Honor Choir Registration Info
(Participation fee of $100 due upon registration)
In an effort to maintain a balanced ensemble, membership in the 11-12 Missouri Festival Choir is on a "first-come, first-served" basis. Each section has a limited number of positions, and those will be filled in the order of registration received. In the event balance becomes an issue, MCDA reserves the ability to close sections or decline registration to balance the choir accordingly.
Step 2: Music, Practice Tracks,
T-shirt, and 1 lunch will be provided; Begin rehearsing once your music arrives
Contact: Heather Hamilton
MCDA 11-12 Missouri
Festival Choir Information
July 15-16, 2024
University Plaza Hotel &
Juanita K. Hammons Hall (MSU), Springfield, MO
The participation fee covers: music packet, practice tracks, t-shirt, 1 meal, a performance in Hammons Hall, and a world-class choral experience with Dr. Andre' Thomas
Open to all students who were accepted as members, alternates, AND honorable mention to the 2024 Missouri All-State Choir
Rehearsals: July 15-16
Performance July 16 (evening)
Ezekiel Saw de Wheel
arr. William Dawson
Mark S. Miller
arr. Robert T. Gibson
Sing Out, My Soul!
Marques L.A. Garrett
We Are the Music Makers
Meet the Clinician
A. Jan Taylor
A. Jan Taylor, educator, pianist, singer, and choral conductor is a native of Houston, Texas. Dr. Taylor received the Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Houston, the Master of Arts degree from Prairie View A&M University, and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in conducting from the University of Houston. She served as Associate Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities at Prairie View A&M University from 1996 until her retirement in 2022. As an educator, Dr. Taylor has taught general music, piano, and trained choirs in elementary, middle, and high schools in the Houston Independent School District. She has served as adjudicator and choral clinician for numerous choral competitions, festivals, and regional choirs throughout the United States. Taylor frequently lectures on the performance practices and preservation of the Negro Spiritual. Dr. Taylor has traveled throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia as a singer and conductor, is former Assistant conductor of the Houston Symphony Chorus, serving under Charles Hausmann, and has prepared choruses and collaborated with renowned conductors and composers. For the Houston Ebony Opera Guild, she has coached and accompanied singers, and has conducted the Guild’ Chorus in concerts of spirituals, African American choral art music, and operatic works. Dr. Taylor has conducted the ”105 Voices of History” HBCU National Choir in performances at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville, the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium, and at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, and in Memphis for the performance on the nationally televised MLK50 Commemoration event presented by the National Civil Rights Museum. Under Taylor’s direction, the Prairie View A&M University Concert Chorale and PV Chamber Singers have performed throughout the United States and abroad, including performances with the Houston Symphony Orchestra, international music festivals in Poland, Germany, and in South America. Taylor holds memberships in the Texas Music Educators Association, American Choral Directors Association, Texas Choral Directors Association, and Sigma Alpha Iota Music Fraternity or Women.
Note: MCDA does not offer refunds in the event the student cannot attend.
For safety reasons, all rehearsals are closed to the public. Only those who are official chaperones or registered members of the conference (including single day registration) are allowed in the rehearsal space. Please help us maintain the safety of our singers by adhering to these requirements. For liability reasons, members are not supposed to be official chaperones. But in the event that there was no other option, members still need to register for the conference. Thank you for supporting the organization that supports these ensembles!