Conductor's baton on sheet music

MCDA All-State Jazz Choir

Honor Choir Audition Information


Step 4:

Book a room at the University Plaza Hotel

Reservation Link

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!

July 25-27, 2022

University Plaza Hotel &

Juanita K. Hammons Hall (MSU), Springfield, MO


Event Information

  • Rehearsals: July 25-26-27

  • Performance July 27 (evening)

Charleston Alley
Darmon Meader
Shawnee Press
Orange and Blue
David von Kampen
Kerry Marsh: Vocal Jazz and Beyond
I'm Glad There is You
David von Kampen
Kerry Marsh: Vocal Jazz and Beyond
Green Lights
David von Kampen
Kerry Marsh: Vocal Jazz and Beyond
You're Makin' Me Crazy
Michelle Weir

Meet the Clinician







David Von Kampen

David von Kampen (b. 1986) is a composer based in Lincoln, Nebraska. He holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Kansas, and Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees from the University of Nebraska. He has studied composition with James Barnes, Dan Gailey, Forrest Pierce, Eric Richards, and Randall Snyder.

David is a six-time Downbeat Award winner in graduate-level jazz writing categories, a finalist for the American Prize in composition, and was named the MTNA Distinguished Composer of the Year for his song cycle "Under the Silver and Home Again." He has been among ten winners of the ORTUS International New Music Competition, the recipient of an ASCAP Young Jazz Composer award, winner of the San Francisco Choral Artists New Voices Project, winner of the National Band Association’s Young Jazz Composers Competition, and received Honorable Mention in the New York Youth Symphony First Music Commissions. Puddin’ and the Grumble, David’s original musical with playwright Becky Boesen, was one of seven finalists for the Richard Rodgers award.

David has over 80 choral and instrumental compositions and arrangements published with Walton Music, G. Schirmer, Hal Leonard, Santa Barbara, Concordia Publishing House, Pavane Publishing, UNC Jazz Press, Graphite Publishing, MusicSpoke, and others. 

David is a lecturer of music theory and literature at the University of Nebraska, where he directs the UNL Jazz Singers and Jazz Orchestra. He also teaches applied composition at Concordia University, Neb., and serves as Music Coordinator for Sanctuary Worship at Christ Lutheran Church in Lincoln.  He lives in Lincoln with his wife Mollie and two daughters.