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K-State Today

October 5, 2018

University Concert Choir to perform at national conference

By Abby Lacy

For the first time in the 60 year history of the 20,000 member American Choral Directors Association, the Kansas State University Concert Choir has been selected to perform at the biennial national conference Feb. 27 through March 3, 2019.

The audition process requires the submission of three consecutive years of audio recordings demonstrating consistency in concepts comprehension of musicianship, expression, intonation, vocal pedagogy, appropriate timbre, ensemble balance, rhythmic simultaneity, and historically informed performance practices. Of the 227 submissions from across the United States, the K-State Concert Choir was the highest ranking undergraduate choir and the sixth highest ranking among all choirs — including choirs with masters and doctoral programs.

The five-day conference features approximately 5,500 attendees and includes lectures, presentations and performances from around the world. Though past conference host cities have included New York, Los Angeles, Miami, the American Choral Directors Association is celebrating its 60th anniversary by returning to the city in which it was founded, Kansas City, Missouri, with events hosted at the world-renowned Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.

The School of Music, Theatre, and Dance is part of the College of Arts and Sciences. The school annually gives more than $500,000 in undergraduate scholarships and graduate scholarships and assistantships. To learn more about the School of Music Theatre, and Dance at K-State, visit its website.

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