All-State Jazz Choir

Audition Information

Our All-State Vocal Jazz Ensemble is only one of a handful in the country.  MCDA is pleased to offer this opportunity for students currently in the 11th and 12th grades and college/university.  Please read the information below for specifics on the audition process.   We look forward to hearing this amazing group at our Summer Conference.

All-State Vocal Jazz Ensemble Audition and Member Information

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All-State Vocal Jazz Ensemble AUDITION PROCESS:

Window opens March 1st and closes March 30th. Stick within that time frame, because it pushes everything back if you are late. It’s better to send in too many than too few. Those of you that are in COLLEGE - if you are still in MO - please audition again. We like that college sound and experience with us. Also, college students, ask your jazzer buddies to join you in auditioning!!!

The All-State Vocal Jazz Ensemble audition itself will be the same process this year as last:

Any student finishing their junior year in HS (current school year)  and all college students are encouraged to audition.


All audition submissions through the website have to be done by March 1st - 30th. If you are an auditioning college student who does not have a director (MCDA member)  who is submitting for you - NO WORRIES!! Please contact Beth Fritz (email addresses below).

$16 audition fee. To MCDA made out by your teacher/professor that is an MCDA member If you are in college and need a sponsor, just reply to me and I will sponsor you.

FILL OUT this Google Form and email your recordings: 

Audition recording should consist of:

1. Introduce yourself - name, year in school, school name.

2. Range - each singer will briefly vocalize on a simple 5 note warm-up, moving up to their best singable highest note and down to their best singable lowest note.

3. Each singer will use the 2 provided accomp. tracks. (see attached lead sheets and accomp tracks) *chorus = the full tune of AABA. 

        a. Summertime in Eb (starts right away, 2 choruses* of 32m + tag)

        b. Girl From Ipanema in F (starts right way, 3 choruses of 40m + 2 tags from "when she passes I smile")*chorus = the full tune of AABA.

Choose one to sing the total chart with improvisation (ex. AABA on words, AAB scat, last A words - or however you'd like to do it) and the other sing just a chorus (one time through the AABA and then stop). Feel free to contact me with any questions you may have. : ) Beth Enloe Fritz 

When by check send one check for all students ($16 audition fee) to MCDA made out by your teacher/professor that is an MCDA member If you are in college and need a sponsor, just reply to me and I will sponsor you. Include with the check a list of student names and name of sponsoring MCDA member, DO NOT send a check without this information. Make checks payable to MCDA and send to Beth Fritz, FZWHS, 1251 Turtle Creek Drive, O'Fallon, MO 63366 

No cash or purchase orders

All materials must be submitted, uploaded, and postmarked no later than March 30, 2019      


About the Clinician
Christine Tavares-Mocha serves as the choral director at Valencia High School in Valencia, California and has for the last 16 years. She directs 200 students in 6 internationally touring choirs including two vocal jazz ensembles. Under her direction the Valencia Vocal Jazz Ensemble, “2 n 4” has received a total of 9 DownBeat Awards, including the 2018 Winner of "Top High School Vocal Jazz Ensemble." For multiple years, Valencia H.S. Vocal Jazz Ensemble has been selected as one of two high school ensembles in the nation to perform at The Monterey Jazz Festival and in January 2019, "2 n 4" will be showcased at the JEN (Jazz Education Network) Conference. Educationally, Christine serves as the Vocal Jazz Representative for the Southern Calif. Vocal Association, where she founded the SCVA Vocal Jazz / Contemporary A Cappella Honor Choir in 2018 and runs the annual SCVA Vocal Jazz / A Cappella Festival showcasing 16 high school choirs and a featured artist. Last year (2018) she was honored to co-teach with Jennifer Barnes at UNT the Summer vocal jazz teacher intensive on the importance of team building in a high school vocal jazz program (a subject she cares deeply about.) Nominated for a BRAVO award, awarded Teacher of the Year and selected as Santa Clarita's 40 Under 4O distinguished members, Christine also was the National Harmony A-cappella Sweepstakes Winner / Best Performer (2007) with Moira Smiley and Voco, touring internationally for 6 years on the Americana Folk circuit, and with the vocal jazz ensemble “Down for the Count.” A deep love for jazz standards and jump swing, Christine has sung in multiple big bands including “The Viper Six” and has 20 years experience of singing and leading on the bandstand. She enjoys collaborating with arrangers and songwriters. Her newest album “Baby, it’s Good to Be Yours” (2018) features jazz influenced songs inspired by the old standards written by John Morell. Notable performances include singing back up for Ben Folds, Judy Collins, Kevin Mahogany, Michael Feinstein and being an alumni of The Young Americans. Christine is honored to teach public high school students and is filled with gratitude that she can teach music every day. Her five loves outside of music are her husband Scott, Son Jackson, newest baby Son Cole and her beloved poodle and labradoodle Jack and Baxter!

Participation Information

Girl From Ipanema-F (2) (8) (1).mp3
Mike Pierson,
Mar 13, 2019, 4:08 PM
Mike Pierson,
Mar 13, 2019, 4:08 PM
Mike Pierson,
Mar 13, 2019, 4:09 PM
Summetime - EbM (32, 16, 16 +tag) (2) (3) (1).mp3
Mike Pierson,
Mar 13, 2019, 4:08 PM