Four Students Chosen for Missouri All-State Choir

Four MICDS singers have been selected by audition to perform with the 2024 Missouri All-State Choir. A total of 192 singers from throughout the State of Missouri are selected to perform each year with this prestigious choir. Four students from throughout the St. Louis Metropolitan area were selected for each voice part, along with two alternates per voice part, following a challenging audition process.

Round one of the blind audition process was held in early October. Each student performed a 90-second vocal solo for a panel of three adjudicators, where they were evaluated on their tone quality, intonation, rhythm and pitch accuracy, diction, and overall musical effect. Following their solo audition, each student had 20 seconds to study, perform two challenging sight-singing examples, and identify two randomly selected key signatures. The top 20 juniors and seniors in each voice part from throughout the St. Louis Metro area were given the opportunity to advance to round two in the audition process.

On Thursday, November 2, 2023, MICDS hosted the 2024 Missouri All-State Choir auditions. During this second round of blind auditions, each student prepared the same choral work, O Sing Joyfully, by Adrian Batten (1591-1637). The students were evaluated on the same criteria as in round one, with their scores from round one being added to the scores in round two. The top four scoring students in each voice part are named to the Missouri All-State Choir.

Congratulations to the MICDS singers named to the 2024 Missouri All-State Choir:

  • Ben Iken ’24, Tenor
  • Intisar Iqbal ’24, Bass
  • Rebecca Sennaraj ’24, Alto Alternate
  • Charlie Glass ’25, Tenor Alternate

MICDS had two singers named Honorable Mention for their outstanding preparation and performance. Those named Honorable Mention will be invited to participate in the Missouri Festival Choir held in July during the Missouri Choral Directors Association Summer Conference.

Congratulations to the MICDS singers named Honorable Mention:

  • Grant LaMartina ’25, Tenor
  • Joe Walsh ’25, Bass

The Missouri All-State Choir will perform on Saturday, January 27, 2024, as the grand finale of the Missouri Music Educators Association Conference and Clinic held at Tan-Tar-A Conference Center in Osage Beach, Missouri. The choir will be conducted by Maria Guinand, choral professional and orchestral conductor, university professor, and Artistic Director of the Schola Cantorum Foundation of Venezuela and the Choir of the Polar Foundation.