Elementary & Middle School Honor Choirs

For up-to-date information and details, please visit the full Circle the State with Song website. 

Since 1990, IMEA has sponsored an elementary and a middle school honor choir. Selected students who are participating in Circle the State with Song Area Festivals will have the opportunity to audition for these All-State Honor Choirs. These choirs are select groups of approximately 150 singers chosen by teacher recommendation and audition. Our goal is to choose singers from each of the 12 area CSWS Festivals to fill balanced parts. Both groups will perform at the IMEA State Conference.

IMEA Professional Development Conference, January 2021 

Embassy Theater
125 W Jefferson Blvd
Fort Wayne, IN 46802

Fees/ Scholarships
The 2021 fee for this choral experience will be $28 for students in both the Elementary Choir and Middle School Choir. This fee includes four meals, All-State music, online rehearsal recordings, and an overnight stay at the Hilton Hotel (Elementary Choir) and the Marriott Hotel (Middle School Choir) in downtown Ft. Wayne. A limited number of partial scholarships are available. Please make sure that any student whose teacher submits a Scholarship Form on their behalf understands that they are responsible for the balance of the cost, and that the full fee is to be sent pending approval of scholarship. If the scholarship is approved, a reimbursement will be provided from the IMEA office.

Honor Choir Selection
Final selection will be made by the CSWS Committee in TBD. Students and teachers will be notified of the decision no later than TBD. Rehearsal recordings for honor choir will be available on the website for each participating singer along with the honor choir repertoire. Please read carefully, follow the instructions, and meet the deadlines as stated in the audition process. Failure to do so will disqualify the audition.

It is our pleasure to offer your students this quality opportunity to learn and grow musically. Thank you for your continued interest in and support of IMEA and its programs.

If you have any questions regarding information or procedures, please contact the CSWS State Chair Alicia Rankin, or your CSWS Area Coordinator.

Teacher Requirements
All directors who submit auditions must be members of NAfME/IMEA for an audition to be considered. Students of non-member teachers who submit auditions for consideration will be rejected. Remember: A student may be enrolled by a private studio or community choir director only if the student’s school does not participate in the Circle the State with Song festivals. The name of the school where the student is enrolled must be identified during the registration process.

Teachers may submit no more than eight auditions per level, per school. Please be selective. The registration must be filled out and auditions uploaded online by December 9, 2020.

Teachers are asked to confirm that the auditioning student(s) will be available on May 19-22, 2021, before submitting the application and audition. Teachers are also asked to submit students who understand that rooming changes will not be made after their registration in complete. Please note: All registrations will be completed by the teacher in order to be accepted to alleviate confusion regarding rooming, payment, and submission of Medical and Fee Tally Forms.

Teachers will need to teach and monitor the progress of honor choir singers from their school. Teachers, please make sure your selected students do this: once selected, teachers will be responsible to complete the registration process online. The link to registration will be provided in the information letter the teacher will receive.

Note that absolutely no rooming assignments can be changed after applications have been received.