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The American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) is the national professional organization of choral directors. There are not only national events, but also regional and state divisions. Congratulations to 19 of our 5th-9th grade choir students, who have been accepted into the highly selective Central and North Division Honor Choirs. They will perform at Harris Theater in Millennium Park on February 17, 2018, as part of the Central and North Division ACDA Regional Conference to be held in Chicago. To pass this audition, elementary students had to prepare an excerpt by twentieth century composer Bela Bartok and 7-9th grade students had to prepare an excerpt by Stephan Paulus. The Central and North ACDA Divisions represent 8 states. Close to 1500 students auditioned for one of 250 spots.

Please congratulate the follow students who worked before and after school with Ms. DeJager to prepare their auditions and will continue to learn difficult music over the winter months.

Mid-Level Treble Honor choir members, grades 7-9 are: Mia Battista (8), Kate Buikema (9), Aliza Nelson (7), Kenna Tolman (8), Michal Tolman (8) and Emma Vega (8). They will work with Judith Herrington, conductor; Founder and Artistic Director, Tacoma Youth Chorus

Elementary Honor Choir membersgrades 5-6 are: Eloise Nelson (6), Ellie Jean Vega (5) and Jordan Wilson (6). They will work with Francisco Núñez, conductor; Artistic Director & Founder of the Young People’s Chorus of New York City

This weekend, Ms. DeJager and ten 5th and 6th grade students participated in the Illinois American Choral Directors Association Children’s Honor Choir, as part of the IL-ACDA fall conference. Ms. DeJager is the IL-ACDA Repertoire and Resources chairperson for children’s choirs in Illinois and served as a member of the fall conference planning committee and chairperson of the children’s honor choir.

Our children’s honor choir participants (pictured above) were: Tea Alles, Jake Armstrong, Allison Dishman, Tochi Ezimako, Camden Gunn, Hannah Hoffman, Leah Hoffman, Colin Jones, Abby VanderWal and Isabella Zimmerman.  

They were directed by nationally renowned conductor and artistic director of ANIMA-Glen Ellyn’s Children Choir, Ms. Emily Ellsworth and spent the day learning from her. Their day finished with a beautiful performance in Belushi Hall at the McInich Arts Center of the College of Dupage in Glen Ellyn, IL has part of the IL-ACDA Honor Choirs concert.

Congratulations to our students for using their talents to honor God, the creator of all good and beautiful things!


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