The All State Jazz Choir will be held January 2016 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.
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)
15-2016 ASJC Information Packet
Click here to Register Students for the 2015-2016 All State Jazz Choir Auditions
All State Jazz Women's Choir
Matt Falker is currently the department chair of the Music Department at MiraCosta College in Oceanside, CA, where he directs vocal jazz ensembles and teaches theory and piano classes. His previous faculty positions include the University of Southern California, Cal State Northridge, Cal State Fullerton, Fullerton College, Hamilton HS Academy of Music, and Purdue Musical Organizations at Purdue University.
A native of northern Michigan, Matt received his undergraduate degree from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo in jazz piano and his graduate degree from the University of Southern California in jazz voice. An active performer and clinician internationally, his recent appearances as a guest clinician or performer include festivals in Washington, New York, Idaho, Alberta, Manitoba, and California, including prominent events such as the Monterey Jazz Festival. He has also served on the vocal jazz faculty for the IAJE Teacher Training Institute, and as the guest conductor for both the Washington and California All-State Vocal Jazz Ensembles and the LAUSD Middle School Honors Chorus. He is the founder and director of the Oceanside Jazz Festival, a non-competitive vocal jazz and big band festival hosted at MiraCosta College.
Many of Matt’s vocal arrangements are published by Sound Music Publications and UNC Jazz Press, and he also distributes music through his own publishing company, Matfal Music. He has also published an instructional DVD through Sound Music Publications entitled “Jazz Piano For Singers, Volume 1”. Recently, he presented a clinic at the 2013 Jazz Education Network (JEN) conference in Atlanta on jazz piano voicings.
He is a member of the professional vocal jazz quartet ‘True North’, comprised of Los Angeles studio musicians and clinicians. His first solo album is scheduled for release in early 2014.
Matt also plays keyboards for the Los Angeles Chapter of the Gospel Music Workshop of America, and appears on their recording called “New Beginning”. Matt is the minister of music at the Word of God Baptist Church in Los Angeles, under the leadership of Pastor Louis Monroe III. More information about Matt is available at www.mattfalker.com and his music is available at www.matfalmusic.com.
All State Jazz Mixed Choir
Curtis Gaesser, who has been teaching in the Folsom Cordova Unified School District since 1984, at Folsom High School since 1987 was named"District Teacher of the Year" in 1990 and 2011.
He was honored as 1995's "Most Outstanding Music Educator" by the California Association for Music Education and was "California State Jazz Educator of the Year" in 2003.
In 2008, he received DownBeat Magazine's "Annual Achievement Award in Jazz Education."
But the most important accolade at Folsom High School is the winning philosophy that musical participation presents students some of life's greatest lessons.
To quote Curtis Gaesser, "I don't think there is anything more rewarding than to see kids perform at their best after a lot of hard work. I don't care if we win or lose; I just want these kids to do their best."
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