summa Cum Laude graduate of the University of Northern Colorado where he received a Bachelor of Music Education degree. Kirk brought honors to himself and his programs at Lake Washington High School with the 1985 downBeat Magazine award of “Best High School Vocal Jazz Ensemble in the U.S. and Canada.”
In 1987, he joined the prestigious Four Freshmen, and performed with the Count Basie Orchestra, the Glenn Miller Orchestra and the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra with Buddy Morrow. In 1988, Kirk Marcy returned to the Pacific Northwest to become the Director of Soundsation, the internationally acclaimed vocal jazz ensemble at Edmonds Community College. Soundsation was honored by downBeat Magazine as one of its “Outstanding College Performing Groups” for 2001. Soundsation has the distinction of being the only choral group to ever be invited to sing with the Count Basie Orchestra. 2013 marks Kirk’s 25th year of teaching at Edmonds Community College. A passionate conductor of all styles of choral music, Kirk directs the Edmonds Community College Symphonic Choir, a choral ensemble dedicated to the beauty of singing great literature.
An active writer and arranger of vocal jazz music, Kirk has music published through UNC Jazz Press and Sound Music Publications. A professional performer, Kirk sings with Just 4 Kicks, a zany A Cappella vocal jazz quartet based on the West Coast. Additionally, he sings with Male Ensemble Northwest, a 14-voice ensemble comprised of choral conductors from throughout the Pacific Northwest. He has guest conducted All-State Concert Choirs and Jazz Choirs in Alaska, Arizona, Iowa, Oregon, Illinois, Oklahoma, New York and North Dakota and is in great demand as a clinician/adjudicator at choral and jazz festivals throughout the United States and Canada. Kirk is a member of MENC and ACDA. Currently, he serves as ACDA National Repertoire & Standards Chair for Vocal Jazz. In 2008, he was inducted into the Washington Music Educators Association Hall of Fame for his 25 years of service to music education. Most recently, Kirk received the 2013 Edmonds Community College ‘Excellence In Education’ award for his continued commitment to quality education. In his spare time, Kirk is a bit of a gourmet chef, enjoying cooking Greek, Thai, Japanese, German and Italian specialties.
All State Jazz Women's Choir
BRAD REES serves as Director of the Tiffin University Music Department, where he coordinates TU's new ProMusic degree program, and also directs the award-winning a cappella ensemble Up in the Air, conducts the University Choirs, and teaches voice, music production & engineering, and music business.
A leader in contemporary a cappella and vocal jazz education for two decades, Brad has served as Assistant Director of Jazz Studies at the University of Northern Colorado, on the faculty at Iowa's School for Music Vocations, and on the jazz faculty at Bowling Green State University. A frequent clinician at vocal music festivals across the US and Canada, he is a regular judge for ICCA, ICHSA and show choir competitions throughout the Midwest, and has served on the faculty of Halewyn Jazz Workshop in Belgium and many other summer workshops and camps.
His ensembles have appeared across the United States and Canada, at the Salzburg Music Festival in Austria, at the United Nations in New York and Geneva, and on tour in the Republic of China, Germany, the Czech Republic, and South Africa. His choirs have also performed on several national TV broadcasts. His own performing credits include appearances with Ben Folds, Bobby McFerrin’s Voicestra, Joe Williams, George Shearing, African gospel artist Rebecca Malope, and others. He sang with the Grammy-nominated vocal jazz quintet, The Axidentals, with Phil Mattson’s Voices, and in residence at the Smithsonian Institution.
Brad is currently working on his dissertation towards a DMA from Boston University; he received a Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting from the University of Northern Colorado, and holds degrees in music and public relations from George Mason University in Virginia. He has served in leadership positions for the Ohio chapters of IAJE and ACDA, and his compositions and arrangements are available through UNC Jazz Press and TiffinMusic Publications.
All State Jazz Choir Board
Jeff Peckham, Chair
Palmer High School
301 N Nevada Ave.
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
(719) 328 - 5136
Grandview High School
20500 E. Arapahoe Rd.,
Aurora, CO 80016
Smoky Hill HS
16100 E. Smoky Hill Rd.
Aurora, CO 80015
Rock Canyon High School
5810 McArthur Ranch Road
Highlands Ranch, CO 80124
Colorado All State Choir - P.O. Box 370780 - Denver, CO 80237